Oh Yum…Gluten-Free Rocky Road Cookies!

You know what the problem with rocky road ice cream is? Nothing. Nothing at all. I love rocky road ice cream, in fact, when I was in high school, my mom and I could polish off a gallon by ourselves in one sitting. (Don’t tell her I told you that, she might be embarrassed.) My favorite brand is good old Dreyer’s, found at any and every grocery store in America.

 

I know it’s not the healthiest thing on the planet (especially if you’re eating an entire gallon – sheesh!) but I love it all the same. And yet, my shopping repertoire is now more in the vicinity of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, and it’s rare I splurge on something so..um..what’s the word I’m looking for…CALORIC…as this.

And yet, it was just Christmas…

 

And Christmas in this kitchen means two things: Booze and Cookies. Booze for me, and cookies for you. Based on my favorite ice cream. And the best part? These cookies are gluten free and aren’t even that bad for you. At. All. Don’t say I never did anything for you, I’m no Grinch!

Gluten-Free Rocky Road Cookies
Makes 18 Large Cookies

Ingredients
1 3/4 C. Chopped Toasted Almonds, 1/4 C. reserved after toasting for topping
4 Organic Egg Whites
3 C. Organic Powdered Sugar
3/4 C. Cocoa Powder
1 Packet Starbucks Via Instant Coffee, Columbia flavor; or 1 tsp. Instant Espresso
1/2 tsp. Fine Grain Sea Salt
1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
2 C. Miniature Marshmallows, 1/4 C. reserved for topping
1 Packet Starbucks Via Instant Coffee, Columbia flavor

Directions

Preheat oven to 350*. Chop whole almonds on a rimmed cookie sheet, and toast in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool while you make the rest of the batter. Reduce oven to 325*.

Beat egg whites in mixer until slightly bubbly, about 2 minutes. Sift in powdered sugar, cocoa powder, instant coffee and sea salt. Add vanilla.

Beat until smooth and creamy, with the consistency of melted ice cream.

Fold in by hand 1 3/4 C. toasted almonds and 1 3/4 C. mini marshmallows.

Using an ice cream scoop, spoon mixture onto parchment paper coated cookie sheet, only 6 cookies per tray. (They will spread out a lot.) By hand, place 3 chopped almonds and 3 mini marshmallows on top of each spoonful of cookie dough, pressing down slightly on the batter.

Bake for 12 minutes, at 325* until tops crack and look shiny.

Immediately remove parchment from hot cookie tray and place on cool counter top. After 5 minutes, use a clean spatula to remove from parchment paper. Be careful, cookies are very delicate. Place on a flat tray or plate and allow to set until fully cooled before serving.

 

Hope your post-holiday dieting is off to a good start. I know mine is (not)!

Xoxo,

Julie’s Baby Shower!

I know it’s been a while. What’s new. Really, should that last sentence have ended with a question mark? Or should I say Happy Labor Day, Happy Halloween, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day? In all honesty, I’m as busy as always. There’s an ebb and flow to the crazy fashion business I’m in, and now just happens to be a flow. And while waiting for an ebb to arrive (cough…Chinese New Year…cough) is still a few weeks away…I’m turning over a new leaf and have lots of posts lined up for you! If the 52 drafts I have saved in my Blogger dashboard aren’t proof enough…here’s the first of many new posts that have a little something special to offer.

Because I don’t think for the last few months you would have liked hearing about working from 7am to 7pm, fighting in foreign languages over silly things like thread colors and sample due dates, or eating Chinese take out (what else would you expect?) and not cooking much more than Trader Joe’s microwave steel cut oatmeal in the mornings, I’m your girl…if not, well, then you’ll understand why for the last few months I’ve had almost nothing to share. That is soon to change!

AND! DUE DATES!!! Speaking of which…

One of my best friends in the whole world is having a baby!Julie and I went to high school together a million years ago and for the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to have her living here in L.A., mere minutes away from the new Live and Love L.A. apartment shared with The Boyfriend (it’s going spectacular by the way, thank you so much for asking!)

Anywho…Julie and I have been friends forever. And I just love her and her hubby James, and when she told me last summer she was expecting, the first words out of my mouth were, “I’m throwing you a shower!” I spent the weeks before her shower ordering decorations and games online (Amazon.com saves the day again!) from my hotel rooms in China and New York, and anxiously awaiting the packages when I returned home.

I can’t believe the day came and went already! We showered her with love, gifts, and lots of pink, purple and green (the colors I chose for the shower, natch!) And she was amazed at all of the love showered her way. I’m so excited to share the pictures with you!