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Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons

Looking for a Passover cookie recipe. Try these Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons cookies!

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Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles

This Gluten Free Rice Flour Snickerdoodles cookies recipe is even better than store bought gluten free snickerdoodle cookies!

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Easy Gluten Free Whoopie Pies for Valentine’s Day

Easy Gluten Free Whoopie Pies for Valentine’s Day

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Easy Gluten Free Peppermint Blossom Cookies

Easy Gluten Free Peppermint Blossom Cookies. Get the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

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Ooey Gooey Squares Bar Cookies

Need a quick Thanksgiving dessert recipe? Check out this one for Ooey Gooey Squares Bar Cookies from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet and Holly Clegg.

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Gluten Free Caramel & Chocolate Rice Crispie Treats

Looking for a gluten free rice crispie treat recipe? Check out this one using Quaker Popped mini rice cakes! Get the quick and easy recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

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Gluten Free Pecan, Oat, and Dark Chocolate-Chunk Cookies

Get the recipe for Gluten Free Pecan, Oat, and Dark Chocolate-Chunk Cookies at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

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The Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe for cookie and gift exchanges

Holiday Oatmeal Recipes: The Best Oatmeal Cookie Recipe for cookie and gift exchanges. Get the gluten free recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com (#spon)

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Gluten Free Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies - Get the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet

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Gluten Free Pine Nut Cookies from the Grand Canyon Cook Book

Gluten Free Pine Nut Cookies

My family and I just came back from visiting the Grand Canyon. It was one of the best trips we’ve ever taken, and if you have a chance – GO! While we were there I picked up a fun little cookbook called The Grand Canyon Cook Book, Southwestern recipes from Arizona’s natural wonder by Bruce and Bobbie Fisher. It features recipes from park rangers, hikers and Grand Canyon chefs. (Yes, there’s fantastic eating to be had at the Grand Canyon, especially at the El Tovar dining room. You should check out their menus!)

Piñon nuts versus pine nuts

I was especially intrigued that several of the recipes from the Grand Canyon Cook Book used piñon nuts. According to the New Mexico Piñon Nut Company, “Pine nuts from New Mexico called Pinon nuts are called Pinon or Piñon by law in New Mexico. Pinon nuts come specifically from the pine tree species: pinus edulis. They taste different from other varieties. The pinon pine tree is a two-needled pine which grows wild in high desert mountain areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. These edible nuts are not to be confused with the ‘single needle’ pine tree from Nevada.”

The pine nuts you get at the store (usually imported from China) are much cheaper than piñon nuts from New Mexico, which sell anywhere from $25-40. Pinon nuts are a hand-harvest, wild crop and the pines can only be picked once every three to seven years. That’s why you see cars pulled on the highway and people on the medians when it’s piñon season.

More on pine nuts from Wikipedia:

In Asia, two species are widely harvested, Korean Pine in northeast Asia (the most important species in international trade), and Chilgoza Pine in the western Himalaya. Four other species, Siberian Pine, Siberian Dwarf Pine, Chinese White Pine and Lacebark Pine  are also used to a lesser extent.

Pine nuts produced in Europe mostly come from the Stone Pine, which has been cultivated for its nuts for over 6,000 years, and harvested from wild trees for far longer. The Swiss Pine is also used to a very small extent.

In North America, the main species are three of the pinyon pines, Colorado Pinyon, Single-leaf Pinyon, and Mexican Pinyon.

I’ve read that some people experience a metallic aftertaste when eating Chinese pine nuts, and that this has more to do with a genetic predisposition than the pine nuts themselves. However, pine nuts do go rancid quite easily, so keep yours in the refrigerator. Also, you should taste test before cooking with them to make sure they’re OK. I use pine nuts from Costco and have never had a problem.

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Gluten Free Pine Nut Cookies

I’ve “healthed up” the original Piñon Nut Squares recipe from the Grand Canyon Cook Book by using brown rice and oat flours to make the cookies gluten free. I also used stevia instead of white sugar and coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar.

My kids LOVED these!

Makes 30-33 cookies



  1. Set oven for 375 degrees.
  2. Sift flours, salt, cinnamon and baking soda together.
  3. Mix oats into dry ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl, beat egg, both sugars, buttery spread and vanilla until the butter is well integrated.
  5. Mix in dry ingredients.
  6. Stir in pine nuts and raisins.
  7. Drop by the tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet or one covered with a silicon baking mat. (I use Wilton Easy Flex™ Silicone Baking Mats.)
  8. Bake on the center rack of oven for 10 to 12 minutes until the pine nut cookies turn slightly golden.
  9. Serve with a glass of your favorite “milk” (soy, rice, coconut or cow’s milk) and don’t forget the napkins and plates. These cookies are very crumbly!

Nutritional information

Per cookie:

  • Calories 69
  • Calories from Fat 43
  • Total Fat 4.8g
  • Saturated Fat 0.8g
  • Trans Fat 0.0g
  • Cholesterol 6mg
  • Sodium 78mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 6.1g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.6g
  • Sugars 2.0g
  • Protein 1.2g

Nutrition Grade C from CalorieCount 

Weight Watchers POINTS = 2

Healthy holiday cookies: Peppermint Meringue Crisps

I’ve loved meringue cookies since I was a kid. But now that I’m trying to watch my calories, I like them even more. Here’s a holiday treat created by Laurel Hudson, the culinary instructor at Wellspring Academies that will let you indulge without packing on the pounds. Even better, these are perfect for those who are avoiding gluten in their diets.

Peppermint Meringue Crisps

Candy Cane

Yield: 18 cookies


  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 egg whites
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ½ cup Stevia in the Raw
  • 1 sugar free candy cane
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with Pam.
  3. Combine the egg whites, lemon juice, cream of tartar, salt, and sugar in a bowl.
  4. Using an electric mixer, whip the egg whites into a meringue, until the whites are thick and stand up in peaks.
  5. Add the stevia and vanilla and whip for 30 seconds.
  6. Drop by the spoonful onto pan, making 12 cookies.
  7. Crush the candy cane into small bits.
  8. Sprinkle the candy cane on top of the cookies.
  9. Bake 1 ½ hours, then turn the oven off and let the cookies sit in the oven while it is left partially open until the oven is cool.
  10. Remove the cookies from the tray and enjoy!

Nutritional Information: approx. 12 calories and 0g fat per cookie

Weight Watchers POINTS = 1 POINT for 5 cookies

A Review of PopularCookieRecipes.com

Did you know that the first cookie dates all the way back to the 7th century in Persia? Seems that sugar was first cultivated there and then spread to the eastern Mediterranean. At the end of the 14th century, you could walk along the streets of Paris and buy little wafers, and cookie recipes began to show up in Renaissance era cookbooks. From there it was only a matter before cookies took over the world – well its sweet tooth that is.

That’s one of the fun things I learned about cookies at PopularCookieRecipes.com, a collection of popular cookie recipes from around the world – a website you should check out for basic, simple cookie recipes.

This time of year we don’t think about cookies much since we’re busy making pies and tarts from all the great fruit available in the summer. Still, cookies are classic and very portable – great for picnicking or taking to the beach for a snack.

Since I’m always on the lookout for eggfree dessert recipes, I thought I’d share PopularCookieRecipes.com recipe for shortbread cookies.

Shortbread Cookies
I think these cookies would be marvelous to dip into a little fruit preserves or maybe eat with a bowl of fresh berries and a tall glass of iced tea.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix butter and sugar in large bowl.
  3. Stir in flour. If dough is crumbly, mix in an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons of softened butter.
  4. Roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness and cut dough with cookie cutters into desired shapes. The dough can even be cut with a knife into wedges or strips for interesting designs. Get creative and have fun!
  5. Bake about 20 minutes or until set.
  6. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

PopularCookieRecipes.com bills itself as a collection of popular cookie recipes. Yet the selection is pretty limited now. Since it’s a new website, I look forward to seeing them expand their cookie recipe collection.

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