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Gluten Free Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Pretzel Crinkle Cookies

8oz gluten free pretzels (such as Glutino)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powder sugar

 

Abbreviated instructions

Food process pretzels for 1.5 mins. Wisk dry pretzels, cocoa, and baking powder together. Beat remaining ingredients (except powder sugar) in separate bowl. Combine. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.

Preheat 350. Form balls, roll in powdered sugar, put on ungreased cookie sheet/parchment paper. Cook 15-20 mins. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to wire racks.


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Pushkin Bakery Review #2

Had some time before picking up my sister at the Sacramento airport so I stopped by Pushkin Bakery for a haul. Pushkin is a DEDICATED wheat/gluten free bakery. They now have a park-let with seating outside and serve sandwiches and hot foods (some food items contain diary). I opted for the dessert counter (which is gluten free and dairy free).

It was great to look over my previous review so I was less likely to order the same thing twice or order something I didn’t really care for.

TL;DR stick to the cupcakes, scones and cookies.

  • Strawberry rosemary cupcake ($3.75) – see review below
  • Strawberry rosemary scone ($2.90) – see review below
  • Chocolate crinkles ($2.99) – Delicious! see previous review
  • Brownie ($2.99) – see review below
  • Blueberry lemon scone ($2.90) – see review below
  • Dudes ($1.95) – These are amazing (PB & chocolate chips!) see previous review
  • Banana chocolate chunk muffin ($2.99) – see review below
  • Blueberry cobbler ($2.99) – see review below
  • Lemon bar ($2.99) – tart and very lemon flavored. The crust was a little grainy. Received this last time for free, probably won’t get this one again.

Strawberry Rosemary cupcake was pretty darn good! People who enjoy sweet and salty at the same time will enjoy this very much. It had a strong rosemary flavor accompanied by a salty topping frosting. It had one or two small chunks of real strawberry in the cake and a few pieces of rosemary leaves. Overall it was light and delicious.

Strawberry Rosemary Scone was unique and good. It tasted like pie dough, wasn’t a noticeable grainy texture like some other products of theirs. The combination of strawberries and rosemary is great! There were only a few chunks of strawberries and it had a rosemary flavor throughout.

Brownie fudgy, chocolate but so sad it’s grainy.

Blueberry Lemon Scone was good for a gluten free scone. It is dense, tastes like pie dough, not very sweet and has plump blueberries. It has a slight grainy texture.

Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffin tastes like chocolate chips with a mild banana flavor, but it’s not the typical moist banana bread that I’m accustom too, even when it’s made gluten free. It was dense and dry, almost grainy.

Blueberry Cobbler had plump blueberries throughout. The grainy flour was noticeable throughout which detracted from the experience of cobbler.

As you can see from the photos below, there were many other options to choose from. I don’t think you’ll go wrong by ordering anything here.


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Sweet Loren’s cookies

Delicious!! Vegan, dairy free, and nut free!

Product: Sweet Loren’s Sugar Cookies

Found At: Safeway
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Great taste
  • Tastes buttery
  • Good texture

Rolled half the cookies in cinnamon and sugar mixture to make snickerdoodles. Both were amazing. Tasted buttery.

It comes in multiple flavors, sugar cookies, double chocolate and chocolate chip. They also have edible cookie dough.

The chocolate chip cookies were good too!


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Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies

I spotted these in the Safeway grocery store and thought I’d give them a try. Wow. I can’t believe they are vegan, gluten free and nut free. They taste great.

I put them in the freezer before baking because I wasn’t sure how long it would be till I could make them and so they are thicker than what the picture on the packaging shows. I cooked them for 18 minutes instead of the recommended 10-15 because they were frozen.

Product: Sweet Loren’s Gluten Free Fudgy Brownie cookies

Price: ?? Not sure
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • Very chocolatey
  • Easy to make (just put them in the oven)
  • Easy to make just one or two instead of a whole batch
  • Doesn’t taste gluten free or vegan

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123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix (Cinnamon Buns)

123 Gluten Free came through for satisfying my craving for cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon buns recipe is printed inside the box of the Southern Glory Buttermilk Biscuit mix or on their website. I’m on a vegan kick right now so this was the perfect dessert because it doesn’t contain eggs and allowed me to substitute the milk/heavy cream with coconut cream.

Product: 123 Gluten Free Biscuit Mix

Price: Listed as $8.99 on their website
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes.

  • The mix was fast and easy to make.
  • You can make it as cinnamon-y as you want! I put on a lot and it wasn’t quite enough IMO.
  • I used 1 can of coconut cream instead of the heavy cream + half&half that the recipe calls for.  I did not add lemon or apple cider vinegar to make it buttermilk.
  • Rolling it was a little difficult because I wanted to use my fingers like real cinnamon rolls but it crumbled in my fingers so I had to use the plastic wrap to roll it, which worked fine.
  • For the glaze icing, I used hemp milk and powdered sugar (omitted the butter).
  • They didn’t rise much, if at all, for the two hours in the fridge that the recipe calls for.
  • The outside edges that touched the heavily “buttered” pan turned crunchy – yum.

I scarfed down four cinnamon rolls before realizing I should blog about it. The glaze was a little thin when I put it on, so it seeped down into the cracks of the roll.


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1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free)

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IMG_1849This 1-2-3 Gluten Free Pound Cake made a LOT of pound cake. It made two thick 8×8 squares of pound cake! It freezes well! And it’s oh so good. Adding the orange juice is the BEST idea (follow the directions).

Product: 1-2-3 Gluten Free Delightfully Gratifying Bundt Poundcake (Sugar Free and Gluten Free)
What I paid: $62.48/3 @ Amazon
Buy again: YES!
Recommend to friends: Yes!

  • Not grainy
  • Delicious orange flavor
  • Sugar free
  • Extra large portion size (Freezes well and great for holidays)

 

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Alfajores by Wooden Table Baking Co. (Oakland, CA)

I wander into bake shops and coffee houses just to see what gluten free items they carry and this one came to a sweet surprise when I bit into the unknown cookie that I could barely pronounce. These Argentinean cookies are a traditional shortbread with a carmel like center. It was a pleasure biting into, and even better when later that day I spotted them in the market for much cheaper.

Product: Gluten Free Alfajores Cookies by Wooden Table Baking Co. in Oakland, CA

Price: $7.99 for 10 cookies (at New Leaf Market) or $2.55 for one (at a local coffee shop)
Buy again: Yes
Recommend to friends: Yes

  • Light, airy
  • Melts in your mouth
  • Right amount of sweet
  • Gluten free
  • Good ratio of cake to filling
  • Crumbly but the carmel filling holds it together
  • Local company
  • The light coconut dusting on the outside provides a nice chew