Tried & True Sugar Cookie Recipe

Something possessed me to make sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day, and I’m so glad I did. The recipe is below. It’s the same one my Mom used when I was growing up — the only thing I substituted was the flour….These cookies are light tasting, yet durable and have the same great taste I remember as a little girl — many years before going gluten-free. I hope your family will enjoy them as much as ours does!

11107_827108964027722_5543272435459073473_nSUGAR COOKIE RECIPE:

Cream together:
• 1.5 cups confectioner’s sugar
• 2 sticks softened butter

Then add the following:
• 1 egg
• 1 tsp. vanilla
• 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring

Mix together and gradually mix in:
• 2.5 cups GF all purpose flour
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 1 tsp. cream of tartar

Combine well and refrigerate dough in ball for 2-3 hours.
When ready, preheat oven to 375.
Roll out chunks of the dough on parchment paper or clean counter, using flour on your roller. Cut out the shapes and place them onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for about 8 minutes or until edges start to brown. Let cool completely.

After they cool completely, make frosting by mixing confectioner’s sugar w/ a little milk and adding a little almond flavor to taste. Add more confectioner’s sugar to thicken. Mix until just spreadable. Enjoy!

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Lazy Mom’s lasagna rollup recipe (gluten-free, of course)

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Gluten-free lasagna is one of our favorite meals, and it just keeps getting easier. When making a regular tray of lasagna, I always thought it was tricky to spread the cheese layer across 3 cooked lasagna noodles, which slide all over the place. But once I tried lasagna rollups I found it’s much less daunting to make, and easy enough for kids to help with. Here’s what you do:

Step one — Get your ingredients together:
• 1 box Tinkyada lasagna noodles (you’ll use 12 of the 13 noodles in the box)
• 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
• 1 (16 oz) container of ricotta cheese
• 1 lb. of ground beef, cooked & crumbled (or other fillings- see comment at bottom)
• 1 egg
• parmesan cheese
• 1.5 jars of pasta sauce
• Italian spices of your choice, to taste

Step two — Add all noodles into boiling water and cook for about 8 minutes. You want them soft but not falling apart. While the noodles are cooking, mix together the ricotta, mozzarella & egg.

Step three — Remove cooked noodles and lay in a single layer on a sheet of tin foil. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step four — Spread cheese mixture divided evenly onto 12 noodles, sprinkle ground beef and a few blobs of pasta sauce & spices onto each flat noodle. Roll up all noodles.

Step five — Spray a 9″x13″ baking dish with Pam and spread a thin layer of pasta sauce onto the bottom. Place rolled noodles in pan in 4 rows of 3 and cover with rest of pasta sauce and parmesan cheese. Cover pan with foil and cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

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And that’s that.  You can add whatever you want to the rollups, like spinach or chopped artichokes, or top them with things like toasted pine nuts and crumbled feta cheese, like in the above photo.  Just use this basic recipe and adjust as you’d like.  I also like to make this the day before and let it set in the fridge for a half day or so, after it’s cooled. Like many Italian dishes, this tastes even better the next day.

And lastly:  these freeze REALLY well, and are perfect to pull out of the freezer for that last minute meal where you have no idea what to make.  Just heat and serve — almost every food group is covered!  🙂  Enjoy!  ~Katie