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Gluten-free Tagalong Cookies

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Gluten-free Tagalong Cookies

A friend told me about tagalong cookies a few weeks ago. I had never heard of them but; chocolate: good, peanut butter: good, shortbread cookies: good. Needless to say, I was very interested. I used this recipe as a guide, but I changed many things, like adding caramel and getting rid of the gluten. Here’s what I used:

These homemade girl scout cookies are the best I’ve ever made!

Shortbread cookies

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 2/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 2/3 cup amaranth flour
  • 1/3 cup millet flour
  • 1/3 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon guar gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Homemade caramel is easy to make and healthier because you control the amount of sugar.

Peanut butter filling

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar*

Caramel filling

  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 Tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

Chocolate coating

  • 2 cups chocolate chips*

*Make sure you select these ingredients carefully. I used powdered sugar with tapioca starch instead of corn starch (Organic 365). I used peanut butter with no hydrogenated oils (Peter Pan’s new 100% natural) and chocolate chips with no soy (Nestlé’s Dark Chocolate Morsels).

The first step is to make the shortbread cookies. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add an egg and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add all the dry ingredients (potato starch to baking soda on the list) and mix well. I used a fork and silicone spatula up to this point. When the mixture is doughy enough, mix with your hands. Prepare a sheet of wax paper with white flour sprinkles. Roll the dough into a cylinder, about 2 inches in diameter and freeze for 30 minutes.

It doesn’t need to be a perfect cylinder. Each cookie is unique!

When the dough hardens, it’s easy to cut it into thin cookies, around 1/8 inch. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes on a cookie sheet, and let cool a good 20 minutes.

These cookies are simple to make and great on their own.

Now, it’s time to get a workstation going with everything you need to make tagalongs. First, make caramel. Melt one stick of butter in a saucepan over low heat. Add chickpea flour to thicken and mix in the sugar (brown and regular) and the water. Stir constantly and continue to heat until thick. Cool in the fridge.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter and powdered sugar.

The last thing you need is tempered chocolate. This is the same process I used for my thin mint cookies. If you’ve never tempered chocolate before, I strongly recommend watching this instructional video. My first few times tempering chocolate were a disaster. Practice and knowledge makes perfect!

Peanut butter on top seals the caramel.

Melt two cups of chocolate chips in the microwave, 20 seconds at a time and stir in between to disperse heat equally.

Now, take a shortbread cookie, spread a layer of caramel, then a layer of peanut butter. Rinse and repeat with all cookies. And now the “fun” part begins…

Coat the cookies in chocolate and carefully remove the excess.

This process is very time consuming but will reward your taste buds, I promise.

Be patient!

Place the chocolate coated cookies on a baking sheet and let set at room temperature. You can use the fridge to accelerate the process, but I think it lets in too much moisture and prefer room temperature.

And… you’re done! I stored my cookies in an airtight container in the fridge. I had some leftover caramel and peanut butter, which I used as dipping sauce with apples for snacks throughout the week. Enjoy!

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Gluten-free Apple Pie

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Gluten-free Apple Pie

Don’t let a lattice crust intimidate you, even if it’s gluten-free!

I like to think of myself as a pie enthusiast. I’ve made so many different kinds of pies in the past few months and yet, I have never tried the good old traditional apple pie. What is wrong with me! Please don’t answer that. Really though, I think it’s because I’m not a big fan of cinnamon. But, just the other day, I found a recipe without cinnamon and I was pretty excited to gluten-free it and try it out.

Ingredients

  • 10 red apples
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 Tablespoon white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Gluten free double pie crust

The recipe is very easy. First, peel, slice and core the apples. Set them aside in a large mixing bowl. That’s the only time-consuming part. Now, preheat the oven to 425F.

In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the white rice flour, to thicken. Add the water and both types of sugar, stir in well and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and let simmer. After two minutes, when the mixture is nice and smooth like caramel, pour it over the apples and mix well.

Place your bottom pie crust in a 9″ pie pan, pour the caramel apples in. With the remaining of the dough, try to make a lattice crust! This was my very first lattice crust and I was pretty unsure of myself. Thankfully, I found this amazing step by step guide on how to make a lattice crust, and it came out pretty good! The only advice I have to add is: remember, you’re working with gluten-free dough, so be very gentle. Also, I actually rolled my dough twice, to make it the perfect temperature and texture and it was very easy to work with.

Before baking, don’t forget the egg wash, so your pie comes out nice and golden.

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then, turn the temperature down to 350F and bake an extra 40 minutes.

Make sure to let it cool at least 10 minutes before serving! Maybe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? Enjoy!

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