Alisa Fleming ~ For those of you who can eat gluten, or who like the adventure of adapting recipes, see my prior cookie recipe round-up, "A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays."
Doesn’t it seem like everyone and their dog is going gluten-free these days? Though I had never been gluten-free in the past, I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free baking for the past five years … ever since several bags of gluten-free baking mixes landed on my desk for review. Since then I’ve tested out a variety of flours … in fact, at any given time, I have at least ten different flours and starches on hand.
Honestly, I couldn’t explain my fascination with the art of gluten-free baking … until now. You know how sometimes, you just know something, even though you don’t know it? [If that made absolutely no sense to you, just humor me]. Call it intuition, or maybe your subconscious making subtle observations that your conscious mind overlooks. What is all of this rambling about? Tony, my husband and the IT man behind Go Dairy Free, was told to trial a gluten-free diet by our doctor …
Yes, me allergic to milk, and a month into the gluten-free trial, it really does look like he may be intolerant to gluten. We are quite the pair, really.
Fortunately for him, I was prepared. At the first sign of a carb craving, I scavenged our pantry, and gluten-free, dairy-free pizza was on the table. Oh, and dessert? I’ve had that one covered for years. All he had to do was pick from among the ones he liked best, all made (and given the thumbs up from gluten-eating taste buds) long before this gluten-free adventure …
Not a fan of cherries in cookies? You can go all chocolate with these if you prefer!
These are so awesome that they made my "A Dozen of the Best Dairy-Free Cookie Recipes for the Holidays" list, too!
Article, recipes, and photos by Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a freelance writer for several publications, with an emphasis on creating recipes for various types of special diets.