Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Hey y’all! Today I’m going to be sharing a recipe for Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies.IMG_3792

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 cup Applesauce
  • 2/3 cup Krusteaz All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/3 and 1/8 cup Coconut Flour
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Beat Peanut Butter, Shortening, Brown Sugar, Milk, and Vanilla until well blended.
  3. Add in Applesauce and mix in with a spatula.
  4. Mix flours, baking soda, and salt. Add into creamed mixture until completely blended. Form into a ball with a spatula. It’ll look something like this:IMG_3785
  5. Roll into balls, and place onto a cookie sheet. Create a criss cross pattern with the tines of a fork.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes until just beginning to brown. Cool on a wire rack:IMG_3787

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

I hope y’all try this recipe! If you do . . . let me know what you think of it in the comments!

IMG_3789Have an awesome day y’all!

Love,

Olivia

Copycat Chuy’s Jalapeno Dip

In anticipation of Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, I thought I’d share a copycat Chuy’s recipe with y’all! This would make the perfect addition to your chip and dip bar, a dip for quesadillas or to drizzle on to nachos, salads, or enchiladas. This stuff is addictive, so you may want to make a double batch. 😉

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Copycat Chuy’s Jalapeno Dip:

Ingredients (don’t let the picture above deceive you, you don’t use nearly that much cilantro, or five jalapeños):

  • 1 long green chile (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 packet of ranch mix
  • 2 medium size jalapeños (chopped)
  • 1 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup of buttermilk (you can use plain milk, and add in 2 teaspoons vinegar)
  • Throw all your ingredients into a food processor, and mix until smooth!

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As I mentioned before, this is awesome drizzled over nachos. See:

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Hope y’all had an awesome day, and I’ll see you here tomorrow for Cinco de Mayo!! 😉

Love,

Olivia

Bare Belly Organics . . . a review!

As promised the other day . . . I give you the: Bare Belly Organics Review!

Bare Belly Organics is a company out of Kennesaw, GA that makes gluten free mineral sunscreen, lip balm, and various skincare products. All without any of the nine chemicals approved by the FDA as effective sunscreens that are also endocrine disruptors and can cause a plethora of unsavory side effects.

Their sunscreen is available in multiple forms: cream, face sticks, and body sticks. As well as a line of baby sunscreen. They have other products such as lotion, bug repellent, and lip balms.

The sweet ladies who own the company gave me a few products to try and review for y’all at the GFAF Expo, but all opinions expressed throughout this post are mine alone:

Their sunscreen looks a bit different once applied then your average sunscreen, and to show y’all how to apply it properly . . .  I made a short little video for y’all:

Here are my thoughts on everything I tried:

The sunscreen is absolutely fantastic. It has a pleasant scent, and no weird sticky feeling once applied. Additionally, it has really great protection. I’m so pale that my mama jokingly calls me Casper on a regular basis, and even after an afternoon spent outside, I’m not burnt at all. I just reapplied the sunscreen every two hours, and Voila! No lobster skin.

Now, because of the fact that their products are chemical-free, they may soften if exposed to heat, but thankfully, it shouldn’t impede the effectiveness of the product!

Onto the next portion of our three part review:

The face stick is fantastic. It works really well, and I’ve worn it under my makeup for the past week as an extra layer of protection for my skin. It doesn’t even feel like I’m wearing sunscreen, which is a huge perk! 🙂 It also has a pleasant odor, because of essential oils added in to the formula.

Last but not least, let us discuss the lip balm!

I received the vanilla in my products to review, and purchased an orange one while at the expo. After testing both of them over the past couple weeks, I can tell you that they’re amazing. I may even be swayed away from my love of eos for Bare Belly Organics lip balm. It is that awesome. Smooth and moisturizing. I honestly don’t have any complaints.

Overall, I’m incredibly impressed with everything I had the chance to try from Bare Belly Organics, and look forward to trying more of their products in the future! I’d totally recommend them to y’all, and will purchase products from the company in the future.

Have a Stupendous Saturday y’all!!

Love,

Olivia

Tamari Gluten Free Soy Sauce

I met the folks from Tamari at the GFAF Expo, and though I’d heard about their products before (I even had a bottle of their Gluten Free Soy Sauce in the cabinet) the product I was most excited to learn about was their Gluten Free Soy Sauce Travel Packs. These are perfect for going to your favorite Asian restaurant, using for lunches at school/ work, or when going to dinner at a friends! 

You receive 20 Travel Packets per box, and can purchase them here. I’ve loved all the products I’ve tried so far from Tamari, and would definitely recommend them to y’all! 🙂

Have a lovely day, and check back here tomorrow for a new post!!

Love,

Olivia

Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels

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Okie dokie y’all . . . I made Gluten Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with the Enjoy Life Gluten Free, Dairy Free Chocolate Chips I received to sample at the GFAF Expo. The chocolate chips are delicious, they have an awesome flavor with no weird aftertaste! They have awesome chocolate flavor, but not in an overpowering way.

IMG_3610As you can see, the chocolate chips are well mixed throughout the cookies. If you’d like to make them, here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup white rice flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
2 Tablespoons tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels

    • Mix sugars and oil in a bowl
    • Add milk and vanilla, mix until combined
    • Mix dry ingredients, then combine with the wet ingredients
    • Fold in the chips, then allow the dough to rest for 20 minutes
    • Bake at 350 for around 10 minutes, or until edges are cooked and the top is slightly golden brown

Now, the dough ends up a bit oily, and spread out quite quickly when I baked it, so I added another 1/8 cup of coconut flour. You can see the difference between the two batches below. The left side is the batch with extra coconut flour.

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Overall, the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips were delicious, and had fantastic flavor. I would totally recommend them to y’all, and will definitely use them in the future for Gluten Free/ Dairy Free baking.

Have an awesome day y’all!

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more talk on the GFAF Expo!
Love,
Olivia

Krusteaz Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins . . . a review!

Today I’ll be reviewing the Krusteaz Gluten Free Blueberry Muffin Mix. I picked this muffin mix up at our local Big Lots for $3.80, but you can find it on Amazon too, if you want to pay almost $8 for it. 🙂

Flavor:
Fantastic. They’re sweet without being overly sweet, and they have awesome blueberry flavor. There’s no weird “Gluten Free” flavor, in fact . . . they taste just like I remember their glutinous ones tasting. Ten out of ten stars for flavor!!

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Texture:
Quite fluffy. So many Gluten Free baked goods end up quite dense or dry. These muffins turned out light and airy with just the right amount of moisture. Ten out of ten stars for texture.

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Quantity:
Contrary to the pictures, the mix yields twelve muffins, which is nice. We had them for breakfast three times the week I made them, and they stayed tasty over that three day period. Ten out of ten stars for that!!

Overall:
These mix makes delicious muffins, with decent prices, and an airy texture. I would totally recommend them! 😉

Have a great day y’all!!
Love,
Olivia

Gluten Free Valentine’s Day Cherry Hand Pies!

So, today . . . I thought I’d share a simple, last-minute dessert with y’all just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Super cute and festive hand pies!!

You only need FIVE ingredients:

  • Cherry Pie Filling (or pie filling flavor of your choice)
  • Gluten Free Pie Dough (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 Egg White
  • Butter (the real kind, there are no substitutes)
  • Sugar

  1. Make your Pie Dough (this could be as simple as picking up a tub from the grocery store. Just follow the instructions on the package.)
  2. Roll out your dough and cut it into hearts or ovals (ovals for the turnovers). Spoon some pie filling into your pie dough and seal up the dough by crimping it with a fork.
  3. Brush with your egg wash and bake at 425 for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Remove from oven. Brush with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Hope you have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love,
Olivia

New Gluten Free Product Find!!

Alrighty y’all, I went to Sam’s Club today and found a new Gluten Free Product from Krusteaz (which I searched for and couldn’t find on their website), and I thought I’d share it with y’all!! It’s Krusteaz Gluten Free All Purpose Flour!!

We paid $9.98 for five pounds of it at Sam’s today, and I’m SUPER excited to try it out!!1416185328

Here are a couple of cool factoids about it:

  • It’s Certified Gluten Free.
  • It is a blend of several flours I am already familiar with and have used in the past.

AND, my personal favorite . . .

  • It is a “cup for cup” baking mix . . . which means, just in case you didn’t know . . . you can use it in ANY recipe that’s not Gluten Free to substitute for regular flour without creating Gluten Free flour blends or any craziness like that. 😀

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I’m SO excited to try this over the next few days and will DEFINITELY be letting y’all know EXACTLY what I think of it!

I hope y’all have a fantastic rest of your day!
Love,
Olivia

Immaculate Baking Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix (a review)

Hey There! Come on in! Today we’re talking about Immaculate Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Dough Mix ! 😀 We bought this mix at Walmart, but you can find it at Kroger, which is where I saw it this morning, or at a number of other grocery stores. You can also buy it in bulk at Amazon.  (And trust me, you will want to buy it in bulk.)

I am going to do a pros and cons list for these today. It just works. Let’s get into the review, shall we?

Pros:

  • Easy to make.
  • It makes decent sized cookies. No pesky quarter-size cookie niblet wannabes here.
  • Makes quite a few. (About a dozen and a half.)
  • Soft and chewy cookies.
  • They’re fluffy.
  • Basically, these cookies are like a soft style of these.

Cons:

  • They’re a wee bit crumbly. Not a deal breaker by any means.

These cookies are DELICIOUS! They’d be adorable frosted and possibly even cuter with sprinkles! 😉
I’d highly recommend these. They’d be perfect for birthday or dinner parties, bible study snacks, school lunches, dessert with dinner, or just a general snack throughout your day. They would not be great rolled out into shapes, but the decorating options with colored sugars/gluten free jimmies or topping with your favorite gluten free frosting are endless.

I’m not saying y’all need to go right out today and try these, but I’d highly suggest it! If y’all are in the market for a Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix soon, this would certainly be the mix I would recommend.

Oh, and as always, all the opinions expressed in this post are solely my own! Immaculate Baking has no clue who I am!

Hope y’all have a WONDERFUL day! I am going to go find out if my mom snagged the last of our sugar cookies.
Wish me luck!
Love,
Olivia

Cookbook Update

Okie dokie y’all, if you don’t want an update on my cookbook, you may wanna skip out on this post. However, if you do want an update on the cookbook. . . keep on reading! 😉

The cool thing is . . . it’s about 25% finished. I may have procrastinated a teeny tiny bit on putting it together this week.

Most of today looked like this:

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And yes, the calf in that gorgeous field of bluebonnets is covering up . . . words — important words. Guess what that means? There is only one solution for YOU as a reader. You will have to wait and buy my cookbook!

Hmm . . . let’s see. What’s the progress at this point?  So far the cover art is complete. The table of contents is complete,  which means the recipe list has been completely decided and finalized. I also finished writing the introduction and have typed up the first couple recipes!

It is still on schedule despite my procrastination, and it is very much on track to hit Kindle “shelves” by mid-November!

That’s all the updates I have for y’all today! Check back soon for more information on my cookbook, as well as for some fun surprises coming soon in relation to it.

Have a great day, y’all!

Love,
Olivia