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Gluten Free Congo Bars

Is it a bar or is it a cookie?  Or is it a cookie bar? It’s a Congo Bar! Another great cookie recipe sent to me to convert for my GF friend Bonnie from Spokane. Bonnie has been at all of my events in the Spokane area.  I call her one of my groupies.  This is a lady with great enthusiasm and who really enjoys people.  Thank you Bonnie for sharing your recipe with us!

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Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes it is the simple things in life that make me happy, like chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of cold milk. Are you a cookie dough eater or a cookie eater???  I think I am both!  So are my kids.  Against the rule of not eating raw eggs, we still enjoy a spoonful of cookie dough every time we make cookies.  Then of course we have to lick the bowl too!  

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Christmas Joy Cupcake (Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting)

Christmas Joy…( Dark Chocolate Cupcake with Chocolate Ganache   or Chocolate Mousse)Ingredients 2 cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour2 tsp. baking powder1/2 tsp. salt3/4 tsp. xanthan gum1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa 3/4 cup butter or dairy free butter, room temp.1 1/4 cup sugar2 tsp. vanilla3 eggs1 1/4 cups milk (dairy, rice, nut, soy) 1 cup chocolate chips or white chocolate chips DirectionsPreheat oven to 350 °.  Put desired cupcake liners in cupcake pan.In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum and cocoa.  Mix and set aside.In a mixing bowl, cream butter.  Add sugar and vanilla and mix well.  Scrape down sides of bowl.  Add one egg at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Scrape down sides of bowl.  Alternate...

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Sweet Cream Biscuits and Strawberry and Peach Shortcake

Nothing says summer more than Strawberry Shortcake! Enjoy these tasty Sweet Cream Biscuits for your next summer dessert. They are sure to impress your guests and your family. Change it up a bit and make Peaches and Cream. Just use fresh peaches in place of the strawberries. These light and flavorful biscuits are also perfect served with butter and jam during your summer brunches on the patio.

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G-Free Oatmeal Raspberry Bars

G-Free Oatmeal Raspberry BarsDelicious! One word describes this tasty treat. I think this Raspberry Bar heads to the top of my favorites list. Gracie, my oldest daughter and I, tried to convince my other daughters and their friends that they would not like these bars. Unfortunately, our tactics did not work and we eventually had to give in and share. There is only one slice of these delicious bars setting on my beautiful glass cake plate. Now I am left to figure out a place where I can hide it so that I can enjoy it tomorrow.

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Lebkuchan Cookies

This Christmas celebration we bring to you a traditional German Christmas Cookie, Lebkuchen Cookies.  Actually, it is referred to as a biscuit, but we americans refer to it as a cookie.  Lebkuchen cookies come in different flavors and shapes, most common the shape being brown and uses spices like citron, cloves, cinnamon, anise seed, walnuts, almonds, raisins, and candied fruit.

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Gluten Free Lace Cookies

Three years ago, I showed up at a booksigning in Olympia Washington for my first cookbook.  Unbeknownst to me, the store told the customers ahead of time that I was going to do a lecture.  So here I am with all my “booksigning” stuff set up including samples and what not, and customers start walking through the doors with their notebooks.  They asked me where is the class?  I said there is no class, just a booksigning. 

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Espresso Pumpkin Bread

The aroma of fresh baked bread in the oven with the scents of pumpkin and cinnamon filled the air today as I spent the day baking. My house smells so good this time of year, makes me feel like inviting friends over. A week ago I was invited to a good friend’s house for a day of stamping. I felt so welcomed and blessed as I drove up to her home that was so beautifully decorated with the look of fall with cornstalks and pumpkins. When I walked into her home I was greeted with the fresh aroma of fall scents like pumpkin and cinnamon. It was so cozy and inviting. It made me feel like staying all day, and...

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Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwiches and Chocolate Mint Cookies

Cassie my middle child is always asking me to make her favorite cookies, chocolate mint. So we decided to make the recipe a little different this time and found myself delighted with the results. I thought these cookies would also pair nicely with ice cream and make perfect ice cream sandwiches. They are easy to make and oh so delicious! My kids ate them up as fast as I could make them. Impress your friends by serving these beautiful sandwiches at your holiday parties this season. Or make several up and enjoy as an evening snack. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Cream Puffs

When was the last time you bit into a decadent cream puff? These delicious pastries are a perfect treat to bring to your next holiday party or as a Christmas day treat that are sure to awe all of your guests. You will have your guests asking “Are these really gluten free?”

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Peach Berry Cobbler ~ Gluten Free

Cobbler is one of those few desserts that speak family, speak comfort, speak tradition to me. Whenever we would go to grandmas house for dinner, she always had her famous Peach Cobbler for dessert. Grandma made hers the southern way, with an amazing biscuit topping. It was D-elicious! If I ever find her recipe, I will convert it gluten free for you. 

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Mama’s Gluten Free Donuts

Hungry for a donuts? Try these gluten free donuts. These donuts remind me of some special memories I had as a kid. When me, my brother, or my sister would have sleepovers for birthday parties or special occasions, my mom would make these for me. You may have had them. She would take a can of buttermilk biscuits out of the fridge. She cut a hole out of the center. 

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Gluten Free Berry Crostata made with Gluten Free Mama’s Pie Crust Mix

I was walking through the grocery store one day and saw this amazing Mixed Berry Crostata on the front of a Better Homes and Gardens Special Issue Magazine called Cooks Secret. The picture of the Crostata looked so delicious that of course I bought the magazine. I thought to myself, I wonder if this would work using Mama’s Pie Crust Mix.

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Strawberry Shortcakes made with Mama’s Gluten Free Sweet Cream Biscuits or Mama’s Scone Mix

Spring and Summer are here and my daughter is already asking for strawberry shortcake, her all time favorite dessert.  With Memorial Day around the corner, Fourth Of July, Family gatherings, family reunions, friends getting together, whatever the event, you an be sure that Strawberry Shortcake on the Menu will be a sure fire winner!  This is a great go-to dessert idea to use all summer long!  

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Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Blueberries and Star-studded Crust!

Need a patriotic, Red, White and Blue, recipe to take to your holiday party or picnic this weekend?  Try Mama’s Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with Blueberries.  Mama’s makes this extra special by topping it with cut-out pie dough stars for the topping.  It’s easy to make, makes the house smell fantastical, and will surely entertain and impress your guests. 

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Mama’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Brown Rice Syrup

Ingredients ⅓ cup butter or dairy free margarine, room temp.1 cup Organic Brown Rice Syrup (Lundberg Sweet Dreams® Brown Rice Syrup)½ cup mashed banana1 large egg1 tsp. vanilla1¾ cups Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flour½ tsp. xanthan gum or guar gum½ tsp. baking powder ( Hains Pure Foods Featherweight Baking Powder to be corn free)½ tsp. salt1 cup Organic Cocoa Nibs, carob chips or Chocolate Chips (C.C. will have sugar) DirectionsPreheat oven to 375°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine flour, xanthan gum or guar gum, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown rice syrup. Add banana, egg, and vanilla and...

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Raspberry White Chocolate Scones ~ Gluten Free & Egg Free

Scones are a delightful treat any time of the year. With fresh raspberries being in season they make a delicious mid morning or after dinner treat. Using Mama’s Scone Mix makes them super easy to make, your family, friends, and guests will think you worked really hard. We will keep it our secret that they are a cinch to put together! Let me tell you they are decadent, every last bite!

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Cupcakes ~ Made 3 Ways!

The leaves are beginning to change colors, the children are back to school, there is a cool breeze through my kitchen window, all of which cause me to start thinking about fall baking. When I think about fall and baking, I think about pumpkin, apples, plums and more. Today’s recipe are my gluten free pumpkin cupcakes and complimentary fall frostings.

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Cardamom Spiced Plum & Apple Crisp ~ Gluten Free

I love baked fruit crisps any time of year. They are especially nice when fresh fruit is in season, but you can certainly make them all year round with frozen fruit. You can even use fresh fruit in the summer and create your own filling and either can them or freeze them. Crisps are similar to a pies, with pies we bake fruit with the sugar and spices until the fruit becomes soft and the liquids thicken into a nice thick sauce over the fruit, and of course it’s made with a rich, flaky crust on the bottom and many times on the top too. With a crisp we forget the pie crust, instead making a delicious crisp topping, comprising...

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Gluten Free Lefse

It took me three years to convert Grandma Bette’s recipe to gluten free so that Lexie and I can enjoy it too. The first year and second year it did not get Grandma Bette’s seal of approval. She said it was good but too dry. This final recipe, she said I nailed it by adding a little more butter and a little less flour. 

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A Gluten Free Christmas with Gluten Free Mama Cookbook, by Rachel Carlyle Edington

IT’S FINALLY HERE!  I have been working tirelessly on this new gluten free Christmas Cookbook for you! “A Gluten Free Christmas with Gluten Free Mama“, By Rachel Carlyle Edington.   I am so excited to share it with you.  It is full of 37 recipes to help you enjoy success baking this Christmas season.  In this special e-book, I am sharing a collection of gluten free Christmas favorites including recipes for sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, gingerbread cookies

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Gluten Free Spritz Cookies – A Christmas Cookie Tradition!

Spritz Cookies have been a holiday favorite for generations!  Spritz cookies are a German cookie referred to as “Spritzgebäck”, which are made from flour, butter, sugar and eggs.  They are made using a cookie press that has different templates and make different designs, or can be made using a pastry bag with a star tip. They are called Spritz cookies because they come from the word “spritzen” which means “to squirt”. They are a fragile cookie in nature with a rich buttery taste.

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Gluten Free Mama’s Pretzel Toffee with Glutino Pretzels

Gluten Free Mama’s Gluten Free Pretzel Toffee with Glutino Pretzels has got to be hands down the best candy to serve, give away as gifts and eat at Christmas time!  Today I am going to share with you my updated version to this recipe.  It is featured in my second cookbook, In the Kitchen with Gluten Free Mama

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Gluten Free Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about delicious gluten free desserts to make for your sweetheart!  Mama’s Gluten Free Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies are a perfect way to say, “Will you be my Valentine?”  These are also perfect to serve at the upcoming Superbowl party!

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Gluten Free Saint Patricks Day Recipes

Saint Patricks Day is tomorrow and you at probably wondering, “What should I make?”  If you are like me, this is one of those holidays, I wait til last minute to figure out.  So I got you covered today. My gluten free Blogger friends and I have gathered a group of recipes that you can choose from.  Most are super easy to make. Any of the ones that call for flour, Mama’s Almond and Coconut Blend Flours will work perfectly! Gluten Free Mama’s Pumpernickel Bread works Fabulously with St Patrick’s Day Patty Melts or Reuben’s.  Click Here. Around My Family Table’s Irish Soda Bread, a St. Patricks Day Classic. Click Here Petite Allergy Treats Shamrock Shake. Click Here Petite Allergy Treats Vegan Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream. Click Here...

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Flathead Cherry Festival & 10 Gluten Free Cherry Recipes

Small town America is the home of the most fun street fairs, art shows, festivals and more.  In Mama’s small town of Polson, MT, is the Flathead Cherry Festival.  People drive from all over Montana to visit our little cherry festival.  It is happening in the flathead valley this weekend Saturday and Sunday, everything from booths with Made in Montana products, cherry themed booths and baked goods,  lemonade and food carts, people watching, oh and we can’t forget to mention the Cherry Olympics!  The Cherry Olympics include Pit Spitting, Stem Tying, Pie Eating and a Cook-off!  So in honor of my humble little towns fabulous Cherry Festival, I am including my recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Cherry Muffins and 9...

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Espresso Crust

Today I have for you a Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Espresso Crust. I have been craving cheesecake and I remember eating chocolate chip cheesecake from way back in my early 20’s, so I thought I would make one for you this week. I baked it with a Dark Chocolate Espresso flavored crust, like a pie crust. I know pie crust is not the traditional “cheesecake crust”, but I needed something and didn’t want to spend $7 on a box of gluten free Oreos that don’t taste that good and make a crust out of them. So I thought outside the box and let me tell you, this is good. No, actually, it is DELICIOUS! Super easy...

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Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Espresso Zucchini Cake

Can you say Yum?!?!  Well you will after tasting this Dark Chocolate Espresso Zucchini Cake!  It is delicious.  No need to fret about what to do with those garden zucchini’s anymore.  When life gives you zucchini’s, make zucchini cake! I was blessed by a bounty of zucchini this year from some good friends.  When I say bounty, I mean bounty!  So, I am having a blast using it up, making new recipes and of course my old time favorite’s like zucchini fritters too!  In my first cookbook, Gluten Free Mama’s Best Baking recipes, only available on Amazon now, and my second cookbook, In the Kitchen wtih Gluten Free Mama, you can find tons of great zucchini recipes.  I will list...

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The BEST gluten free “edible” Cookie Dough and Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ egg free too!

It’s true, I have for you an “edible” gluten free cookie dough.  I am sure you have seen others out there, but this one is the BEST! I have been making this cookie dough for myself and my kids for about 9 years, and I decided it was time to share with you, it’s only fair right?! Don’t worry, you can eat as little or as much as you want and you won’t get sick from raw eggs.  Also, it makes delicious gluten free cookies too!  Warning:  Be careful, cookie dough can be addicting. How to make the best Gluten Free “edible” Dookie Dough and Chocolate Chip Cookies. 1. Start with Mama’s Almond or Coconut Blend Flours.  Click Here. Mama’s Flours are grit free...

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies seem to be a staple in my life. I can’t figure out if I am constantly making sugar cookies for my kids and all their fun activities/parties or if I just love them so much I’ll find any excuse to make a batch, or two or three…….. Either way you can have complete confidence that these sugar cookies have been thoroughly vetted for their sweet taste and soft texture. This recipe is from the “In the Kitchen with Gluten Free Mama”cookbook (pg. 164) and I love it so much I wanted to share it publicly on the blog for everyone. At our home this week, these cookies will definitely be baking on repeat as I prepare for Valentine’s...

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