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Liz Lovely Gluten-Free Cookies are Off-the-Chain

By September 18, 2013 Gluten-Free Products

If you watch Shark Tank religiously like I do (which by the way, the new season premieres this Friday, September 20th), you may have seen Cowboy Dan and Liz Lovely on the tube talking about their superior gluten-free cookies. As soon as I saw the episode last year, I of course sent the company an email asking if I could review their goodies. The answer was YES and I fell in love with the company immediately after the first bite a few weeks later.

But now I love Liz Lovely EVEN more because they recently announced the fact that they are now a 100% dedicated gluten-free bakery and are Gluten Free Certified by GFCO. This is big news because it’s great to see a company who recognizes not only the need for YUMMY gluten-free cookies, but also the need for preparation that is free of cross-contamination.

The company revealed that they would no longer be producing wheat cookies which is REALLY FREAKIN’ AWESOME in my opinion. Instead of a company succumbing to the gluten-free pressures and producing one piddly product for us g-free folks, Liz Lovely said, “Hey, we are going to put the gluten-free consumer FIRST and drop the wheat products.” Is that amazing, or is that amazing?

Box of Liz Lovely GF Cookies

The Vermont gluten-free cookie company also announced their new cookie flavor, the Gluten-Free Cowboy Cookie! All I have to say is YEE-HAW. Made with gluten-free rolled oats, walnuts and dark chocolate, this cookie is something to write home about. I enjoyed the cookies a little bit TOO much. Not to put any of the other Liz Lovely flavors down (because I’m obsessed with them all), but this one had a little somethin’ special. Maybe it was the oats? I’m a g-free oat eater, which I know some of you aren’t, but if you CAN eat gluten-free oats, I highly recommend ordering this cookie to treat yourself.

Liz Lovely GF Cowboy Cookie and Netflix

I also received samples of other Liz Lovely gluten-free flavors. The box full of goodness smelled like heaven when I opened it. I also knew that there would be consequences of the deliciousness, such as tight jeans and slight weight gain following the cookie monster session, but I knew it’d be worth it.

As a former chunker-child who was obsessed with Thin Mints in the pre-GF days, I’ve always been on the lookout for my Thin Mint replacement. I’m happy to say that Liz has successfully exceeded my expectations. To heck with Girl Scout’s Thin Mints, Liz Lovely’s Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Mint Cookies do it way better for me. The Liz Lovely website even says “Watch out, Girl Scouts!” and boy, oh boy are they right! While these gluten-free cookies aren’t crunchy like the original Thin Mint, they’re loaded with cocoa and chocolate chips, drizzled in dark chocolate, and they scream “EAT ME!” I obviously followed orders. You should, too.

And then there’s the Gluten-Free Snickerdoodles. My mom was responsible for this flavor’s disappearing act, but I can’t really blame her. They’re soft baked cinnamon sugar greatness that will remind you of the good old days of eating homemade cookies in the kitchen with your mom. Or they can just remind you of how you need to have a standing monthly order with Liz Lovely and Cowboy Dan because who needs Mom’s baking anymore, right?

My box of cookie flavors didn’t stop there. I also had the Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cookies which are clearly amazing, just read the name. They literally put brownies to shame. SHAME. I also had some of the classic Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. Seriously…delish. The chocolate drizzle on top and the fact that the cookie is as big as my palm really sets it up for g-free success in my book. I enjoyed one of these treats after a long day of work and it pretty much made everything in the world seem better.

Chocolate Fudge Gluten-Free Cookie

Chocolate Chips Cookies Are Delish

Finally, my lucky little taste-buds enjoyed the Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies. MmMm GOOD. The crystallized ginger all up on the molasses will blow your g-free mind. It’s pretty much the perfect season to enjoy a pack of these babies, too. Hurry up and order some to enjoy this fall!

So there you go, folks. Sorry for making you crave cookies. I really think you should order yourself some of Liz Lovely’s gluten-free cookies and you shouldn’t feel guilty when you consume them really, really fast. I don’t blame you. When taste-buds fall in love, there’s nothing that can come between them and their lust for the wonderful treat that they desire.

WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Want to win some Liz Lovely swag, cookies, and just straight up awesomeness? Enter my giveaway before September 28th and you’ll have a shot at hitting the gluten-free jackpot! WOO HOO! The winner of the giveaway will receive a $30 credit for the Liz Lovely online store. That means a lot of cookies! You can enter more than once, so go ahead now, get to it!
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Among Friends Gluten-Free Cookie Mixes

By February 4, 2013 Gluten-Free Products

When I was meandering around in a local grocery market the other week, I stumbled upon gluten-free baking mixes that I had never heard of before. I was curious to know why I had never seen this brand online, in the store, or on any other blogs. So, I picked up the bag, and began reading the little blurb on it, happy to find out that the founders of the brand don’t live far from where I do!

Among Friends Healthy Baking Mixes is a company founded by two moms that wanted to create a cookie mix that was both easy to make, and nutritious. The founders, Suzie and Lizann, think their mixes have the right ingredients to become the next Betty Crocker (and I think so, too!). The cookies are super simple to make, with the only other ingredients being one egg and a stick of butter. Gotta love that!

They have two gluten-free mixes – Phil’em Up and Shane’s Sweet-N-Spicy. Phil’em Up mix is a gluten-free oats, cranberries, and callebaut chocolate masterpiece. When I was making them, I couldn’t stop eating the batter! The cookies turned out to be perfect, and when I shared them with co-workers, the response I got was, “These are AMAZING!”

Phil'em Up

Kudos to you, Among Friends!

The Shane’s Sweet-N-Spicy cookie mix is made from gluten-free oat flour, cinnamon and lemon zest. It creates a ginger molasses cookie that’s out of the world. The cookie’s chewiness will keep you coming back for more, and more, and more.

Shane's Sweet-N-Spicy

My favorite thing about these mixes (besides the fact that the creators are local gals) is that they literally take 5 minutes to prepare, yet they look and taste like their homemade! I like people to think I tried harder than I actually did when it comes to baking, so these mixes are right up my alley!

The Among Friends gluten-free cookie mixes are currently being sold throughout Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. They can also be ordered online through their website.

I highly recommend testing these out. You’ll enjoy them whether you’re gluten-free or not!

 

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Magic Gluten-Free Cookie Bars

By December 5, 2012 Gluten-Free Recipes

The below recipe for Magic Cookie Bars was shared by Jackie Ourman, culinary arts professional and food allergy mommy.

I am a food lover and mom of 3 with Celiac Disease and multiple food allergies. I completed Culinary Management School in August 2012 at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City and am currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts program. I started my blog, Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurean (C.A.F.E.) by Jackie Ourman, with the hopes of helping other with similar issues. I am so thrilled to be here as a guest on Laura’s blog. It is amazing to connect with and reach you through her site which is a fun yet powerful resource for so many of us.

Laura asked me to share my Magic Cookie Bar recipe and I am so happy to do so. It’s one of my most requested desserts. See the melty chocolate throughout these cookie bars? As you get to know me, you will realize I am a chocolate freak! There is literally not a day that goes by where I don’t eat at least a little bit of chocolate. Usually more than just a little bit. Desserts are the toughest to sort our when you have food allergies; gluten, nuts, or otherwise.

If chocolate is your thing and you want an easy dessert to bring to a party or to enjoy with your family, you should definitely whip up a batch of these. The recipe can easily be adapted to fit many different food allergy-restricted diets and will still be mouth-watering and an absolute crowd pleaser!

Magic Cookie Bars (Adapted from Betty Crocker’s Lucious Layer Bars)

Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  2 hours 50 mins (Includes cooling time)
Total time:  3 hours 5 mins
Serves: 24

 

These quick and easy treats can be made using a store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough or your favorite homemade gluten-free cookie dough as a base. I used Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix since it is peanut and nut free as well. Alton Brown also has a great gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe you can use for the base.

Ingredients
  • 1 Box Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, prepared or any other prepared chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of 2 of the following toppings*; milk, dark or white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, toffee, or nuts (if you are not allergic)
  • *In this recipe, I used Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Chips and Hershey’s Toffee (I often used crushed almonds in place of toffee)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 13×9 dish with cooking spray
  2. Prepare cookie dough and spread it on the bottom of the greased pan (you only need a thin layer so don’t worry if it doesn’t seem too thick)
  3. Bake cookie base for 15 minutes and take it out of the oven
  4. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the cookie base
  5. Mix shredded sweetened coconut with semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 other toppings you have chosen in a bowl
  6. Layer this mixture on top of the condensed milk and bake for an additional 30-35 minutes (until coconut flakes turn light brown)
  7. Let cool for about 2 hours, cut, serve and enjoy

Now try to stop drooling. I know your jaw is dropped to the ground right now because these cookie bars looks so…what’s the word? Magical.

I want to thank Jackie Ourman for writing this post for all you readers, and I hope you are able to whip up this treat and enjoy the chocolate wonderfulness that it will bring.

Jackie is no stranger to food allergies. Two of her children have been diagnosed with multiple food allergies, one with Celiac Disease (like herself), and the other with a life-threatening allergy to peanuts, among other things. Jackie decided to embrace allergy-friendly foods rather than live in fear of the food pyramid landscape. She enrolled in culinary school, on a mission to learn about food, recipes, and the realities of working in busy restaurant kitchens. As a recent graduate of Culinary Management School at the Institute of Culinary Educations in NYC, Jackie is currently in the Culinary Arts program. 

You can find more of Jackie’s delicious creations on her blog, Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurean (C.A.F.E). You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest

 

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Gluten-Free Bakery in NJ

By August 31, 2012 Gluten-Free Products
Butterfly Bakery Cookies

I’ve had quite a few gluten-free cookies in my day, and have dealt with several issues associated with them – too crumbly, weird after-taste, unnecessarily thin, too crunchy, and just plain old cardboard-tasting. In the beginning of my gluten-free journey, it at times felt like a never-ending struggle to find a good gluten-free cookie. But, I am happy to say, things have changed in the g-free world! Our wonderful gluten-free bakeries out there are onto something, and I was lucky enough to experience the magnificent chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins of The Butterfly Bakery.

To read my full review of Butterfly Bakery, visit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness blog – Gluten-Free Hot Products Blog!

 

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Gluten-Free Bake Shoppe

By April 21, 2012 Gluten-Free Products
Mt. Elbert Muffin

The lucky gluten free girl that I am received a package in the mail the other day containing what some may call a little slice of heaven. As a guest blogger for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, I was expecting a package for my next review, but had no idea just how amazing it would end up being.

The box full of goodies I had been sent was from the Yumbana Gluten Free Bake Shoppe. Included in the package was a short description of the bake shoppe, as well as a variety of gluten free treats. After pulling each muffin, cookie, and  cake out one by one, I started to realize just how lucky my taste buds were.

The products I would be sampling were 4 types of muffins, oatmeal, walnut, chocolate chip cookies, a coffee cake, and a raspberry crumble cake. Being that I have a pretty big sweet tooth, I felt prepared for the challenge, and was ready to get down in the gluten free trenches.


To read my full review of the products, and be extremely jealous that you weren’t sampling right there with me, visit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website, and check out their Gluten Free Hot Products blog!!!

Share the G-Free love, and order a Yumbana gluten free goodie today!

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