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The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Truly one of my all time favorite recipes! The main reason I always make several loaves of this Pumpkin Bread is because it freezes so well. I can keep it in my freezer for several weeks and then simply set the loaf out on the counter to thaw for breakfast the night before. This delicious gluten free bread tastes as moist and fresh as the day I made it.

This recipe works great with three-2lb loaf disposable aluminum pans.  These pans are easy to give away, freeze and reuse.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes 2-3 loaves

Ingredients
3 ½ cups ‘King Arthur Flour’ multipurpose gluten free flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups Libby’s pumpkin puree
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour 3 bread pans.
2. In large bowl, add all dry ingredients, mix well.
3. Add all other ingredients, mix until smooth and creamy.
4. Bake in preheated over for 1 hour or until toothpick poked in the middle of each loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pan. Enjoy!

I usually end up giving away the other two loaves, because otherwise I will eat all them all myself. This recipe truly is too delicious.

Easy Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins
This delicious, easy recipe makes a great breakfast and is easy to travel with.

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake
What’s better than fresh strawberries, whip cream and a sweet, moist shortcake underneath?

Gluten Free JELL-O Cake

This moist, refreshing dessert is easy to make and gluten free! Be creative and make tasty cupcakes, holiday cakes, birthday cakes and even carrot cakes with this process. Have fun and enjoy!!

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook/Chill Time: 4.5 hours
Yields 16

Ingredients
1 (15 oz) pkg ‘Betty Crocker’ gluten free yellow cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg (3 oz) JELL-O Strawberry Flavor Gelatin
½ cup cold water
1 tub (8 oz) COOL WHIP whipped topping, thawed

Directions
1. Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 9×13-inch pan. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
2. In small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min or until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; pour over cake. Refrigerate 3 hours
3. Frost cake with COOL WHIP. Refrigerate 1 hour.

For lighter options; use COOL WHIP LITE whipped topping. Feel free to use any flavor JELL-O Gelatin of your choice. For colored frosting, add a few drops of food coloring into the COOL WHIP and garnish just before serving.

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Gluten Free New York Cheesecake


This light, refreshing cheesecake is unlike any I have had before. This is an all time favorite for our family, and is a great dessert to bring to any event. It truly is the perfect gluten free cheesecake.

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chill Time: 5 hours
Yields 12 slices

Ingredients
Crust
1 (7 oz) pkg ‘Schar’ Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies, crushed
2 Tbs butter, melted

Filling
4 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2  cups sugar
3/4 cup milk
4 eggs
1 (8 oz) sour cream
1 Tbs vanilla
1/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease round 9-inch springform cake pan.
2. In medium bowl, mix short bread cookie crumbs and melted butter with fork. Press onto bottom of prepared pan with flat spatula. (Spray bottom of flat spatula with cooking spray to reduce sticking)
3. In large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until creamy and smooth. Blend in milk and eggs; stir well, about 3 min. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until well blended and smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
4. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven and continue to keep cake in oven with door closed for 2 hours; this helps prevent cracking. Chill in refrigerator for 3 hours or until ready to serve.

Cracking occurs in cheesecakes from over mixing the filling or having too many air bubbles. Rapid chilling of the cheesecake may also cause cracking. This method of cooling will prevent cracking, but be sure not to over mix the filling.

If cracking does occur; thinly slice strawberries on top to cover the cracking before serving. Most people will not even notice the cracking, because the cheesecake is simply divine.

This dessert can be served as is, as well as with berries of your choice. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Supreme Pizza

Personally, there’s nothing like a tasty, home-cooked pizza on a Friday night. But since we’re heading to Chicago this weekend, I made it tonight. Growing up my mom would split up the pizza crust and let us top our own pizzas. Have some family fun this weekend with your food and let your kids add their own toppings. Enjoy! 

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Yields: two pizzas, 12 to 16 slices

Ingredients
1 (18.25 oz) package ‘King Arthur’s Flour’ Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 large eggs
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups pizza sauce
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1 lb ground sausage, cooked
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)
1/4 cup black olives, sliced (optional)
dash of fresh basil (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Prepare pizza crust as package directs with water, eggs and olive oil.
3. Top each pizza crust with pizza sauce, red onion, green pepper, sausage, cheese, jalapenos, black olives and fresh basil.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

To make this dish spicier; use spicy ground Italian sausage, and top with spicy jalapenos and red pepper flakes. Be sure to double check the Italian sausage ingredients, I unfortunately made this mistake and got glutened :(

P.S. This dish also makes great leftovers!

Gluten Free Taco Pizza
This delicious taco and pizza combination is a Midwest favorite.

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Gluten Free Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza is a true Midwest Favorite! This pizza is great to share with friends and family. It’s two of my favorites; tacos and pizza in one tasty dish.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Yields: two pizzas, 12 to 16 slices

Ingredients
1 (18.25 oz) package ‘Stashu’s’ Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 large eggs
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups refried beans
1 lb ground sausage, cooked
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup lettuce, shredded
2 cups Cool Ranch Doritos, quarter size pieces
1/2 cup Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Prepare pizza crust as package directs with water, eggs and olive oil.
3. Top each pizza crust with refried beans, sausage, cheese, onion, lettuce, Doritos and tomatoes.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

To make this dish spicier; use spicy ground sausage, and top with spicy jalapenos and red pepper flakes.

If desired, dress this pizza with ranch dressing, taco sauce or hot sauce.

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Gluten Free BBQ Chicken Pizza

This meal is one of my favorites, and has always been a crowd pleaser. I make this pizza for meals and appetizers, and I am always asked for the recipe. Check it out!

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Yields: two pizzas, 12 to 16 slices

Ingredients
1 (18.25 oz) package ‘King Arthur’s Flour’ Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
1 1/4 cups warm water
3 large eggs
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cups Sweet & Zesty gluten free BBQ Sauce (or your favorite brand)
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 (6 oz) package grilled chicken, shredded
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided
1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese, divided
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Prepare pizza crust as package directs with water, eggs and olive oil.
3. Top each pizza crust with BBQ sauce, red onion, chicken, cheeses and jalapenos.
4. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Cool and enjoy!

To make this dish spicier; top with spicy jalapenos and red pepper flakes.

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Gluten Free Pudding Cake

This rich pudding cake is extremely easy to make and taste great.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook/Chill Time: 3 hours
Yields 16

Ingredients
1 (15 oz) pkg gluten free yellow cake mix
2 (4 serving size) pkgs JELL-O Chocolate Cook & Serve Pudding
1 cup powdered sugar
4 cups milk
2 Tbs margarine or butter

Directions
1. Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 9×13-inch pan. Pierce cake with round handle of wooden spoon in 1/2-inch intervals.
2. In medium saucepan, add dry pudding mix and sugar. Gradually add milk, stirring until well blended. Add margarine. Bring to full boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Pour over cake.
3. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or until ready to serve. Store any leftovers in refrigerator.

Mix up this recipe by using your favorite flavor cakes and puddings. Have fun and enjoy!!


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Cranberry Pecan Gluten Free Coffee Cake

This recipe is a family favorite for our Christmas morning breakfast, and can be enjoyed for breakfast or snack for any event.

Prep Time:  10 min
Cook Time:  40 min
Yields 12

Ingredients
Cake
3 eggs
4 Tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 (15oz) package Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix
1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Streusel
1 Tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
1/4 cup Gluten Free Bisquick
3/4 cup cranberries, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9-inch spring form pan.
2.  In large bowl, add eggs, 4 tablespoons margarine and sugar. Stir together until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Add the milk, cake mix, flour and vanilla. Mix together until well combined, about 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan.
3. In small bowl, add 1 Tablespoon margarine and Gluten Free Bisquick, stir well. Add cranberries and pecans to mixture, stir until well mixed. Spoon the mixture on top of batter.
4. Bake in oven for 40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy! Store the coffee cake in an air tight container to keep nice and moist.

This recipe can also be used to make 24 regular muffins. Simply use regular size paper cups in two 12 cup muffin pans, and follow instructions included above. If you are short on time; replace the streusel with any gluten free granola of your choice. Enjoy!

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
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Easy Gluten Free Cream Cheese Cookies

These melt-in-your-mouth cream cheese cookies are one of my families favorites! The cookies stay soft and moist for days… if there are any left.

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yields 32 cookies

Ingredients
1 (15oz) gluten free cake mix
1 (80z) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened
2 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 (16oz) cream cheese frosting

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. In large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Blend in egg and vanilla. Gradually add cake mix to batter, combine until well-blended. Scoop rounded teaspoon sizes onto greased baking sheet.
3. Bake on top rack for 9-11 minutes, until edges are golden brown.

4. Let cookies set on hot pan for 5 min before transferring to wire rack. Cool on wire rack.
5. Once cookies are completely cool; frost with cream cheese frosting of your choice, and decorate with sprinkles.

I prefer homemade cream cheese frosting or Duncan Hines’ Creamy Home-Style Cream Cheese Frosting with these cookies. Enjoy!

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Extremely Cheesy Gluten Free Potatoes

This is my favorite dish for any occasion. This dish always goes fast, and I never have leftovers to take home. Even my gluten-eating friends make this recipe for events and family dinners.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 30-60 min
Serves 12

Ingredients
1 (32oz) pkg cubed hash-browns, thawed
2 cups Velvetta cheese
1 (15oz) can gluten free cream chicken soup
1 (16oz) sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 Tbs onions, diced
1 cup mild cheddar cheese

Toppings
2 cups corn flakes
1/4 cup butter, melted

Oven Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9×13 pan with cooking spray or butter.
2. In large bow, add all ingredients except toppings, mix well.
3. In small bowl, add corn flakes and 1/4 cup melted butter, mix well.
4. Add cheesy potato mixture to prepared pan, spread evenly. Sprinkle with corn flakes toppings mix.
5. Bake for 30-60 min, or until top becomes golden brown.

Please note: cooking time depends on how defrosted the hash browns are. Defrosted hash-brown’s mix takes around 30 min, while frozen hash-brown’s mix takes around 60 min.

Crock-Pot Directions
1. Grease large crock-pot with cooking spray or butter.
2. In large bow, add all ingredients except toppings, mix well.
3. In small bowl, add corn flakes and 1/4 cup melted butter, mix well.
4. Add cheesy potato mixture to prepared crock-pot, spread evenly. Sprinkle with corn flakes toppings mix.
5. Bake on low for 3 1/2 hours. Turn on high for the last 1/2 hour and cook until top becomes golden brown.

This dish makes great left overs, but for families of four can make a half portion of this recipe. Simply use only half the amount of requested ingredients in a 8×8 pan. Then just follow the cooking directions above as directed.

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