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Peppermint Chocolate

As we were driving home from visiting family yesterday, my daughter and I were brainstorming on how much chocolate peppermint everything we should buy before the aisles switch away from Christmas yummies and move onto Valentine’s Day. So imagine my delight when we pulled in the driveway and there was a package waiting on our doorstep from Goodie Girl Cookies. These sent us a Christmas present for being such loyal customers. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?! These just so happen to be my daughter’s absolute favorite cookie. Gluten free Mint Slims (imagine if the girl scouts of america got their act together and made gluten free thin mints. If you haven’t ever tried these, get your booty over to the nearest Publix or Walmart and grab yourself a box. You won’t regret it. DEC_3711.JPG

Now, if you’re goodie girl-less but surrounded by Trader Joes than I can not encourage you to run fast enough and grab all the boxes of their peppermint Joe Joes (gluten free peppermint oreo style cookies).

I found, being gluten free, that both of these cookies miss the crunch of their gluten containing counterparts, so go ahead and toss them in the freezer. Something magical happens and these cookies become even more magnificient. Or you could do like my son does and crush them up and sprinkle on top of your ice cream sundae.

Whole Foods Product Review

While at a birthday party yesterday, the host surprised me with these special, little gems so I could be included in the birthday fun. Since  Whole Foods brand white bread and pie crusts are two of my very favorite things, I was super excited about these cookies.

MAR_4978These just go to show, you can’t be good at everything. Sorry Whole Foods, these were not a win for me. While they were soft and full of chocolatey flavor, they had more of a bread taste and consistency. They reminded me of the Udi’s muffins you find in the freezer section. A little too heavy and lacking in the sweet department. They weren’t awful, but definitely not winners in my books.

Now, back to that gf & dairy free white bread- it is the perfect bread for grilled cheese or any toasted sandwich and the Whole Foods brand gf pie crust is just as good as homemade.

Anzac Cookies

Recently I visited The Drunken Monkey, a casual little coffee bar on Bumby Avenue, which is full of old cozy furniture, lots of windows, and a large menu of delicious coffees and snacks. They have great gluten free and vegan options, which makes it one of my favorite coffee places for meeting up with friends.

One of their star gluten free items is the Anzac biscuit. A coconut and oatmeal cookie, that is thick and soft with a rich buttery flavor. I knew one bite in that I’d either be returning A LOT or would be making these at home. MAR_4997

A quick search through pinterest told me that these cookies are a gf, vegan version of the Anzac biscuits that were thought of  with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during  World War I. It is believed that the biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the biscuits kept well during lengthy naval transport. The recipe I used is modified from Megann’s Kitchen.

Its a rainy day in Florida, so the kids and I gathered up the ingredients and got to baking. They were perfect balance of buttery coconut, oatmeal goodness. We added a sprinkle of cinnamon to some, chocolate chips to others, and left several plain jane like they’re meant to be. I’ve included affiliate links to help with your gluten free shopping needs.MAR_4979MAR_4987

      • 1 cup Pamela’s gluten free baking flour
      • ¼ cup coconut flour
      • 1 cup rolled gluten free oats
      • ¼ cup brown sugar
      • ¼ cup white sugar
      • ¾ cup unsweetened coconut
      • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
      • 10 Tbs unsalted butter, chopped
      • 1/2 tsp baking soda
      • 1 Tbsp hot water

* Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix, 4-Pound Bags (Pack of 3)
* Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats, 32 Oz
* Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Original, All-Natural Syrup for Baking and Cooking, 11 Ounce
* Betterbody foods Organic Coconut Flour, 36 Ounce

Preheat oven to 325 F.

Mix the flour, oats, sugars & coconut in a large bowl and stir to combine.

In a small saucepan, place the golden syrup & butter, stirring over low heat until the butter has melted. Remove from heat.

Mix the baking soda and water, then add to the golden syrup mixture. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients & mix until fully combined. Roll 2-3 Tbs of mixture into balls ( I used an ice cream scoop) Place on the  baking trays, leaving plenty of space between each one. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven & press firmly down with a flat-bottomed glass. Place back into the oven for another 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Leave to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes then transfer to a plate or cooling rack. The cookies will harden some while cooling.

This made 10 large cookies 🙂