No-Bake Thin Mint Cookies


Thin mint cookies are sold by girl scouts as a fundraising activity in US. There are other varieties of cookies, but A likes the thin mints the best. They aren’t the healthiest of cookies, but people do love them. Here is a simple and healthier alternative, which takes no time to make. Round crackers are dipped in peppermint flavored Continue reading


Paleo Ginger-Molasses Spice Cookies (gluten-, grain-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)


These cookies have the holiday season written all over them. They are soft, wonderfully spiced, and lightly sweet. Simply put, they are delicious and truly addictive.

I am not 100% sure that molasses is paleo-friendly, but let’s go with it for now. If you’re strict about this, you could replace it with honey, Continue reading

Crisp Chocolate and Vanilla Meringue Cookies (Honey-Sweetened)

honey sweetened meringue cookies

Along with leftover sour cream, we often have leftover egg whites we keep in the freezer. Where do all these egg whites come from? Usually our chocolate chip cookies (oh and from eggnog). With so many in the freezer, we tried egg white scrambles , but were not impressed, so it was back to the drawing board.

Since my huge dietary change about two years ago, one of the main textures I miss is crunch/crispness. I was Continue reading

Ladyfingers / Sponge Fingers (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-, gum-free)

sponge fingers

In the past, I only ever ate store-bought ladyfingers (savoiardi or boudoir biscuits), as is, when I had leftovers from making tiramisu. I loved them. They were dry, crunchy and light, with just the right amount of sweetness.

Once I’d given up gluten and dairy, I thought I’d never be able to eat tiramisu again. The traditional store-bought ladyfingers are made with wheat, and the gluten-free variety contains gum. Wah wah. What’s a girl to do? I’ll tell you what … a girl needs to create her own gluten-free ladyfingers recipe, one that doesn’t contain wheat/gluten, one that doesn’t contain weird gluten-free flours, Continue reading

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-, dairy-, gum-, refined sugar-free)

gf choc chip cookie

These cookies are delicious. These cookies are chewy. These cookies are chocolaty. These cookies are perfect.

These cookies did not make me itch, bloat, constipate, or cause a sugar rush/crash, or more important, they did not cause a immune response cascade. These cookies are simply divine. I am not exaggerating… ok, I might be, since these are the first cookies I’ve had for over a year since going gluten free. Seriously, anyone who cannot eat gluten, dairy, gum, soy, or refined sugar and is missing really good chewy cookies need to try these. Continue reading

Fudgy Chocolate Brownie Crinkles (gluten-free)

brownie crinkle above brownie crinkle bitten

These chocolate bites are not for the faint hearted. They chock-full of chocolaty goodness, and are soft, chewy, fudgy and incredibly moreish. The best things about these morsels are that they are gluten-free, dairy-free and super easy to make.

Warning: if you can’t take your sugar well (.. like me), you must limit yourself to 1-2 per sitting, otherwise you will have a severe sugar high… and low afterwards. Continue reading

Coconut Macaroons (gluten- and dairy-free)

coconut macaroons - dairy free

After the success of the last batch of macaroons we made, I wanted to make a batch that was dairy-free. This is because I am highly sensitive to most foods these days, and I loved the idea of eating coconut macaroons without having a reaction to them.

Unfortunately, this version wasn’t great. I originally followed the original recipe to a tee, and well, the mixture was so dry. I tried to save the mixture by adding more egg whites, but still after baking, they just didn’t taste right. They were dry, cakey and fell apart when biting into them. They were not at all chewy, moist or crisp. I didn’t even dip them in chocolate, because I thought that would be a waste of chocolate. It was a sad day. Continue reading

Chewy Coconut Macaroons (gluten- and egg-free)

egg free coconut macaroon - edit

Crisp, chewy and moist coconut goodies for anyone?

Super simple recipe; just four ingredients create these coconut treats which are crisp on the outside and chewy and moist on the inside. Enjoy them naked, or partially enrobe in dark (bittersweet) chocolate.

The reason for looking up coconut macaroons is that we had a really good one from D:Floured. It was so good, we had to find a recipe to recreate this goodness at home, at a fraction of the cost. Each of these macaroons, although palm sized was ~$3.50 each, Continue reading

Butter Shortbread

shortbread hearts

Hearts, yes, you read it right, I made heart-shaped shortbread for Valentine’s day.  Why? Because I felt like it, and no one could stop me.

This shortbread is so easy to make, it’s ridiculous. Each piece is buttery and crisp, with just the right amount of sweetness. Eat them naked, or dress them in a robe of melted chocolate.

The recipe is actually from the pastry/pie crust recipe for the Chocolate Cream Pie. I noticed that when eating it, I would scoop off the cream, eat that, scoop out the chocolate filling, eat that, and then eat the crisp base last. It is so good!

To get the best flavored shortbread, use a high-fat content European butter… it’ll make all the difference! Continue reading



Before I moved to the US, I had no idea what a Snickerdoodle was.  After I had moved to the US, I still didn’t know what a Snickerdoodle was. The only thing I knew about them was that they were some sort of cookie with a strange name! Although I did like the idea of a cookie coated in cinnamon sugar, it was only during the 2012 holiday season did I actually get to try one! I wasn’t over the moon about them, but that’s only because I’m more of a crunchy or chewy cookie gal.

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to get a bunch of fresh baked cookies from PCC. I think the Baker’s dozen was $7.99 or something like that. I was so disappointed. Every cookie, although chewy, was not satisfying. Ok, I lie, not every cookie was chewy, the thumbprints were so vile we had to throw them out. The only redeeming feature of that cookie was the raspberry jam on top. It was a sad day! Continue reading

Oatmeal & Raisin Cookies

I think oatmeal and raisin cookies are my favorite. In fact, a close second would be peanut butter, with chocolate chip cookies trailing in third place. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because oatmeal and raisin cookies are a little more nutritional compared to the other two cookies? I mean there is soluble fiber from the oats, and there’s also fruit involved… ok, I’m clutching at straws.

I spotted this recipe from the FAGE website, yes FAGE, you know, the people who create the most amazing Greek yoghurt. I loved it in Europe, and since I can eat dairy again, I love it here in the US too! These cookies are relatively low in fat, as the original recipe boasts, but what the original recipe doesn’t tell you is that they are still packed full of sugar, and around 60 calories per cookie; that’s if you can get 40 cookies from the ingredients. I managed to make 14 cookies from the batch. Continue reading

Almond Biscotti

Biscotti are Italian twice baked biscuits (cookies) that are dry and crunchy. They are the classic dunking biscuit (cookie). Traditionally, they are served with espresso or dessert wine, but they can also be dunked in milk. With commercialization, biscotti now come in all sizes, with a variety of additions including chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit and more.

These biscotti are easy to make and crammed packed full of flavor and almonds. You can spruce up this basic recipe by substituting the almonds Continue reading