Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I originally found this recipe to make as a Christmas gift for one of my friends since she tends to avoid wheat gluten.

Its always been hit and miss for me when it comes to gluten-free cookies, but I think these were really delicious and worth it!

I found the original recipe here.  The only changes that were made to it, were I used dark chocolate chips instead of milk, and when they were made my friend used three large eggs instead of two jumbo.

Final Product

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies-in-a-Jar
By: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com
Recipe type: Cookies
Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  10 mins
Total time:  20 mins
Serves: 24
Gluten-free double chocolate chip cookies
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (280 grams) all-purpose gluten-free flour (I use Better Batter)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if using Better Batter)
  • ⅔ cup (80 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1½ cups (300 grams) granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 extra-large eggs at room temperature, lightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, place flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar, and whisk to combine well. Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of the dry ingredients and set the bowl aside.
  3. Add the butter, vanilla and eggs to the dry ingredients, mixing after each ingredient until the dough comes together. Add the chips and reserved dry ingredients, and mix until the chips are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  4. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoons on nonstick rimmed baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes until firm.
  5. Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake until just set, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet until almost entirely cool and solid. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet to cool completely.
Notes
To make cookies-in-a-jar, into a 1 liter (or 1 quart) mason jar, layer in first the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt, then the cocoa powder, followed by the sugar and, finally, the chips. After each layer, tap the jar on the counter to help the ingredients settle into an even, compact layer. On a hang tag, write out the instructions for the recipient to make the cookies
Ingredients
Let me know how yours turn out!

Hoppy Easter!

Since Easter is around the corner, I thought this would be an appropriate post.  I saw this and immediately thought of a great Fair project.

These could be entered either in Dept 15 (Flowers and Houseplants) or Dept 28 (Home Environment)!

This would be good for any age really. Its simple enough for a Cloverbud or Explorer, but opens open to variations that an older youth could have fun with.

This could also be a great club activity to do if they wanted to have an Easter party/potluck.

Follow the link here for the original post about it!

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Materials Needed (From original post)

  • 4-in. cube vase
  • 6-in. cube vase
  • Jelly beans
  • 30 gerberas (also called gerbera daisies)
  • 5 packs of Peeps (4 per pack), for a total of 20 peeps

Step 1

Center one vase inside the other and insert jelly beans (in any colors you like) between the walls of the two cubes.

Step 2

Place Peeps on top of jelly beans, making sure to save a few for the corners of the vase. Don’t be afraid to squeeze them into the space. You should have enough to fill in any gaps.

Step 3

Gerberas are usually sold with plastic tubes on the stems for support. Keeping the plastic in place, cut the flowers to desired length and arrange them in the smaller vase.

Step 4

Cutting shorter stems for the outside flowers and longer stems for the inner ones will give you a nice rounded top. And don’t skimp on flowers: If you don’t want to use that many gerberas, find a pair of smaller vases.

 

Enjoy! Let me know how they turn out!

Upcycled Dry Erase Calendar

This is such a cute idea that came from a blogger in Canada.

I happened to see it on the twitter feed from 4-H Ontario. (Yes, I’m very excited that Canada has 4-H!)

This is great! Check out the directions here!

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Now I just need to find myself some paint chips and a frame!

Super Simple Mini-Key Lime Pies

This is a recipe my family has used for years.

Most of the Key Lime Pies you see out there are bright green. Well my mom is from Florida and she will be the first one to tell you that real, Florida Key Lime Pie is not green…its yellow.

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There are a few different ways to make it, some recipes call for eggs and cream of tartar, but this is a simple version that is really quick and easy.

Super Simple Mini-Key Lime Pies

1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup key lime juice (fresh or bottled)
1/2 pint Heavy whipping cream
Sugar
Pie crust (pre-packaged or homemade.  I make mine with 1/2 cup shortening, butter, or lard; 1 1/3 cups flour; 1/2 tsp. salt; and 3 Tbsp. cold water.)

Divide crust up into one inch balls.  Press into tart pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.  When they are cool enough to touch, remove from tart pan and set on cooling rack or serving tray.
In a medium bowl mix sweetened condensed milk, and key lime juice until thick.  Spoon into decorator bag, cut off tip, and squeeze into crust. (If you don’t have decorator bag, a ziploc bag works too.)
In a medium metal bowl, beat whipping cream until it has a whipped cream consistency.  Be sure not to beat it too long or it will turn into butter.  Just before it reaches right consistency, add enough sugar to sweeten it. Spoon into a clean decorator bag with coupler and tip, and put a dollop on each tart.

The tarts are now ready to eat! (Tip: these tarts are best served chilled.)

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If you want to make this as a whole pie, just double the filling and the whipped topping.

Let me know how the turn out!

Quilted Tote Bag

This past weekend was the annual Marathon County 4-H Quilt Camp.

Each year at this two day event, campers learn a new quilting technique.  This year was “Half-Square Triangles.”

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Each person had to option of making a quilt, a wall hanging, a tote bag, or a table runner. I chose to make a tote.

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Here is the Tote Bag pattern that I used.

Feel free to try this, use your own fabric and design for the center block.

Send pictures of your final project to marathoncounty4hwi@gmail.com

Hands for Larger Service

This would be a great project for a club, or maybe even just Cloverbuds.

Grass Hand Print

Seems pretty straight forward.

Take some disposable pie tins, poke a few small holes in the bottom for drainage.

Fill with potting soil.

Make hand print in dirt a few centimeters deep.

Carefully sprinkle grass seeds in hand print.

Sprinkle vermiculite over grass seeds to cover.

This will allow the hand shape to still be seen until the grass starts to grow.

This could be kept on the window sill or even outside when the weather turns nice.

Make sure to keep it watered.

Send pictures of the process!

Department 15: Lot 63

Herb Garden.

Here is a very cute way to create a little herb garden that is different from the usual Terra Cotta pots you.

Mason Jar Herb Garden

For instructions click: DIY_Mason Jar Herb Garden Instructions

Arm Knitting!

I’ve seen this a few different places, and I’ve always wanted to try it. I guess now would be a good chance to.

As I was watching the video that goes along with this I was thinking that this would be a good project for older 4-H youth to do at a meeting.  The younger ones could even do finger knitting so they don’t feel left out.

Then could either make scarves/cowls for themselves or to donate to a worthy cause.

Since I can’t embed videos on this blog, I’ll just post a link to where you can see the video for yourself.

Enjoy!

Arm Knitting Tutorial

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Let me know how they turn out!

Seed Starter Idea

I originally saw this on Pinterest, and it led me to an outdoorsy kind of blog.

I think this is a great idea for starting seeds in late winter or spring. Especially if you live in a place like Wisconsin where the winter runs longer than any other season here.

This is also a great inexpensive way to do this. If you happen to find some two year old, stale ice cream cones in your cupboard, or if you see some on sale.  They are also a great club meeting activity for Cloverbuds or Explorers!

They seem pretty straight forward:

Fill a cone with potting soil, plant the seed, water and take care of until you are ready to plant.  Then just plant the whole thing in the ground. The cone is biodegradable. For storing them, you could keep them in a 9 x 13 pan with high sides, or in an old muffin tin.

Ice Cream Cone Seed Starters

Ice Cream Seed Starters

Let me know how they work out!

Soups Up!

Marathon County 4-H Youth Action Council put together INSTANT POTATO SOUP MIXES to donate to Covenant Community Church in Schofield.

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Here is a great idea for a club community service project. This involves many areas of what 4-H teaches. It can fall under Foods, Youth Leadership, and Community Service!

This could be something that is done at a leader’s house, or even as the project at the end of a meeting. You could also do this with different kinds of soup, or store it in glass containers.  We used plastic bags because that is what we had and could afford.

This is a very basic recipe that I got off All Free Crafts.  I can’t take credit for this recipe, since I didn’t create it. So thank you to Jane Lake for posting it. 🙂

Instant Potato Soup Mix (6 Servings) (about 96 servings in parenthesis)
2 cups instant mashed potatoes (32 cups)
1½ cups instant milk powder (24 cups)
2 Tbsp instant chicken boullion (2 cups)
2 tsp dried minced onion (32 tsp)
1 tsp dried parsley (16 tsp)
¼ tsp pepper (4 tsp)
¼ tsp dried thyme (4 tsp)
1/8 tsp turmeric (2 tsp)
1½ tsp seasoning salt (1/2 cup)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Store in 1 quart jar. Alternatively, you could divide the mix into small ziploc bags, adding 1/2 cup to each bag, as a handy addition to pack with your lunch.s.

To Serve:

Place ½ cup instant soup mix in a soup bowl, cup or mug. Add one cup of boiling water and stir until smooth.

 

What YAC did was put one cup of mix into a sandwich sized bag and then a tag with directions and the recipe to make more.  They had quite a bit of fun putting this together.

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This is a great 4-H project because it develops measuring and math skills, as well as teamwork.  You can even throw in some leadership by putting one youth, or a group of youth, in charge of organizing the project.  This could mean either gathering all the ingredients, or making sure that each family brings one of the ingredients or supplies.  They would then also be in charge of orchestrating the actual production of this.

IMPORTANT: Before you start this project, it is important to find out what local food pantries will take homemade food.  Many of the larger ones will not because they require factory packaged food and expiration dates.  Some of the smaller ones might, such as church food pantries.