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Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour

Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

The holidays are often a time of rushing around to get things done. I wanted to create a peanut butter cookie recipe that was simple but more sophisticated than my Easy Low Sugar Peanut Butter Cookies. I came across Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour at my local Walmart. It contained sorghum flour which I know adds great texture and chew to gluten free baked goods. I searched the internet and realized that this flour had no recipes created using it that I could easily find. I took this as a challenge to make a few tasty cookie recipes with this awesome blend. I made these easy peanut butter cookies and Gluten Free Italian Anise cookies as well. Both exceeded my expectations on the first try. I am excited to try this flour in more recipes and see how well it turns out. This flour bend works very well for cookies and I will be using it as long as the price stays low (four bucks for two pounds!). I tend to use the least expensive ingredients that I can find and usually do not use premade flour blends because of high prices. I was extremely happy to find such a good deal on Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour and that it worked better than some of the more expensive blends I have tried. If you cannot find this blend, I would try another blend that contains sorghum flour as an ingredient.

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Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies ~ Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour
 
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Recipe type: Cookie
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour (or other sorghum containing blend)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 sticks of softened butter
  • 1½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup good quality peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl mix flour, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl mix butter and both sugars and vanilla until creamy about 2 minutes.
  3. Mix in peanut butter and eggs.
  4. Slowly mix in flour mixture until well combined.
  5. Drop cookies by the tablespoonful onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  6. Flatten with fork to make crisscross pattern.
  7. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.
  8. Center will be soft and edges will be just beginning to turn golden.
  9. Let cool before moving to containers or your mouth.

 

Gluten Free Italian Anise Cookies ~ Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour

Gluten Free Italian Anise Cookies

I never thought I would like anise until I moved to Pittsburgh. Many of my friends were Italian and made the most wonderful cookies. I fell madly in love with Italian anisette cookies and could’t wait for the holidays to savor the wonderful sweet and slightly licoricey flavor. I was diagnosed celiac and left Pittsburgh around all in the same year. When Christmas came around this year I knew I had to figure out a gluten free  version of my now most favorite Christmas cookie. I had been having trouble finding anise flavoring in my local grocery stores, until one day I came across a bottle of anise emulsion at my local Ross. Emulsion and extract or anise flavoring will all work interchangeably in this recipe.

I wanted these cookies to be easy without any complicated mixing of flours. I also knew I wanted them to be soft chewy and cakey. I went to my local Walmart and looked at the gluten free flour blends that they had available. I spotted one I had never heard of before Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Mix. I liked the fact that it contained sorghum flour which I know gives baked goods a great chew and consistency. I decided to give it a whirl. It is now my new favorite all purpose cookie flour. I created two recipes that I love so far using this flour; this recipe and a fantastic  gluten free peanut butter cookie. If you like anise then these cookies will soon be your favorite too. The flavor is strong enough that I did not feel these needed the sugary icing that the original Italian version has. They stand alone well. If you feel like icing them anyways a simple glaze made of confectioners sugar, milk, and anise can be easily made.

Gluten Free Italian Anise Cookies ~ Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour
 
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Recipe type: cookie
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Gluten Free Cafe All Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • 6 tbsp eggs beaten (about 1 and a half eggs)
  • 1½ teaspoons anise emulsion, extract, or flavoring
Instructions
  1. Mix together dry ingredients.
  2. Mix together wet ingredients.
  3. Add wet to dry and mix until well combined.
  4. Chill dough until firmer about 30 minutes.
  5. Roll dough into teaspoon sized balls.
  6. Place balls 1 to 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  7. Place any extra dough balls back in fridge to chill.
  8. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.
  9. Cookies will be soft and need to cool completely before being moved off of the tray.
  10. Makes 2 batches of 24 cookies.

 

Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake Frosting

Gluten Free German Chocolate Frosting

It was a few days before Christmas and I was out of my favorite corn free (corn lite actually) powdered sugar. There was no way I was driving the 30 minutes to whole paycheck to get some during the height of last minute Christmas shopping craziness. I needed a tasty frosting to ice my Betty Crocker Devil Food Cake Mix cupcakes that I planned to have as part of our Christmas eve calorie fest. I decided to try my hand at german chocolate frosting as no powdered sugar would be necessary. I drove the 2 minutes to the local Food Lion and grabbed the pecans and coconut shreds. The line was fairly short and the whole trip took less than the 30 minute drive out to whole foods would have. Yay! I had never made german chocolate icing before. I had always been the girl who grabs the convenient tub of Dunkin Hines and applied it liberally to cakes and cupcakes. Easy peasy. Of course with my new intolerance to corn that is no longer an option. I was surprised at how fantastic this frosting was. I couldn’t quit eating it by the fingerful. If you love coconut and pecans this frosting will amaze you too.

This recipe makes a lot of frosting. That left a bunch leftover to freeze,or eat by the spoonful or better yet slather on my Best Coconut Flour Chocolate Mug Cake Ever. I like that I can pull out premade frosting from the freezer for those unexpected “crap I need to bring a dessert” moments.

Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake Frosting
 
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  • 1 15 or 16 oz can of full fat evaporated milk
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 2/ cups shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Combine the first five ingredients in a large pan over low heat.
  2. Stir constantly until thickened which will take about 10 minutes.
  3. Mix in coconut and pecans and stir.
  4. If you want the icing to make pretty dribbles down the sides of your cake ice the cake before the icing cools. To ice cupcakes or for a thick easily spreadable icing wait until icing is completely cool before use.
  5. This will ice a two layer cake. It freezes well for later use if you have too much or you can eat it with a spoon.

Gluten Free German Chocolate Frosting

Just look at that delicious gluten free German chocolate goodness

Pinnacle Salted Caramel – Gluten Free

Pinnacle Salted Caramel

Pinnacle Salted Caramel

Pinnacle vodka and flavorings are gluten free. Of all of the Pinnacle flavors I have sampled so far this is my favorite. The caramel flavoring is rich and the salted notes are a nice touch. I kept going back to this one for just one more taste. It is truly addicting. If you are trying to decide on one Pinnacle over another and you are a caramel fan you should pick up a bottle of Salted Caramel Pinnacle Vodka.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 5.0 stars
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Pinnacle Peachberry Cobbler Vodka – Gluten Free

Pinnacle Peachberry Cobbler Vodka

Pinnacle Peachberry Cobbler Vodka

Pinnacle vodka and flavorings are gluten free. I don’t know how they create these flavors, but this one lives up to its name. Somehow they managed to make it taste not only like peaches and berries, but also like cobbler. This is one I would drink if offered it at a party, but I would not go buy a whole bottle for home use. It is fun to be able to drink such sinfully named beverages.

Rating by Laurie Clark: 4.0 stars
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Gluten Free Asian Sweet and Spicy Whole Crock Pot Chicken

Gluten Free Asian Sweet and Spicy Whole Chicken

Now that we live in our RV full time I have begun to cook a bit differently. I use my crock pot now more than ever before. I love the ease of crock pot meals and the variety of flavors I can produce with little effort. I love being able to throw a meal together and set it to cook while I go out and enjoy life. I will be posting many of my favorite easy crock pot recipes over the coming weeks.

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