My Grandma the Great amazes me in every way- she had four children and maintained every ounce of her sanity, she adapted to every place my grandfather's job took their family, she supported (and continues to support) members of our family in their pursuits, she is a technological wiz (and she's closing in on 90!)...I can go on and on.
Much of my childhood - and now the beginning of my 'adulthood' -has been spent with my grandparents. When my parents couldn't be there for my brother and I, my grandparents picked us up form school, babysat us, helped us with our homework. Throughout my parents' troubling divorce that spanned a near decade, they were there for my mother, brother and me. The amount of love I have for both my late grandfather and my still-going-strong grandmother is equivalent to the amount of love I have for my parents.
I have always loved cooking and baking for people, but especially my grandparents. My grandfather loved oatmeal cookies; his last birthday I decided to bake him a low-sugar oversized birthday oatmeal cookie (he was diabetic). Though my grandfather loved oatmeal cookies, my grandmother absolutely adores ginger cookies. Just over a year ago, I caught on to the gluten-free trend and was fascinated by the challenge of baking gluten-free. I found a recipe for ginger cookies on Bob's Red Mill blog and both my grandmother and I have been addicted to this recipe ever since... I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Grandma's Favorite Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies (from Bob's Red Mill Blog)
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. molasses
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sorghum flour
3/4 c. tapioca flour
1/4 c. potato starch
1/2 tsp. guar gum
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger, ground
1/4 tsp. cloves, ground
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar
3. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix until thoroughly combined
4. In a seperate bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt and spices
5. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet and blend until combined
6. Place 1/2 c. of sugar in a bowl
7. Form the dough into 1-inch balls and drop into sugar over the outside of the dough
8. Place on greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes