Gluten Free Chewy Sugar Cookies

My absolute favorite cookie in the world is a sugar cookie. While I will eat the thin and sort of crispy sugar cookies, the ones that really get me excited are the chewy sugar cookies. You know the kind I’m talking about. The ones with the center that is just barely done. Before I started the Keto diet, I am embarrassed to say how many sugar cookies I was able to eat in one sitting. I . wouldn’t call myself a master baker, but I am able to follow a recipe. The one thing I was never able to make very well were sugar cookies. They always looked deflated and they were most definitely NOT chewy! Until now.

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Buying pre-made sugar cookie dough was what I’ve always done. I even went as far as to buy sugar cookie dough that was already cut into shapes for Christmas. Not even lying. That solved several issues for me. My inability to make good, chewy sugar cookies, and not having to deal with flour all over my kitchen with my kids cutting out cookies. I am not that kind of mom and that’s OK! Once I learned that I needed to eat gluten free, I pretty much figured my chewy sugar cookie days were over. NOPE!

Gluten Free Chewy Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Salted Butter, softened 
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour (I prefer this brandchewy sugar cookies)
  • 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 heaping tsp Salt

Directions

For the directions on how to bake these chewy sugar cookies to perfection, be sure to check Iowa Girl Eats. I followed her directions to a T and my cookies were perfect! Even non-gluten free people loved them!

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One thing I learned, when I was making these sugar cookies, was that not all baking powders were gluten free. I quickly dumped what I had and purchased the Clabber Girl brand. It says right on the container that it is gluten free. Better safe than sorry. Also, I baked cookies for the first time with parchment paper on the baking sheet and it made a HUGE difference in getting those chewy sugar cookies! I will definitely be doing that again the next time I make these cookies! One thing I will be doing the next time I bake these is using lemon extract in place of vanilla. I bet that will taste delicious!


Spicy Brussels Sprouts – Air Fryer Recipe

Brussels sprouts have always been that vegetable that I wanted to like, but I just couldn’t get past the smell. They just always seemed to smell like feet to me. Over the holidays, I had Brussels sprouts and they were delicious (and didn’t smell like feet). I started thinking about the different spices I could use to make them myself. While honey and balsamic vinegar make them delicious, they aren’t really on my Keto diet. However, this spicy Brussels sprouts recipe is totally on my diet!

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Spicy Brussels Sprouts Air Fryer Recipe

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Wash and trim your Brussels sprouts. Cut them in half and place them in a large Zip Lock bag.
  2. Add all of your ingredients to the Zip Lock bag.
  3. Place the Brussels sprouts in the Air Fryer. Set the temperature to 400° and the time for 15 minutes.
  4. Half way through the time, take the basket out and shake the Brussels sprouts and put them back in for the remaining time.

When I originally made this, I did not cut them in half. While they were still very good, the spicy Brussels sprouts would be even better if you cut them in half. This way the yummy, spicy Brussels sprouts get even more of the spicy seasoning all over them! These Brussels sprouts are delicious! Even my daughter tried them!

If you don’t have an air fryer, get one! This has become my favorite appliance! Everything we’ve put in this air fryer has come out delicious! I cannot wait to make a steak in it!

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Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

One thing my kids really like are muffins. It really doesn’t matter what kind of muffins either. Although, they are rather partial to banana muffins. Can you blame them? There are very few things better than bananas, chocolate or peanut butter. Add all of those things together and you have epic banana muffins with chocolate and peanut butter.

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Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-3 Ripe Bananas, mashed (about 1 cup or so)
  • 2/3 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (Try thisbanana muffins)
  • 1 TBSP Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Cream your butter and sugar together until completely incorporated. Next add your eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg you add.
  3. Beat in the bananas, peanut butter, milk and vanilla.
  4. Combine all of your dry ingredients and add it to your wet ingredients little by little. Mix the two together with a large spoon or spatula.
  5. Put your banana muffins batter in the fridge for one hour.
  6. Fill your muffin liners all the way to the top with your batter.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower your oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. Check it at the 10 minute mark with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, pull them out. If not, leave them in for an additional 1-2 minutes. Mine took the additional 2 minutes.
  8. Allow the banana muffins to cool in the muffin tin for about 3-4 minutes. Then take them out and put them on a wire rack. They will be hot!

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So…you’re probably wondering why the two temperatures for the banana muffins. I had read that if you wanted to get that nice domed look that professional bakers get with their muffins and cupcakes, you need to do that with the baking. Normally mine will have that domed look, more so than what they have here, but I accidentally used baking powder instead of baking soda. While they taste pretty much how they should…I don’t think they look like they normally do!

How did they taste?

AMAZING! Both kids devoured one very quickly. Technically I am the only one in the house that has to eat gluten free, but my kids prefer the baked goods I make with gluten free flour better than anything else. They are a tad more dense than non-gluten free baked goods, but they are delicious! However, if you don’t eat gluten free, no worries! Simply make this with regular flour!

Also, another FYI tip for you…if you accidentally use baking powder instead of baking soda and realize it before you put the item in the oven, I have a fix for you. After lots of googling, I read that you can use 3 times the amount of baking powder in place of baking soda. Is it a perfect fix? Probably not as good as using baking soda, but it worked just fine!

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Other recipes you may like:

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Gluten Free Banana Cranberry Muffins

Gluten Free Strawberry Banana Bread

What are your favorite kind of muffins?


4th of July Keto Menu

The most stressful thing about starting a new diet or being on a diet are those social settings, like holidays or get togethers where you don’t know what to serve or what to eat. You don’t want the host to feel uncomfortable because you aren’t eating what they are serving because you don’t know if you can, and you don’t want to make others feel like that are eating some crazy diet food. Well good news, with this 4th of July Keto menu, you don’t have to worry about those social settings!

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Being on the Keto diet for over a year and a half now, I am, in no way, an expert, but I do feel comfortable going anywhere and knowing I will have something to eat. Well, unless it is an Italian pasta themed party…then I may have a little trouble! Thankfully, pasta themed 4th of July parties are not typically a thing! The nice thing about 4th of July parties is that they are typically BBQ’s and meat is A-OK on the Keto diet! Just skip the bun!

 

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4th of July Keto Menu

Like I mentioned above, traditional BBQ foods like hamburgers, hotdogs, sausages, etc. are really good for the Keto diet. Typically a BBQ will have lettuce for the burgers. Grab a couple and wrap your food in the lettuce or just eat it on a plate with a fork and knife like I do! If you are hosting the 4th of July celebration, your Keto Menu (which your guests will never realize is full of “diet” foods) should look like this:

Appetizers

Main Course

  • 80/20 Burgers with all the fixings
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages (I like the Koegel brand)
  • Spicy Chicken Thighs

Side Dishes

Now you may be thinking that this is a great menu, but what about dessert. The nice thing about the Keto diet is that there are many options that you can make/modify that are Keto friendly and just as good! This Strawberry “Pretzel” salad is one of them. I am willing to bet your guests will not know that this is not the traditional strawberry pretzel salad that they are used to!

When it comes to 4th of July parties, you do not have to fear going! As you can see, there are many options for you to eat. If you are worried about what to drink or are afraid you won’t be able to enjoy a drink with your friends and family, fear not! Grab a diet drink, add some alcohol and have at it! I guarantee you will have a great time and be plenty full. Your guests will even ask you for some of your recipes!

What Keto recipe are you having at your 4th of July party?


Key Lime Bars Recipe

Memorial day is coming up quick, which means the official BBQ season will be in full swing. BBQ’s are one of my absolute favorite part about summer. Typically the foods are all the same, but there is nothing like a burnt hot dog or a big cheeseburger with bread and butter pickles. While watermelon or strawberry shortcakes (what we usually have at BBQ’s for dessert) are great for dessert, surprise your guests with these delicious key lime bars! Like lemon bars, the tartness of the lime will be the perfect end to your BBQ meal!

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Key Lime Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)
  • 1/2 C Powder Sugar
  • 1 C Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 tsp Key Lime Zest
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 C Lime Juice
  • 1/4 C Flour (or this gluten freekey lime bars)

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° and spray your 9×11 baking dish with your favorite non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the 2 C of flour, powder sugar and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutterkey lime bars or a fork, cut in the butter until the crust mixture looks like crumbs.
  4. Pour the crust into the pan and pat evenly into the dish.
  5. Bake the crust for 10 minutes. While the crust is baking, begin making the filling.
  6. In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, lime juice, 1/4 C flour, sugar, key lime zest and baking powder. Whisk until fully incorporated.
  7. Pour the mixture onto the crust and return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until set.
  8. Once the bars are cooled, sprinkle with powder sugar and cut into squares. Top with a key lime slice and enjoy!

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Don’t they sound delicious?!? Make them and tell me what you think! Be the hit of your next BBQ. Your guests will absolutely love them!

What is your favorite, must have BBQ food?