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Naughty or Nice List and A Gluten-Free Version of My Famous Greek Crescent Cookies

Just like Santa, when I am determining who is on my recipient list for my coveted box of Christmas cookies, I make a naughty and nice list. I require very little to make it to the nice list, but the numero uno qualification is that you “ooh” and “aah” when I arrive with my box. At the very least, to make it to next year’s list, you must either shoot me a text, call or email one of the following, “Those were amazing!!!”, “Best cookies I’ve ever had!”, “So delicious!”. You get the picture.

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The naughty list is littered with people who have made the following faux pas; Either they had never let me know they received or enjoyed the cookies, or perhaps even worse, they offered a flat noted “Those cookies were good.” My son’s best friend (he’s 20)  has been harassed by me for years for telling me on one occasion, “Those cookies were pretty OK.” I almost fainted from the horror. When he has since arrived at my house to a plateful of cookies in the kitchen, I eye him suspiciously and then give him a little glare. After he has courageously snatched and eaten a cookie, I ask, “How was the cookie?” He now answers with, “Delectable!” He has learned. Good boy! Just call me Pavlov. ;)

Anyhow, if you don’t need to eat GF, then simply go here, and you can get the original version to add to your Christmas cookie baking. Both versions are memorable, divine and totally outrageous but never, ever just O.K.

Katina’s Greek Cookies Gone GF

Makes about 3 dozen cookies
4 sticks of unsalted butter (two cups), room temperature or just barely softened
1/4 c. of granulated sugar (yes, it’s one fourth of a cup…no type-o)
2 egg YOLKS
2 Tablespoons pure vanilla extract
3 c. of my GF Flour Blend One or a GF All Purpose Substitute (note how much xanthan is already in yours, my blend has no gum so I can add it as needed to recipes)
1 t. xanthan gum or guar gum
1 T. sweet rice flour also known as Mochiko
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. pulverized or finely chopped pecans

For dusting over the cookies: 2 c. powdered sugar

To make the cookies: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a food processor, pulverize 1/2 c. of pecans or finely chop them by hand.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar and beat for about a minute on medium speed. Add egg YOLKS one at a time, beating in between each egg. Add vanilla and combine on low.

Mix your flour, xanthan gum,, sweet rice flour, and salt together in a separate bowl with a wire whisk. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 1/2 at a time and beating on LOW in between. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the pecans and mix on low until just combined. This batter is a little on the dry side…a little crumbly. That’s ok and is exactly how you WANT it. Don’t add more butter. You need them to hold their shape in the oven.

To form the crescents. Get a small spoon and scoop out about 1-2 Tablespoons of batter. Form it into a ball and place the small ball in the “c” or crook of your hand (between thumb and index finger).  Gently, press it into the crook and form the crescent. As you put the crescent down onto the cookie sheet, straighten it out a little if its crooked.

Bake for 15 minutes, until golden and a little firm.

Cool for only about 10 minutes and then sift ample amounts of powdered sugar over them. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Eat one warm…it’s really the best way. ;)



Gluten-Free Orange and Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello All,

I am definitely coming back off a long hiatus. Hopefully, I will have more to say and more to bake, but until then I am well into my Holiday Cookie Baking routine of preparing dough and cookies for gifts for friends. I hope you enjoy this GF spin on my famous Orange and Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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A Parade of Christmas Cookies to Share and Enjoy

Ho, ho, ho…the holiday spirit has taken over my house as I prepare for my BIG DAY! Sunday is Cookie Delivery Day over here and I have been making TRIPLE BATCHES of most of these cookies you see here. I’ve been making double batches of my All Purpose Flour versions and one batch of my Gluten-Free flour versions so I am certainly a busy little elf.

I have provided you with a photo line-up of my cookies, and here is my Cookie Game Plan if you need that as well. Hope you are feeling rather festive yourself, and if not, just make a batch of one of these cookies, and that may just put you in the mood.

Make these…

Perfectly cheerful and spicy Gingerbread Cut Out Cookies



Or melt-in-your-mouth Greek Crescent Cookies which are buttery, rich and the best pairing to a good cup of coffee EVER!

greek crescents


For the chocolate lover in your group, here are my Death By Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. If you are a chocoholic and they don’t rock your holiday world, feel free to file a complaint, get your money back and sue for damages because I am 100% certain they are ALL THAT.




These Orange and Chocolate Chip Cookies with Rosemary may seem odd to you but they are honestly my most requested cookie (by adults!) at the holidays. They are tender, a bit chewy, citrus-y, and a hint of rosemary makes them special (in a good way).

Orange Rosemary


AND I add these two favorites from around the blogosphere…

Flourless Peanut Butter Blossoms from Recipe Girl. You would never, ever believe these cookies don’t have flour so they are naturally Gluten-Free and are so ridiculously simple to make. They are a hit every year!


A Recipe Girl Original Photo


And the new one that is making it to our Holiday Cookie Baskets are these crazy, crazy delicious Gluten-Free Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. We could not keep our hands of these…nor our mouths for that matter.

Let me know if you give any of these a go and please feel free to add a link to your favorite holiday cookie in the comments! Happy Holidays!



Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Fudge Cupcakes {AP Flour and GF Version}

What words do you think of when you stare wantonly at these cupcakes?


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Be Kind, Unwind {And Less Guilt Foods to Help You Muscle Through Your Resolution}

Hi Friends,

Thanks for putting up with my lazy but appropriate re-posts for the beginning of this year. Obviously, my resolution was NOT to post more new stuff because that resolution would be long out the door.

Instead, my resolution is to take better care of myself and for me that means very little self-induced pressure for things that really don’t matter in the big picture (I.E. Frequent new posts or keeping a neater house). Have you considered  the torment you cause yourself over things that frankly just don’t mean much? So my advice, if you think my opinion is worth a grain of salt, is to be kind to yourself, at least as kind as you are to others. Do things that make you happy and bring you peace, and take it a little easier on the self-talk. My self-talk is notoriously fairly kvetchy. Continue reading


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