Cookies with Grandpa!

“Hands On” Spritz Cookies

Family and cookies are a tradition of Christmas in our family!  This family favorite is so easy that even my 6 year old and grandpa could join in the fun!

This holiday favorite has taken a long time to perfect!  First was finding a recipe that worked.  Then the search for the right flour blend that would produce the melt in your mouth “spritz” cookies as well as stay together in the pressed form!

THE FLOUR:  The important key here is to use a

light baking flour, the one I used is the King Arthur’s gluten free flour.  This is the only one that I have found that gave me the results I was looking for!  You can find it online easily and some co-ops carry it!

THE RECIPE:  

Spritz Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
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*Dairy Free: Use Earth Balance Sticks (NOT whipped)
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • ½ c. Grass fed Butter
  • ½ c. Non-hydro Shortening
  • ⅔ c. Powder Sugar
  • 1 Egg plus 1 Yolk
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract
  • 1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 2 ½ c. GF Flour (GF King Arthur)
  • Frosting:
  • 2 C. Powder Sugar
  • 2 T. Milk (Almond, Rice, etc…fine)
  • 2 T. Grass fed Butter
  • 1 tsp. Almond Extract or Vanilla Extract (Optional)
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, shortening, sugar, extract, eggs. Mix dry ingredients, stir in. Chill. Roll out or use a spritz machine to make shaped cookies! Bake at 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes.

Enjoy!

Healthy Almond Roca

Christmas just is not Christmas without the traditional Almond Roca!  Uncle Steve makes the best but we can  not and choose not to eat the corn syrup and butter that make it so wonderful!  So, we have a twist on the old traditional favorite!  This is a great Christmas gift as well for teachers and friends!  To fancy it up a bit I will crush almonds and sprinkle over the top of the melted chocolate and it dresses it up a lot!

***NOTE:  Listed here is the original recipe.  I did not care for the honey as it burned too easily!  So, I used coconut nectar and it was much better.  I also used maple syrup which was delicious!  I also used whole raw almonds instead of slivered!

Healthy Almond Roca
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Recipe from www.allergyfreemenuplanners.com
Ingredients
  • ⅔ c. Grass fed Butter (For a dairy free version you can also use coconut oil, just doesn't set as hard, or Earth Balance Sticks)
  • ½ c. Honey (or coconut nectar or maple syrup)
  • 1 c. Almond Slices
  • 1 Bag GF/DF Dark Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Boil butter and honey to 300 degrees.
  2. Add almonds cook 1 more minute.
  3. Pour on buttered cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle as many chocolate chips on top as desired and spread.
  5. Put in fridge to set.
  6. Crack by hitting with large spoon.
  7. Store in fridge.

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