Gluten Free Christmas Treats

I am posting my annual list of treats for those who need to eat gluten free.  All are made from easy to find ingredients. I always make plenty of GF treats for myself and to take to Christmas dinners and parties.

These recipes can be enjoyed by everyone, but if you know someone who has to be gluten free, please pass them along.

Amaretti Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Peppermint Bark

Flourless Chocolate Cake


Pumpkin Flan

Pumpkin Flan


I thought I would add one more pumpkin recipe.

Tired of watching others eat pumpkin pie?  Here is a great alternative that is gluten free.  I think it is better than pie!

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup light-brown

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

1 cup canned cooked pumpkin puree

1 1/2 cup half and half

5 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract check for GF

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

*You will need a  9 inch cake pan and a roasting pan large enough to set the cake pan in.

Put granulated sugar into a 9 inch cake pan and set on the center oven rack.  Bake until sugar is melted about 8 to 12 minutes. Take out of the oven.  Swirl to cover  the bottom of the pan with caramel.  Set aside.  Be sure to watch carefully while in the oven!

In a large bowl whisk together next 5 ingredients.  Stir in pumpkin.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the rest of the ingredients.  Then thoroughly mix into the large bowl with the pumpkin mixture.

Set the cake pan with the caramel into a large roasting pan and pour the custard over it.  Put it into the oven and fill with hot tap water halfway up the sides.

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes or until custard is set.  (Remove cake pan carefully from the water and let the water cool in the oven.)  Cool the flan then chill in the refrigerator.  Run a knife around the edge and invert on to a rimmed plate.  Enjoy!

This dessert is easy to take along.  Keep it in the pan  in a cold cooler.  Remove it from the pan  just before eating.

adapted from Martha Stewart

Pumpkin Custard, Naturally GF

And here is what to do with the leftover pumpkin puree. This is a quick and easy recipe that is naturally gluten free. As always, check all your ingredients for gluten.

The custard tastes great slightly cooled from the oven and is just as good after being refrigerated. The pumpkin custard could be dressed up with whip cream, a drizzle of the caramel sauce,and graham cracker crumbs sprinkled on top.


3/4 cup of canned pumpkin puree

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups of evaporated skim milk (one 12-ounce can)

3/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract


1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar

2 teaspoons of cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon of salt

In a large bowl, whisk together the first 4 wet ingredients

In another bowl stir together the remaining dry ingredients and sift into the pumpkin mixture. Stir well and pour into four 3/4 cup custard cups.

Place the cups in a 9×11 inch baking pan and add enough warm water to come half way up the sides of the cups. Bake for 50 minutes until the custard is lightly browned. Cool on a rack.

Halloween Treat – Pumpkin Pie Martini

I came across this very intriguing drink while watching P. Allen Smith’s show. I tweaked it and made a Gluten Free version. I have to say, it takes a few sips to adjust to the surprising flavor, but it really is a fun novelty drink that could also be served at Thanksgiving.

This recipe is for one drink, but it should be easy to make ahead for a group by using some math to increase the servings. Pumpkin Pie Martinis would be a fun way to greet guests at some future gathering or fun to drink when you are just sitting alone in your COVID bubble, or fun to drink while trying to use this new WordPress.


1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree (I used canned)

1 1/2 ounces of vodka (I perfer less, especially before dinner)

1/4 cup of fresh orange juice (fresh made the drink special)

dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

–MIX all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice, then shake it up.

Graham Cracker Garnish

caramel sauce (The recipe does not tell how to make this. I bought caramel ice cream topping or caramel candies could be melted)

gluten free graham cracker crumbs (GF graham crackers are finally on the market and I found some at my local grocery store. For everyone else, just use regular graham crackers)

–PUT the sauce and crumbs on two small plates. Dip the rims of the Martini glasses in the caramel sauce, then twist the rim in the graham cracker crumbs. Fill with the Pumpkin Pie Martini.

Now, what to do with all that left over pumpkin? Check out my next post for an answer.

Forty Clove Chicken – Naturally GF

Eating gluten free does not have to be boring and many recipes happen to be naturally gluten free, such Forty Clove Chicken. This recipe does take some time to prepare and it is nice to have an assistant to stir the sauce.  The sauce is a thick gravy and no flour is needed.  Even though there is a lot of garlic in the recipe, it doesn’t have a garlicky taste (or after taste). I like to serve this dish with rice, mashed potatoes or polenta and a vegetable choice of summer squash or broccoli.

This recipe calls for a wide Dutch oven that can go into the oven.

The original recipe uses 2 four pound chickens cut into 8 pieces.  I keep it simpler and buy the chicken pieces that I perfer.  You can be very versatile in your choice and as I am usually cooking for two, I use 2 bone-in breast and 4 thighs which is about 5 pounds and assures left-overs.


8 lbs of chicken (see note above)

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

3 tablespoons of olive oil

40 garlic cloves. peeled

1 tablespoon of fresh minced rosemary

1 tablespoon of fresh minced thyme

dried herbs work just as well

zest of 2 lemons  zest is the outside rind of the lemon

1/4 cup of white wine (can use all chicken stock instead of wine)

3/4 cup of chicken stock

3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature cut into pieces


Preheat oven to 400 degrees


Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in the Dutch oven with medium high heat

Brown chicken in batches 2 to 3 minutes per side and transfer to a plate

Add garlic to the pan and stir for 1 minute, then remove the pan from the heat

Add chicken, rosemary, thyme and zest stirring to combine

Cover the pan and roast in the oven for 20 minutes then baste

Remove lid and roast 30 minutes or until done at 165 degrees


Put chicken on a platter and cover loosely with foil leaving the garlic in the pan

Put pan on medium heat and mash the garlic

Add wine and cook for 3 minutes

Add chicken stock and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally

Whisk in butter a few pieces at a time

Pour into a gravy boat and enjoy!

PS  If you know someone who has to eat GF, especially if they are newly diagnosed, please share this blog.  Most of my recipes are easy to make with everyday ingredients and I included a variety of dishes including desserts.

Gluten Free Christmas Treats

I am posting my annual list of treats for those who need to eat gluten free.  All are made from easy to find ingredients. I always make plenty of GF treats for myself and to take to Christmas dinners and parties.

These recipes can be enjoyed by everyone, but if you know someone who has to be gluten free, please pass them along.

Amaretti Cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Meringue Cookies

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Peppermint Bark

Flourless Chocolate Cake



I do not use gluten free mixes very often, but I found this recipe made with Bisquick Gluten Free mix tucked away in a folder of recipes. I had marked it “very good” and I decided to try it again.  I was very pleased with the results.  I think with the cinnamon, it will make a good addition for gluten free Christmas cookies.

As always, if you must eat GF for CD, check all ingredients.


2 eggs

1 1/4 cups of sugar –  divided

1/4 cup of softened butter

1/4 cup of shortening like Crisco

2 cups of Bisquick Gluten Free mix

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon


Heat oven to 375 degrees

In a large bowl mix eggs, 1 cup of sugar, butter and shortening

Stir in Bisquick and mix until dough forms


In a small bowl mix 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon

Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls – should make 2 1/2 dozen

Roll in the sugar mix and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet


Bake 10 – 12 minutes until set



Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

A Gluten Free Thanksgiving is very easy to have in your own home.  But if you are going to be a guest, think about bringing a few slices of your own GF turkey if your host stuffs theirs.  I usually bring along a Pumpkin Flan as well.  Below is an easy Green Beans recipe as an alternative for green bean casserole.  Also included is a wonderful recipe for Popovers.  The Popovers are one of the few recipes I make that are not naturally gluten free and require special ingredients.  I have served a GF Thanksgiving to guests for over 20 years.

For Pumpkin Flan go to this recipe.


Green Beans with Toasted Hazelnut-Lemon Butter

1 1/2 tablespoons soften butter

3 tablespoons finely chopped hazelnuts, toasted

1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

2 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided

8 cups of water

1 1/2 pounds of trimmed green beans  These can be found bagged (like salad) in the fresh vegetable isle.


Combine butter, hazelnuts, lemon rind and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl and blend well.  Butter can be made up a week in advance and refrigerated.

Boil water with 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt.  Add green beans and cook 3 minutes.  Drain and return pan to medium heat.  Add butter mixture and beans.  Cook about 3 minutes until beans are well coated and tender.

adapted from Cooking Light


These gluten free Popovers are straight from the box of King Arthur Flour Gluten Free  multi-purpose flour mix.  The Popovers bake up light and hollow in the center.  Just a caution when planning your meal, they take 45 minutes to bake and rest.

4 large eggs

3 tablespoons melted butter

1 1/4 cups of lukewarm milk

1 cup of King Arthur multi-purpose flour  Grocery stores are carrying this now or  can be ordered from  their website as well.


1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum Can be found in health food stores.

1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Grease 12 cup muffin tin. I like to use cooking spray.

2. Whisk together the eggs, butter, and milk in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, xanthan gum, and salt.  Gradually whisk dry ingredients into the liquid, whisking until the batter is smooth.

3. Pour batter into muffin tin filling each cup 2/3 full.

4. Bake for 25 minutes.

5. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 15 more minutes until Popovers are deep brown.

6.  Remove from oven and let them rest for 5 minutes.  Remove from tin and serve immediately.

Cold Chicken Rice Salad – Naturally Gluten Free

This is a great dish for summer or a picnic as it is very easy to transport.  The recipe serves about 4, but could be easily doubled. Best of all, it is made ahead and ready to go at meal time.  And of course, it is naturally gluten free.  As always, if you have to eat GF, check all ingredients.


1 cup of  Texmati Royal Blend Rice or wild rice cooked according to directions

2 – 6 oz jars of marinated artichoke quarters

4 cups of cooked chicken breast cut to bite size (I use 1 boneless breast,  but more can be added)

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

2 celery ribs, thinly sliced

5 green onions, chopped

1 – 2.25 can of sliced ripe olives, drained


1 cup of mayonnaise

1 1/2 teaspoons of curry powder

1/2 cup of artichoke liquid saved from the jars


DRAIN artichokes saving 1/2 cup of the liquid.

STIR together the first 7 ingredients in a casserole size container

MIX in a small bowl the mayonnaise, curry powder and 1/2 cup of artichoke liquid. I prefer to keep the dressing separate and add to taste to each serving.  Experiment and see what works for you.

Chill for 8 hours and serve cold.

Tomato Soup and Arepas

Of course tomato soup is great with grilled cheese, but to change it up I decided to pair the soup with arepas.  I really never thought about making my own tomato soup and decided to give it a try.  This recipe is tasty and easy.  It is naturally gluten free.  Click on Arepas for that recipe.

Homemade Tomato Soup

Makes 4 to 6 servings

1 – 28oz can of whole tomatoes

1 – 12oz jar of roasted red peppers drained

1/4 cup of half and half

1 1/2 teaspoons of Kosher salt

1 teaspoon of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup of water

Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until smooth.  Pour into a medium sauce pan and heat on medium, stirring often for about 8 minutes or until hot.