One of my first jobs when I was 15 years old was working at an overnight camp up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. From that summer forward, I dedicated many years of my life working every summer at camp because of the deep impact it had in forming me as a person. I loved everything about it–camp life is a electric feeling: The initial fear of not knowing anyone and then that immediate feeling of relief when you make your first friend; fighting over who gets the top bunk; complaining about the unappealing food served at every meal and the excitement of going to the Canteen to stock up on junk food to make up for the said nasty camp food; missing your family and hoping everyday that you have to sing the “Grey Squirrel” song in front of everyone at the Chow Hall in order to get a handwritten letter from your mom or dad; the smell of the campfire at night and singing songs around it with your fellow camp mates; and really, the healing elements of just being in nature. There is nothing like it.
It was rather a nostalgic feeling when creating these allergen-friendly TeePee Cookies. It brought back a flood of emotion for me that made me want to pack up my nature shoes, roll up my sleeping bag and hike my way back to Camp Redwood for the week, singing “Going on a Bear Hunt” the whole way there.
Good thing I have my map, I know how to get there.
- 6 gluten free ice cream cones
- ½ c. nondairy chocolate chips, melted
- 15 gluten free pretzel sticks, snapped in half
- 2 pieces of red-colored hard candy
- 6 allergen friendly cookies (store bought or homemade)
- cacao nibs
- With a pair of kitchen scissors, carefully cut out an opening in your gluten free ice cream cone as well as the top (make sure the opening on the top is wide enough to fit a pretzel piece).
- Dip the bottom and top into the melted chocolate and set down on a cookie of choice. I made cut out cookies from my graham cracker recipe but you can just use a favorite store bought cookie if you like.
- Place a half piece of a gluten free pretzel stick into the top opening.
- With a toothpick, dab the melted chocolate around the sides of the tent and add the cacao nibs (which look so similar to rocks).
- Snap two gluten free pretzel sticks in half and use the melted chocolate as "glue" to hold down. Place in the opening of the tent to portray fire logs.
- Take two red hard candies and place on a parchment paper-lined plate and microwave for 20 seconds or until just melted. Allow to set fully and then break up. Glue into the pretzels logs as fire.
- Take a piece of broken up ice cream cone and glue it onto the top of the tent to look like a flag. Remember at this point to Salute Your Shorts.
- Allow to fully set.
And now YOU have a map of your own: A video tutorial showing you how I made these gluten, egg, and dairy free TeePee Cookies:
Careful to not leave these out overnight. The bears can smell them 15 miles away and they WILL show up in your camp!
*These allergen-friendly TeePee cookies have been created as a memorial to Salute Your Shorts.