Wednesday, March 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day (Week 41 of Fireflies at Dusk: A 52-Week Project)

This week started off cold and blustery which meant it was a good time to stay in and stay warm.  We got ready for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday by talking about St. Patrick and we made cookies in honor of his amazing life.    

We wanted to make three-leaf clover shaped cookies but that didn't quite work out so we just put green sprinkles on top to make them look clover-ish.  

My daughter helped me do the baking, which actually means she ate some of the dough, then put a few shakes of sprinkles on and then became distracted by eating the sprinkles off the dough.  Maybe we can make this a new tradition for St. Patrick's Day every year.... 


Is it possible to make a gluten-free/sugar-free/vegan cookie that actually tastes good? The answer is yes. These turned out pretty decent - for being gluten-free/sugar-free and vegan, that is.

I gathered up some ideas online and then put together my own recipe to make it as healthy as possible....

Recipe for Chloe's GF/sugar-free/vegan cookies - from 3/14/2011 entry: St. Patrick's Day

1 cup white rice flour
1 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp. gluten-free/aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup stevia granules (e.g., Truvia brand natural sweetener)
3/4 cup vegan spread butter substitute (ideally one without hydrogentated oil)
1 tsp. organic vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut milk
Some stevia granules to do the sprinkles on top and organic food coloring to give it color

Mix dry ingredients in one bowl and wet ingredients in the other, then stir all ingredients together. Form into balls and leave room on the sides. This amount should fill up two sheets. I baked the dough for 7 minutes, turned the sheet around and cooked it for 7 more minutes and then let the cookies sit on the sheet to cool and set for another 10 minutes.

Not bad with a hot cup of tea....

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