One of my favourite pass times has always been baking. Seriously…always! I was the kid with the easy bake oven creating masterpieces on my bedroom floor at 6. Stressed, out comes the flour. Happy, where’s the butter?! Sad, shortbread cookies will be done in 30!
So, when I was diagnosed with celiac disease the first thing I did was research and experiment with every gluten free flour I could get my hands on. We went through some versions of my fav recipes that even the dog wouldn’t eat! Now, several years later and I know exactly which flour will make the perfect confection for today’s events. So why didn’t we open a bakery? Because baking is my safe haven. I need it at home when the day is rough or when the day is great. Either way it’s my escape.
I realize that baking can be very troublesome and GF baking even worse. Since many people do not have the time I had for experimentation we decided that NUDL was incomplete without some of the basics. While intricate baking can be an escape there are days when there is no time but the kids need a treat for a party, for a class event, a bake sale…. For these times and so many others I have a couple bases that are my go to. I know them by heart and they hold up well to any number of variations.
Paleo Cookie Mix is one of these bases. This one is for those of you that like to experiment but are short on time. A base that needs just a few ingredients to make a delicious cookie or…. you can kick it up a notch and go a little nuts with the add ins.
Straight Up Paleo Cookie
Cookie base package plus 1/4 cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup butter, optional addition of 1 cup paleo chocolate chips. Mix all together, drop by teaspoon onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes and BAM! Cookies!
Honey Lavender Thumbprints
This is one of my favourite flavour combinations.
Mix cookies as indicated on package leaving out the chocolate chips adding in 2 teaspoons of lavender. Make inch balls, press with thumb and bake for 10-12 minutes. Top baked cookies with apple jelly just before serving.
Ginger Chocolate Buttons
These cute little guys take the mix one step further…
Switch out honey for 1/4 cup organic cane sugar, add in 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder, finely chop 1/2 cup candied ginger and add into cookie mixture. Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls press one piece of roughly chopped candied ginger into each cookie ball. Bake for 10 minutes and presto! My son says these “taste like Christmas”. That put a smile on my face!
The only thing I love more than baking is seeing what you guys come up with! Comment below with your favourite version of these cookies <3