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Category: Desserts

Gluten-Free Summer Recipe Collection

Gluten-Free Summer Recipe Collection

Summer is breezing on by so I wanted to share my latest gluten-free recipe collection with you. I recently developed these recipes in partnership with Udi’s. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family!

Please let me know if you have any dairy-free needs and I will be happy to give you my best substitution solutions. Just leave me a message on my Facebook page, Silvana’s Kitchen.

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cupcakes

No surprises here: I have a sweet spot for dessert and especially ice cream (we just made ice cream cones from scratch last week!). Summer is my excuse for treating myself to ice cream, the only thing that seems to cool me off on a hot, humid day. And, I don’t mean dairy full. My kids and I love Italian ice, sorbet and the new rice, almond and coconut milk-based, non-dairy ice creams that we can now find in the freezer section of our local supermarket.

Kelly Brozyna’s Paleo, Gluten-Free Chocolate Pie

Kelly Brozyna’s Paleo, Gluten-Free Chocolate Pie

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 6: Now, I’d like to introduce Kelly Brozyna and her new cookbook, THE PALEO CHOCOLATE LOVER’S COOKBOOK: 80 Gluten-Free Treats for Breakfast & Dessert!

Happy Gluten-Free Holidays!

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.

Winnie Abramson’s Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Fair-Trade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Winnie Abramson’s Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Fair-Trade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 3: I’d like to introduce my third guest, Winnie Abramson, and her book, One Simple Change!

Louisa Shafia’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Date-and-Walnut-Filled Cookies

Louisa Shafia’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Date-and-Walnut-Filled Cookies

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 2: I’d like to introduce my second guest, Louisa Shafia of Lucid Food, and her new cookbook, The New Persian Kitchen!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cones

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cones

Some days you just need ice cream—on an ice cream cone. I recently asked my Facebook friends what their favorite ice cream flavor is and got a great response—thank you for sharing with me! For the record, my favorite flavor is Chocolate Peanut Butter…

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Holiday Cookie Party!

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!

Jennifer Perillo’s Dairy-Free Chocolate Egg Cream

Jennifer Perillo’s Dairy-Free Chocolate Egg Cream

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway: Day 7

This year I wanted to share my favorite cookbooks and health-focused books of 2013 with you from some of my friends. Since it’s the holiday season, they’ve decided to generously give away a copy of their books along with a recipe (see below!) starting today until the new year! Thanks to all of you for participating! To enter for your chance to win a book, just leave a comment below. The winner will be selected at random on January 2, 2014 and books will be mailed out to each winner shortly thereafter. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

Now, I’d like to introduce Jennifer Perillo and her cookbook, Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen!

Danielle Walker’s Paleo Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Danielle Walker’s Paleo Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Countdown to 2014 Cookbook Giveaway, Day 5: Now, I’d like to introduce Danielle Walker and her New York Times bestselling cookbook, Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Spiced Powdered Doughnuts

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Spiced Powdered Doughnuts

If you’ve been to any of my cooking classes, you know that I like to feed people plenty of personal stories and experiences—and doughnuts. This time I made classic powdered doughnuts and just spiced things up a bit with a mix of warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Toaster Oven Cookie Crumb Apple Crisp

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Toaster Oven Cookie Crumb Apple Crisp

For as long as I can remember, apple crisp was our weeknight dessert—and my family (and I) couldn’t be happier! There’s just something about the warmth of apples spiced with cinnamon and topped with a crunchy topping that’s satisfying at the end of a long day. Lately, I’ve been playing around with the streusel. Instead of making the classic kind with my flour blend, I decided to switch things up and use cookie crumbs instead.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Strawberry Scones

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Strawberry Scones

I’ve always had a fascination with strawberries, especially the small, flavor-packed tri-star variety that I find on local Hudson Valley farms. I’ve even had the chance to hand-pick them in the strawberry fields along with my family. So it should come to no surprise that I would put them into everything I make—sweet and savory.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting

Gluten-Free Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Fudge Frosting

Deep in my mom’s kitchen cabinets, you’ll still find my Nana Jennie’s treasured fudge cake pan. It’s one of the few remaining items my mom has left from her beloved grandmother. I can relate. In fact, I know exactly why she holds on tight to this pan: Nana Jennie was the sweetest—and strongest—woman I ever met. She also made the meanest fudge cake with fudge frosting.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chunky Monkey Banana Ring Cake

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chunky Monkey Banana Ring Cake

I believe in banana bread.

Ever since I was a little girl, I knew the meaning of speckled ripe bananas sitting on the kitchen counter. And this brought me real comfort. It still does, but not just for me anymore, for my kids.

Penny’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pineapple Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

Penny’s Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pineapple Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

With every single one of my kids’ birthdays, I’m reminded that the years are flying by.

So…Fast.

Isaiah just celebrated his 16th birthday. That’s a big number. So much has happened along the way and before more time passes by, I wanted to slow down and thank my mom, Penny. She’s always been an inspiration to me—in and out of the kitchen. It’s not her birthday or Mother’s Day or anything. I’ve just been thinking a lot about her lately.

I just hope I am half the mom to Isaiah and Chiara as my Mom is to me.

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

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Nutella Coffee Cake

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Nutella Coffee Cake

Growing up, I moved around every three to five years. My Roman-born father, Silverio, worked for the Italian government and the second we started settling into our new hometown, it was time to pack up our suitcases again. The one constant besides family, was Nutella. My mom, Penny, would spread the luscious chocolate-hazelnut spread on Italian bread as sandwiches for lunch and she’d swirl it into cakes. My brother, Bernardo, and I would also eat it by the spoonfuls.

Turns out the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. My son, Isaiah, craves the stuff so much so that when he was diagnosed with dairy intolerance (along with his more severe gluten intolerance), we had to say our goodbyes. But, in my constant determination to spoil my kids, I made my own dairy-free Nutella knockoff. Suddenly, there was no turning back to the store-bought kind. Whether you make your own or use the jarred stuff, you’ll love this chocolate-hazelnut twist on classic crumb cake.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thin Minty Cookies

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Valentine’s Day is my kind of holiday—sweets, chocolate and lots of good lovin’. Doughnuts really hit the spot year-round, but there’s something special about heart-shaped ones. Just ask my sweet girl, Chiara! Out of all of the flavors I’ve made through the years (take a look below in the “More Gluten-Free Recipes” box for more recipes), these were her favorite, for sure.

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Apple-picking season may be over, but it’s always a good time for apples and caramel, especially when it’s baked into a cupcake. After you’ve had caramel apples, it’s hard to separate the two classic ingredients and somehow, during this winter cold, the flavor combination and cinnamony aroma that wafts through the house keeps my family warm inside. I’ve made dozens of apple muffins through the years, but I realize now that it was all just practice to get to this definitive treat—caramel apple cupcakes.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Strawberry-and-Oat Nut Bars

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Strawberry-and-Oat Nut Bars

Change up your morning routine with make-ahead breakfast recipes, like this one for nut bars. Here, I combine oats with the classic lunchbox flavors of peanut butter and strawberry jam.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Loaf Cake

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cinnamon Toast Breakfast Loaf Cake

My kids (and I) love cinnamon toast, so I came up with this recipe with all the flavors and warmth of the toaster classic. Yes, the icing may be a little over the top for breakfast, but one slice will be alright.

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

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Shortbread Cookie Slabs

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.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate–Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookie Sandwiches

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate–Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookie Sandwiches

I am a confessed chocoholic. Or, to be more precise, I am a self-proclaimed Reese’s peanut butter cup junkie. I have argued to myself over the years that it could be worse. In my mind, there’s nothing better. Nothing more satisfying. Nothing more soothing. Chocolate and peanut butter, please be mine.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

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.

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

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

I knew I couldn’t have the holidays pass by without decorated cookies—a challenge for a rustic baker like me. With a ton more practice, I’m sure my decorating skills could improve, but I’m pretty happy with these cookies. Just remember that having fun is by far the most important ingredient in any cookie!

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Jam Crumble Cookie Squares

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.