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Menu Plan December 20
Posted By Heather On December 20, 2010 @ 2:47 pm In Menu Plan | 3 Comments
This week, the theme for the GF Menu Swap is Cookies! As I looked through my online recipe index , I was surprised to find only a few cookie recipes listed. I love cookies and probably bake more than I should, but for some reason haven’t shared them on here. I baked some sugar cookies  for my kids this weekend.
   I used a new cookie cutter press tool  I picked up last week. The Wilton Push N Print Cookie Cutter Set  cuts circle shapes, and then presses one of three designs into the cookie. The directions say to use shortbread cookies, but we thought they worked fine for our sugar cookies. The kids helped me cut and press the designs into the cookies. Then, instead of frosting the cookies like it suggests, we added sugar to the designs before baking. I thought they turned out pretty good. Nothing too fancy, but something my 5- and 7-year-old could help decorate. My daughter decided she like them best plain, so we made some without sugar, too.
Meringue Cookies: Besides being yummy, the best reason to make meringue cookies is that they are naturally gluten free. They are also very versatile. You can add mini chocolate chips for a light and crispy, chocolaty, chewy treat. For a holiday twist, try adding crushed peppermint candy. Or, load the meringue into a decorator’s bag and try piping it into holiday shapes before baking. Wouldn’t meringue snowmen be fun? If you’re wanting something a little more elegant, try my Raspberry Divinity Tarts .
Candy-filled Cookies: I like to make these fun cookies  for Easter, but they are great for any event. I use a chocolate chip cookie dough for the base and bake them in a mini-muffin or mini-tart baking pan. After baking, but still warm, I press the candy into the cookie. Instead of the chocolate eggs, use mini peanut butter cups, chocolate kisses, or any favorite chocolate candy.
Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:
Monday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches 
It’s going to be another week of quick meals until we get to Christmas. I’ve got some pulled pork in the freezer I can heat up for a quick dinner. I’ll serve it with roasted potatoes and green beans.
Tuesday – Egg and Hash brown Casserole 
I’ve got some sausage that I need to use up, so I’ll use it instead of bacon in this egg casserole.
Wednesday – Quick and Easy Garlic Shrimp 
Quickly sauteed with butter and garlic, the shrimp is then spooned over rice noodles. I’ll serve it with steamed broccoli.
Thursday – Out
Another night to eat out. This time we’ll go for Chik-fil-a ‘s grilled chicken fillets, fruit cups, waffle fries, and salads. 
Friday – Grilled Steaks
Grilling steaks and serving with baked potatoes and spinach salad.
Saturday – Christmas Dinner
Not finalized yet, but I think it will include a Honey Baked Ham , smoked turkey breast, mashed potatoes, broccoli casserole , and a flourless chocolate cake. Can’t wait to see the family!
Sunday – Leftovers!
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