Gluten-Free Recipes

January 21, 2008 6:34:55 AM PST
Two special cooks -- Steve King and Johnnie Putman of the "Steve & Johnnie" Show on WGN Radio -- share some of their favorite gluten-free baking recipes. Steve King was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January of 2001. Since then, he and Johnnie and have occasionally integrated Celiac related news stories and features into their morning show as a way of increasing awareness of Celiac Disease)

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

  • One cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter (if you are using Jif peanut butter cut the sugar down to 3/4 cup)
  • One cup white sugar
  • One teaspoon gluten free vanilla flavoring
  • One egg
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Cream the peanut butter and sugar in a bowl. (This is a hand-stirring job) Mix in the vanilla flavoring. Add the egg. Mix until it is all well combined.

    The dough will be sticky, so be prepared to get your hands messy. Roll some dough into a ball. (How big? The size of a walnut) Roll the ball into white sugar. Line a baking sheet, covered in parchment paper if you'd like, with sugary balls of dough.

    Bake in the oven for about 12 - 14 minutes. You will know the cookies are done when they feel coherent, but still a little soft. Take the tray out of the oven and let the cookies rest for at least 2-4 minutes. Afterwards, carefully transfer them to a cooling rack. In just a few minutes, they will have hardened and be glistening with sugar.

    Johnnie's Critically Acclaimed Key Lime Pie

    I hesitate to reveal this since it's so often requested for parties and special of this pie will be surprised at how SUPER SIMPLE this is...but, here goes!!! Gluten Free Key Lime Pie

    **To make the crust use a box of Pamela's gluten free almond or ginger cookies OR Mi-Del's Ginger snap cookies(available at most grocery stores) to make the crust.

    You can also MAKE gluten free molasses ginger cookies using at least a dozen to 15 for the crust. The recipe is below.

    Grind the cookies well and add 4 tablespoons of melted butter and press the crumbs in a greased pie pan.

    Bake this crust for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

    The filling is made with "Nellie and Joe's Famous Key West Lime Juice."a product that can be found at Jewel and Dominick's in the juice aisle and it's the ONLY juice to use!

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 prepared crust (see above for the gluten free crust)
  • 1/2 c. juice
  • Mix juice, milk and yolks well. Pour into crust and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes to set. After the pie cools cover and freeze. Can let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving or eat frozen!!

    TIP: Be careful when buying low fat or fat free sour cream, cream cheeses and canned milks. Often a modified food starch or stabilizer is used to thicken the fat-free/low-fat products and these additives can be made with gluten.

    Molasses Ginger Sugar Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup Molasses (dark or regular)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups gluten free flour mix (ex. Bette Hagman's Gourmet Blend available online and locally at the The Gluten Free Store in Wheeling and Way of Life in Niles, Il.)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • granulated sugar in a small bowl for coating the cookie balls
  • Melt shortening and allow to cool. Add sugar, molasses and egg and beat well. Sift together flour, baking soda, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and salt...add to the first mixture. Mix well, chill. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Form chilled dough into 1" balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place each ball on greased cookie sheets 2" apart and bake 8-10 minutes.

    Banana Nut Bread

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 ripe mashed bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups gluten free flour (see above, Bette Hagman's Gourmet Blend)
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum "zanthan gum"(available at health food stores, The Gluten Free Store in Wheeling, A Way of Life in Niles and online)
  • 1 tsp. baking soday
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cups chopped nuts
  • Mix oil and sugar, add beaten eggs and mashed bananas: beat well. Sift and add flour, soda, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum. Stir in milk, vanilla and chopped nuts. Pour into greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 1 hour if making one loaf. Adjust temperature for smaller loaves made in multiples.

    Apple Cake
    Great served warm with ice cream or room temp for breakfast or brunch. Raisins are also a great addition for a breakfast cake.

  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 Cup gluten free flour
  • 1 tb. shortening (that's all!)
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 eggs beaten with 1/2 cup milk and 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 medium Granny Smith or cooking apples, peeled and chopped
  • Combine the dry ingredients and cut in shortening till it is broken up. Stir in the egg /milk/vanilla mixture. Add apples and stir lightly. Pour into greased 8x8" greased (Pammed) pan. Spread topping and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.


  • 2 tb. butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tb. gluten free flour
  • 6 tb. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Mix well and spinkle over top of cake
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