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Gluten Free Christmas Cookies For Santa

christmas cookies in shapes

Gluten Free Christmas Cookies For Santa

Merry Christmas eve! This year marks the first year that Amelia knows who Santa is and is a lot more involved in the Christmas season festivities. I knew that I wanted to pick up some cookie cutters and get her involved with making cookies for Santa. Join me as we bake gluten free Christmas cookies for santa.

Against All Grain Cut out Cookies

This year I choose a recipe from one of my favorite cookbook authors Danielle Walker of Against all Grain. These turned out perfect and were not overly sweet which is just what I was looking for.

Join me as I take you along for our baking of Christmas cookies for Santa!

What I feed my Toddler

Pink kids divided plate filled with cubed cheese, ham, and grapes

What you will need for the Gluten Free Cookies

I picked this set of cookie cutters from Amazon this year. I loved that they had multiple different shapes and that they weren’t too expensive.

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Next, you need to head on over to Danielle’s site to get her recipe for the cut-out cookies. She has two that I will link here I chose the one without almond flour as my brother has allergies to nuts and I wanted to see how well these performed.

Here are the flours I used and they worked very well.

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I also subbed out the maple sugar for half coconut sugar and half organic sugar.  I like this coconut sugar from Amazon and I got the organic sugar from kroger.

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We mixed the dough in the mixer rolled them out onto parchment and cut them into the fun Christmas shapes.

While the cookies were baking and cooling I whipped up a buttercream frosting.

Buttercream frosting for decorating cut out cookies

This recipe was not the one that Danielle used but was super simple. Here is how you make it.

Beat the following together until it forms the desired consistency

1/2 cup of unsalted butter

1/2 cup of shortening. My favorite is this one

2 cups of powdered sugar. I used one that did not contain cornstarch. Kroger has an organic brand that worked beautifully.

a splash of vanilla. choose a high-quality vanilla something similar to this.

Milk as needed to thin out the frosting.

You can double or triple this as you desire I used a very thin layer on my cookies as I did not want them to be too Sweet.

After the frosting had been whipped I separated it into bowls and added some natural food coloring to decorate with. Feel free to use sprinkles or do whatever you like to decorate the cookies

Here is a link to the food coloring I used.

decorating cut out christmas cookies for santa

The most important thing is to have fun and make tons of memories in the kitchen. These are the things I remember most about my childhood. Not the amount of toys I received or if the house was clean.

Are you making cookies for Santa? What is your favorite recipe or childhood memory of the Holidays?

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The Very Best Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

Wooden tray on a table with a white and gray checked dish towel.  A salt and pepper shaker and a bowl of vegetable soup.

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

So I don’t know about y’all but its been hot over here. I am so over summer and more than ready for my favorite time of the year, FALL. The food, the weather, leaves, decorations, ALL THINGS PUMPKIN!!! Don’t get me started, I might not stop!!!! Since fall can’t come fast enough, I figured I would bring a little bit of it to me. On today’s Foodie Friday I will be featuring my Instant Pot vegetable soup.

If you haven’t used an instant pot before you’re totally missing out!!! Its essentially a pressure cooker but the one I have has seven different cooking modes. It functions as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge maker, steamer, sauté/browning, yogurt maker and warmer. This is the perfect kitchen gadget for those looking to minimize! You can do so much with this thing and it has come way down in price. My favorite website Amazon puts it on sale frequently and with the holidays coming up this is the perfect gift! Here is the link if you are interested in purchasing it. Now lets get into this recipe.

Memories

As a kid I remember loving my Grandmother’s vegetable soup. It was warm, comforting and definitely one of my favorite meals at their home. As an adult, healthy and easy are two of my favorite words when it comes to a recipe. This recipe is so versatile that you can add any vegetables you may have on hand frozen or fresh, it is the very best way to use up some veggies before they go bad. Now lets get onto this recipe.

Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

I want to first clarify that if you do not have an Instant Pot you can most certainly still make this recipe. All you need is a pot and a stove top to cook it on. Remember you can leave out anything or add in anything, this soup is very forgiving and I honestly make it different every time just due to what I have available in my kitchen.

Here is what you will need for serving 4 to 6:

  • Ground beef 1 pound, grass fed if you can, if your beef is really lean add in some coconut oil or fat of choice.
  • 1 small white onion diced
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 cups sliced carrot you can even use frozen.
  • 1 bunch of kale chopped
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with the juice organic if you are able
  • 2 small zucchini diced
  • 2 small peeled and chopped potatoes
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning, 1 -2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • A splash of red wine vinegar to taste
  • 1 small head of chopped cauliflower
  • 32 ounces of bone broth.  I like beef broth but all we had was chicken.
  • Parmesan and parsley as a garnish

Start by turning your instant pot on to saute. Add ground beef and oil if using. Cook for around 5 minutes add onion and garlic. Saute until translucent and ground beef is cooked through.

Once your meat, onions and garlic are cooked through, add in all of the other ingredients except Parmesan and parsley stir and close the lid. Select the manual setting and set it to high pressure for 5 minutes.

Let the soup depressurize naturally or if you open before, be careful to place a towel over the release valve to avoid soup splatter.

Garnish with Parmesan and additional salt or pepper if needed and ENJOY!

Check out my previous post for the best 10 minute dinner here.

White bowl filled with chicken cheese salad and dressing

Whats up Wingo

We don’t have much planned for the weekend and I’m pretty happy about that. Sometimes its nice to have a relaxing weekend to recharge. Next week I will be bringing you another part to my breastfeeding series. As always I will have another awesome recipe for you on Friday. Have a great weekend everybody. Let me know what you all have planned and if you try this recipe!

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