I should preface this post by stating that this is the first gluten-free recipe I’ve ever made (at least knowingly). I have nothing to compare these to, so I’m not sure if the issues I had with texture are common? Flavor-wise I think these were okay. I made a batch of them for Hannah’s birthday party; I just wanted to have something on hand for any kids (or parents) who don’t eat gluten. Who wants to go to a party and not be able to eat any desserts?
So, I have to credit my book Whoopies! here. This is where I found the recipe, and this is really what gave me the idea to include something GF in the party goodies. And they did get eaten (some, but not all of them). My main issue was the texture; it was like the surface of the moon. But they were soft inside, just not wonderfully smooth chocolate orbs of awesome on the outside. They looked…homemade. Gluten-free folks, is this typical? Are there tricks for the texture?
Anyway, here’s the recipe.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Whoopie Pies (from Whoopies!)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (plus extra to grease the pan)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 extra large egg (I just used my usual large eggs)
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Arrowhead Mills GF All-Purpose Baking Mix)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder (I thought all baking powder was GF…? What I used was definitely labeled as such)
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup buttermilk
Marshmallow filling (exactly the same for GF or non-GF recipe)
I finally picked an invitation design for Hannah’s first birthday last weekend, and I’m really happy with it. After narrowing down the choices, I went with this design from Eclectic Note Cards. It was amazingly affordable ($8!), Adam liked it, and it came with an entire suite of very cute options for thank you notes, labels, and signs. I also found this Cricut cartridge at a great price the other day, so I can add to the decor with some more die cut goodies.
We had a holiday party this year! We skipped last year because it was just too much with the baby on the way, but last Sunday we had a bunch of great people over for an early evening celebration. I forgot how much I missed this party. I took zero photos once the party started, which I’m horrible about every year. There’s always so much to do, so many people to talk to. Plus Hannah was up entertaining people, so at one point we had to go get her to bed.
We had our first cookout of the year on Sunday, and another one today to celebrate July 4th. It’s been a great week for hanging out with friends and family; this time last year Adam and I were in Hawaii, and we’d just found out that Hannah was on the way. It was such an incredible time, so I don’t know…I was feeling really festive this July. Several teachers from school came on Sunday, and they caught me up on everything I’d missed while on maternity leave. Hannah loved just hanging out on the patio under an umbrella. We tried putting her in the crib for a nap, but she didn’t want to miss the party! So she took all her naps on me that day, lol. I’m not complaining.
This week was also the first time I’d really put out a coordinated spread since our 2010 Christmas party, and I tried to use a lot of tips from Amy Atlas’s Sweet Designs. I didn’t take photos of today’s table until the end of the day, and they aren’t anywhere near as great as the photos Adam shot of Sunday’s table. So I’m posting Adam’s photos from our Sunday cookout here. I had so much fun putting this together, and I love how it turned out.
I made strawberry pies-in-a-jar for Sunday. I actually made cherry pies-in-a-jar today, too. This is my new favorite party trick. I use my favorite pie recipes but cut out the dough to fill my mini Weck jars. The crust and filling for a regular pie are enough for 12 mini pies, and you bake them in the oven at 375 for 50-60 minutes. They are easy and so delicious. I love the gooey, exploded nature of these. Perfect summer cookout food!
I did kind of a strawberry color scheme (the berries of my obsession lately). Red berry colors and a little bit of green.