Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Let the Baking Begin!

Finally! After my long hiatus and adjustment period to a gluten-free lifestyle, I finally find myself back in the kitchen and I couldn't be happier about it. I met a wonderful new friend (who also has Celiac) and she has been a wealth of knowledge for me. She kindly invited me (and my rugrats) to her house, where she baked for us, made lunch, and showed me all her favorite gluten free products. She also runs a really great website with lots of Celiac and gluten-free info, which you can check out here.

One of the products I am most excited about is Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix. I adapted their chocolate chip cookie recipe and made these bar cookies to take to Susy's preschool party tomorrow. I was surprised first by how much the kids and I liked the dough, and then by how great the cookies are! As Susy said, the look like graham crackers, but they are soft and taste like great chocolate chip cookies.
1/2 c butter
1/4 c light brown sugar
1/4 c sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c Pamela's Baking Mix

Cream the butter and sugars in a bowl. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Stir in the Pamela's Mix. Place scoops of dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until edges are brown.

These cookies spread out a lot, so leave lots of room in between.

I then cut them into bars and dipped them into melted chocolate candy melts, put them on parchment, and stuck them in the fridge for about 5 minutes until the chocolate was hard.

I found the Pamela's Mix at our Whole Foods, but I think it is available at some grocery stores, specialty food markets, and you can order it online from Amazon.


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