The Christmas season is the most wonderful time of the year filled with delicious easy holiday recipes, family get-togethers, and fun festive music. However, for individuals who happen to have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, the holidays can be a painful emotional reminder of all the terrific looking goodies they are not able to enjoy. This is why it is important to make sure if you are planning any seasonal entertaining you include some gluten-free baked goods in your spread for individuals who are following a gluten-free diet.
If you do not have gluten-free bakery in your area and pressed for time, or not comfortable coming up with your own baking ideas from scratch not containing the allergen, there are products on the market which are simple to make and can look amazing with a little creativity. My teen daughter began showing signs of gluten sensitivity during the summer, so I was ecstatic to see my local Price Chopper expanded its product line to include half an aisle dedicated to gluten-free items! With that being said, not all gluten-free products taste great and it takes a bit of experimental testing to find which items do not have a strange texture and taste bland. I have found the General Mills Gluten-Free products to be superb, especially the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Dessert Mixes and Frostings! When prepared correctly, these mixes make the most yummy gluten-free treats in only a matter of minutes that taste rich, full of flavor, and incredible! It is hard to believe they are gluten-free!
I decided to make my daughter a batch of Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies for her to enjoy while watching some holiday movies. They came out so delicious that I incorporated the baked treat into my annual Christmas recipe dessert collection to serve at holiday get-togethers. I wanted to share the baking idea with you just in case you are looking for a fast, yet extremely tasty, gluten-free dessert to offer at your next holiday party. To make the brownie bars I used 1 box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix, 1 box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting, and decorated the tops with Jelly Belly Raspberry and Blackberry gluten-free gummies. They go great with a cup of hot Lipton Tea! Here is the recipe!
- 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free brownie mix
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten Free chocolate chip cookie mix
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 container of Betty Crocker Whipped Cream Frosting
- Jelly Belly Raspberry and Blackberry gluten-free gummies.
- Heat oven to 350°F for shiny metal pan or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan. Coat bottom only of 11x7 inch pan (for thick brownies) with gluten-free cooking spray.
- In medium bowl, stir brownie ingredients until well blended. Evenly spread the batter in pan.
- In another medium bowl stir cookie ingredients until soft dough forms. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto brownie batter, making sure to press dough down into the batter.
- Bake 23 to 26 minutes or until cookie portion is golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 hour. For 12 large bars, cut into 3 rows by 4 rows.
- Top with a spoonful of Betty Crocker Whipped Cream Frosting and two Jelly Belly Raspberry and Blackberry gluten-free gummies.
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