Cookies

Gluten-Free Nutty Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

I may not be Irish, but I can definitely enjoy a great shortbread cookie! Yes, shortbread is traditionally associated with and did, in fact, originate in Scotland, but its popularity spread into Ireland, especially given the quality of their butter. If you’re dairy-free like Isaiah was when he was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance, go ahead and swap in non-hydrogenated shortening or dairy-free buttery spread or sticks. The trick to these ultra flaky, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies isn’t the butter you’re thinking. It’s peanut butter.

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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Samoas!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your fave? No need to choose between the classics—all the recipes are yours for the baking…

Welcome to Girl Scout Cookie Week here at Silvana’s Kitchen! Starting on Monday, I started posting recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free DIY Girl Scout Cookie. Next up—Samoas!

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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Do-Si-Dos!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your fave? No need to choose between the classics—all the recipes are yours for the baking…

Welcome to Girl Scout Cookie Week here at Silvana’s Kitchen! Starting on Monday, I started posting recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free DIY Girl Scout Cookie. Next up—Do-Si-Dos!

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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thin Mints!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your fave? No need to choose between the classics—all the recipes are yours for the baking…

Welcome to Girl Scout Cookie Week here at Silvana’s Kitchen! Starting on Monday, I started posting recipes for gluten-free, dairy-free DIY Girl Scout Cookie. Next up—Thin Mints!

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DIY Girl Scout Cookie Week: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Tagalongs!

Which Girl Scout cookie is your fave? No need to choose between the classics—all the recipes are yours for the baking…

Welcome to Girl Scout Cookie Week here at Silvana’s Kitchen! Starting today through Thursday, I’ll post a new gluten-free, dairy-free DIY Girl Scout Cookie recipe each day. First up—Tagalongs!

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Gluten-Free Nutty Thumbprint Cookies

These thumbprint cookies are a filled version of ultra-tender, not-too-sweet Russian tea cakes, which are remarkably similar to Mexican wedding cakes or those divine crescent-shaped Austrian cookies made with almonds or hazelnuts instead of walnuts or pecans. The combination of rice and oat flours makes these especially tender and flavorful.

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E-Book: Silvana’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Holiday Cookies

I just published my first-ever e-book, Silvana’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Holiday Cookies—just in time for the festive season. It’s a special collection of my—and my family’s—favorite holiday cookies. There will be some tried-and-true and some new-to-you recipes—all with photos! Take a look…

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Desserts

I’ve been busy baking up gluten-free, dairy-free Thanksgiving desserts for you (and the Food Network)! Here’s hoping you have a sweet Thanksgiving. These desserts are healthy, too, but I swear you’d never know it!

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Candied Coconut Cookies

It’s not every day that Isaiah, now a junior in high school, comes home with a homework assignment that involves baking. Of course, he sprung it on me last minute, but luckily I had all of the ingredients on hand. Isaiah chose the recipe, which comes from the website, Que Rica Vida, and I adapted it to be gluten-free.

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Happy Gluten-Free Holidays!

I just returned to Brooklyn after shooting my next cookbook on location at my house in upstate New York. I’m finally putting the finishing touches on the manuscript and can’t believe the holidays kickoff this week! Meanwhile, I’d love to share my latest collection of more than 40 gluten-free recipes that I developed exclusively for Food & Wine magazine, where I’m a F&W Online Columnist.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Holiday Cookie Party!

The kids start holiday break this Friday, which gives me exactly five days to do all of my baking for the festivities (and of course, Santa). The past few months have been a whirlwind, both personally and professionally, so this year I’ve rounded up my favorite cookie recipes for easy one-stop baking.

I wish you and your family a wonderful, cookie-filled holiday!

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I needed some comfort this week. Something I can always count on a chocolate chip cookie for. Thinking back when Isaiah was first diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerances almost six years ago now, I remember wondering if he’d ever bite into another cookie again. As dramatic as it may seem, I couldn’t live with that thought.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Slice-n-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have a confession to make: There’s no sweet that satisfies me—or my kids—more than a cookie. I think it’s also safe to say that if a cookie has chocolate in it, even better. And while it’s not all that time-consuming to make cookie dough from scratch, I was no stranger to grabbing my share of cookie dough logs from the refrigerated section of my supermarket—that is, until Isaiah was diagnosed with gluten and dairy intolerance. In that instant, my convenient life practically disappeared.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thin Minty Cookies

When I started spotting kids selling boxes of Girl Scout cookies on the streets of Brooklyn, I knew I had to take matters into my own hands and bake gluten-free, dairy-free ones myself. And, I’m so happy I did. Oh, the difference great ingredients make. It had been six long years since Isaiah could bite into a Girl Scout cookie. His favorite kind—Thin Mints—just had to be his again. Oh, what sweet revenge.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free 7-Layer Rainbow Cookies

It’s fitting that I’m sharing this recipe with you on a Sunday. In Italy, that’s when sweets are celebrated. Growing up, when I lived in Rome, every Sunday was a ritual of going to the local pasticceria with my Neapolitan grandfather, or Nonno as I called him, to pick out a sweet selection of pastries to bring over to my aunt Laura and uncle Fabrizio’s house for lunch.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Shortbread Cookie Slabs

Every morning growing up my mom would give us cookies for breakfast. Yes, cookies, and we loved every minute of it. On the kitchen breakfast table, my brother Bernardo and I would find our favorites—Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies, Archway Soft Iced Oatmeal Cookies and Peek Freans Nice Cookies. But when the holidays rolled around, there would be a shining tin of shortbread cookies, each variety nestled in its fluted white paper wrapper.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

It wasn’t always that the kids had a taste for ginger. It can have a bite, but not these ginger molasses cookies. Years ago, when Isaiah and I used to stop in at the cafes for a hot chocolate with whipped cream, he would often ask for a ginger molasses cookie. So, I decided it was time to finally take to the kitchen and give it a try. As sometimes happens, the first time was a charm. This recipe is built on classic flavors and ingredients with one added bonus. Instead of the over-sized, kinda gummy (rather than chewy), over-sized, clunky cafe cookies, these ones are a perfect mix and crunch and chew.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Buttery Cut-Out Cookies with Royal Icing

When I owned my Italian bakery, I made rustic baked goods. Translation: No. Clean. Lines. In the beginning, I shared a bakery space with an award-winning, seriously talented wedding cake maker and cookie decorator named Regula. She even made my wedding cake, which you can see here in a story about my potluck wedding that appeared in New York magazine.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jam Crumble Cookie Squares

Not all cookies are created equally. In fact, these cookie squares are part crumbly shortbread and part chewy jam-filled thumbprints. But, I’d have to admit that the best part is that you can make them with any filling—your favorite jam or preserves, or even salted dulce de leche, lemon curd or my dairy-free knockoff nutella. I like to make the cookies year-round, swapping in different flavors for each season. My kids like them any way they come out of the oven.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Orange-Cocoa Nib Pecan Florentines

I’ve been thinking about these cookies for two years now. I guess it’s true: Time really does fly. It was two holidays ago that I hosted a potluck party and asked friends—and friends of friends—to bring something gluten-free and dairy-free. I made sure to taste everything. One bite into these delicate, laced cookies and I knew I needed the recipe.

Some months later it arrived in my email inbox and then, like many emails do, it just sat there. It wasn’t until last week, that I remembered I even had it. I read it over and made some flavor tweaks. Mainly, I added one of my new favorite ingredients—cocoa nibs—which I knew would bring out the orange tones from the creamy filling. These are, simply put, just heavenly.

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Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Snickerdoodle Cookie Sandwiches with Hazelnut Cream

When it comes to holiday baking—like everyone—I have my favorites. For me, this comes down to nostalgia. And, even more so, moments of nostalgia. Sometimes, when I least expect it, something triggers a memory and leads me back to a place, a time, a cookie. And, if I’m lucky, sometimes, when I’m walking down the street in what feels like slow motion, there, drifting so sweetly in the air, are my childhood memories wafting, one by one, from a local Italian bakery. So, this holiday, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite holiday cookie memories with you. I hope you will share some of yours with me, too.

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Silvana’s Kitchen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

Print Yum Silvana’s Kitchen Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Prep Time: 15 minutes Yield: About 4 pounds This recipe is reprinted with permission from Cooking for Isaiah by Silvana Nardone (Reader’s Digest, 2010)Ingredients6 cups (870 grams) white rice flour 3 cups (375 grams) tapioca flour 1½ cups (246 grams) potato starch 2 tablespoons (17 grams) xanthan gum…

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