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the day {the one where i went gluten free}

marked clearly on my calendar with a big red circle, is the day.  january 6, 2009.  it was the day that i went gluten free.  only for a trial period, right? or so i thought.

i was 4 weeks postpartum with my first son and suddenly all my tummy troubles were back.  my sister had been diagnosed with early signs of celiac damage earlier that year and was already well into her gluten free journey.  i made the decision, i was done.  so what did i do? well naturally i bought a cookbook {1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes (1,000 Recipes)} it had 1,000 gluten free recipes…this couldn’t be that hard, right?

as soon as my cookbook arrived, i chose a few recipes to try and headed off to whole foods.  and there i stood.  i think i was there for over 2 hours, just reading labels. never fear, i had my trusty list in hand with all the words that could mean “gluten”.  a few hundred dollars later, i came home with all sorts of gluten free items.  i had sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xantham gum…and on and on, armed and ready to bake.

i have to admit that the first thing we ever baked gluten free was actually a huge success.  though we now eat a very limited amount of gluten free starches and grains, i still thought this recipe should be shared. these little cookies, offered me the encouragement i needed as we dove into changing everything about the way we knew how to cook.

gluten free snickerdoodles
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: adapated from: 1,000 gluten free recipes by carol fenster
simple, yet yummy gluten free snickerdoodles. (options included for making them egg-free & dairy-free)
  • ¾ c. sorghum flour
  • ¾ c. potato starch
  • ½ c. tapioca starch
  • ½ c. earth balance (for dairy free) or butter
  • 1 tsp. xantham gum
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. unrefined sea salt salt
  • 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 c. evaporated cane sugar
  • 1 flax seed egg* (for egg free) or 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • (sugar and cinnamon for coating cookies)
  • *flax seed egg (heat 3 Tbsp. water + 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed, until mixture gels)
  1. mix together dry ingredients (sorghum flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xantham gum, salt & baking powder) & set aside
  2. with mixer on low blend butter until smooth & then beat in sugar, flax seed egg, brown sugar, vanilla & almond extract
  3. slowly fold in dry ingredients
  4. remove dough from bowl and knead dough with hands until smooth
  5. divide into two balls and pat into flat disks between plastic wrap or parchment paper
  6. chill in refrigerator for one hour
  7. cut each disk of dough into 12 equal pieces
  8. roll each piece into balls & coat with cinnamon and sugar
  9. place on parchment lines cookie sheet & press slightly to flatten
  10. bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes
if making with flax seed egg, cookies with become pretty dry after about 2 days. freezing the extras is our preferred way to store them


April 27, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Mel - Yayyy!!!! I’m so excited for you (and, for us ;)! You have helped us so much with the gluten-free lifestyle…we are beyond appreciative. We can’t wait to see what you share, knowing full-well that you will help and bless many along the way…including us. We’ll be printing off the snicker doodle recipe-thank you. Cheers to what’s to come! Love you guys!! xoxo!

April 27, 2012 - 10:08 pm

Tricia King - So excited for what you are doing…what a blessing you will be to so many!

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