Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pistachio Shortbread Dessert

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      Pistachio Shortbread Dessert

     I have been dying to to make a Pistachio dessert for forever! I love Pistachio pudding, but sadly my children do not, so I waited for Easter and invited my mom and dad over,they both really loved it. Surprisingly it was VERY rich, you could only eat one piece. This was easy to make and dang it was tasty, I almost went the cheater route and used Shortbread Cookies; but I was feeling cheap,and I knew I could whip up Shortbread in 10minutes! Yes, it's that easy!  So next time you need a crust for something, consider making and using a Shortbread Crust.  I hope you enjoy it.
Happy Baking, Natalie


Adapted from Lil Luna
-1 cup softened butter
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 tsp baking powder
-2 cups Pamela's Bread Flour  
-2 (3.4 oz) boxes Jello Instant Pistachio Pudding
-2 3/4 cups milk
-1 (8oz) package cream cheese softened
-1 cup powdered sugar
-2 small cartons of Cool whip 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9x13 inch glass pan with Pam. Bake for 20-22minutes or until a light golden on top.
-To make the Shortbread
-First add the butter and sugar and mix together, cream well. 
-Then add baking powder and flour, then mix well.
-Now press as evenly as possible into the pan, and bake, then cool before adding cold ingredients on top.
 Creamy layer:
-First beat your cream cheese and sugar together until smooth, then add in 2 cups(that is one small container) of Cool Whip and mix in.
-Spread onto the cooled crust.
-Next make your pudding and pour onto the cream cheese layer.
-Lastly, when the pudding has set, spread the last container of cool whip on top, let it set for at least 2 hours together. 

One of my very favorite things are, Snyder's Gluten Free Pretzels! Oh my gosh they are awesome,and now they have flavors too!   You can buy them in 4 packs for a great price on

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nutella Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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       Nutella Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

     Seriously, I think I might have a problem!!  I absolutely love Nutella, you might have noticed that, I put Nutella in any recipe I can get it in!  I know it's fattening, but in moderation, it enhances every recipe and makes it BETTER!!!   So, it's been a while since I have made cookies, and who doesn't love A good cookie; especially one with Oatmeal and Nutella in it, it's a win, win!  My son claims he hates Nutella, so funny, I just told him to eat one and he assumed they were chocolate....15 cookies later I told him they were Nutella,he said "As long as Nutella tastes like Chocolate I'll eat your food!"  Wow, wasn't that generous of him?
     I just wanted to address a baking and flour concern, I bake with Pamela's Bread Flour ,, so if you use other flours I can not guarantee how your dessert will turn out; so please do some  trial and error adjustments on the flour, baking soda, baking powder and baking times.  I hope this helps everyone out, Thanks for all of your support.  
                                     Happy Baking, Natalie

-1/2 cup softened butter
-3/4 cup Nutella
-1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-2 large eggs
-1tsp pure vanilla extract
-3 1/3 cups whole GF oats
-1 1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-2 1/4 cups Pamela's Bread Flour
-2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

 To Make:
 Preheat the oven to 325 degrees, spray your pans with Pam. Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven, cool for 5 minutes and remove.  Do not over cook, the edges are crispy, and the center is moist and delicious.  This recipe makes 26 cookies and stores for 4 days in a sealed container.
-First  cream the butter and brown sugar together, then add the Nutella and mix well.
-Now add the eggs, vanilla, baking soda and salt, mix them together and scrape the sides.
-Then add your oats and mix, scrape, next add the flour, mix well until the flour is all incorporated.
-Lastly add the chocolate chips and mix in.
-DO Not refrigerate.
- Now roll these babies into balls, then press lightly in the middle, it helps them to spread a little....or if you like a fat cookie, don't press on the middle.
-Then Bake and eat!!   

This is one of my Favorite things! I absolutely love, love,love Franz Bread! I can finally have Grilled Cheese and French Toast again! Thanks Franz!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gluten Free Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

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                     Chewy Oatmeal Cookies
     Well, I needed a treat to take to my sister in law's house this past weekend, while we helped them paint.  I hate going to anyone's house expecting them to fix dinner and make a Gluten Free treat, it really stresses them out!  So, I decided it was time for a batch of cookies, then my niece and nephew could have something portable to eat, that isn't too messy!!  I also like to use Holiday candy whenever possible just to make it fun.
     I can honestly say, I am a HUGE Pinterest girl, and that is where I have found a lot of my inspirations to bake.  At least I bake what I Pin, so the time is NOT wasted!  Sometimes the recipes do not turn out, but, hey that's life, right?!  These were super easy and very quick to make, plus I liked that I could put in whatever mix- ins that I wanted. Try these cookies, they were a hit with my niece and nephew; my nephew told his mom, I make better treats then she does! I say SCORE!!!   Happy Baking, Natalie

***Apparently Hershey's candy list came out and these made the non-GF list, however; they are on the list as I have Celiacs and have eaten them for weeks and so have my friends,with no side effects...seriously, they were safe before, now I can't even trust packaging!!!  The package says nothing about being made in a contaminated factory or any wheat, add at your own RISK, put other fun things in them. Natalie
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
-1 cup butter
-1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 1/2 tsp soda
-1/4 tsp salt
-3 tsp pure vanilla extract
-3 1/3 cups GF quick outs
-2 cups Pamela's Bread flour
-3 cups of mix-ins (I used Cadbury Mini Eggs and Chocolate chunks)

  You can add whatever you like, raisins,peanut butter chips, nuts,fruit chunks, toffee bits, candy bar pieces, M&M's, any GF candy you like....mix it up and see what combinations you can come up with.  I saved a couple of my mix-ins for the top, to look pretty.

 To Make:
-First cream together the butter, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy.
-Next add the vanilla, salt, soda and eggs mix in and scrape the sides.
-Then add  the oats and mix in, 
after add the flour and mix it until incorporated.
-Now add in whatever tasty mix-in you want and mix it up.
-Lastly put it all in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, spray your pans with Pam, bake for 10-12 depending on your oven, don't over cook, they will firm up as they cool. 
-I used a 1 TB measuring spoon to scoop them into balls, a slightly over filled spoon full. I rolled them into balls, then pushed them down slightly in the middle to help them spread, if you don't want them to spread and be a fatter thicker cookie, then don't push down the middle. 
-Take them off the pan and  cool on a rack or towels when done. 
  My favorite thing this week is... the IKEA Lingon Jam, oh man, put this with some goat cheese and crackers and it's winning combination.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cake

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                            Cinnamon Roll Cake

     This cake was SOOO good, it didn't make it long enough the first time I made it, to take pictures!!  My family had been asking me to try and make "real" Cinnamon Rolls for the longest time, and just haven't been in the mood to spend that much time or effort!!  Then second time I made it, the day was very overcast and the pictures show it! Ugh...but it had to be done that day, or I would have had to make another cake, 2 Cinnamon Roll Cakes in one week is plenty!  Yet once again I found this great recipe on Pinterest, at least I can say that I bake what I Pin! Haaaahaa.  
     This cake is so easy to make, and tastes Wonderful, warm, room temperature or with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream!  It's a winner all the way around!  I hope you enjoy it.
  Happy Baking, Natalie

Adapted from: Lil luna
-3 cups Pamela's Bread flour
-1/4 tsp salt
-1cup sugar
-4 tsp baking powder
-2 tsp baking soda
-2tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cups Buttermilk
-2 large eggs
-1/2 cup melted butter
-Powdered sugar
-whipped cream/milk

 Cinnamon topping-
-1 cup softened butter 
-1 cup packed brown sugar
-2 TB GF flour
-1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 

-Use a 9x13 inch glass pan, spray with Pam Spray. Bake at 350* for 43-45 min.
-First add the flour, salt, sugar, baking soda  and baking powder, mix together.
-Then add buttermilk, vanilla, eggs and mix together, make sure and scrape the sides.  Next add the1/2 cup melted butter and mix together.
-Now pour it into the pan and smooth it out.
-Then soften the butter, combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon together.
-Stir them together, and drop them on the cake, then run a knife through it, but not all the way to the bottom.
-Then bake, after let it cool for a bit and make your glaze and drizzle it on top and enjoy.

 My favorite things this week are Mike and Ike's, I absolutely LOVE them!!!!