Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies PART II

This past weekend while family visited for Thanksgiving, we made Aunt Jaime's Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies and no surprise, they were delish and gone way too fast!
And with today being Aunt Jaime's birthday, I wanted to share her recipe that she's been baking since I've know her! Happy Birthday Jaime - we love you!
If you haven't seen my other post, "Aunt Jaime's Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies" - make sure to visit it for the full recipe.
So below, are some pictures of our cookie baking process! The kiddos really enjoyed it and so did I.  Georgia and Jack rolled the cookies into balls, unwrapped the Hershey Kiss wrappers and put a Hershey Kiss on each cookie - so it's definitely kid friendly and a lot of fun to have them in the kitchen.

Step 1: Mix all ingredients except
for flour.

Step 2: Add half the flour and mix. Add
remaining flour and mix well.

Step 3: The cookie dough is ready to be
rolled into balls!

Step 4: Roll cookie dough into balls then
roll balls in sugar. Place on cookie sheet
and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes

Step 5: While the cookies are baking,
unwrap Hershey Kisses and make sure to
eat at least one or two while waiting...

Step 6: Ding! Take cookies out of the oven and
place a Hershey Kiss in the center.
Lastly, Step 7: Time to enjoy! It's especially
delicious when eaten warm!

There you have it! They are fun to make, enjoyable to eat, and will be a recipe I bake for years to come! Thank you Aunt Jaime for sharing and it's no secret, you bake them the best! 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Please

(updated Nov. 2013)

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I thought it would be in my best interest to start thinking of a menu!! Unfortunately, Jack may not try anything, but I want to get in the practice of making a gluten-free Thanksgiving Dinner because one day, Jack won't be so picky, right?! Let's hope...
So, what does this entail? Welllll, let's take a look at some favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes and see if we can find yummy alternatives!
First, Thanksgiving traditional dishes that ARE gluten-free:
Mashed Potatoes
Cranberry Sauce
Sweet Potato Casserole
Now for traditional dishes that AREN'T gluten-free, BUT will be by the time we are done :)
GF Alternative: From Traditional Stuffing to Cornbread Stuffing w/ Apples and Bacon, try Pamela's Products Stuffing Recipes.
Photo courtesy of Pamela's Products

GF Alternative: Instead of the traditional rolls, make cornbread muffins! Try Pamela's Products Cornbread - from Cranberry Orange Muffins to Kernel Cornbread muffins, there are some delicious cornbread recipes to choose from.  
GF Alternative: Here's a Traditional Turkey Gravy recipe from Pamela's Products - what doesn't this woman do?! If the traditional gravy is not what you are looking for and need something quicker, try Pamela's Easy Tasty Gravy recipe.
Green Bean Cassorole
GF Alternative:  check out this delicious gluten-free Greenbean Casserole from gfreelife with Jen Cafferty (Jen's the founder of the Gluten & Allergen Free Expos).
Ahhh, Pumpkin Pie
GF Alternative: Pamela's Pumpkin Pie recipe. Nothing I make with Pamela's products ever fails I know this will be delicious!
So there you have it - A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving in the making!
From our family to yours - Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Aunt Jaime's Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Yes my friends, they taste just as good as they look!
Oh Jaime, how can we say it, not only are you a wonderful SIL and Aunt, but we absolutely LOVE when you make your Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies!! Jaime made these gluten-free for the first time for Jack's birthday party in August and they turned out fabulous!  I'm telling ya, you can't just have one...I just can't have two!! I seriously eat way too many!           

Jack and Aunt Jaime
I remember Jaime making these back when we met in college - they were just as good then! We don't need to say how long that's been, but I love that she took one of her favorite cookie recipes and made it gluten-free for Jack!               
I just want to say THANK YOU Jaime for always thinking of Jack and providing gluten-free options! Just this past weekend, we went back to Indiana to celebrate Jaime's daughters' birthdays - Happy Birthday Emma (4) and Mia (1) and Jaime not only had her Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies, but she also had Udi's Chocolate muffins covered with chocolate frosting and Udi's Chocolate Chip Cookies on hand for Jack.  Again, we are so thankful...   
So here's to Jaime's yummy Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies! She was sweet enough to share her recipe with us, so now I would like to share it with all of you!

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies:

1/2 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 C. Peanut Butter
1/2 C. Shortening (Jaime uses the Crisco Butter Flavored Baking Sticks)
2 TBS. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1 3/4 C. Flour (Jaime used Bob Mill's, I'm going to try Pamela's Baking Mix because I have a HUGE bag)
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Pkg. of Hershey Kisses
Have some extra sugar on the side to roll the cookies.

Directions:  Preheat Oven: 375  
Mix all ingredients together with your favorite mixing spoon except for the flour. Add half of the flour and mix. Add the rest of the flour and mix. Roll cookies into balls. Roll balls in Sugar.  Place on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. In the meantime, start unwrapping the Hershey Kisses, because you want to put those on top as soon as the cookies come out of the oven.

Note: I would like to suggest to you to eat one of these cookies when they are warm - soooo GOOD!! I'm looking forward to making these myself - if you try the recipe, let me know how you like it! 
                                                                                  Happy Baking! :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

THANKFUL For Gluten-Free Products

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Jack and I must give a BIG THANKS to the wonderful products that my son enjoys.  I don't have to tell you how great these products are because they made the list - but click on the product name, which will connect you to their website and find out more about their yummy products!

JACK'S TOP 10 Gluten-Free Favs:

#10  Enjoy Life - Jack loves their Snickerdoodle cookies.

#9  French Meadow Bakery - these individually wrapped frozen brownies are delicious and perfect if Jack needs a last minute treat for a birthday party or heading to a friend's house.

Graham Crackers!!
#8  Kinnikinnick - Thank you for making graham crackers!! Even though I can never say their name right, I LOVE their products.  They are the only manufacturer that I know that makes GF graham crackers, their pizza crust is fabulous and their cookie and cream cookies - called KToos (like Oreos) are wonderful!
Jack eating Van's Waffles w/
Strawberries and Blackberries

#7  Van's Waffles - Whether it's Blueberry or regular, they are delicious! 
#6  Pebbles and Chex Cereals  Okay, I listed two different products here but they fall in the same category.  These cereals taste great, you can find them in the regular cereal aisle and you can make Pebbles rice crispie treats and different chex mix snack treats. Who doesn't like Cocoa Pebbles?? :) And I LOVE that Chex is going above and beyond by explaining what gluten is and doing commercials on their gluten-free products.
#5 Kind Bars - healthy and delicious, what more could you ask for! Jack loves the Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Healthy Grain Bars.
TO GO PB Cups!
#4  Jif Peanut Butter Thank God my son is not allergic to Peanut Butter! I would say 5 days out of the week, Jack is having PB and toast for breakfast and dipping his Glutino Pretzels in a Jif Peanut Butter Cup. These To Go cups are great to throw in his lunch for pretzel and apple dipping or spread on his GF bread.
#3  Glutino Stick Pretzels and Yogurt Covered Pretzels - the stick pretzels were one of the 1st products that I ever bought after finding out Jack had celiac disease.  Jack now dips the pretzels in Jif's Peanut Butter ALL the time!  For the Yogurt Covered Pretzels, Jack loves these, he calls them "white cookies."

Jack's B-Day Cupcakes!
Pamela's Choc. Cake Mix
& B. Crocker Choc. Frosting
#2  Udi's Sandwich Bread - we go through a lot of this, but my son loves it!! We use it for toast, make little pizzas, sandwiches, etc.!  I'm starting to buy the Whole Grain more often now than the White sandwich bread, but both are great!!

#1  Pamela's Products - Anything Pamela! We love the pancake mix, cornbread mix, chocolate and white cake mixes - the list goes on!!  I had the chance to meet Pamela at a gluten-free expo in Chicago - she is the sweetest!! It makes me like her products even
There you have it, Jack's Top 10.  We are THANKFUL for these products and their tastiness! Thank you for making my lil' guy happy, which makes for a happy momma!