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German Chocolate Cookies — Gluten and Dairy Free

Guest post from Michelle of The Willing Cook

Christmastime can affect all of our senses; the smells and tastes of baking cookies, the twinkling of simple white or brightly colored lights, the warmth of a glowing fire.

Nothing says Christmas to me like trays full of brightly decorated sugar cookiespumpkin rolls, wedding cookies, date bars, plum pudding, gingerbread bars, and on and on. I’m sure that I’m not alone.

Just because you or a loved one has food allergies does not mean that you cannot also enjoy these yummy holiday treats.  You just have to have the right recipe, the safe ingredients, and the will to make something delightful!

I’m coming along side you today to do just that.  I’ve created a German Chocolate Cookie that is free of gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, and a few other common allergens.  I promise that you’ll love every single chocolatey, icing-topped bite!  {My husband ate about a dozen of these cookies in the first 24 hours.  He has a lot of willpower to resist foods that make him sick.  But when it comes to allergy-safe foods that are delicious too, he loses all control.  That makes me happy!}

Feel free to leave off the icing if you want.  My son preferred the chocolate wafers over the iced cookies {I’m not sure why any person would not like icing!}.

Whip up this allergy-safe recipe for your Christmas festivities and enjoy all the season has to offer!

Michelle is blessed to stay home with her three children (ages 10, 7, and 4), while her husband works to provide. When she’s not experimenting with allergy-friendly meals, she’s blogging about it at The Willing Cook. Through the Willing Cook, her hope is that you gain peace of mind in your kitchen (and your pocket book) and are able to serve those you love who suffer with food allergies.

Peppermint Fudge Brownies – Dairy & Gluten Free

Guest post from Michelle of The Willing Cook

Traditions are a big part of our Christmas celebrations and observances. Just saying that probably stirs up a few images in your head.

My Papaw was a hard worker and Godly man. He had one of the greatest Puritan libraries of anyone I’ve known, and he read every single book in it. At this time of year, his favorite work was ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. He had every single word of it memorized. I love carrying on his tradition by reading it to my children on Christmas Eve. Perhaps over time I can memorize it just like my Papaw.

Traditions also come to us through food. I’ve shared several of my Granny’s recipes lately (Traditional Pumpkin Roll and Chicken & Dumpling Soup), made with my allergy-friendly twist.

After leaving the coalmines of West Virginia, my grandparents went to a boarding school where my Papaw was the groundskeeper and my Granny, the cook. The recipe I’m sharing with you today has its roots from the hallowed halls of that boarding school many decades past. The original brownie recipe can beat out any brownie recipe that I know with its perfect chewiness and thick, smooth chocolate icing.

I’ve given the recipe a seasonal twist by adding a peppermint flavor. I also converted the recipe to be free of gluten, dairy, peanut, egg, and so on.

Whatever the traditions in your home, enjoy every minute of them! Pass them on to your children and the friends with whom you share the joy and wonder of Christmas. Perhaps someday they’ll recite ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with their own children.

Enjoy the wonderful flavors of Christmas in this Peppermint Fudge Brownie!

Michelle is blessed to stay home with her three children (ages 10, 7, and 4), while her husband works to provide. When she’s not experimenting with allergy-friendly meals, she’s blogging about it at The Willing Cook. Through the Willing Cook, her hope is that you gain peace of mind in your kitchen (and your pocket book) and are able to serve those you love who suffer with food allergies.

Better-Than-Mounds Bars

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

These bars are one of my all-time favorite holiday treats! If you want to meet new people and make new friends, just take a plate of these decadent candy-bar-like cookies to a Christmas party — you will have people begging you for the recipe! They are very rich (which means one pan goes a long way!), indulgent, and an amazing addition to a plate of assorted homemade Christmas goodies.

Even though I generally stick with recipes that use more “pure” ingredients (i.e. less packages and cans), I like these bars so much that I feel they more than justify a once-a-year splurge.

This is a simple, easy-to-throw-together recipe that will keep in the freezer for weeks – which means you can have treats ready at a moment’s notice the entire holiday season.

I will forever be indebted to my husband’s grandma for introducing me to this recipe! She simply called them “Mounds Bars,” but seriously, there is just no comparison between these and the packaged candy bars in the checkout lanes.

That’s it!

The only bad thing about taking these bars to holiday parties it that you’ll rarely ever have leftovers!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Holiday Bark

I found this recipe on Grin & Bake It that looked like a fun twist on my World’s Easiest Christmas Candy recipe. So naturally, I had to give it a try.

It was fun to make — and the end result is delicious. It’s sweeter than the other recipe and doesn’t have as much of the sweet and salty flavor thing going that I love in my other recipe, but this recipe is fantastic in its own right.

Best of all, this is a recipe that can be made ahead of time and frozen… provided you can keep yourself from eating all of it straight from the freezer. 🙂

Angel Face Cookies

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

To be perfectly honest, I’ve never been a fan of sugar cookies. However, these sugar cookies are an exception!

Soft and buttery, these melt-in-your-mouth goodies are the perfect accompaniment to a steamy mug of cocoa, or a good book by the fireplace. They also make an attractive (frugal!) addition to a plate of Christmas treats.

They will keep for weeks in the freezer (probably longer than that, but I haven’t tried), and you can freeze them before or after baking.

This recipe is one my husband grew up on, and one of those I had to get from his mom when we got married. I’m pretty sure it’s one my children will want to take with them as well someday.

My husband says they are in a category of their own – somewhere between a sugar cookie and snickerdoodle. I don’t try to categorize them; I just know they are good!

If you’re looking for a classic all-around holiday cookie that uses basic ingredients, here it is!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3, and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

Peanut Butter Bon-Bons

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

This recipe brings back special childhood memories for me… every December, my family would make and freeze dozens and dozens and dozens of cookies – and we always included these bon-bons!

We would spend the week before Christmas making up platters of goodies to give away to all of our neighbors, relatives, friends, co-workers, and anyone else my mom could come up with… we even included the mailman and UPS man! Of all of the delectable treats we would make, these were always one of my very favorites. I mean, how could you not like peanut butter and chocolate?

These bon-bons only take a handful of ingredients, make a large batch, and store in the freezer very well. They look fancy and indulgent and taste amazing. Just one word of warning, though: these are extremely addictive!

That’s it!

If you’re looking for a simple, delicious treat to make for a holiday party… give my Peanut Butter Bon-Bon’s a try!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.