Adopt a gluten-free Blogger March 2011: Cinnamon Quill


This month I decided to adopt Jennifer Kelly of Cinnamon Quill for Adopt a Gluten-free Blogger. I have been familiar with Jennifer’s work for quite a while, but seeing her gluten-free thin mints on Whole Living Daily is what really tipped the scale for me. A gluten-free friend with multiple allergies was celebrating her birthday this February and I thought it would be fun to make her a box of gluten-free, soy-free, potato-free, and dairy-free Girl-Scouts inspired thin mints. So I did. I usually follow recipes exactly for this event, but in this case I substituted corn-starch for the potato and sorghum flour for the rice flour in Jennifer’s recipe. When it comes to baking I am terribly lazy and hate rolling out dough, but I made an exception for this recipe and I was glad that I did. The dough was like play dough and very easy to work with. My beautiful biscuit cutters have been missing in action since we moved to our house almost a year ago. Luckily a measuring cup made a very nice circle mold. I used Penzey’s Dutch Process Cocoa and Enjoy Life chocolate chips to make the recipe completely soy-free for my friend. As I dipped each chocolate-mint cookie in melted chocolate I thought HEY! I could make these regularly. Everything is better dipped in chocolate; or more fun anyway. I don’t know why I don’t make chocolate coated treats more often!

I found a cute container at Michael’s and made a label for “Never Been a Girl-Scout cookies”, complete with ingredient lists. The tag line?
“The Girl Scouts are Missing Out.” Tee hee. Take that, grocery store cookie hawkers! I’ve been being taunted by your off-limits cookies for 32 years and finally I got to see what the fuss was all about. Actually, when I tasted these cookies, it seemed to me highly likely that the gluten-free version was better than the gluten version. Either way, they were delicious, and the recipient proclaimed them “super wicked awesome good”. Birthday mission accomplished!

Cinnamon Quill’s recipe for Thin Mints at her blog, with Oreo Cookie variation
Gluten-free Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Pattie Recipe

I was so excited I had to share my adventure on Facebook!
Here’s my thin mint journey in pictures:

Being me I couldn’t just stop there. I wanted to do a recipe only found at her blog, and finally selected a Gluten-free buckwheat vegan bread recipe based on one by Mark Engelberg. I followed this recipe exactly, and even ground the buckwheat to make the flour needed. I did accidentally use a 9*5 pan instead of 8*4 pan so I didn’t quite get the height of Jennifer’s version, but it was still perfectly lovely.

I can identify with Jennifer as she has been gluten-free for quite a few years and started baking with Bette Hagman’s recipes. Now she takes her inspiration from my favorite Rebecca Reilly, and other bloggers, and creates gorgeous baked goods. Most are sweet, and all look delicious. She also is the creator of the Gluten-free Feed, the Gluten-free community’s take on Tastespotting and Foodgawker, so be sure to take a look and join in the fun!

I can’t wait for Meyer Lemon season so that I can make Jennifer’s Vegan Meyer Lemon Bars.



Other bloggers have adopted Cinnamon Quill. Read about her other recipes, as reviewed by:
GFCF Experience -Oreos
Z’s Cup of Tea -Chocolate Mochi Cake
GF Goodness- Cinnamon Rolls

Can you say YUM???!!!

Have you tried any of Jennifer’s recipes? What was your favorite? Share in the comments!


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10 Responses to “Adopt a gluten-free Blogger March 2011: Cinnamon Quill”

  1. Her pancake recipe is simply TO DIE FOR. It makes the best vegan (when using applesauce instead of eggs), gluten free pancakes I’ve ever had!

  2. I love Cinnamon Quill! Everything she makes looks so beautiful and professional!

  3. Jenn Kelly is a real sweetheart and super talented with all her recipes and her new Gluten-Free Feed site! You’ve done a beautiful adoption here, Sea. Those cookies with your special container, label, and tag line are absolutely perfect. And that bread looks wonderful, too. :-)

    Shirley

  4. Awww. I am really moved by your kind words (you too, commenters!). The gluten-free community is a great place to call ‘home’ and likewise, Sea, I have made many of your recipes! I think the first I ever made from this site was the Rosemary Rolls, and it has progressed from there! You are very talented and I’ve learned much from the way you are able to adapt recipes with such ease!

    And I totally love the cookie container, I am always on the hunt for good ways to gift food, and that box is ideal.

    Thanks for the adoption, and the love, it means a whole lot!!

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  6. Oh wow, this all looks amazing Sea! I’m clicking over to her gf thin mints now!

  7. Thanks for introducing me to yet another talented and creative gluten-free blogger. Missing Girl Scout Thin Mints even more.

  8. Wow! The bread looks amazing!!!!

  9. I have never heard of jessica’a blog, so thanks for sharing! These mint thins look divine…. Great post!

    Teenie foodie

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