Gluten Free Cookies and Bars
Whether you are new to gluten free baking or a seasoned gluten free chef, there is always something new to learn about baking gluten free.
Start here to learn about the tips and tricks of Gluten Free Baking to get started.
What is gluten?
Gluten is protein found in wheat flour and other ingredients that contributes to baked goods having their characteristic stretch, strength, and elasticity when baked.
People who have celiac disease cannot have ANY gluten in their diets. Even if you do not have celiac disease, you may be gluten intolerant and also must avoid all gluten.
Eating gluten free is not a health trend or a fad: there are many people who must eat gluten free to have a healthy life.
Is gluten free baking difficult?
Gluten free baking is not difficult but it does take an adjustment period and a learning curve to get comfortable with gluten free baked goods.
The gluten free cookies you'll find here are either baked using a gluten free flour blend, made with gluten free flours such as tapioca flour or rice flour, or consist of naturally gluten free ingredients.
Not all gluten free floud blends are the same. A one-to-one gluten free flour blend (or cup to cup gluten free blend) is designed to replace traditional all purpose flour. The blend will contain xanthan gum which is an ingredient that helps bind and develop structure in gluten free baked goods.
A gluten free flour that doesn't have xanthan gum is still find to use, just add the appropriate amount of xanthan gum to your recipe.