December 3, 2010


Make a Gluten-Free Cookie Challenge

Monthly Challenge7 The pie challenge was perfect for November, and cookies just seem appropriate for December.  I hope you think so too, but I promise that January’s challenge will not be a dessert!

When I originally started these challenges, the focus was on creating something new, like your own casserole.  I have shifted that focus the past couple of months to simply making a gluten-free version of something.  If you create a completely new cookie, that’s great, but there are already so many cookie recipes out there.  The challenge for most of us is taking our old favorites and turning them into a gluten-free cookie that we can safely enjoy.  You may have other dietary restrictions that make a conversion even more challenging. 

For this challenge, you might take a gluten-free recipe and change it to meet your tastes.  Maybe you will use different flours or make it grain free.  You could also take a gluten-filled recipe and adapt it.  Many cookie recipes do quite well by just substituting a gluten-free flour mix and adding a little xanthan gum.  Not much gum is needed for cookies and some don’t need any at all.

To participate in the challenge:  Just post your recipe and link it up here at Gluten-Free Wednesdays any week in December.  I’ll be looking for cookie recipes to highlight.  Just to be clear, I’m looking for cookies and not candy, but I will include cookies made in bar form and no bake cookies.  I will not be highlighting fudge or truffles or similar items.  Feel free to share them as part of the carnival though!

If you need ideas to get you started, take a look at my cookie recipes.  I don’t have many holiday cookie recipes, though.  Here is one of my favorites:

Spritz Cookies
spritz cookies on plate

I’ll be experimenting with making gluten and dairy free cookies this year.  I can’t wait to see what you make!


Oooh, I'm so excited for this one. I'm not sure which cookie I'm going to choose! So many :)
Yes, GF Cookies galore. Perhaps someone will post a jam-filled cookie recipe. I haven't ever made any, but my mother gave me all this peach jam this year...maybe I'll be the one to post this kind of recipe if I figure one out...

Thanks for doing this!


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