Hazelnut Cappuccino Pinwheel Cookies – Grain and Dairy-Free

Hazelnut Cappucino Pinwheels

Hazelnut Cappuccino Pinwheel Christmas Cookies

Sometimes you’re just thrilled with an experiment that pays off, and this is one of those times –  even more so than when I first managed a gluten-free version of this a few years ago. This time the hazelnut espresso shortbread is rolled up with a cinnamon sugar cookie. The resulting flavor is a delectably nutty swirl of cappuccino.

The original heavenly shortbread, originally discovered on Epicurious, had been a regular in my holiday lineup for years until I gave up the gluten in 2008, and I can’t say how stoked I am with this version, rendered not only gluten-free but also free of grains, dairy, and even refined sugar. …

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Cranberry Christmas Crumble: Gluten and Dairy-Free


Cranberry Christmas Crumble with Almond Flour

One of my favorite desserts of all time is raspberry squares, the bar cookie that is almost like a Linzer torte with the extra deliciousness of a streusel topping. Nowadays, I’m always looking for ways to covert classics into gluten-free forms for my sensitive daughter and self – even better if I can pull off dairy-free as well.

With the holiday season approaching, I thought I would try using cranberries in place of the raspberry jam in this beloved bar. Combining cranberries with orange marmalade and a touch of crystallized ginger was the winning combination – and Bob’s Red Mill blanched almond flour was the key component (making them grain-free as well, for those who have other grain sensitivities). Adding some pecans for the streusel topping, makes this packed with protein as well.

Whether you have sensitivities or not, this will be a major crowd-pleaser at the cookie exchange. Spread some cranberry Christmas cheer!

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Reindeer Crap, a.k.a. Easy No-Bake Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies

Reindeer Crap Cookies

Reindeer Crap Cookies

And here’s where we risk losing some readers, but you know, there are times when one just has to remember the wise words, “To thine own self be true.” Well, apparently half of my Self, culinarily speaking, is a 12 year old boy. But I cannot help it, this slays me. (Or shall I say SLEIGHS ME?)

Idyllic Christmas Hearth . . . besmirched by . . .

Ah, a charming Christmas scene. The holiday hearth, featuring stockings hung with care, some new toys, and the traditional milk and cookies left out for Santa, partially consumed in a gesture of holiday veritas. And a cute litt . . . wait, WHAT IS THAT IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER?

Let’s take a closer look . . .

It is! It’s fresh Reindeer Crap Cookies!

Is that what it looks like??

Yes, it is. Santa’s reindeer left behind a little treat of their own. But being magical creatures, their droppings are made of chocolate, nut butter, cashews, oats, coconut – and of course, pretty red and green Christmas sprinkles.  What’s not to love? …

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