Brunch with GF friends!

20 Mar

This post is long overdue but I still wanted to post about it!! I went to brunch with a group of ladies a couple Saturdays ago. We were celebrating Laura’s birthday. Half the group is gluten free(gf). I wanted to make dessert but was not sure what to do. I went back and forth with a few different recipes. I wanted to make strawberry shortcake with GF scones. That was the weekend I was feeling under the weather and I needed something more easy than that!! (plus strawberries aren’t in season unless you are in Florida!)

I found a great gluten free website: Gluten Free On A Shoestring She has lots of delicious goodies.

I decided to pick the chocolate turtle thumbprint cookies. I had already bought some all-purpose flour from Trader Joes. I heard this is the best. My friend Sheryl makes these cowboy cookies with this flour and they are delicious. Nobody would even knows they are gf!!

This recipe only made 12 cookies. Dan was pretty sad to hear that! I baked them while he was at work and then I left them on the counter with this note:

He sent me a text saying: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

When I got home and assembled the cookies I let him have one. He said it was delicious.

Gluten Free Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
(adapted from GF On a Shoestring)

1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
7 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 egg at room temperature, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 (ish) c caramel sauce (you can make your own—but I did not want too plus I always have a hard time making caramel)
Chopped almonds, for sprinkling
Melted chocolate, for drizzling


Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.

Make the cookie dough. In a large bowl, place the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt, and whisk to combine well. Add the brown sugar, and whisk to combine again, working out any lumps. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the butter, egg and vanilla, mixing to combine after each addition. The dough will come together and be thick but soft. Wrap the dough in a piece of plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill about 1/2 hour.

Shape the cookies. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator, unwrap it, and divide it into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball, press into a disk about 1/2-inch thick, and place about 1 inch apart from one another on the prepared baking sheet. Press the moistened bowl of a 1/2 teaspoon (or your thumb, moistened) into the center of each disk, about 3/4 of the way to the bottom of the dough. If the dough begins to stick to the teaspoon or your thumb, moisten it in between each cookie.

Bake the cookies. Place the cookies in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and set (they will not glisten when they’re baked like they do when they’re raw). Remove the cookies from the oven, and press the thumbprint depressions again with the bowl of a 1/2 teaspoon if any have puffed up too much during baking. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Assemble the cookies. Once the cookies are cool, fill the thumbprint depressions with the caramel, sprinkle immediately with chopped almonds and drizzle with the melted chocolate. Allow to sit at room temperature until set. (I put them in the refrigerator because I needed to pack them up.)

There was only 11 of them!!!

There was only 11 of them!!!

Everyone loved them.

I am going on a baking extravaganza this weekend! Expect some good recipes this weekend!

12 Responses to “Brunch with GF friends!”

  1. Joann March 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM #

    Omg!!! I’ve never met a person more passionate about desserts than you! I love it!!!! What’s this baking extravaganza this weekend?? I’ll be in Portlad this weekend!!! I can sample if you need a taster!! 😝

  2. Erica Heagy March 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM #

    Best cookies EVER!!!!!

  3. bayrunnerjamie March 21, 2014 at 2:48 AM #

    Those cookies look so amazing! I think brunch has become my favorite meal. My girlfriends and I brunch now rather than go out to dinner!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats March 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM #

      Oh yeah brunch is my fave! People ask me where I like to go to dinner. I say I don’t really go to dinner but if you need a good breakfast place I can give you 5 of those!! πŸ™‚

  4. Heather @ March 21, 2014 at 5:48 AM #

    Brunch is my JAM! Get it, haha! Thanks for the plug πŸ˜‰ I seriously wish I lived by you… your treats always look so damn good!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats March 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM #

      I wish you lived here so I could GIVE you some of my treats!! You need them or than I do right now! πŸ™‚

  5. Laura March 21, 2014 at 9:44 AM #

    Recipes, I want to try some more great treats! Thanks for always supplying us with goodies:)

  6. erin March 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM #

    Gluten-free cookies FTW! These look awesome πŸ™‚ And, brunch is always better with friends!

  7. Change of Pace March 22, 2014 at 1:44 PM #

    Those look divine! I’m going to bookmark this recipe for when I have gf folk over!
    And, feel free to send some baking up my way next tie you’re on a baking spree πŸ™‚

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