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Cookies for Daddy 
Jun. 16, 2010 11:38 am 
Updated: Jun. 20, 2010 5:58 am
With Father's Day coming up this weekend, and with not only Daddy, but both grandfathers needing meaningful gifts but not wanting us to buy them a thing, every year we fall back on the homemade baked goods as a present.  Honestly, they love it more than if we had gone all out and spent a lot of money.

However, in order to include Carly in the gift-giving, we have to make sure the recipes are GFCF diet compatible, but since none of the gentlemen we're baking for have committed any crimes, the cookies have to be tastier than most of the recipes can produce.

The real problem I've found with the GFCF baked goods tends to be the substitute flours that replace the wheat.  Many of the soy, rice, and potato flours leave an aftertaste that cannot be hidden, so it's best to use a recipe that calls for little or no flour.

On this website I've found several flourless chocolate cake recipes, as well as a chocolate cookie recipe that calls for no flour.  One of our favorite treats are the Peanut Butter Cup recipes that call for just chocolate chips, peanut butter, and powdered sugar.  Since we need to cut sugar in our family for health reasons, I cut the powdered sugar and replace the missing amount with corn starch, since it is the sugar that makes it have the good peanut-butter-cup consistency in the middle.

However you celebrate the weekend, be sure to include all of the people who make Father's Day special!
Jun. 17, 2010 9:32 am
Great blog. Would you mind telling me which cookie recipe on here you use. I tried looking for it but can't find one that looks Gluten free. Thanks!
Jun. 18, 2010 6:44 pm
How very ingenious! I love it! :)
Jun. 20, 2010 5:58 am
Hi Luvs2Bake...I actually use a Kosher for Passover chocolate cookie recipe that I got from Southern Living magazine no more than two years ago. I didn't post the recipe here because it wasn't mine, but I think I may have included it in a blog if you read through the archives. I do know that this website has the Chocolate Crinkle recipe (very similar to the Passover cookie) that uses so little flour that substituting won't be a real flavor problem, and then the No-Bake Cereal Cookie recipe submitted by S JANSSEN is already GFCF compatible. Good luck!
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My name is Mercy and I am a mother of two daughters. We live in Alabama where I work as a school teacher. I often feel like a short-order cook: my husband eats very little carbs, my younger daughter is on the GFCF diet for autism, and the four of us are athletes who are very health-conscious eaters. That often means that cooking dinner means four different plates of food!
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I have to admit we eat very plainly, mostly to accommodate the different "diets" we subsist on. A cooked and mildly seasoned protein, a steamed vegetable, and a healthy carb side dish are typical. I'm trying to branch out into recipes more, especially ones that I can make ahead since I work outside the home.
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I love to include my daughters in the cooking as much as I can, but their young ages make it difficult at times. It's often really tempting to send them off to play while I make dinner because the job will get done faster.
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I'm proudest of "tweaking" recipes to make them much healthier and to make them fit into the GFCF diet that my daughter has to follow.
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My husband has been sworn to secrecy on the time I learned about the crucial difference between all-purpose flour and self-rising flour. They were called skeet biscuits. I will not say any more.
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