Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Gluten-Free Roll & Cut Sugar Cookies For Valentine's Day

We are always busy baking around this time of year as my daughter's birthday is the day before. You'll find me in the kitchen baking cupcakes or cookies, most likely using Pamela's Baking Mixes.

A few years ago, Pamela's came out with her Sugar Cookie Mix, which we absolutely LOVE.

Super easy to make and bake!

What You Need:
1 Package of Pamela's Sugar Cookie Mix            
1 Egg
1 Stick of Butter (softened)
Parchment Paper
Rolling Pin

Preparation Time: 20-30 minutes

Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Step 1: Pre-Heat Oven to 350

Step 2: Soften butter in bowl / Add Mix / Add Egg - begin mixing with a mixer or utensil. I ended up using my hands to bring the dough together. 

Step 3: Place dough on parchment paper.
Step 4: Place another piece of parchment paper on top and begin rolling out the dough.

Step 5: Peel off parchment paper and begin using your cookie cutters.

Step 6: Place on cookie sheet - I also lined the cookie sheet with parchment paper. And place in oven for 8-10 minutes. Always start at 8 minutes - you don't want to over bake - when they brown just a little on the bottom edges, they are done.   

Step 7: 8 - 10 minutes later, they are done and placed on the cooling rack

Step 8: Then it's time to decorate!! Yummy Valentine's Day Cookies ready to devour!! 

I will use this mix over and over again to make sugar cookies - it's easy make and delicious to taste!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List & Trick or Treating Tips

It's that time of year again! TRICK OR TREAT! The kids are excitedly, indecisively, going back and forth on what they want to be for Halloween. From an army guy, to a ninja to Hulk, the options are endless! I mark on the calendar a day and I say, "This is the date you have to decide by. Once we buy your costume, there's no turning back, understand?" And they just look at me like, "Huh?" ;)

So, as my children decide on the their Halloween costumes, I take some time and share with you an updated gluten-free candy list, tips to dealing with "gluten" candy and some of Jack's FAVORITE candy that he looks forward to eating the days following Halloween.

Let's get started with 3 tips to get you all ready for Halloween!


  1. Refer to an (Updated 2019) List of Gluten-Free Candy  a couple weeks before Halloween so you have a good idea of which candies are "SAFE" for your gluten-free child.  
    2013 and 2014
  2. Before Trick or Treating, tell your children candy will be eaten after they return home and candy is sorted through. "Gluten" candy will go in one pile to trade with siblings. And for any generic candy, with no name, I usually throw it away - Play it safe ALWAYS. If you don't know what it is, DON'T EAT IT.  

  • Lastly, have a gluten-free stash of candy at home so your child can replace any "gluten" candy from his trick or treat some of his/her gluten-free favorites. Even though he or she will probably be able to trade "gluten" candy with his/her friends, neighbors and/or siblings for gluten-free candy. ;)

  • 2016


    Jack's TOP 5 Favorite Gluten-Free Candy:

    1) Reese's Pieces (Just like E.T.)
    2) Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    3) Hershey's Kisses
    4) Snickers
    5) Enjoy Life Foods Semi Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips

    There you have it friends - a gluten-free Halloween that will be FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY!! Enjoy and eat lots of gluten-free candy!