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postheadericon Gluten-Free Fool’s Toffee

FT - finalI love toffee. Making it scares me, and (quite honestly), Fool’s Toffee scares me, too. But, sometimes cravings take precedence over fear. Please take note of the fact that the toffee is HOT. As in, if you get any of the toffee on your skin, it will cause severe burns with blistering. It’s a bad, bad thing. I wouldn’t make Fool’s Toffee without an off set spatula and burn bandages. However, 11 years ago I severely burned two fingers, and then I didn’t make it again until this winter, so that might be part of my decisions.

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It can also be (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free,  and vegan/vegetarian recipe. While this can be made dairy-free, the toffee works better if you can use dairy.

FT1 - graham crackersIngredients:


FT2 butter brown sugar


Preheat oven to 375F.

Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper.  Lay out the S’Morables along the cookie sheet.

FT3 - toffeeIn a medium-sized pot over medium heat, combine butter/margarine and brown sugar. Stir as the butter melts using a silicone spatula. Bring to a boil and stir constantly as it boils for 3 minutes, then remove from heat.

FT4 spreading toffeePour toffee very carefully over the graham crackers. Spread carefully using an off set spatula, being very careful not to get any toffee on your fingers. Spread over all the graham crackers. It’s better to have some that goes beyond the graham cracker sides than to have some graham crackers without toffee.

FT5 - chocolate chipsPut the toffee coated graham crackers into the preheated oven for 5 minutes.


FT6 - spreading chocolateRemove from oven and sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Allow to sit for a moment or two, and then use the off set spatula to spread the melted chocolate chips, again being very, very careful to not burn your fingers.

FT7 - pecansSprinkle the top with chopped pecans or other nuts.

Allow the Fool’s Toffee to cool completely, then chop into rough sections using a chef’s knife. Store in an airtight container until devoured.

postheadericon Chocolate-Covered Peanut-Butter Balls

This Recipe Contains Peanuts!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, and vegan recipe.

My grandmother makes a recipe similar to this, but hers has graham cracker crumbs in it. I adore hers, and these are pretty darn good, and without the gluten or dairy!

Chocolate covered peanut butter balls


  • 4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 stick margarine (aka 1/2 cup), melted
  • 2 cups (or 1 18 oz container) chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (use the thick part from a chilled can)
  • 1 TBS vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 bags (12 oz size) chocolate chips/chunks (aka 3 cups)
  • 3 TBS shortening (we use Spectrum)
  • several lightly salted peanuts

Combine ingredients through salt. Mix well.

Scoop into walnut-sized balls, and place on waxed paper. Chill in refrigerator (or back porch in winter) for at least an hour.

Melt the chocolate & shortening together, and use a fork or spoon to dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate.

Decorate each one with a peanut on top. Chill again, then eat! Mmmm….

postheadericon Dairy-Free Penuche Fudge

This is one I have missed sooooo much since going gluten and dairy free. I love penuche fudge. I think it’s a regional thing, as my husband had never heard of it before he met me. Yum

Penuche Fudge


  • 2 1/2 cups light brown sugar

  • 1 TBS maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk (chill the can and measure out the thick part, not the watery part)
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 TBS margarine
  • 1 TBS Karo syrup (light or dark) – sub cane syrup if corn-free
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Put ingredients through Karo syrup into a heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer. Stir frequently until it comes to a boil.

Allow it to boil for about 20 minutes, until it reaches soft ball stage.

Remove from the heat, and place pan in a bowl of cool water. Stir in the vanilla and nuts. Keep stirring until it becomes thick and stops looking glossy.

Pour into a greased 8×8 pan, and let set. Cut into squares and serve. Delicious!

postheadericon Chocolate Peppermint Bark

This isn’t even really worth a recipe, but it’s an easy candy, and it looks nice. Broken up and put into petit fours cups or holiday ziplocs it is a great gift candy.

Peppermint bark

Melt 1 bag chocolate chips (if you can find white chocolate chips that fit your dietary requirements, that looks great)

Smash 4 candy canes into little bits (oooh, this is fun!)

Mix the two together, then spread out on parchment paper, wax paper, or silpat. chill. crack into pieces and serve.

I hear this is really yummy from my family and friends, but I don’t like candy canes. I’ll take other people’s word for it!

postheadericon Faux Almond Joy chocolates

This is more a descriptive essay than a real recipe. No exact amounts.

You need:
mini-muffin liners
cane syrup (or corn syrup, if you do corn syrup)
chocolate chips

On a cookie sheet or plate, put mini-muffin liners.

In a medium-sized bowl, warm some sweetened coconut. Add a little vanilla, and then while stirring drizzle Cane Syrup on top, until the mixture has a bit of a yellowish tinge and it sticks together (usually about 1 soup spoon-full).

Melt chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl (microwave for 1 minute, stir, microwave 1 more minute)

Spoon 1 teaspoon of coconut into each muffin-liner. put 2-3 almonds on top, then glop chocolate on top of that. Put the plate/cookie sheet into the freezer, and about five min later, eat.


postheadericon Peanut Butter Fudge

This is my adaptation of my mother-in-law’s recipe. It’s divine, and tastes like it is much more work.

Peanut butter love fudge


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk (try to get the thicker part of the coconut milk, not the watery part)
  • 1 7.5 oz jar Marshmallow Fluff or marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

    Combine sugar and coconut milk in a heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly until it reaches soft ball stage. Remove from heat and stir in the fluff and peanut butter.

    Mix well, really beating it together. Grease an 8×8 pan, and pour the fudge into it. Let set until firm. Slice into squares and serve.

    Extra-special variation: Sprinkle the still-hot fudge with chocolate chips, and as they melt, swirl them on top of the fudge. Yum.

  • postheadericon Easy Fudge

    I have another recipe that is free of eggs and corn. This recipe is gfcf, gluten, wheat, dairy, tree nut, nut, and can be soy free.



    • 1 7 1/2 oz container Marshmallow Fluff or marshmallow creme
    • 2 1/2 cups sugar
    • 5 oz coconut milk (try to get the thickest part, not the clear, thin part)
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1/2 stick margarine (=1/4 cup)
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 12 oz chocolate chips/chunks

    Combine all ingredients through margarine in a heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer. Mix and bring to a boil over medium heat. Keep stirring intermittently.

    Allow the mixture to boil for several minutes (more than five), until the thermometer reads “soft ball stage”. You can’t just go by time, as coconut milk reacts a bit differently and the timing for evaporated milk doesn’t quite work.

    Remove from heat, and mix in the vanilla and the chocolate chips. Stir until well combined. Pour out into a greased 9×9 or 8×11 pan.

    If you are not sensitive to nuts, you can combine about 1/2 cup pecans/walnuts after adding the chocolate, or you can sprinkle some over the top of the pan of fudge.

    postheadericon Fudge from scratch

    This recipe is a from-scratch fudge, not using the marshmallow fluff that has eggs and corn. It’s delicious, and while it’s trickier than the other type of fudge, if you can’t have eggs and/or corn, you can eat this! It’s definitely worth the work.


    • 2 cups cane sugar
    • 3 squares unsweetened chocolate (Hershey’s unsweetened is just chocolate & cocoa – Baker’s has added milk solids, oh joy)
    • 2 tablespoons cane syrup
    • 2/3 cup coconut milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla (either vanilla powder, homemade in potato vodka, or otherwise “safe” vanilla)
    • 1 tablespoon coconut oil


    Mix the sugar, coconut milk, chocolate, cane syrup and boil rather slowly, stirring until the ingredients are well blended. Boil to the soft-ball stage, or 236 degrees.

    Remove from the stove, add the coconut oil, but do not stir it in. When lukewarm (about 120 degrees), add the vanilla and beat until it creams; that is, until the shiny appearance disappears and the fudge holds its shape. (this is from the original recipe, it doesn’t do quite this, just keep stirring for a while until it comes close to holding shape)

    Spread it in a glass pan oiled with coconut oil and when it hardens cut it into squares. Store in a pan/tupperware covered until it is gone. Do NOT put it in the fridge, as that is too moist, and it will get mushy.

    postheadericon Quickly Candied Walnuts

    I love candied nuts. Unfortunately, most commercial candied nuts contain wheat starch for some unknown reason. I am sure there are dozens of recipes out there for candied nuts, but this is one I just threw together when my sweet tooth and almost-empty cupboard collided. They are fabulous as a snack, over canned peaches, and over ice cream.

    This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, and vegetarian/vegan recipe.

    Images will be up later today!


    • 1/4 cup oil or margarine (half a stick)
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 cups walnut pieces (or other nut that you can tolerate. You could use larger seeds, such as pepitas, if you cannot tolerate nuts)

    Melt the butter over medium heat in a small to medium sized non-stick skillet.

    When the butter is melted, add the brown sugar, and stir with a spatula (a silicone one is best, as this will get hot). Add the cinnamon and salt, and keep stirring.

    Watch the mixture, and stir intermittently as it heats up. In a few minutes it will melt and begin to bubble. Watch out – this mixture is hot, and can burn you if you aren’t careful. (burns from candy hurt a LOT, as the candy sticks to the skin. OUCH!)

    Add the nuts, and stir carefully. Keep the heat at medium, and stir intermittently, gently combining the candy mixture with the nuts. Cook for about another 5 minutes, still stirring and mixing.

    While the candied nuts are cooking, prepare a cookie sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or a Silpat Silicone Baking Mat. Pour the candied walnuts onto the parchment/silpat, and make sure they are scattered and separated over the sheet – if they clump, you’ll have a big lump of praline, which is yummy, but not easily scattered!

    Let cool, and then eat. If you have some will power, you can keep them in an airtight jar or container, or in a zip-top bag for easy snacking. yum.

    postheadericon Chocolate Truffles

    I make these for friends and family every Christmas. If you can do dairy, substitute cream for the coconut milk.

    This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, and South Beach phase 2 safe recipe.



    • 2 cups chocolate chips (that’s 1 12 oz bag)
    • ¼ cup coconut milk (warmed)
    • 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
    • 1 egg white

    Truffle Coating ideas:

    • Cocoa
    • chopped nuts
    • Sprinkles/jimmies
    • Coconut
    • Non-pariels

    Melt chocolate in a double boiler. When it’s melted, add the coconut milk and stir until combined, then let cool.

    Measure sugar into large bowl, mix with egg white. Add cooled chocolate, and stir to combine.

    Shape the chocolate mixture into balls, then roll each chocolate ball into a topping. (sometimes this doesn’t work well, and you end up simply dumping lumps of chocolate into the topping, then spooning it out. They still taste good, even if they are a bit flat.

    Let cool and harden on a piece of wax paper. Turn once or twice while hardening so they don’t become flat. Store in an airtight container. Yum!

    (If you want to make twice as many, do it twice rather than doubling the recipe, because the chocolate needs to be a certain temperature to work with, and a double batch doesn’t work right).

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