Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dairy and Soy Free Cookies. Yum yum

Anyone else out there dealing with food allergies in a small child, I feel your pain. My little one is too little to understand why she can eat the cookies with everyone else at Sunday School.  :o(  And it isn't that we didn't send a snack for her, it's that I didn't know they were having cookies, and apple sauce and a banana just don't cut it in comparison to cookies. So, time for me to make cookies that she can have since there don't seem to be any cookies in stores that she can have other than ones that contain peanuts!

I've modified a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe to come up with something yummy that everyone should be able to have (except for her Uncle Todd who happens to be allergic to almonds). 

Makes about 50 small cookies

½ cup         125 ml    Sugar
½ cup         125 ml    Brown sugar
1 cup          250 ml    Dairy and soy free margarine
¼ cup         50 ml      Almond milk (or other milk substitute)
1 teaspoon  5 ml        Vanilla
2¼ cups      550 ml    Flour
1¼ cups      300 ml    Dried fruit of your choice (we like dried cherries—but check that they haven’t been coated in soy oil)
1 teaspoon  5 ml        Baking soda

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

1.       Soak whatever dried fruit you plan on using in hot water.
2.       Cream margarine and sugars until light and fluffy (you can use a wooden spoon or a mixer).
3.       Slowly add the almond milk, mixing well, then add the vanilla.
4.       Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl then add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and stir to blend.
5.       Fold in the dried fruit.
6.       Drop by teaspoons on greased or parchment-lined cookie sheets (If using stone-wear baking trays greasing or parchment-lining is not necessary).

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes.

I haven't looked at any brands of chocolate chips or bakers chocolate to see if there is a variety she can have. There certainly weren't any chocolate cookies on the shelf of the store that were dairy and soy free.