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Pale Blue Dot Carl Sagan Cookies

Carl Sagan is one of my favorite scientists! I get to meet lots of kids when I attend gluten free, allergy friendly, and Celiac Disease events. My goal is always make them feel like they can do anything regardless of their dietary restrictions. I also like to remind them that we are all made of stardust, they are the universe, and to always keep looking up. It means the world to me when I meet parents at expos and conferences who tell me their kids are gluten free nerds too. I love inspiring kids in any way I can to be more excited about space and science!

Below you will find my Pale Blue Dot Cookie Recipe.

Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup of organic cane sugar

1 cup of white rice flour

1/2 cup of sweet rice flour

1/2 cup of arrowroot flour

1/2 cup of potato starch

1/2 cup of room temperature butter

1 organic egg

1/4 a cup of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum

Baking Directions:

Mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl.

Next, add in the egg, milk, vanilla, and salt.

Lastly, add in the flour and xanthan gum. I like to cover my dough and refrigerate it for an hour.

Make sure to set aside some extra flour for rolling out your sugar cookies and cutting them into specific shapes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

I usually bake these cookies for about 15 minutes.

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoons milk

Icing Directions:

Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk into a bowl until the mixtures starts to thicken.

Add food coloring of your choice, I like using the brand Color Garden because it’s gluten free and allergy friendly.

Once the sugar cookies have cooled, then you’ll be ready to spoon blue icing over the tops and add sugar sprinkles.

I hope you enjoy these cookies, and always remember to keep looking up!

Carl Sagan was Earth’s leading advocate for the greatest adventure in human history: missions of discovery to world beyond our own. I am proud to be a member of The Planetary Society because they have inspired the people of Earth to explore other worlds, understand our own, and seek life elsewhere for over 30 years.

The Planetary Society was founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman. Our three founders formed The Planetary Society to demonstrate—simply by its existence—that the public strongly supported planetary exploration and the search for extraterrestrial life and to wave that fact in the faces of politicians and policy makers around the world. We succeeded immediately in that, becoming the fastest-growing membership organization of the 1980s.

But it quickly became clear that we were going to have to do more than just exist. To achieve our goals of keeping spacecraft exploring, seeing humans walk on other worlds, and searching for signs of life in the galaxy, to our goal of political advocacy, we added sponsoring research projects, publishing a magazine and a website, holding events to celebrate exploration, and preparing for the future by educating the next generation of space explorers.

Thanks to the strong foundation established by our founders, we continue to be the pre-eminent outreach and advocacy organization for space exploration.

The pursuit of the vision of our founders requires an active and engaged membership.
Please consider joining The Planetary Society today to help ensure the future of space exploration.

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Enjoy Life Foods Snickerdoodle Cookie Crisp

It’s officially May, and that means it’s Celiac Disease Awareness Month! Celiac Awareness Month is an event held throughout the United States each May. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease which damages the small intestine. The small intestine is part of the gut which digests & absorbs nutrients from food. When the small intestine is damaged, the rate of nutrient absorption from food is reduced. Celiac disease can affect people in many different ways and symptoms vary in severity.

This month I’ve partnered with Enjoy Life Foods to come up with a delicious recipe using some of my favorite allergy friendly snacks. Enjoy Life Foods is recognized around the world as being the best source for tasty, allergy-friendly snacks. After being diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Enjoy Life Foods became my go-to safe brand. Having brands that take dietary restrictions seriously means the world to me, I don’t know what I would do without Enjoy Life Foods snacks and baking mixes. Everything they make tastes yummy and you can actually read the ingredients. I hope you love the combination of Enjoy Life Foods products I’ve used to come up with a recipe this month to celebrate Celiac Disease Awareness Month!

Below you’ll find the recipe to my Snickerdoodle Cookie Crisp.

Ingredients:

1 box of Enjoy Life Foods Honey Vanilla Graham Cookies

1 bag of Enjoy Life Foods Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks

Raw Organic Coconut Oil

1 pint of Luna and Larry’s Vanilla Island Coconut Bliss Ice Cream

2 personal size packages of Enjoy Life Foods Soft Baked Mini Snickerdoodle Cookies

3 personal packs of Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels Snack Packs

Directions:

Add 1 box of Enjoy Life Foods Honey Vanilla Graham Cookies with 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life Foods Chocolate Chunks to your food processor. Once these ingredients have been combined, add 3 tablespoons of melted Raw Organic Coconut Oil to the mixture. Take this base mixture and pour it into a non-stick tart pan. Firmly smash the base into the tart pan and place it into your freezer for 15 minutes. After you remove the dessert base from the frezzer, evenly spread the ice cream over the top of the crunchy cookie base, and put it back in the freezer for 10 minutes. While your dessert is in the freezer, melt 1 cup of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mega Chunks to drizzle over the top of the dessert. Last but not least, sprinkle Dark Chocolate Morsels and add Mini Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies to the top of the dessert. Freeze to serve.

Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Apple Shaped Sugar Cookies in Honor of Isaac Newton’s Birthday

When I attend food conferences it’s great meeting kids who tell me they’re also gluten free nerds. It’s been my experience at these types of events that kids with a food intolerance or food allergies tend to question what makes them the way they are, and I love telling them that can be answered through science. I like coming up with kid-friendly gluten free baked desserts that help me teach kids more about my favorite subjects. I don’t just want to open kids eyes to science, I want to open their hearts and their minds. My goal is to encourage kids to crave a greater understanding of the universe.

Yesterday I was inspired to bake something fun after seeing a post Star Talk shared on their social media accounts: “On this day, long ago, a child was born who, by age 30 would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton. December 25, 1642.” Newton often told the story of how he formulated his theory of gravity when he was watching an apple fall from a tree. So I thought it would be fun to bake and decorate gluten free apple sugar cookies to celebrate Isaac Newton’s Birthday.

 

Cookie Ingredients:

-8 tablespoons of room temperature butter

-1 cup of sugar

-1 cup of white rice flour

-1/2 cup of arrowroot flour

-1/2 cup of potato starch

-1/2 cup of sweet rice flour

-1 egg

-1 teaspoon of vanilla

-1 tablespoon of milk

-1/2 teaspoon of salt

-1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum

 

Directions:

-preheat oven to 350 degrees

-in a large bowl combine the sugar and butter until creamed (make sure the mixture is light and fluffy)

-next mix in the egg, vanilla, milk, salt, and xanthan gum

-lastly add in the flours and starch

-make sure to have some all purpose gluten free flour available to dust the surface of your counter before rolling out the sugar cookies

-bake cookies for 12-15 minutes

-let the cookies cool before decorating them with icing and sprinkles

 

Icing & Decorations:

-1 cup of powdered sugar

-tablespoons of milk

-mix the powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until the mixture is spreadable, keep in mind, the mixture will thicken as it sets

-add red food coloring to some of the icing

-keep some of the icing white for the leaf and steam of the cookies

-add green sugar sprinkles for the leaf and chocolate sprinkles to the stem to complete the apple cookies

 

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Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Star Wars Holiday Gingerbread Sugar Cookies for the premier of Rogue One

As soon as I saw these Star Wars cookie cutters (amazon affiliate) I knew they would be perfect to bake for celebrate the premier of Rogue One. This was my first time making gluten free gingerbread cookies. I decided to go with a different type of recipe and use baking mixes I already had at home. I used 1 full baking mix pack of Pamela’s Products Sugar Cookie Mix with 1 cup of Pamela’s Products Spice Cake Mix. I followed the directions on the back of the sugar cookie mix as directed. To roll out the cookie dough I dusted the surface and rolling pin with Pamela’s Products All Purpose Gluten Free Artisan Flour. The cookie dough mix was great to make these adorable Star Wars gingerbread cookies with this week. Due to adding the spice cake mix, the cookies did puff up a but during the baking process, but they tasted delicious! I would definitely bake these again for friends and family.

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Gluten Free Bow Tie Sugar Cookies in Honor of Bill Nye’s Birthday


Bill Nye the Science Guy, I’ve had my ion you since I was about 7 years old. I’d never seen a TV show like yours and I was instantly charged by your energy. I want to thank you for lighting a spark in so many of us thanks to your show! To this day, I admire your continuous dedication to teaching the world about science. Happy Birthday Bill Nye! Today I baked gluten free bow tie sugar cookies to celebrate another year that you’ve been making a difference on this planet.

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Pale Blue Dot Gluten Free Sugar Cookies in honor of Carl Sagan’s Birthday

I baked pale blue dot sugar cookies last night in honor of Carl Sagan’s birthday. Carl Sagan is one of my favorite scientists. I get to meet lots of kids when I attend gluten free, allergy friendly, and Celiac Disease events. My goal is always make them feel like they can do anything regardless of their dietary restrictions. I also like to remind them that we are all made of stardust, they are the universe, and to always keep looking up. It means the world to me when I meet parents at expos and conferences who tell me their kids are gluten free nerds too. I love inspiring kids in any way I can to be more excited about space and science.

Make sure your volume is on when you play my video clip above, I added a voice clip from the Cosmos with Carl Sagan saying: “…and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

Below you will find my Pale Blue Dot Sugar Cookie Recipe.

Cookie Ingredients:

1 cup of organic cane sugar

2 cups of all purpose gluten free flour

1/2 cup of room temperature butter

1 organic egg

1/4 a cup of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum

Baking Directions:

Mix the butter and sugar together on medium speed in a large bowl.

Next, add in the egg, milk, vanilla, and salt.

Lastly, add in the flour and xanthan gum. I like to cover my dough and refrigerate it for an hour.

Make sure to set aside some extra flour for rolling out your sugar cookies and cutting them into specific shapes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

I usually bake these cookies for about 15 minutes.

Icing Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoons milk

Icing Directions:

Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk into a bowl until the mixtures starts to thicken.

Add food coloring of your choice, I like using the brand Color Garden because it’s gluten free and allergy friendly. I used about 1/3 of the blue packet last night to achieve a pale blue color.

Once the sugar cookies have cooled, then you’ll be ready to spoon blue icing over the tops.

I hope you enjoy these cookies, and always remember to keep looking up!

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2016 Presidential Election Gluten Free, XO Baking Company Grain Free, Egg Free, Soy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I vote for cookies, because you know what goes great with cookies? MORE COOKIES!

Ingredients:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Pour the entire box of XO Baking Co. Sugar Cookie Mix into a large bowl

Add in one Santa Cruz organic apple sauce pack

1 teaspoon of Organic Madecasse Madagascar pure vanilla extract

8 tablespoons (1 stick) of melted organic salted butter

add in a handful of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Pour the entire XO Baking Co. Sugar Cookie Mix box into a large bowl along with the vanilla, apple sauce, and the salted butter. Mix all of these ingredients together until the doughy mixture isn’t warm anymore from the melted butter. Lastly, add in the cup of mini chocolate chips.

This dough is sticky, and I have found that keeping a bowl of warm water next to me where I can dip my hands is great. Keeping my hands wet allows me to easily form the dough into balls. I usually roll the dough into balls about the size of a ping pong ball.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

Bake the cookies for about 20 – 25 minutes

Let the cookies cool before eating them

Enjoy!

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MOLE day 2016

I made gluten free cupcakes with Pamela’s Products Vanilla Cake Mix today for #MoleDay using Enjoy Life Foods melted chocolate chips with coconut oil as frosting, chocolate sprinkles, Hershey’s kisses, Betty Crocker Pink Gel and candy eyes.

Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry. Schools throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Mole Day with various activities related to chemistry and/or moles.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an molar mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. Similarly, a mole of neon has a molar mass of 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro’s Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.

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Gluten Free Sugar Cookies in a Flash

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My go-to baking mix for making sugar cookies is always Pamela’s Products Sugar Cookie Mix. Ever since going gluten free and testing out several different sugar cookie mixes, Pamela’s has always worked best for me. I love that I can be as creative as I want with decorating sugar cookies and shaping them into fun edible treats.

Those adorable lightning bolt sprinkles you see my the pictures are made by geeky hostess, and of course, they’re gluten free. Make sure to check out the geeky hostess website for more fun sprinkles! These cookies are the perfect sweet treat to enjoy with friends and family while watching the newest season of The Flash premier next week on October 4th, 2016. These sugar cookies are delicious, and I promise they’ll be gone in a Flash!

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Fall Favorite – Peach Scones

fullsizerender-4-copy-2I’ve made lots of scones, mostly with chocolate chips, because I love chocolate, but this week I made scones with peaches and they tasted amazing! I think peach scones might be my new fall favorite sweet treat. I used the Pamela’s Products biscuit and scone mix with 2 cups of organic sliced peaches, 1 cup of milk, and 12 tablespoons of well chilled butter. When shaping your scones, make sure to have wet hands, the dough can be sticky, and I have found that having wet hands works best to shape the dough before slicing it. Top the dough with organic cane sugar before putting it into the oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, let the scones cool, serve them up with some ice cream, and enjoy!

Before & After:

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