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Recipe: Gluten-Free Holiday Treats!

Published December 13, 2013 9:33 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

For many reasons, both personal and professional, I have decided to do more research about what it means to go "gluten-free". When is it helpful or absolutely necessary? What foods should be avoided? Which foods should be added or increased in a gluten-free diet? And how to survive in a culture that is drenched in gluten! What I am learning is that it is not as tough as it used to be! For those of you who either are gluten-free or are thinking about "going gluten-free", these ideas and recipes are for you! ENJOY!


Looking for main-stream baking products for the holidays that are GLUTEN-FREE?? Here they are!



  • Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and many other chain food stores now carry various Gluten Free baking products, including Gluten-Free Flour that can help you continue your magical holiday baking traditions! If there are certain products you are looking for, it may be best to call stores ahead of time to see if they definitely carry it. On Trader Joe's site, they note that not every gluten-free product they offer is sold in all of their stores across the country. Here is a link to their complete list: http://www.traderjoes.com/pdf/lists/list-no-gluten.pdf


Here is a Gluten-free recipe for one of my all-time favorite holiday treats I found on the Betty Crocker website: Peanut Butter Cookie Cups! The reviews are amazing and I felt this recipe was too easy and too delicious not to share!

You will need:

  • 1 box (19 oz) Betty Crocker® Gluten Free chocolate chip cookie mix   

  • 1 egg   

  • 1/2   cup butter, softened   

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla   

  • 1/2   cup creamy peanut butter   

  • 60   miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped


Recipe Steps:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F and place mini paper baking cup in each of 24 mini muffin cups (or spray the pan to prevent sticking

  2. In large bowl, mix cookie mix, egg, butter and vanilla with spoon. Stir in peanut butter.

  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place in muffin cups.

  4. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until just lightly browned.

  5. Remove from the oven and immediately press peanut butter cup candy into the center of each cookie. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to cooling rack; cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.


Join me next Friday for additional ways to bake gluten-free this Christmas!

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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