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paleo almond joy cookies

paleo almond joy cookies
paleo almond joy cookies

I’m going to come clean here and admit something that I am not very proud of.  Over the past month or so I have produced an overwhelming amount of non-paleo, non-glutenfree, full sugar, overly creamfilled, milk chocolate loving desserts.  Real talk.  I fell off the paleo baking wagon and I fell hard.  I made the unfortunate decision of looking past my well loved coconut nectar flour and falling into the contraband arms of plain ol granulated sugar delights. 

chocolate-chocolate melt cookies, gluten free & paleo

chocolate melts, gluten free & paleo
downtown seattle artwork
macrina bakery
marcina bakery gluten free items
macrina bakery
paleo gluten free chocolate melt cookies

chocolate melts, gluten free & paleo

One of my favorite moments from attending the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC) up in Seattle, actually happened one morning before the conference. My roomie and friend, Annelies, and I have started a tradition of exploring local bakeries that are exploring-distance from the conference location. When we are feeling extra motivated, we run to our destination, but other times, we take a leisurely stroll. 

It's on these bakery expeditions that we see the city, sleepy-eyed and dewy as a new day takes shape. 

brookies (brownie-cookies), gluten free

gluten free brookies (brownie cookies)

gluten free brookies (brownie cookies)

My family is not particularly known for Christmas spirit. Around this season, my house is filled with statements like:

  • “I’m going to the mall to buy your present right now. Still don’t know what to get you.”
  • “Mom, I don’t even like Christmas trees. I’m not going to decorate it.”
  • “Ew, are we listening to Christmas music?”

thumbprint cookies with plum jam, gluten free

thumbprint cookies with plum jam, gluten free

thumbprint cookies with plum jam, gluten free

Spiced or citrusy?

That was the question our neighbor J asked as she handed us two separate jars of homemade plum jam. J was fortunate enough to have a plum tree in her backyard. Toward the end of summer you could be certain to find her holed up in the kitchen making batches of plum jams, jellies, and catsup. And as long as I'd known her, she'd been tweaking and fine tuning her jam recipe.

spicy chocolate chip cookies with cherries, gluten free

cherry chocolate chip cookies with chili powder, gluten free
jeanne sauvage, gluten-free baking for the holidays

I have exciting news! The fabulous Jeanne Sauvage, author of the popular blog Art of Gluten-Free Baking, is coming to Zest for a book-signing party! Her new book, Gluten-free Baking for the Holidays contains 60 essential gluten-free recipes focused around traditional holiday treats. 

gluten-free girl scout cookie and cupcake madness

gluten-free samoas
gluten-free thin mints

Oh my gosh, you guys! Today was super fun! And it wasn't just because of these:

 

Caramel and coconut topped shortbread cookies that are dipped and then drizzled with chocolate! Aka.... gluten-free samoas. Or these:

 

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