About 30 Minutes or Less, Dairy Free, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Sweet, Vegetarian

So let’s just get this out of the way…I am terrible at decorating cakes, cookies, etc, so my apologies for the photo. BUT, you’ve got to admit, the colors are pretty awesome for something that’s not out of a laboratory. With all the fake and artificial ingredient-laden foods out there, it’s nice to come across something natural that’s also visually appealing and delicious. Now, I am talking frosting hear, so don’t confuse natural with healthy…just sayin.’   The basic frosting recipe is quick and pretty much fool-proof. It starts with a base frosting (which is white) but also gives you options on how to make those fun colors – and chances are, you already have the stuff you need to make it happen!

For a great sugar cookie cutout recipe, consider using the Minty Shamrock Shake recipe, minus the mint extract and parsley as a really good (and naturally sweetened) vehicle for this frosting! Continue Reading

About 30 Minutes or Less, Dairy Free, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack, Sweet

When I was a kid, one of the best things about this time of year was getting a cool and minty shamrock shake at McDonalds. I no longer visit fast food joints for my obvious GF reasons, but still wanted a little taste of my past. These frosting-filled sandwich cookies are simple to make, the cookie dough is sweetened with only maple syrup and applesauce, and the green coloring is actually NATURAL, and made from something you likely have in your pantry. Of course you can use food coloring if you desire, but for people who are avoiding artificial coloring, this may be quite the treat!  Continue Reading

About 30 Minutes or Less, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Sweet

My mom used to buy these cookies at the store when I was a kid. They came in a cardboard tray, were wrapped in cellophane and basically signaled the start of the holiday season. In addition to being gluten free, the powdered sugar and holiday spice flavors add a little more joy to the holiday and pair well with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. They are super-fast to make and are also egg and dairy free!

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About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Sweet

What would the holidays be without cookies and treats? These holiday spice cookies keep their softness, yet hold up to decorating quite well. They are more spice cookies than traditional gingerbread, so adjust the spices if you desire to achieve more ginger, more cinnamon, etc. This is actually the first year I’ve decorated with colored sugar and sprinkles, and it’s only because I found some labeled gluten free! Whoo Hoo! Continue Reading

About 30 Minutes or Less, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Freezer Friendly, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack, Sweet

IMG_0205We did a Kid’s Cookie Dough Class the other day at Benefit Your Life gluten free bakery and had a blast! Awesome kids + awesome parents = awesome cookie dough! Chocolate Chip was by far the most popular flavor choice, but Snickerdoodle and just plain sugar cookies also headed out the door to several young cooks’ homes.  It’s dairy free and egg free and can quickly satisfy a sweet tooth – a hot and fresh cookie in about 12 minutes! As a sugar cookie, they can be sprinkled prior to baking or frosted and decorated for a fun and delicious dessert.

Be sure to click on the label below the recipe to print a label that fits well on a small, round reusable container.

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About 1 Hour or Less, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly, Recipes, Snack, Sweet

IMG_1327Just in time for the holidays, these gluten free linzer tarts are full of good, wholesome ingredients. No grain, no gum. Just yum.
The cookies in the picture were waiting for a sprinkling of confectioner’s sugar but taste great just plain, too! Not a raspberry fan? These taste great filled with chocolate chips (melt chocolate in the microwave, spread on the cookie, top with another cookie, cool, eat).

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