Gluten Free Molasses Cookies

gf molasses cookies

As my previous posts suggest, I love giving homemade treats to people for the holidays. I have always said that baking is a labor of love. Homemade goodies are my personal way of showing people how much I care about them!

gluten free flour

Since I have quite a few friends who are gluten free, I always put aside a day just to bake for them. Up until this year, I always felt that the items were just meh. No matter what I did, they always had a grainy texture. Now I know that this is common in GF baked goods, but it is not my cup of tea!

molasses cookies

This year however I was sooooo excited to gift my Gluten-Free cookie platters because I was so impressed with the results!  Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour makes it easy to transform traditional recipes to gluten free. Simply follow your favorite baking recipe, replacing the wheat flour with this extraordinary blend. There was no residual graininess in the cookies and they were even chewy!

gluten free molasses cookies

It is perfectly formulated for baked goods with terrific taste and texture – no additional specialty ingredients or custom recipes required. This flour combines finely ground brown rice flour, sweet white rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour with a touch of xanthan gum—just enough xanthan gum to create chewy cookies and springy muffins.

gf cookies

The protein in the sorghum flour helps give baked goods an almost wheat-like texture and aids in browning, for those times you need a perfectly golden brown chocolate chip cookie. Use this blend for cookies, cakes, brownies.


I love Bob’s Red Mill flours and use them daily. Their flours are made with quality and their business practices are those to be proud of…A family company that I personally want to help support! Oh and did I ever tell you that I actually met Bob at an expo? He is just as sweet in person as he looks on that packages!!! Make sure to stock up on the flours now- and use this coupon to save even more!

Gluten Free Molasses Cookies


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 2 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Extra sugar for rolling


  1. Using a beater or stand mixer, blend butter and sugar until combined.
  2. Add molasses and egg and beat until blended, scraping down the bowl at leaf once.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture until just combined.
  5. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour before baking.
  6. Once cold, roll dough into 1 inch circle.
  7. Coat dough balls in sugar and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake cookies for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pull-a-part Bread #PepItUp #Collectivebias

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We are going to take a quick break in the Homemade Holiday Series and talk tailgating and football food. Now, I am not a huge fan of football, but I am a huge fan of my husband. The best way to a man’s heart is through food, right? More specifically, pizza inspired food using Hormel Pepperoni!

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My husband is constantly on the go completing projects around the house. Even after a 10 hour day at work, he always comes home and works for another couple of hours, then helps the kids with homework. Even though I love all that he does, I love to see him relax on game days, because he totally deserves it.

This is why I always make a special treat for him to enjoy while watching the game. A happy, relaxed, and full man is so much more enjoyable!

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We are not too fond of the traditional frozen appetizers that are usually associated with tailgating, and always opt for something homemade. This past weekend I made this Cheesy Pepperoni Pull-a-part bread, and it was a huge hit! My husband, his friends, and the kids devoured it so quickly that I was immediately summoned back into the kitchen to make another one. However this time I was commanded to put double the Pepperoni! Thankfully this recipe is super easy and only takes about 10 minutes to put together!

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To start, slice the bread lengthwise, only slicing 2/3 of the way down. Then, slice the bread across making little cubes, again only 2/3 of the way down.

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Smother the bread with pizza sauce, trying to get into the crevices.

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Cover the bread with mozzarella cheese, getting in between each cube. Finish it off with tons of Pepperoni, sticking pieces in between each and every little square and sprinkle with a bit more cheese.

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Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is hot and bubbly, then serve! Delicious!!!!

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Cheesy Pepperoni Pull-a-part Bread #PepItUp #Collectivebias


  • 1 loaf of bread
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 package Hormel Pepperoni


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Cut bread 2/3 of the way down into squares.
  3. Cover in tomato sauce.
  4. Stuff cheese and pepperoni in between squares.
  5. Sprinkle with a bit more cheese.
  6. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly about 18-20 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve warm.


Apple Butter

Apple Butter

There is nothing like a warm biscuit smothered fresh apple butter laden with winter spices. Like the Apple Cranberry Jam, this apple butter is a great gift for anyone. I paired it with some buttery biscuits, but it is also delightful on oatmeal, yogurt, and even ice cream!

biscuits and apple butter

Unlike the loads of delicious cookies you will receive this year, this apple butter is full of antioxidants! So it is a healthier alternative to the traditional Christmas cookies ;)

cooked apple butter

Although this recipe takes a while to make, it is mostly inactive time. Meaning, you can go about your day while the apples are cooking down into a glorious spread gracefully in the crockpot! To top it off, your house will smell AMAZING while it is cooking.

apple butter gift

This recipe requires a two step process, applesauce then apple butter. Each step takes about 6 hours in the crockpot. Once cooked, you can process the jars in a water bath for conservation, or refrigerate them for up to 3 weeks. Make sure to make extra for yourself! According to my kids, apple butter makes the BEST pb&j sandwiches!

apple butter gifts

For more incredibly delicious apple recipes, make sure to visit USApple Blog. Also, check out the other perfect foodie gifts in our Homemade Holiday Series below. To print out these labels, click here.

Apple Butter


  • 6 pounds of apples
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • Apple Butter
  • Applesauce
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon all spice
  • Honey Biscuits
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon. freshly ground pepper
  • 16 Tablespoons (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey


  1. Begin by peeling and coring apples.
  2. Slice apples into 8 sections and place in crockpot.
  3. Stir in brown sugar and apple juice.
  4. Cook on low for about 6 hours.
  5. Process apples in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  6. Apple Butter
  7. To make the apple butter, place all but 2 cups of applesauce into crock pot.
  8. Mix in sugar and spices.
  9. Cook apple butter on low for 6-8 hours stirring about every hour.
  10. Once done, place apple butter in jars (make sure they are hot and sanitized if canning).
  11. Process jars in water bath for 20 minutes if canning or refrigerate once at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
  12. Honey Biscuits
  13. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees f. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  14. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix.
  15. Cut butter into 8 slices per stick and add to flour mixture.
  16. With a pastry cutter, cut butter into flour until small clumps form.
  17. With a wooden spoon, gently stir in buttermilk and honey.
  18. Once all the liquid has mixed with the flour, gently knead the dough about 4 times. Do not over knead, you will be breaking down the gluten results in a biscuit rock.
  19. On a lightly floured surface, gently flatten dough out 2 inch thick circle.
  20. Using a large round cookie cutter, cut out circles and place on cookie sheet.
  21. Repeat until you have no dough left.
  22. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

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town house crackers

So to continue on with our Homemade Holiday Series, I introduce you to these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bites. Festive and delicious, these little gems are perfect for gift giving and holiday entertaining! Not only that, they are extremely simple to make!

pb crackers

Creamy peanut butter filling is sandwiched between two salty and oh so buttery Town House Crackers, then generously dipped in milk chocolate and garnished with Christmas sprinkles. Like I said, simple and delicious.


I love using Townhouse crackers for these treats because of their slight saltiness. Combined with the peanut butter and chocolate, it is a salty sweet treat! These crackers are our go to box for everything. From snacking to dipping, they are fantastic! We are purists here and generally stick to the original flavor, however while at Target last week I branched out and bought the Townhouse Pita and Pretzel boxes. We may just have a new favorite on our hands!


I wanted to add a simpler treat to the Homemade Holiday Series. These are great because they can be made with the littles, made last minute, or made in advance!

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Make sure to pack some up for Santa!



Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Bites


  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 package Town House Crackers
  • 1 ½ cups melting chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter or crisco
  • Sprinkles


  1. Using a mixer, beat together peanut butter, powdered sugar, and softened butter until smooth.
  2. Place mixture in a Ziploc bag.
  3. Clip off the corner and pipe onto each cracker.
  4. Place second cracker on peanut butter filling and gently sandwich together.
  5. Freeze or refrigerate sandwiched crackers for at least 30 minutes.
  6. In a microwave safe bowl, heat melting chocolate for 1 minute.
  7. Remove from microwave and stir in coconut butter or Crisco until smooth.
  8. If chocolate still is not completely melted, return to microwave for 10 second increments, stirring in between.
  9. Carfully dip each cracker sandwich and place on a waxed paper lined baking sheet.
  10. Allow them to dry completely.
  11. Once dry, take the remainder of the chocolate (you may need to heat it again for 10 seconds) and place in a small Ziploc bag. Clip the corner and drizzle over chocolate covered crackers.
  12. Garnish with sprinkles.

Apple Cranberry Jam

apple cranberry jam

Apple Cranberry Jam is one of my favorite winter treats. It is sweet from the apples, tart from the cranberries, and warm from all of the winter spices. Combined they make truly a great combination. I usually make a few batches every year to last us through the winter and use it on everything from PB&J sandwiches, to a topping for brie as an appetizer.

jam and brie

It also makes a lovely gift. Jam has a bad rap of being extremely difficult to make, when in fact it is very easy. When I give jars away as gifts, people are so excited because they think that I slaved in the kitchen for 8 hours. Let’s let them continue to believe that though ;)

jam and scones

Making this Apple Cranberry Jam is actually one of the easiest jams to make. Apples and cranberries naturally produce pectin, so there is no need to add extra. If you have ever made jam then you know that once you add store-bought pectin, then it becomes foamy and you need to scrape off all of that foam before placing it in the jars. Well, not with this recipe! If you do not have a pan for a water bath, use a large pan (with a lid) and place a thick dish towel at the bottom. Fill with water and bring to boil. Proceed as the directions are written for the water bath.

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Gift a jar of homemade Apple Cranberry Jam with some fresh Maple Oat Scones. Or, gift with a brie round for a lovely hostess gift. Make sure to keep some for yourself though as this jam is THE BEST on toast!!!

apple cranberry jam homemade

For these adorable Jam labels that were created by BriGeeski, click on these Apple Cranberry Jam Labels. Simply print out on a full sheet label (Avery makes them), cut out, and place on jars.

Make sure to check out all of our recipes from our Homemade Holiday Series. If you are looking for more healthy delicious apple recipes visit the USAppleBlog!

Apple Cranberry Jam


    Apple Cranberry Jam
  • 9 cups peeled and diced apples (combination of green and red)
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • Maple Oat Nut Scones
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter (small pieces)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half plus more for basting
  • 2/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans


  1. In a large pot add all of the ingredients.
  2. Cook on high heat stirring occasionally.
  3. Once cranberries begin to pop, reduce heat to medium.
  4. Add the zest and juice of the two lemons.
  5. Continue to cook jam until it begins to thicken and become syrupy, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
  6. While jam is cooking, prepare jars. Using clean jars, place in hot hot water.
  7. Bring water bath to boil (or large pot with dish towel filled up 2/3 of the way with water then cover and bring to boil).
  8. When jam is thick and syrupy (it will thicken considerably when cool), remove jars from hot water.
  9. Carefully ladle hot jam into jars.
  10. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings and submerge in the water bath.
  11. Boil jars for about 10 minutes.
  12. Carefully remove and cool completely.
  13. To make the scones, start by combining all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  14. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut butter into dry mixture until butter pieces are the sizes of peas.
  15. Stir in maple syrup.
  16. Add half and half and egg and mix with wooden spoon until most of the flour is incorporated.
  17. Gently mix in chopped nuts.
  18. On a lightly floured surface, make a thick 2 inch disk with scone dough and cut into 8 wedges.
  19. Baste wedges with half and half.
  20. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until light brown.
  21. Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by the USApple Association however all opinions are my own.

Bacon Onion Bourbon Marmalade and Burger Seasoning

Grill Master's Gift

I have made the fabulous bacon jam before, but as Rick Rodgers’ recipe proves,  everything is better with bourbon. Four Roses Bourbon to be exact. Since doing my first review of Rick Rodger’s new book, The Big Book of Sides, I have been cooking delicious savory side dishes almost daily.

bacon jam

When I cam across his recipe for Bacon Onion and Bourbon Marmalade, I knew that it would be a perfect part of our Homemade Holidays Series. After all… bacon, bourbon, and burgers are the perfect gift for that special grill master/meat lover in your life.

burgers and bacon jam

We paired the delicious Bacon Onion Bourbon Marmalade with our favorite meat and potato seasoning. Pair it with a bottle of Four Roses Bourbon and you will be known as the best gift giver! Add Rick Rodger’s new book to the mix (every dish needs a side!) and you will guarantee some fabulous gifts in return next year ;)

burger seasoning

A few quick notes about these recipes. The Bacon Onion and Bourbon Marmalade needs to be refrigerated, so make sure to let the recipient know. Also, it i good for up to 3 weeks. I was able to make 5 four ounce jars out of this recipe. The Grill Master Seasoning recipe makes 3 spice jars or 1 and 1/2 extra large spice jar. For the labels, simple print the Grill Master labels, and bourbon bacon labels on full sheet labels, then cut out and stick on the jars.

Best Gift Ever

For a more detailed review of The Big Book of Sides please visit our Sweet Potato Pecon Dinner Roll post. Also, with the upcoming Christmas menu planning, you will want to watch this video. This gravy with bourbon looks To. Die. For!

Would you like to win a copy of your very own The Big Book of Sides? Simply comment below with your favorite side dish or Bourbon cocktail from now until December 15th, 2014 for your chance to win! Winner will be selected using on December 16th, 2014. Once selected, we will email you in which you will have 48 hours to respond with your name and mailing address. Good luck!

Also, make sure to check out the other recipes in our Homemade Holiday Series!

Bacon Onion Bourbon Marmalade and Burger Seasoning


    Rick Rodgers' Bacon Onion and Bourbon Marmalade
  • 8 ounces super-thick sliced hickory or applewood smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 pounds yellow onions, cut into thin half-moons
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, preferably Grade A Dark
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 1/3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh time
  • Grill Master's Seasoning
  • 1/3 cup paprika
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano and parsley, each


    Bacon Marmalade
  1. Cook bacon in a large, deep skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, adjuring the temperature so the bacon cooks evenly but the glaze in the bottom of the skillet does not burn, until the bacon is crisp and browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain, leaving the fat in the skillet.
  2. Stir in the onions with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very tender and golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  3. Stir in the reserved bacon with the vinegar, maple syrup, bourbon, and thyme and bring the t a simmer over medium heat. Return the heat to medium-low simmer, stirring often, until the liquids have reduced to a few tablespoons and the mixture is thick and spreadable, about 10 minutes. Transfer it to a bowl and let it cool (remove from refrigerator 1 hour before serving). Serve at room temperature.
  4. Grill Master's Seasoning
  5. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  6. Add seasoning to spice jars and close tightly.
  7. Use on meat, pork, salmon, and fries!


Italian Torrone

pistachio torrone

Italian Torrone or nougat one of my husband’s favorite candies. After years and years of trying recipes, I finally nailed it a couple of years ago.

homemade torrone

Because there are so few ingredients in this recipe, quality ingredients are a must. I love using this Spice Honey Crème from Honey Ridge Farms. The warm winter spices add extra depth to the Torrone. It also makes the candy extra creamy.

pistachio nougat

I used Pistachios in this recipe because I love the saltiness that it brings to the sweet Torrone. In the past I have used slivered almonds, cranberries and a mixture of nuts, all with amazing results. This recipe does involve a candy thermometer, but is totally worth it! I recommend using this thermometer, but make sure not to buy it at the gourmet food stores as it is about triple the price!

homemade candy

Honey Ridge Farms has many difference Honey Crèmes available. From Raspberry to Blackberry, these jars would make the perfect gift for your foodie friends. Better yet, combine a jar or two with a bag of freshly made Torrone and your recipient will be over the moon! They also have other items including Honey Grilling Sauce and Honey Balsamic Vingar- which I can attest are absolutely delicious! The delicately sweet honey balsamic vinegar is perfect on salads! Honey Ridge Farms is offering a 10% discount this holiday seasons, which makes for AMAZING prices on raw honey (and of course their other products).

4- 2.25oz. honey cr Medium Web view

If you would like to use these labels, click here. They have been designed to fold over a baggy or to be printed on label paper and stuck on jars (like in the pictures).

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Make sure to check out the rest of our delicious treats from our Homemade Holiday Series!

Italian Torrone

Italian Torrone


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups pistachios
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. Generously spray parchment paper with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small pan, heat sugar, honey, and water on medium low stirring until combined and melted.
  3. Once melted, increase heat to medium and cook until candy thermometer reaches 315 degrees, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once it hits 315 degrees, remove from heat until the temperature gauge reads 300 degrees (you can also stir it to make it reduce heat quicker).
  5. While sugar temperature is cooling, beat egg whites in a heavy duty stand mixer until soft peaks form.
  6. Once formed, add powdered sugar and beat until stick peaks form.
  7. While mixer is running on low, very slowly add slightly cooled sugar honey mixture.
  8. Once all of the sugar honey has been incorporated, increase mixer speed to medium high and beat for about ten minutes. Mixture should only be warm to touch.
  9. Add extract and nuts and beat to combine.
  10. Using a strong spatula or wooden spoon, spoon out torrone into prepared pan.
  11. Spray clean fingers with non-stick cooking spray and flatten to about 1 1/2- 2 inches thick.
  12. Allow to cool for about 2 hours.
  13. Once cooled, run a very sharp knife under hot water, dry off, and slice torrone.
  14. Wrap in parchment squares and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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