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#1 HiDee

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:24 AM

I volunteered to make gingerbread men for my son's kindergarten class and the teacher gave me a recipe to use. I told her I was celiac and would be making gluten-free cookies but I'm thinking I'll stick to the recipe as much as possible instead of finding a different one because I think the amount she needs is dependent on the recipe. The only thing is that I don't have or use xanthan or guar gum anymore but I'm thinking chia seed might be okay to help this recipe. And I imagine the molasses should help hold things together as well. I just wanted to run this recipe by the experts and see what you all have to say about converting it.

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 Tbsp. vinegar
5 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves

I'm thinking it should be fine to sub gluten-free flour with maybe a tablespoon of ground chia seeds or something. Any thoughts?

P.S. I have no idea why the recipe doesn't call for ginger......
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#2 GottaSki

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:32 AM

I use the standard recipe from the old better homes and gardens red plaid cookbook - only replacement I do is gluten-free all purpose flour worked great.

If others don't chime in I will compare your recipe to it when I get home.

Great idea to provide these so all the kids have the same gingerlessmen for this project - way to go Mom!

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#3 GottaSki

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:09 PM

http://sphotos-a.xx....977311029_n.jpg

Your recipe is identical to mine except mine calls for the additional:

2 teaspoons of ground ginger ;)
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:48 AM

Thanks for the reply! Do you use xanthan gum or do you think it would work fine without?
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:49 AM

PS It's nice to see a picture of how they turn out. Thanks!
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:42 AM

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Your recipe is identical to mine except mine calls for the additional:

2 teaspoons of ground ginger ;)


What kind of all purpose flour are you using? Some have the Xantham gum added.
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#7 GottaSki

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:43 AM

I used bob's red mill ap flour for these - I'm fairly certain it has xathan in it.

If you use your own flour mix I think you might need xathan - maybe do a small sample batch - they are yummy or could be crumbled to make a pie or cheese cake crust if they don't turn out perfect for the gingermen the class needs without xantan.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 06:51 AM

I used bob's red mill ap flour for these - I'm fairly certain it has xathan in it.

If you use your own flour mix I think you might need xathan - maybe do a small sample batch - they are yummy or could be crumbled to make a pie or cheese cake crust if they don't turn out perfect for the gingermen the class needs without xantan.


http://www.bobsredmi...king-flour.html

Doesn't mention Xantham.

Gingerbread men and palm trees? How do you even know its Christmas there? :)

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#9 GottaSki

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:12 AM

Certainly not by the weather - Christmas morn always has the best surf - it's called the "Christmas Curl" :)

And it is usually sunny too
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:22 AM

Certainly not by the weather - Christmas morn always has the best surf - it's called the "Christmas Curl" :)

And it is usually sunny too


So, just to clairfy for the masses who can't wait to make gingerbread palm trees and surf boards...

that was the flour blend you use & it has no "gum" and you add no gum? Just some ginger is the only difference?
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#11 GottaSki

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:33 AM

yep just checked my bag of brm's ap flour - NO xanthan.

To the recipe HiLee posted I only switched to gluten-free all purpose flour and add 2 teaspoons of ground ginger :)

This was one of the first tradition recipes I used after going gluten-free. I find it often much easier and better tasting to use "trad" rather than "gluten-free" ones - these cookies were identical because they are rolled flat - other cookies are a different story - tasty, but flatter than "trad" recipe.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:36 AM

Ps - thanks for checking Karen! I didn't think I had the bag as I dump into a flour container, but do have an emergency bag in the camping supplies.
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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:39 AM

yep just checked my bag of brm's ap flour - NO xanthan.

To the recipe HiLee posted I only switched to gluten-free all purpose flour and add 2 teaspoons of ground ginger :)

This was one of the first tradition recipes I used after going gluten-free. I find it often much easier and better tasting to use "trad" rather than "gluten-free" ones - these cookies were identical because they are rolled flat - other cookies are a different story - tasty, but flatter than "trad" recipe.


You will notice that my picture changed to Santa. He is now gluten free and he wants gingerbread!
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#14 HiDee

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

Thanks everyone, you're awesome!
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#15 GottaSki

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 09:10 PM

You will notice that my picture changed to Santa. He is now gluten free and he wants gingerbread!


Love the new picture...thinking I should send my palm tree cookie cutter East to make Santa scratch his whiskers as he wonders why he is getting identical cookies in different parts of the country ;)

Good Luck Dee - great thing you are doing for your son and his class!
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My children and I all have multiple copies of the genes for Celiac Disease, along with large variety of symptoms/resolution gluten-free

Current tally from me, three kids and two grands: 4 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, 2 NCGS

Get PROPERLY tested BEFORE REMOVING GLUTEN.

ALWAYS independently research health related information found on internet forums/blogs.

"LTES" a Gem :)



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