The cost of living gluten free can be exorbitant. When shopping for ingredients for a gluten free diet, I’ve found the best way to go for staples is often pre-made mixes.
Bob’s Red Mill can be found in most grocery stores locally, and is priced competitively for the amount of product you receive. They also offer several options, in case you want to try out a few.
My favorite to use as an all purpose baking and breading flour is the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free pancake mix.
Tea can make an excellent flavoring for many dishes,and I will share more of them soon.
These cookies are chewy, and bursting with fruity flavors, and the Earl Grey tea adds sophisticated complexity to this truly unique gluten free treat.
Gluten Free Earl Grey Lavender Ginger Snaps
3/4 C brown sugar
2 1/2 C Bob’s Red Mill gluten free Pancake Mix
1 t minced ginger root
1 t (2 tea bags’ worth) earl grey tea leaves
2 t lavender flowers
2 leaves fresh spearmint, finely chopped
1 stick butter, softened
1 egg, beaten
1/4 t salt
1/4 t xanthan gum
5 T cornstarch
1/4 C brewed earl grey tea
1/8 t bergamot extract (optional)
Preheat oven to 375*
Combine sugar and softened butter in medium sized bowl, and cream together thoroughly.
Add beaten egg, and mix together well.
In separate bowl, place pancake mix, cornstarch, salt, xanthan gum, chopped spearmint, minced ginger root, Earl Grey tea leaves and lavender flowers and sift together until evenly dispersed.
Add egg, sugar, butter to dry ingredients and cut in until mixture resembles crumbs.
Sprinkle lightly with brewed Earl Grey tea just enough to help dough stick together, and add pancake mix as needed to thicken if necessary. (temperatures and overall humidity will largely determine the need for either)
Using plastic wrap, shape into a 2-3″ log and place in freezer for fifteen minutes, or until dough is firm enough to slightly resist denting with gentle pressure.
Grease cookie sheet with butter.
After fifteen minutes, remove dough from freezer and unwrap roll onto cutting surface.
Slice into half-inch slabs and place 2″ apart onto prepared cookie sheet.
Top each one with 1/2 t lemon sugar topping (instruction below)
Reduce oven temperature to 325*
Place cookies in oven and bake for 8.5 minutes.
Turn and bake an additional five minutes if necessary until desired texture (chewy or crunchy) is achieved.
Cool slightly before serving.
Lemon Sugar Topping
1/4 C brown sugar
2 t lemon zest
1/2 t cornstarch
Toss all ingredients together in small bowl until slightly moistened and crumbly.
Place one teaspoon atop each cookie in center, and press down lightly
I recommend trying them both ways!
These were a huge hit washed down with a cup of “Tea, Earl Grey, hot! (add lavender for extra punch)
Local locations to find quality teas in Columbus:
Stauf’s Coffee Roasters
1277 Grandview Avenue Columbus, OH 43212
Zen Cha Tea Salon
982 North High Street
2396 East Main Street
160 Easton Town Center