Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Nothing says Christmas to me like cookies!  Growing up my grandma would fill the house with cookies.  There would be tins everywhere filled will all kinds of freshly bakes cookies.  As you can imagine her house smelled amazing!

I have tried to carry on the tradition and make cookies at Christmas.  With this being my first Gluten Free Christmas I am eagerly looking for good recipes.  A friend shared this one with me.

What you Need:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg

How to Make It:
Set oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together 3 ingredients.  Roll into balls and place on cookie sheet.  Use a fork to make an X on the dough balls to flatten them.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.

This does not make very many cookies so I recommend doubling the recipe.

These came out great!  It is hard to imagine they only have 3 ingredients!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Chocolate Bark

After reading two blog posts recently I decided to try my hand at making Chocolate Bark for Christmas gifts.   I did a dry run on the peppermint bark.  It has a layer of semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate and peppermint candy on top.  I only made half a batch since I would be eating it!  To be honest I burned the first batch of white chocolate while melting it in the microwave - fail!  But my second batch came out fine and the end product was very tasty!  I actually found it to be very refreshing to eat.

I plan to make Jules' pretzel and pecan bark next.

Some things I learned:
- Don't burn the chocolate!  I'm not smart enough to bring it back once it has gone too far
- When making the peppermint bark allow the semi-sweet layer to chill for at least 20 minutes before you put the white chocolate on
- You have to work fast when you add the white chocolate layer or it will start to melt the semi-sweet layer
- I found it was easier to break the bark at room temperature rather than just out of the oven

I used these two posts as guides: Simply Gluten Free and Jules Gluten Free.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Easy Breakfast Casserole

I'm a proponent of breakfast for dinner!  It's easy, it's fast and it's filling.  Tonight I needed something that was quick and easy so breakfast for dinner was the winner.  I decided to look around for a casserole so that we could have leftovers for later in the week.  I found this recipe and made some basic changes.


What You Need:
12 slices of bacon - chopped
1/4 onion - chopped
8 eggs - beaten
3 medium potatoes - shredded
2 cups cheddar cheese - shredded
2 slices of swiss cheese - cut up
4 oz cream cheese - softened
1 tbsp butter
Salt & pepper

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 350.  Spray 9x13 dish and cover the bottom with potatoes.  Season potatoes to taste with salt and pepper and put in oven for 5-10 minutes while you get other ingredients prepared.  Melt butter in small sauce pan.  Add onion and bacon, cook for 5 minutes.  Mix remaining ingredients together in large bowl and add the onions and bacon.  Cover the potato layer with the egg mixture and cook for 40 minutes.  Let sit for 10 minutes and serve!

It turned out great and my mother-in-law even enjoyed it!

This is easily customized to your families tastes and what you have on hand.  Adding some fresh veggies like peppers or spinach would be great.

I decided to use cream cheese instead of the cottage cheese from the original recipe because I'm not a cottage cheese fan and I wanted it to be sweeter.

Happy eating!
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