Living Without Magazine was the first allergen-friendly magazine I started to read when I first found out about my food sensitivities. It was always a treat to find a new issue on the magazine rack at Whole Foods–I would gobble up all of the information inside while feeling relieved that there was always a solution to my problem. It gave me hope that I wasn’t stuck with eating just lettuce for the rest of my life. Now there is something even more special about Living Without’s recent Dec/Jan 2014 issue for all-things holiday related because…
It is my first magazine article written! Friends, I cannot be any more thrilled to share with you these ultra-fun recipes for Christmas. They are so much fun to do with your kids, with a good friend or all by yourself (sometimes I prefer this one because then you don’t have to evenly share your cookies). Regardless of who you decide to make these creative gluten, egg, and dairy-free treats with, the little ones will thank you for giving them the opportunity to still have creativity in their holiday despite their food allergies. Eating can and is still fun regardless of your restrictions!
And I also thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support throughout the 2 years of the creation of Fork & Beans that now allows for me to do this as a career. I can’t even believe that I am saying that. I just love you all so much that I will personally go to each and everyone’s homes and pinch the hades out of your cheeks. Just you wait.
But until then, I will settle on ONE person’s address. That is, leave a comment below about what your favorite holiday cookie is and if you are chosen, a special gift will be sent to you. Shhhhhhhh, it’s a secret though–like a secret Santa present. You will find out once you open up the package 🙂 So go ahead and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PST on Friday, December 13th and one lucky duck will get their cheeks pinched **This is only open for US residents** THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED
The winner will be personally emailed so check your inboxes!
Oh, and don’t forget to out and buy your very own copy of Living Without magazine today (make sure it’s the Dec/Jan 2014 issue)!
I love chocolate cookies with peppermint candy. Yum!
My mother’s almond crescents but from a bakery, the chocolate dipped lace cookies
Lots of good ones. My fave peanut butter blossoms.
Candy cane cookie
Gingerbread cookies for me. My grandmother always made them and hung them from ribbons on the stair railings. They must have raisins, walnuts and a bit of decorative icing.
We call them Forgotten Cookies — tiny dried meringues with mini chocolate chips! Since going plant based I haven’t had one but they are still the best!
I love pumpkin cookies; it doesn’t even matter the time of year.
The ones that are a staple for Christmas are pecan hazelnut mexican wedding cake cookies!
My absolute favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! With the new medical issues going on in my body, we are sticking to gluten and dairy free sugar cookies this year while adding food coloring and sprinkles to make them festive. I am hoping of finding new awesome recipes for other cookies though.
Do snickerdoodles count as holiday cookies? Hehe, those are probably my favorite!
Iced sugar cookies and ginger snaps! But I haven’t met many cookies I didn’t like!!
so cool Cara! congratulations! i think any crinkle cookie is lovely during the holidays
Totally ginger snaps or any cookie with all types of ginger!
I love all types of cookies, but since discovering I am gluten intolerant, I tend to stick to easy ones to make with oatmeal. My favorite holiday cookie; however, is a white chocolate cranberry cookie 🙂
Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes/Snow Balls/Whatever you want to call them! Those are my absolute favorite cookie. I look forward to them every year. Delish!
Mexican Wedding Cakes/Russian Tea Cakes/Snow Balls/Whatever you want to call them! I look forward to those cookies every year ever since I was little. Delish!!
MMMmmmm…a good ol’ Iced Sugar Cookie!!
Got to be the old fashioned sugar cut out cookies that I love and brings back such good memories
I’m another person who loves the spicy flavors of ginger, cinnamon and cloves. So a gingerbread/ molasses type cookie is my favorite this time of year. Of course, anything chocolate is welcome year round!
My favorite holiday cookie is always the Russian Tea Cookie (also known as the Mexican Wedding Cookie). They are the best cookies!
Wonderful!!! You are the BEST!!!! <3
Ah congrats!! How exciting! My favorite cookie this time of year? snickerdoodle!! i just love them!
Rainbow cookies are my favorite cookie. All that almond flavor. YUM……
Gingerbread men (and women) of course!
I Love Oatmeal Raisin But Oats Still Make Me SicK. And I Miss Fig Newtons! My Youngest Said Gingerbread Men And MySon Says Chocolate Chip. Congrats On The Article, I Will Be Heading Out To Get The Issue Today.
Gotta love those Gingerbread cookies with a little cream cheese icing!
I love wedding cookies. My mom would make them every Christmas. She would make a special batch for me without nuts. The memory makes me smile.
oatmeal chocolate chip with dried cranberries!
janet @ the taste space
You are too kind. I love shortbread cookies
Spicy ginger cookies with candied ginger inside – yum! And way to go on your magazine debut 🙂
Lemon drop cookies and vegan double chocolate chip cookies.
My favorite USED to be peanut butter cookies with a Hershey kiss or peanut butter cup on top. Yum!!! I need a new favorite this year. What a challenge. Not only am I dealing with a gluten sensitivity, I also need to bake free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, sorghum, millet, amarinth, soy, corn, and high histamine foods (like Sunbutter). Your recipes give me hope that I can still find some tasty treats to bake. Just need time to figure it all out.
Congrats!! Yours was one of the first blogs I found after being diagnosed with Celiac.
Your flour blend allowed me to successfully “translate” my favorite biscotti recipe to gluten free. – thank you!!
My favorite xmas cookies are molasses spice – yummmmm.
Nothing says “holidays” like a soft, chewy Gingerbread cookie!
I want my cheeks pinched!!! Come see me. And bring Peanut Butter Blossoms!
Congrats! I hope to follow in your footsteps one day! My fav cookie is a big, pillowy snickerdoodle covered in tons of cinnamon!
I like the tradition of holiday cookies. My family does a whole plate of them every night! My favorite are biscotti!
Congratulations on your article…and thank you for making us “living without” not feel like we are “going without!” Favorite holiday cookie? Hmm..a tie between ginger crinkles and those highly addictive red/green/white rainbow Italian almond paste cookies with the jam between the layers!
Congrats! My favorite holiday cookie is soft, chewy molasses cookies.
My all time favorite holiday cooky is an anise biscotti type whose recipe was handed down from a neighbor decades ago. I am newly gluten free (this past April) and need to figure out how to convert this recipe!! Second on the list are oatmeal pecan cookies!! Best wishes on your writing career!
You cant go wrong with the classic sugar cookie!
Congratulations!! You’ve done a lot in two years! So awesome!! My favorite holiday cookie is also my favorite year ’round cookie – chocolate chip.
The cover looks great! Congratulations on being featured 🙂 I love gingerbread men (especially decorated!) and any kind of nutty cookie. Although not a cookie, I also adore fudge during the holidays, which I have yet to make a vegan version of though I’ve been vegan for years. I’ll have to make some this year. I’ve had your Easy Vegan Fudge recipe bookmarked for ages, so I’ll use that!
My FAVORITE type of cookies is the kind that YOU make FOR me! 🙂
Hope I win that damn package … and hope it’s filled with all kinds of cookies that your NIECE can eat!!!!
Love you sooooooo much and I can’t wait to get my own copy of this mag!!! Will you autograph it for me?
My favorite are frosted sugar cookies.
Cara, when your Dad told me what you were doing, I could only say WHAAAAT???
He just sounded so proud of you and I could feel the smile thru the phone. And for Mike, it had to be an effort. LOL
I giggle over your comments, admire your pictures and just love the recipes. Now, to the serious stuff:
Anything Lemon or Chocolate…better yet, BOTH!
Awww. Bobbe, that is so sweet! What does Dad say about me? LOL. Probably nothing. But at least he likes my kids! Nice to see you here on my Sissy’s blog. She is pretty wonderfultastic and we are all so proud of her!
Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming
Well chocolate is always my last choice but I made your chocolate cookies from the article and they are a very close runner up Sugar cookies
And congrats on your article! Fabulous news ~ can’t wait to check it out! xx
My favorite holiday cookie has to be decorated sugar cookies! Who can resist all of the little sprinkles & colored sugars?
You are amazing! My favorite Christmas Cookie is actually the Wedding cookie – or my recipe is called Aunt Virginia’s Butter Nut cookies. Haha, I only have them at Christmas.
Soft molasses cookies!
Soft molasses cookies!! Making my mouth water… 🙂
Gingerbread men! This magazine looks great. I’ll have to look out for it next time I’m at Whole Foods!
OMG! I am so excited for you, yay!!
My favorite cookie is Swedish Pepparkakor, similar to gingerbread cookies.
Congrats Cara, awesome, all the way around.
My favorite cookies are chocolate cookie on the outside and peanut butter on the inside. I haven’t tried to make them since I became gluten free, though.
As much as I love all the cookies out there this time of year, I can’t abandon the gingerbread folks.
I would like very much for you to, for reals, pinch my cheeks. 🙂 Ah, well. Anyway – I am a huge fan of almond crescent cookies – my dear Grandpa’s classic recipe. A few years ago, I made a batch and put it in a tin that somehow got put back on the shelf and forgotten. When I pulled it down A YEAR LATER I found it full of Grandpa’s cookies, and they were STILL GOOD!! Madness.
I love biscochitos, a traditional Mexican cookie that reminds me of my Hispanic heritage. Thankfully my grandmother’s recipe was easily veganized! I can’t wait to make them again this year.
Gingersnaps by far!!! Love them.
Snickerdoodles or sandies (aka Mexican wedding cookies, but shaped like a crescent moon) – there’s no way can I decide between the two, I love them both. 🙂
This is great! I love Living Without magazine. My favorite cookies are good old semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies. MMMM
Congrats, Cara!! This is amazing. So happy that you will be inspiring many new readers with your creative recipes! 🙂
One of my holiday faves are sugar cookies decorated with lots of colorful sprinkles, frosting & love! I just discovered last year’s gem of “12 days of holiday cookies” and am soooo excited!!!
Gingerbread Cookies rule! They are wonderful during this and all seasons!
definitely gingerbread cookies 🙂
Congrats! And…butter cookies!
Oh my gosh, that is amazing news–congratulations!!!
I’m boring but my favorite holiday cookie is just good old-fashioned gingerbread. I love making it into all kinds of crazy shapes.
How exciting! My favorite are thumbprint cookies 🙂
Shortbread! Hands down, the best Xmas cookie!
Congratulations, Cara! Thank you for the giveaway! My favorite holiday cookie is iced sugar-cookie cut-outs.
My new favorite is cashew butter chocolate chips cookies with dried cranberries and cashew halves….so good!
So excited you have an article in living without – one of my favorite resources as well!
Love your blog and all your recipes!
favorite cookie – oatmeal chocolate chip
It’s a toss up. I’m a cookie monster 🙂 I have always loved chocolate crinkle cookies, sugar cookies with frosting/icing and sprinkles, and a good stout oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that I don’t feel bad eating for breakfast (because it has oatmeal, right?!).
My fave cookie has always been oatmeal ever since my grandma got me hooked on hers (she adds butterscotch morsels). This is also year 2 of my gluten free living and Thanksgiving was easier this year than last–not feeling so deprived. Thanks for all your wonderful GF creations and many more to come.
My favorites have always been Mexican Wedding Cookies.
oh please put me on the nice list. i brought from germany our tradition of nikolaus to US. it was last friday. and normally we put the shoes (cleaned for sure….and the biggest you can find) in front of the door so nikolaus can fill them. if you were nice you get sweets, were you naughty you get a treebranch (i dont know the correct vocabulary but it is thought for spanks). as i had sweets i can say “put me on the nice list” 😀
my favorite cookies my mom always made, are normal white sand cookies, always two glued together with a smooth chocolate rum arome cream. i will try them this year the first time to veganize. press thumbs, as i love them 🙂
i would love to win your little christmas surprise 🙂
Brooke (Crackers on the Couch)
Sugar cookies with icing. It’s a dessert AND an art project. How can you go wrong?!
Congratulations! I have finally figured out how to make vegan and gluten-free kolaches, and am very happy about it!
congrats, lady! i think i’d have to go with oatmeal!
Congrats on the article! No bake PB and chocolate are my fav!
Rum (or Bourbon) balls. Nomnomomnom..
Never met a cookie I didn’t like…of course gluten and dairy free!
My favorite cookie is a vegan iced sugar cookie.
I love any spicy cookie like gingerbread, pumpkin spice, etc.
I will eat any cookie, any time; well, unless there is gluten or dairy involved. My most favorite cookie has got to be a chewy, crackly ginger molasses cookie. I made an entire batch last year, including chopped up ginger candy and kept the tin in the bedroom. No one else even got a look in. Sometimes I’m just kind of mean that way.
P.S. The pics look wonderfulmus.
I would love your recipe for the ginger cookies. Ginger is in a tie with vanilla and almond as a favorite flavor.
My favorite holiday cookie –if it can even be considered a cookie– is chocolate-dipped Ritz crackers with peanut butter!
My favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle but my favorite holidya treat in general is peppermint bark! YUM!
Dressed up or down, Chocolate Chip will always be my favorite!
I always love the obscure looking cookies my mom gets at Christmas cookie swaps-people come up with some strange recipes, but they taste amazing!
Browned butter cookies….nothing to look at but amazing flavor:)
Any of them!! I love them all-especially ones that include chocolate or pumpkin!
russian tea cakes!
Gina @ So Lets Hang Out
I’m so proud of you Cara! You’re kind of a rock star. My favorite holiday cookie… hmmm… anything chocolate. Does that count?
Sugar cookies 🙂
How exciting! Congrats! My favorite cookies are almond with almond frosting. No wait, ricotta cookies. No, meringues! 😉
Alana (hungry & fit)
This is hard…ginger snaps are pretty amazing.
Gingerbread cookies are my favorite during this season.
she’s a star! 🙂 My favorite cookie is oatmeal butterscotch.