My friend Jules Shepard (HUMBLE BRAG MUCH, CATB?) reached out to me and wanted to know if i’d help spread the good word about her awesome mixes (made by actually her and not some company that still has her name unfortunately). Because she’s only like an epic superhero in the gluten-free community (we owe her – and others – for the 20ppm FDA labeling fight), I just had to say yes!
Here’s the link to the REAL gF Jules shop: https://gfjules.com/shop/. Do NOT buy from a JULES unless it is the REAL Jules.
I requested the gingerbread/graham cracker cookie mix and the cookie mix. Due to my epic crap-fest of a move, I haven’t made my Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chip cookies with her mix yet. BUT – these gingerbread cookies blew my mind. If you know me well, you know that I kind of fake my way through recipes. For example, I decided to make these cookies the night before we moved out of our house. At least I remembered to take out all the ingredients listed on the box before I started. What I didn’t have – was anything to mix the ingredients with, anything to roll out the dough, any cookie cutter, or anything to get the cookies off of the baking sheet when they were done.
Yep, sounds like me – right?
I faked it by mixing the batter with a spatula, rolling out the dough with a water bottle, and digging through all of my packed kitchen to find the one cookie cutter I own (because you can’t fake a cookie cutter). And you know what? They turned out perfect! We even had fun and made fun shape cut-outs on the snowmen like buttons and initials. This dough was fantastic, and it seemed to have a high yield of cookies. In fact, I made enough cookies for the family and still have half the dough in my freezer! There’s no way I’m ever making my own gingerbread cookies from scratch again. If anything, I would add a teaspoon more pumpkin spice flavoring than is called for, as I really love those spices and would love to taste more of them in the dough.
P.S. There’s not a rule about only making gingerbread during the holiday season, right? RIGHT?
Want to win gF Jules mixes for yourself? Here’s your chance! Jules has graciously given the opportunity for you to win some of her stellar cookie mixes. Follow the details below in the Rafflecopter for your chance to win!
Another awesome project by gF Jules is the Gluten Free Cookie Swap! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/GlutenFreeCookieSwap.
It’s a community gluten-free cookie recipe swap – but UPGRADED! This one includes awesome giveaways from gf Jules! To find a recipe, search the photos tab in the Facebook page and click on the photo to get the recipe. To share your recipe, post it with a picture on the wall so that others can find it! To vote for a recipe, click “like” on the recipe photo! Recipes with the most “likes” on The Gluten Free Cookie Swap Facebook page and Pinterest Board (http://www.pinterest.com/gfJules/2014-gluten-free-cookie-swap/), will win!
**DISCLAIMER: Although Jules is a friend of mine, she gave me a few mixes to try – not only out of the kindness of her heart, but also to review and host a giveaway. Please note that she had full faith in me not screwing up the cookies when she gave me her mixes to try, so hopefully she won’t read the part about me using a spatula instead of a KitchenAid mixer.**