Monday, November 21, 2011

gluten free this and that

 Every family has a treat that whenever you get together, it's there.  Ours is cherry cookies.  They start with a cherry chip or strawberry cake mix.  With my sister recently eating gluten free, I knew there had to be an alternative.  An alternative for her.  I still plan to eat the gluten kind!   I picked up a plain white gluten free cake mix, there were no cherry ones available. 

I was a little worried about messing up a whole box if the cookies didn't work out so I split it and tried two recipes.  First I made pumpkin muffins that I know she liked back when gluten was cool.   They are all over Pinterest.  It's just a cake mix with a can of pumpkin.  Here's what I worked out for the muffins.

Pumpkin muffins
1 c gluten free cake mix (half the box)
3/4 c canned pumpkin
Mix ingredients.  Spoon into muffin cups.  This made 16 mini muffins.  I baked them at 350 degrees for 14 minutes.  I should have sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon on top prior to baking, but didn't think to do that.  I am not a pumpkin fan so I didn't even taste them.   I made the regular version once and didn't care for those either.  Hubby ate one but said it wasn't really worth it to get up for a second one.   I'm taking them at Thanksgiving, so we'll see if anyone else enjoys them.    Here they are sitting next to the gluten free peanut butter cookies going to Thanksgiving as well.

That left me 1 cup of cake mix to try out what I really wanted to make. 

cherry cookies
1 cup gluten free cake mix
1 T + 1 t vegetable oil
1 T + 1 t cherry juice (from jar of cherries)
few drops cherry flavoring (super concentrated stuff from kitchen specialty store)
1 egg
few whole cherries (from jar)

Mix first 5 ingredients.  Plop onto cookie sheet.  Place a halved cherry on top.  This made 9 larger cookies.  I baked them on a stone at 350 degrees about 12 minutes.  Let cool on sheet for several minutes, then cool on wire rack.  These were good.  These were worth eating!  They weren't the same at the gluten loving ones we usually enjoy, but these will be a fine substitute.  For her.  Not me.  I love gluten.

Here's the regular recipe: 
Cherry Cookies
1 strawberry or cherry chip cake mix (I prefer strawberry)
2 eggs
1/4 C oil  (my aunt uses 1/2 c oil and no cherry juice- to each their own)
1/4 C cherry juice (from jar of cherries)
cherries (from jar)
mix all except cherries.  Plop onto sheet.  Add halved cherry on top.  
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. 

My sister isn't wanting us to make a big deal out her eating gluten free, but I'm finding it a fun foodie challenge.  I think it's interesting and I'm all about a special project.  Between gluten free and a vegetarian eater at Thanksgiving this year, I bet my grandma is having fun.  She's a foodie too.


Chris said...

And best sister of the year award goes to... You! Thank you so much for taking your time to toy with these recipes. So excited to see you, and to eat cherry cookies! :)

grandma said...

By the way, I have been seeing those pumpkin recipes but three years ago I received a similar Weight Watchers recipe but most started with a spice cake mix and had some oil with it. I used white cake mix and a bit of pumpkin pie spice. They weren't bad.

grandma said...

My friend has given me tried & true recipes for Cherry Pudding, Apple or Peach Cobbler (which is like my MIL's Apple Crisp, and for pizza. I have stuff on hand if anyone wants to make it while I have my nap.