A Gluten-Free Cookie, A Cookbook & A Giveaway!!!

by Destini on April 15, 2013

That is quite the title isn’t it? I appreciate the fact I felt it needed to all be included. This has been a long awaited post. Things have been a little crazy around here, but thats how it goes sometimes. George finally had his surgery for his deviated septum. He is recovering, doing well and life is starting to get back to normal. The surgery didn’t go 100% as planned, he did end up having to stay in the hospital overnight due to some bleeding. He got to come home the next day and now it has been just over two weeks of recovery. I know he would have liked this to be done and over with already, but it doesn’t always go that way and the fact he is healthy is the most important part!

When I first met George I didn’t know how to cook; well that is a slight lie, I could make breakfast, Eggs, Bacon etc. But pretty much nothing else. For dinner through school I ate cereal and easy mac. Spaghetti was a stretch, but I only made that on special occasions. That was just the type of person I was in my early youth. If I baked a cake it would be lumpy and pretty much not edible and for a cake from a box, that is pretty impressive. George and I would eat out a lot, and those that have read my story know that is how I gained a TON of weight quite quickly. After doctor appointments and blood tests I quickly found out that I needed to start working out and eating correctly. This pretty much forced me to learn how to cook and now has turned into one of my biggest passions. You may all be wondering why the story? I promise it will make sense soon.  When I was really stressed out when I was younger, I never ate. I just had no desire to and would just sleep away the stress (or so my young brain thought). Now I have had stress since these times, but I guess nothing that directly affected me so much, something that I felt so out of my hands.

The day of Georges surgery I dropped him off at the hospital. The operating nurse told me how long his surgery was, recovery and roughly the time they thought he would be okay to come home or for me to come get him. I wasn’t going to leave, but the nurse assured me that he wouldn’t need me to be there. His appointment was at 7:45am so he should be ready to go home roughly around 1pm.  I said goodbye to him, kissed his head and away he went. I came home, thinking I would be extremely tired…not a morning person. But all I could do was cook. I started making a vegetarian minestrone soup…when that was done, still no call from the hospital, I started cleaning my already clean house. After I couldn’t find a crumb on the ground I decided to open up this cookbook I had gotten awhile ago. We recently figured out George had a gluten issue, and I had purchased this book that was published by a Manitoba Food Blogger Jeanine Friesen from the lovely website called The Baking Beauties. I had already read the portion of the book about living with a gluten problem, but hadn’t yet made anything from the book. I knew right away what to look for….Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. This is George’s absolute favourite cookie. Now she didn’t have this exact recipe, but did have one for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. With a few minor adjustments I was able to create a cookie that George would be able to eat.

I went away with starting to create these cookies, always watching the the clock. I started getting really ancy around noon, so I called the hospital and all they could tell me is it was finished at 9:30 and he was in recovery.I end up going back to the hospital and stayed with him seeing just how much of a struggle this surgery was on him. He was admitted later that afternoon, I left when visiting hours was over and came home to bake some more cookies. I never realized how much cooking and baking had turned into my stress relief. It had been something that never played a large role in my life other than a necessity, to a first reaction to deal with confusing emotions.

I am thankful for this recipe and thankful George is home and all is well. This book has been an absolute first resource for me on anything baking. I have such a better understanding of gluten and how to make the normal things we all love something that we can still love. Thank You Jeanine! For anyone who has struggled with gluten problems, interested in learning more about it or just wanting some darn good food! Check out her book!

This below cookie recipe is based off her Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ingredients: Yields 48 cookies

  • 1 cup butter, (I used Earth Balance to make it lactose free)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup corn starch(tapicoa starch works here too)
  • 1/2 t xanthan gum
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 cups certified gluten-free quick-cook oats
  • 2 cups raisins

Directions: Preheat oven to 350f, cream together the butter and sugars. add eggs one at a time, mix till blended. Stir in the vanilla. In a large bowl combine brown rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, xanthum gum, baking powder and baking soda. . Mix in dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture. Add rolled oats and raisins. Stir till all combined. Using a cooking scoop, drop cookies onto a baking sheet, bake for 8-10min till slightly browned on the bottom. Let sit on sheet for 5 min and then transfer to a cookie rack.

These will quickly go as quick as you put them on the rack! Jeanine should include a warning on these!!

Now if you made it this far after my babbling, you deserve a reward!! I will be HAPPY to giveaway a copy of The Everything Guide to LIving Gluten-Free to one of my readers!! It will run from today April 15th, 2013 – April 21, 2013. Open to Canada & US. Please enter below

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A lot of exciting things will be happening over the next while, excited to share it with you all!!

 

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Lindsey April 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

I am so happy to hear George is doing better! Such a relief for you guys 🙂 I’d be a wreck if Chad ever had surgery. I agree, baking is a stress relief thing for me too. I will have to try those cookies, I love a good oatmeal raisin cookie!

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Michelle April 15, 2013 at 9:02 am

I would love this cookbook because my sister has Celiac and this would be great to make things that she and her son can eat!

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Katrina McDonagh April 15, 2013 at 9:28 am

Glad to hear George is doing good and that you love baking!!
i would love this book!! I just found out my 4y/o and I have celiac and just cant afford a cookbook right now…

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Nadine April 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thanks for the recipe! We have recently changed our diet health reasons for my 9-yr-old daughter and she is really struggling with her new normal. I’m hoping that the more I can learn to make things that she enjoys eating, the better she will be with the whole thing. Thanks!

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Canadiankiwi April 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I am overwhelmed. Of a total of 4 in our house, 3 have gluten issues & I am having to learn how to bake again. Not fun! but getting there slowly.

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Tara Gauthier April 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm

I would love this book for the tips and of course great recipes!

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Courtney @ The Fig Tree April 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I am so glad to hear George is doing well 🙂 Baking and cooking for me is a definite stress relief. I am sure he loved the cookies too. They sound delicious! I want to pick up a copy of that book too.

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Aryn April 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I would love this cookbook to help me continue to find new and fun GF recipes! 🙂

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Lisa Berscheid Lefebvre April 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

would love a copy of Jeanine’s new book….have been looking for it out here…no luck yet!! (North Bay and Sudbury On )

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Ashleigh Swerdfeger April 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I would love to have this cookbook because I have Celiac Disease and my mom has a wheat allergy/ gluten intolerance> I love to bake and I can’t really afford to purchase it right now with being a student with a young son.

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noreen utri April 16, 2013 at 6:52 pm

cookies look fantastic and cook book would be awesome

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Michele April 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I can’t wait to make these cookies. Usually mine come out flat and these definitely puffed up.

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Michel April 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I was diagnosed with celiac in February last year. I need all the help I can get to get a handle on this gluten free baking thing!! HELP!

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Shelley April 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I will be trying these to or row, along with the sandwich bread. I haven’t had much luck with breads so far from other sites I’ve been on and I’m realizing its the white rice. Thank you for your recipes and all that you are sharing. I am new to the gluten free thing and have much to learn in the way of cooking.

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Donald McKenzie April 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Would love to know more about gluten-free baking and cooking.

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Marin April 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

I’m working on reducing my gluten intake, but I’m still obsessed with baking! This would be perfect for me.

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vivi April 16, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Would love to have the paper copy of Jeanine book.
I have been baking GF for more than 10 yrs, and found that Jeanine recipes are among the best :).

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Patricia April 16, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I would love this. I have been on a gluten free diet for a little over a year, but I have yet to try my skill at baking. I would love to experiment and try making the treats that I once loved so much and miss.

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angie smith April 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

i’d love to win bc my hubby is GF and i just suck at baking 🙁
poor man he’s so deprived lol

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Sarene April 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

I would love this cookbook! we have to have a strictly gluten free kitchen and would love more ideas on what to make in it 🙂

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allyson April 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

Love Jeanine, and would really appreciate getting my hands on her cookbook, since I’ve been eating gluten-free for 8-9 months now and feeling better.

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Vera K April 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I would love this cookbook because I am always interested in eating better.

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Kylie S. April 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Would love a copy of this as my hubs and I are transitioning to a semi-gluten free life style due to digestive issues in our household! Glad to hear all is well for your family$

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Kathleen April 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm

My husband has had celiac disease for years; it would be great to get some new recipe ideas!

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Adam November 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

Absolutely love anything with oats in! I don’t often eat them anymore now that I compete as a bodybuilder but as a cheat meal its always gotta be flapjack or oat & raisin cookies!

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