Tuesday, December 16

G-F Cookie Exchange 2014

This year the G-F cookie exchange was impressive.   LOOK!  Don't you think?

This was not a G-F event, but thanks to my dear friend Cheryl, who is the most avid non-G-F, gluten-free advocate I know, I enjoy a most beautiful and delicious party.  She goes out of her way to serve safe food and make delightful GF cookies for me.

This year she served two soups that were delicious, crockpot peanut clusters, and my favorite, Millionaire Chex Bars.

G-F Millionaire's Chex Bars

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 bag (10.5 oz) mini marshmallows
  • 7 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 2 bags (15 oz.) caramel cubes or bits (I used Kraft Caramel squares)
  • 2 tablespoons milk (dairy or almond)
  • A pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 bag (10oz) dark chocolate chips ( I used melting wafers, melt and spread nicely)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Line 13x9 inch baking dish with cooking parchment paper, and spray with cooking spray.  (I just sprayed the pan)  Set aside.

In a 4 quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Add marshmallows.  Stir with wooden spoon or rubber spatula until marshmallows are fully melted.  Reduce heat to low; stir in cereal until evenly coated.  Remove from heat;  pour into baking dish.  Use greased rubber spatula or greased hands to press mixture firmly and evenly in dish.  Refrigerate 15 minutes.

In 2 quart saucepan, cook caramels, milk and salt over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramels are melted.  Pour mixture over bars, and spread evenly.  Refrigerate 10 minutes.

In double boiler over medium heat or in microwaveable bowl in microwave, melt chocolate.  If using microwave, microwave uncovered on high in 15 to 30 second increments, stirring after each, until melted.  Pour melted chocolate over caramel; spread evenly.  Sprinkle with pecans.  Refrigerate until set. 30 minutes to an 1 hour.  Then cut and serve.

When someone cooks for you, it is truly love.  So passing the love on from our happy home to yours, Happy Baking for the Holidays!

I botched a few cookies just testing recipes until I hit on this one for the exchange.  It turned out delicious.   HAPPY HOLIDAYS.    G-F TWIX Cookies    Photo is there in the center, below the chocolate chip cookie.

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