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Aunt Paula’s Gluten Free PB Cookies








My best friend is an extraordinary baker who also happens to have Celiac’s disease and therefore can’t enjoy any of her confections. So, to celebrate her recent completion of the CFA exam series, I decided to whip up these gluten free treats for her, recipe courtesy of my husband’s Aunt Paula. Not only did these cookies meet her dietary restrictions, but  they were also more budget friendly than sending a dozen Sprinkles cupcakes or a bouquet from Mark’s Garden, my go to’s for thank you’s and birthdays. I’ve also discovered (via my best friend of course) that bringing baked goods in a bakery box from The Container Store or Michael’s goes a long way in presentation. Happy Baking!

Aunt Paula’s Peanut Butter Cookies:
2 cups sugar
2 cups peanut butter
2 eggs
chocolate chips (optional)

Mix it all together, roll into balls and press down with fork on baking stone or cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until done (12 – 15 minutes depending on size and thickness of cookies)


Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

     Now that the school year has ended, I have a bit more time on my hands (i.e. the big decision of the day was to a. bake, b. watch Oprah, c. bake while watching Oprah). I went with option c and decided to use the Oats that have been sitting in my pantry waiting for an afternoon such as this.Since my plan for my newly found free time also includes getting in shape, I wanted a low-guilt cookie recipe that would still taste delicious and satisfy my sweet tooth. I found this recipe for Chewy Oatmeal Cookies and made just a couple adjustments…

– whole wheat flour

-splenda instead of granulated sugar

-I added white chocolate shavings purchased at Fassbender & Rausch during our stop over in Berlin on our way to what turned out to be a chocolate binge of a week in Leipzig

I usually find that baked goods with these healthy substitutions spoil a lot more quickly, but these are so tart/sweet/crunchy/chewy that I don’t think they will last long enough to be a problem.