Category Desserts

Gluten Free & Vegan Gingersnap Cookies

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I made gingersnaps for the first time the other day and I was pleasantly surprised with how they turned out. Not because I doubted that I could convert a recipe, but because traditionally I don’t like gingersnaps. I hate crunchy, crumby cookies. I like chewy ones. Our family calls hard, crunchy cookies “dunkers” because you have to dunk them in milk or coffee to become edible, whereas soft, chewy cookies are called “benders” for obvious reasons. But these had a crunch to the exterior and a nice, chewy inside. I ended up baking one cookie sheet for a little longer than I would normally just so I could have some extra crispy ones to make into a parfait.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbs. flax meal mixed into 3 Tbs. warm water
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp...
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Gluten Free Raspberry Cream Sweet Rolls

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This past weekend I picked a ton of raspberries at a friend’s house. I made two batches of jam and had about 1/3 cup that wouldn’t fit into a jar. I took that and decided to make raspberry cream sweet rolls. I hope you like it!

Roll Dough:
2/3 c. milk (I used almond milk)
1/4 c. sugar
1 Tbs. yeast
2 Tbs. butter or nondairy butter
1 egg
1 1/2 c. gluten free flour mix (I use this one)
1/4 c. sorghum flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
– Heat milk to 110 degrees F and mix in sugar and yeast. Let sit until yeast bubbles and “grows”.
– Mix remaining ingredients in a mixer until well incorporated.
– Spray a piece of wax paper with nonstick spray, spoon dough onto wax paper and top with another sprayed piece of wax paper...

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Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Cookies

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The other day I wanted to make chocolate chip cookies, only I discovered that I didn’t have any chocolate chips. I had white chocolate chips though, so I decided to make macadamia white chocolate chip cookies. Then I discovered that I didn’t have any macadamias! I found some coconut and decided to make do with what I have…and I came out with a gluten free cookie that even my gluten-loving husband ate (and ate lots of them)! These cookies were inspired by Baked by an Introvert.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups gluten free flour blend (I use this one. If your flour blend doesn’t include xanthan gum, add some according to package directions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packe...
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Gluten Free Baked Alaska

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Many of you might wonder what “Baked Alaska” is. In a nutshell, it’s a brownie or cake base, topped with ice cream, wrapped in a fluffy meringue that is then toasted with a kitchen torch. To be honest with you, I’m not sure why it is even called Baked Alaska, except that the little mounds sort of look like little igloos (because all of us up here in Alaska live in igloos!). I’ve only eaten Baked Alaska once in my life, but when one of our friends said they wanted mini Baked Alaska for dessert, I had to accept the challenge! I mean…how hard could it be?! Note: it seems intimidating, but it really isn’t that hard!

Ingredients:
One batch of my gluten free (dairy free!) triple chocolate brownies
One carton of ice cream of choice

Meringue Ingredients:
1 c...

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Gluten Free Mocha Cupcakes w/Espresso Buttercream

chocolate cupcakes with espresso buttercream
I learned of these cupcakes (from Brown Eyed Baker) from my neighbor, and I’ve since turned these into a gluten free version, with dairy free and egg free alternates.

For the Cupcakes:
1 1/4 cups gluten free flour
⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2/3 cup  milk (canned, full fat coconut milk works)
½ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
1 package Starbucks via instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature (you can also use non-dairy butter)
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 egg (you can put 1 Tbs. fax meal into 3 Tbs. warm water and let sit until it turns into a gel as an alternate)

For the Espresso Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks)...

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