Friday, April 29, 2011

Gluten Free?

The OB-GYN that I'm making all the baby cookies for has to eat a gluten free diet. I wanted to make something special for her for Easter since she's been so generous to me. It didn't seem quite fair that she purchase tons and tons of cookies (even some Easter cookies for her staff) and she can't partake in any of it. :(

So my mission was to make her some gluten free cookies and decorate them.

I looked for pre-made gluten free cookies.....but they were all small and hard surfaces to decorate on. Plus, they didn't look very appetizing. Then I started looking at gluten free cookie mixes. Here's what I finally settled on. (It wouldn't have been my first choice, but I couldn't find anything like a plain sugar cookie or shortbread cookie.)


 Needless to say....the dough was very hard to work with. And when it was too sticky.....my first thought was to add flour. (DUH! lol) I added additional dry cookie mix to get the dough in more workable form. It still didn't work very well. I cut out the cookies and put them in the pan.....but when they baked.....they were one big blob cookie. They all ran together. :( I was so sad. 

Then my daughter, Jill, gave me a brilliant idea. She told me to cut them out with the cutter after they were baked. So I did.....and it worked! Now mind you..... the cookies were very flimsy and had a very bumpy surface.....but I had the shapes I desired. :)))))))

Decorating them wasn't too difficult. (By the way, the glaze icing has no gluten in it. I don't know about Royal icing.) It had it's moments......but I managed to get them covered and looking something like lambs. ;)



And here's the box of goodies I sent to the doctor. :)


She loved them and said they were yummy. So I think my mission was accomplished.

I will continue to look for the "perfect" cookie mix to make a more suitable, decorate-able cookie next time. (I'd even like to learn how to make my own home-made gluten free sugar cookies.) Until I find something, I'll continue to use this mix and just make one big cookie (kind of like my cookie "cake" a few weeks ago) and then cut out the shapes after it is baked.


I'm excited that I can offer an alternative to someone who needs gluten free cookies. Yeah!

P.S. This project gave me a TREMENDOUS appreciation for my regular sugar cookie recipe and those smooth beautiful cookies that are so easy to decorate. =)

P.S.S. I was told it was important to keep the gluten free set completely away from the regular cookies.....so everything was done individually. I cleaned everything in between the one set and the other. I even stored them far away from each other.

23 comments:

Gina said...

Jules Gluten Free makes some great cookie mixes...give her a try!

Courtney Ross said...

I have a sister-in-law and family friend who are GF! Here is a recipe that is less sticky and produces the closest thing to a regular decorated sugar cookie it is from the blog Gluten Free Girl and the Chef:

http://glutenfreegirl.com/may-you-have-a-house-full-of-laughter/

Imcruising said...

I agree with Gina. Jules Gluten Free is an excellent cookie recipe:)

Lori's Sweet Treats said...

I have a son who is gluten and dairy-free and always feel bad that he can't partake in the cookies I make. For his 2nd birthday, I made him his own GF cookies. I used my regular recipe but just swapped in GF Flour and dairy-free butter. I, too, had the same problem with running cookies AND had to cut them after they baked. They cookies were a bit crumblier but still looked good and were not too bad. http://lorissweettreats.blogspot.com/2011/03/gluten-milk-free-birthday-cookies.html

Guest said...

I make Gluten-free sugar cookies for my customers without any problems. They taste nuttier, are a bit stickier to work with initially, but they have the exact same texture and smooth surface as my regular cookies.

Just take your regular recipe and sub the flour with Garbanzo Bean/Fava flour. You can find that anywhere you find Bob's Red Mill. I buy mine in bulk from my food service supply.

My husband has gotten to where he prefers these because they have more flavor than regular sugar cookies.

Melanie said...

I've only recently started experimenting with gluten free cookies... I've had a suprising number of people tell me how much they wish there was a good gluten free sugar cookie option! Good for you for doing something so nice though, and the lambs look adorable!

Danette said...

I bet she was thrilled and so appreciated your effort!!! GF is very hard to find and most of the premade mixes are awful. But find someone who eats GF all the time and has come up with a good tasting cookie. Thanks for sharing this!

Winsome248 said...

The cookies are adorable! You've got your lamb designs down really well!

I have a sister who follows a gluten free diet -- she won't eat or drink anything at my house because she says its "contaminated with flour". It made for some interesting get-togethers!

Peepthisyall said...

5 Gluten Free Cookie Recipes:

http://glutenfreecooking.about.com/od/seasonalandholiday/tp/glutenfreesugarcookierecipecollection.htm

cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks everyone for all your input. I'm anxious to look over all the links and suggestions and come up with the best recipe. :)))))

Anne said...

Hi Pam,
I use powdered sugar to roll my cookies. That might work for the gluten free. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

cookiecrazielady said...

Great idea, Anne. Thanks! :)

Stacy Brunner said...

Pam, I love your work and I've been following your blog for a while now, I've been a little behind on my reading so I didn't see this post sooner, sorry. I do have a solution for you though, http://www.creatingsweetsmiles.com/2011/01/project-2-of-52.html here is the link to my Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Recipe. I adapted my Sugar Cookie Recipe to be Gluten Free and every time I make these cookies, no one can tell the difference and I always get rave reviews.

Hope this helps,
Stacy @ CreatingSweetSmiles.com

cookiecrazielady said...

Stacy! This is awesome. Thank you so much. I will definitely try it out. :)

Stacy Brunner said...

Pam, I was making GF sugar cookies the last 2 days and while I was making them I realized that even though I'm used to the texture now it really is VERY different than regular dough. No matter what it will always be stickier and stretchier but if it is the same consistency as regular dough, the cookies will not come out right. The most important things are keep the dough in the fridge as much as possible. I let some sit from Friday night to Saturday afternoon and it was perfect right after it came out of the fridge but 30 mins is minimum. I also use TidyMoms idea of wax paper and it works wonders. I can't imagine that it would work well at all using a floured counter.

I really hope this helps, and yesterday I made Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, they came out pretty good so I'll have the recipe up soon.

Stacy @ CreatingSweetSmiles.com

cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks for all your tips, Stacy. I appreciate you sharing.

Shanapatton78 said...

For a gluten free recipe, have you tried rice flour or almond flour

ElinorRose said...

Pam, I just discovered your wonderful site and am having a joyful time browsing about!

Last month, I tried out a new flour called Jules Gluten-Free Flour.  She developed it to substitute cup for cup for all-purpose flour.  So far I've substituted it in four different cakes and they've turned out great.  She also has a packaged cookie mix.  (I haven't tried that yet.)  The flour seems a little pricey if you buy it by the single 5-lb bag, but you save on or eliminate shipping costs if you purchase multiple bags. 

For the first time in several years I am able to enjoy baked goods again.  Her website is www.julesglutenfree.com.  I hope that if you're looking for a gluten free substitute again that this helps.  Happy baking!

Towheadmama said...

I'm a gluten free girl who is a baker, too.  The royal I make is gluten free: meringue is ok and with the water and sugar, it's all good. :)

Cookiecrazielady said...

Glad to have you here! And thanks for the tip on the gluten free flour. :)

Kristen said...

You might want to watch out for the candy sprinkles... my friend who is gluten intolerant said that some flavorings can have gluten, so you never know what is in something that's pre-made/store-bought.  Her bridal shower is coming up, so I think I am going to try this to make some cookies for her!

ArtfullyDelicious said...

I am gluten free. I have made GF cookies many times. I have tried different recipies but my all time favorite it Silly Yak Bakery GF Cut-Out mix. It is so good and everyone who eats it is shocked it's GF. It tastes like shortbread. I use a bit more buttermilk than it says. I would strongly encourage to try it. They ship nationwide. 
http://www.freshglutenfree.net/Gluten-Free-Holiday-Cut-Out-Cookie-Dough-Mix-p/mix-hol-cut-cdough.htm

Below is a picture of some GF cookies I have made. 

cookiecrazielady said...

Super wonderful cookies, ArtfullyDelicious! I'm impressed.

I'm going to look further into gluten free. I've been eating grain free for a few months now.....(thus I never eat my cookies) and it would be fun to find a healthy alternative for cut out cookies. I have a few recipes to try.....just haven't gotten there yet. Thanks for sharing!

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