After a week of teaching my daughter to look at labels and check with me before grabbing a snack, I felt like it was only appropriate to show her first hand that we can still have a special treat- gluten free Cookies! M came across the recipe when we were flipping through the cookbooks in search of GF options in The Pampered Chef® Favorites Made Gluten-Free cookbook.
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M was so excited about our plans to make "cookies- with NO wheat". When I was picking her up from her weekly speech therapy session, her teacher told me that M willingly offered up a conversation about her new diet! Her teacher reported that she was very excited to make cookies without gluten and even explained that she could not eat wheat because it makes her sick. This is HUGE! In school, M comes across as very shy and normally keeps to herself. It is normally a struggle to get her to engage in conversation. For her to have initiated and maintained a conversation truly means that we have made a step in the right direction.
Having said all of that... Let's make some "NO-wheat cookies" !!
Step 1: Collect your ingredients and prep tools. Don't forget to preheat the oven- I did, but it worked out for the best since our progress was not what you would call "efficient". M helped me go down the list and double check that we had everything. She asked that we leave the walnuts out because they tasted "like dirt".... so we put them back in the pantry.
Step 2: Have your child help measure the dry ingredients and sift them together. M got a kick out of yelling "CHECK!" after each ingredient was added.
Step 3: While your sound-sensitive child grabs her protective gear, get your hand mixer out and cream the sugar and the butter together.
Step 5: Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet. Be sure to flatten the dough out a bit with the back of a spoon- or else they will not bake evenly. At this point, M had decided to start asking me about each item still left on the counter and if she could move it to the sink and or garbage can- best sous chef EVER!
Step 6: Wait...
Step 7: Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Now is a good time to explain self control and patience to your salivating child- the cookies need to remain on the rack for and additional 15 minutes.