Christmas Baking Gluten Free Style
Holidays are a little harder when there are food allergies in the family. Around every turn during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, there is food. Yummy, comfort foods that beg to be eaten at every turn. But, as a child with a food allergy, these treats are forbidden and it makes for some what of a sad time during the holidays. It breaks my heart to think of a child missing out on all the delicacies of the season because of allergies.
Yesterday, Luke said to me, “Remember when we used to decorate gingerbread houses together? I just loved that.” It made me sad because since we found out about his gluten intolerance, we haven’t made gingerbread houses. It is those little things that kids remember as part of the tradition of the holidays and I have decided that it is time to bring back our tradition.
I have found some recipes for gingerbread that should work to make a gluten free version. Once I have tried it out, I will share the recipe. I will even document the good, the bad, and the ugly if it doesn’t work out!!
For now, I have found a gluten free molasses cookie recipe that I think Luke will love! It looks so good. You can find the recipe here as well.
Gluten Free Molasses Cookies
2 1/4 cups Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Mix
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp powdered ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling
1/3 cup molasses
Combine the flour, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In a large stand mixer combine the butter, sugar, egg and molasses. Mix for a minute or two until well combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the molasses mixture until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
Once chilled, scoop 2 tablespoons of dough at a time and roll into balls. Roll them around in a small cup of sugar and set onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. Let cool.
I have not tried this recipe yet, but I am thinking I might be spending some time in the kitchen tonight trying them out!!! Happy baking!