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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Raspberry Linzer Cookies – Once Again, Gluten-free and Vegan

Contender for my favorite cookie of all time: Raspberry Linzers

Gluten-free Vegan Christmas Cookie Series, Part 2 of 3!

I have a bit of a hoarding problem. Only a touch, nothing that would get me hauled onto the show or anything, but it’s true that with a few select items, I have a bit of a problem. One of them, along with cookbooks,  is cooking magazines. I still have pretty much every cooking magazine I have ever either purchased or received by subscription. Yes, it’s a little excessive, and yes, I really should go through and do some serious clearing out – but sometimes it pays off. And this weekend was one of those times.

Some of my very favorite food magazine editions are the holiday collections or specials (rivaled only by the grill & garden spectaculars of summer), and three such holiday specials are front and center for me every year since they came out: a holiday issue of Bon Appetit, a cookie compilation from Cook’s Illustrated, and the December 2005 issue of Gourmet (RIP, sniff). In each, I’ve found versions of what might be, if forced to choose, my very favorite cookie of all time, the raspberry jam-filled sandwiches made with a hazelnut dough, rolled out and cut beautifully, then showered in powdered sugar. I have a major weakness for raspberry anything, and this is the perfect setting for it. …

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Gluten-free Vegan Holiday Cookies: Hazelnut Espresso Shortbread

Hazelnut Espresso Shortbread (That's pre-slicing, not one big piece, though one could hardly blame you for hoping.)

Gluten-free Vegan Christmas Cookie Series, part 1 of 3: Holiday Hazelnut Espresso Shortbread

Forgive me for crowing about this one a little, but this is a triumph. Just the other day, while working on a biscotti recipe, I was lamenting how difficult it can be to convert recipes to gluten-free AND vegan at the same time; one at a time,  often manageable enough, but together, they can create some serious issues, texture in particular. (I eventually worked out the biscotti, as you’ll see in the next post.)

This 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 pleased I am with this version, rendered gluten, dairy and egg-free. I love the way this comes together in the food processor, too.  If you try only one of our holiday recipes this year, please try this one*. …

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Festive Christmas Treats: Christmouse Cookies

Mouse cookies – for Christmas!

Christmas creature cookies featuring: the mouse!

Christmas creature cookies featuring: the mouse!

Christmas cookie exchanges are something I look forward to each year. I love to see everyone’s creations. This year, I thought about making those reindeer cookies — you know, the kind where you use broken pretzels for the antlers. But, I wanted something different, something no one had seen before. Something fabulous and frugal AND unique. So, I thought – what about a mouse instead of a reindeer — you know, a la “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse . . .”

You can use any cookie recipe that will hold its shape well while cooking, or use my recipe below. A sugar cookie dough that won’t spread flat. You roll the dough into egg shapes and then roll them in cinnamon sugar and bake. Then, take them out of the oven and, while still hot, insert the almond slices for ears, the mini-chocolate chips for eyes, the small red candy for a nose and a thin licorice rope for a tail.

These were a HUGE hit at the party I went to, and some people even laughed out loud. They look so cute on a platter of assorted cookies!

Happy Hollydays to All!

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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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