Guest Post: It’s Cookie Time! (Part 1)

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Nichelle.  I am always drooling over her photos of baked goods so I was thrilled when she agreed to write two guest posts for Scissors and Spoons. She is sharing two cookie recipes that are flour free! Keep reading to see what delicious cookies she made.  This is the first of Nichelle’s two guests posts so check back tomorrow for a second recipe.

Well, actually, this is the high time of year for cookies, isn’t it? One of my (full disclosure:  I am not Marie, but I hope that will not stop you from reading) favorite memories from childhood during the holidays is the platters of cookies my grandmother and her friends would arrange and swap – pinwheels, icebox cookies, chocolate chip, bourbon balls, fudge – you name it, they baked it. Now that I’m all grown up, the hubby and I have started our own annual cookie and cider holiday gathering. After paging through back issues of magazines, browsing the internet and settling on a suitable cookie list, I discovered one of my guests had a gluten allergy. Gluten allergies and cookie parties do not go together, do they? What cookie could I make that did not contain flour?

Discovering my guest’s allergy sent me back to the magazines and cookbooks in my arsenal, and I came up with an answer (actually, two): peppermint and chocolate meringues and crispy rice treats. I started with the meringues, which I would love to tell you about.

peppermint and chocolate meringues

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Another Sweet Birthday Surprise: Black Forest Whipped Cream Cake Recipe

This black forest whipped cream cake has been my birthday cake for as long as I can remember.  It is not like the black forest cakes often sold in bakeries and stores; the base of this cake is a whipped cream cake and not a chocolate cake like in many store bought versions.  I may be biased, but I like this one better! The whipped cream, which is folded in to the batter, makes this cake nice and moist.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are an elegant dessert, but can be pricey to purchase premade and can get a little squishy if they are left to sit for too long.  When I was a child, my parents had a large strawberry patch and we would often make chocolate dipped strawberries for special occasions.  The key to getting nice looking DIY chocolate strawberries is to make sure that the strawberries are completely dry before dipping and that the chocolate is completely melted but not burnt.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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