Raising a little one again after so many years has put me right back in the thick of school parties, bake sales, and parent-teacher meetings. And I am struck by how many people — both big and little — are dealing with food allergies. My son has a peanut allergy, which, while we are always mindful of and on-alert for, has not really affected how I bake.
But those with a gluten intolerance? Now there’s a challenge. There is hardly ever a recipe in my collection that doesn’t call for some version of flour. And I’ve learned — the hard way — that you can’t “just” swap out flour for a gluten-free version and expect stellar results. Nope. There are tricks and tips to be learned, and I am super impressed with the level of ingenuity out there in creating truly delicious — and completely gluten-free — versions of mostly every traditional cake and cookie out there.
With the holidays officially upon us I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of classic holiday treats — along with some “new” favorites — that are gluten-free and totally delicious!