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Martha’s Coffee Meringue Acorns

Posted on October 31, 2014

Martha’s Coffee Meringue Acorns make a beautifully festive holiday dessert. Given their seasonal appeal, they are perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. These cute maple syrup sweetened meringues, flavored with pure coffee extract, are dipped in dark chocolate and pistachios. This brilliant dessert recipe is based on a meringue cookie recipe I found on Martha Stewart’s site. Her coffee meringue acorn recipe is also gluten-free, but is sweetened with white sugar, which I do not use.

If you’re hankering for a […]

Pumpkin Spice Meringues

Posted on October 8, 2014

My teenage boys love these Pumpkin Spice Meringues. They plowed through batch after batch as I tested them. Yes, the boys are not only cookie lovers, they are meringue cookie lovers and devour my baking recipes. Right now they are asking for my Paleo Pumpkin Pie a couple of times each week. Of course I oblige! I am completely obsessed with pumpkin recipes, and especially pumpkin desserts now that fall is here.

The recipe for these Paleo Pumpkin Spice Meringues went […]

Meringues

Posted on April 4, 2014

Meringues are a light and crunchy naturally gluten-free dessert that melt in your mouth. Better yet? Mine are made with only two ingredients –egg whites and maple syrup.

Meringue cookies are fun, yet elegant, pleasing both young and old; my children and their friends devour them. So does my husband. We’ll be serving my quick and easy Meringues at our Passover Seder, along with my egg-free Macaroons, in order to give everyone with food restrictions loads of options.

If you’re not Jewish, […]

Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen

Posted on March 10, 2014

It’s that time of year again –Purim. Which means time for Nut Free Chocolate Hamantaschen. This year because so many of you requested it on my Facebook page, I’ve developed Hamantaschen that are not only gluten and grain-free, they are nut-free as well.

Making gluten-free cookies without grains, nuts, butter, and sugar took quite some time to perfect. While I typically use almond flour to make cookies here, I use coconut flour –a very dense flour that is highly absorbent and soaks up tons of liquid and fat. In my experience, coconut flour yields fantastic muffins, cakes, and baked goods. This is the first time that I have developed a gluten-free cookie recipe using coconut flour.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on February 21, 2014

My mother-in-law (aka Grandma Marylyn) is obsessed with all things crispy, crunchy, and Paleo. Like me, she has celiac disease and has followed a strict gluten-free diet for years. I created this Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe just for her. Grandma Marylyn is a huge fan of my Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti, as well as my Chocolate Orange Scones, and presents me with freshly made batches of each of these every time we have a visit.

While Grandma loves everything I make and cooks from my latest book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry religiously, she is passionate about making my Paleo desserts for our large Jewish family.

Grandma has been asking me for years to develop a thin and crispy cookie recipe. She has no idea that I’ve created these Paleo chocolate chip cookies for her!

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Posted on December 22, 2013

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies are fabulous for any special occasion or holiday, though especially at Christmas.

A couple of weeks ago I posted a recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies and asked y’all what other Paleo Christmas cookie recipes you would like me to share. Here is a comment that was left by reader Marlene Placido requesting one of my all time favorite cookies:

I have been looking for years for a recipe for a raspberry thumbprint almond cookie… a traditional Christmas cookie from […]

Ginger Shortbread Cookies

Posted on December 13, 2013

Dip your Ginger Shortbread Cookies in dark chocolate for a wonderfully decadent holiday treat.

Nothing says Christmas like Ginger Shortbread Cookies. This recipe for grain-free, Paleo Ginger Shortbread Cookies is as quick and easy as it gets. The cookie itself has only six ingredients. You can dip these gluten-free cookies in chocolate and sprinkles (as pictured above), or eat them straight up.

I want to thank all of you who chat with me over on my Facebook page for letting me know […]

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Posted on December 9, 2013

Mexican Wedding Cookies are a classic Christmas cookie, and now both gluten-free and grain-free.

The other day on Twitter one of my readers asked me to create a recipe for Paleo Mexican Wedding cookies. Well here you go –these Mexican Wedding Cookies are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. They’re also quick and easy to make. Paleo Mexican Wedding Cookies? Yes please!

According to Wikipedia, Mexican wedding cookies have quite a few other names and are also commonly referred to as Russian […]

Lemon Basil Cookies

Posted on July 17, 2013

Pick some of the fresh basil that’s exploding in your garden for these zesty grain-free herb-flecked cookies.

I based this recipe (and photo) on one from Bon Appetit for Lemon-Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies. As you might expect, these are gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free cookies. I used the same flavor profile as the Bon Appetit recipe, though decided not to make mine a shortbread cookie.

I’ve used coconut butter as the fat in this cookie recipe, which I learned to do from Jessica […]

Paleo Snickerdoodles

Posted on May 30, 2013

Paleo Snickerdoodles made with antioxidant rich cinnamon and high-protein almond flour are one of my children’s favorite cookies.

Snickerdoodles are a simple, yet delightful cookie, a favorite of children and adults alike. During the past couple of years I’ve received dozens of requests for Paleo Snickerdoodles. In fact, just a couple of days ago I asked my Facebook fans whether they wanted to see a gluten-free, grain-free snickerdoodle recipe here, or an egg-free macaroon recipe –the snickerdoodles won 156 to 88 […]

Paleo Peanut Butter Patties – Tagalongs

Posted on March 8, 2013

Paleo, gluten-free Girl Scout cookies made with sunbutter, dark chocolate and an almond flour cookie will rock your world.

These Girl Scout cookies are called Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs, and guess what? I’ve made them gluten-free and Paleo. Now you can enjoy more gluten-free, Paleo Girl Scout Cookies. No need to give in to cravings for the regular (sugar-filled, gluten-filled) Girl Scout Cookies which are everywhere this time of year.

When I was a girl I was in a troupe called […]

Paleo Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints

Posted on February 15, 2013

Gluten-free thin mints are a scrumptious Paleo holiday cookie and make a great gift for friends and neighbors.

Don’t be sad that it’s Girl Scout Cookie season, because now it’s gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie season, and you can partake in gluten-free Thin Mints. You can even dive into Paleo Girl Scout Cookies, otherwise known as Paleo Thin Mints.

Give thanks for this to the fabulous Tammy Credicott, author of Paleo Indulgences. Without her book, full of fabulous Paleo recipes (including a couple […]

Paleo Girl Scout Cookies: Samoas

Posted on January 15, 2013

Gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free Paleo Samoa Girl Scout Cookies will rock your world.

This recipe for gluten-free Paleo Girl Scout cookies is based on one from the wonderful cookbook Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott (the book also has a fantastic forward by Robb Wolf). This Paleo cookbook is packed with healthy substitutes for your favorite treats. Tammy has done an amazing job in compiling nutritious, yet mouthwatering recipes that range from all sorts of fun gluten-free baked goods and candies to healthy […]

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on May 7, 2012

Grain free cookies made with high protein almond flour, naturally sweetened with honey.

Primal. Paleo. Specific Carbohydrate. GAPS. Call it what you want. I began the grain-free diet in 2001. I have adhered to it religiously ever since. When I began, I followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet; since then, although I’ve used various sweeteners and oils, I have not veered from grain-free. This is not a fad for me. It’s not even something that really has a name. When I started […]

Paleo Coconut Macaroons

Posted on April 5, 2012

Coconut macaroons are the perfect Paleo treat for Passover and Easter.

With only four ingredients, this simple gluten free dessert recipe will wow your Passover or Easter guests. These primal macaroons are made of coconut, egg whites, honey and salt, making them an optimal Paleo cookie recipe. They’ll be devoured within minutes!

Rather than shredded coconut, I used flaked coconut as I wanted to try something different, and I thought it would look pretty and brown nicely.

Paleo Coconut Macaroons

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on February 2, 2012

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate, all in one gluten free chocolate chip cookie.

I can assure you, this is not a Paleo cookie. It is not even a Primal cookie. It is a special occasion cookie –a wonderful treat to serve at a gluten free Super Bowl party. It also makes a great holiday cookie (think gluten free Valentine’s Day dessert). Lately, everyone who has been over to our house –gluten free or not –has been gorging themselves on […]

Gingersnaps

Posted on December 5, 2011

Craving gluten free Gingersnaps? Here you go.

Healthy yet tasty gingersnaps are a deliciously addictive traditional holiday cookie. My gluten free, grain free version contain a good dose of anti-inflammatory ginger. I’m passionate about creating desserts that please the palate and contain super foods as well –a win-win situation for myself, my family and my readers.

These cookies are one of those rare vegan, yet primal friendly treats. These nutritious cookies are the perfect primal friendly treat. I won’t call them Paleo […]

Lemon Almond Biscotti

Posted on August 19, 2011

I’m a big fan of gluten free cookies, especially gluten free biscotti.

These Paleo friendly gluten free treats are a great addition to a high protein breakfast and also perfectly suited for dunking in healthy coffee for an afternoon snack that won’t leave you dragging.  My children like them too.  So do their friends.  I wish I could certify certain gluten free desserts that I make as “kid friendly,” like some sort of good housekeeping seal of approval.  Alas, no […]

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Posted on July 29, 2011

These peanut butter cookies are gluten free, grain free and vegan to boot.  I based them on Heidi’s Peanut Butter Cookie recipe over at 101 Cookbooks, one of my favorite websites.  Though I did cut the amount of sweetener in half and make a couple of other changes.

I have been on a bit of a peanut butter kick lately.  I didn’t eat peanut butter for a long time.  I just didn’t feel great when I ate it, however, I’m feeling […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies

Posted on July 18, 2011

Last night I had a hunkering for gluten free peanut butter cookies. I went over to Elise’s site, Simply Recipes, and found a yummy looking recipe for gluten-filled Peanut Butter Cookies. I experimented a bit, made a couple of changes to her recipe and came up with a nice gluten free cookie dough. I then decided that it might be fun to make a gluten free peanut butter and jelly cookie.

So here you have it, high protein, gluten free peanut […]