I am that person.

We had a celebration this weekend of our two friends were ordained as decons! The ceremony was full of love and this was shown by all the people that came out to celebrate and congratulate Seth and Paul and the others who were ordained.

There was a pretty typical church cookie reception afterwards, which (kind of last minute) I agreed to help organize. Nick and I typically do not approach the receptions after events very optimistically. We just assume we aren’t going to be able to eat anything. And that’s fine. We never go to these events expecting to be able to eat and so we aren’t truly disappointed. And the way our lives are currently, we practice enough intermittent fasting that it’s not really an issue to wait 30 minutes until we get home.

But of course I made my gluten free cookies in excess for all those people hoping and wishing they could eat! I am that person because I was that person!

But, I almost forgot to mark them gluten free… Which doesn’t matter too much except two things… 1) those GF folks won’t know they have an option! And 2) people like my dad who doesn’t want or need gluten free food, and the thought has the tendency to turn him off or at least make him skeptical, won’t go eating them all before those who need them. So Nick saved the day by finding some coffee filters and a sharpie and labeling them accordingly.

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These large beauties were another partial experiment, which will definitely be sticking around in my long term collection. White chocolate macadamia nut! I never cared for them growing up, but they are Nick’s favorite cookie and although I don’t know how someone can like them more than plain chocolate chip, I have come to like them very much. And they were a hit.

By the time I went to start cleaning up, there were only 2 GF cookies left (which Nick and I promptly devoured) and there definitely aren’t 4 dozen GF people at our church. So I hope all you people enjoyed them! I love serving in this way because… I can! And because I would bake anyway and get large if I didn’t sell some and give some away.

So… In honor of Paul and Seth’s ordination and my new exciting recipe… I will be giving away 4 large white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! Leave a comment on this blog and I’ll pick a winner next week!

Thanks all!

Spreading gluten-freedom,
Lauren

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Baking Test Trials

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Pretty excited about this little test group of cookies. Although my whole goal starting out was to sell the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made to the gluten-free crowd, I love experimenting too much to stick to one thing. Admittedly the second place sweet in my heart only to chocolate chip cookies is red velvet cake. And I am experimenting to get a healthy and naturally red version of that cake available for purchase… Which I haven’t accomplished yet.

But two things drove me to try this cookie; 1) I am trying some things out for a wedding cookie table later in September to see what we like and 2) I had some leftover BEETS! Now please don’t gag… I don’t care who you are or how much you hate beets, but you can’t dislike these cookies.

They are made in a waffle iron and are absoltely adorable. They have walnuts in them and they are just sweet enough to have you questioning if maybe they could still pass for breakfast?? My original recipe calls for canned pumpkin, but since I had some organic beet puree around, I made the substitution with a little cocoa powder and we have gluten-freedom formed in sheer magenta beauty. 😃

I still haven’t gotten a thumbs up or thumbs down from the bride on if they make the cut for the cookie table, but they made the cut for our Bible study the next day! Even when I hesitantly stated the questionable ingredient, the warry beet-adverse Ron gave them a try and I think he liked them!

(leave a comment telling me if you think they’re wedding reception cookie table appropriate)

I got some great feedback from my dear friend Kim who has eaten enough gluten-free and gluten-enslaved foods to be a valuable resource. She said she loved the flavor and the color and only suggests they have a bit more walnuts and might be a little dry. Exactly what I needed! You can’t please everyone, as my husband insisted they had plenty of walnuts, but I have a fix for the dryness and might just make half with more walnuts and half with none next time.

Check out my etsy site (BakedTrueNorth) in the next week for a posting to purchase these beauties! Or plan to come to the Bellevue Flea on Sunday May 22 and I might have some samples you can try!

Thanks for reading!
~ Lauren Marts