Here’s a Safe Holiday Cookbook

By staff

With Christmas right around the corner, I’ve been doing my annual holiday baking. Over the years my repertoire has changed, however. No more nuts in my cookies; I am careful to always clean my pans and utensils when changing recipes, and my packaging is very precise. I think I know all the allergies my friends and their families have, but just to make sure, I let any recipient know the ingredients.

FAAN (the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) has a cookbook that can help cooks around the holidays, The Food Allergy News Holiday Cookbook. With over 150 tempting recipes, the cookbook features delicious recipes for safe celebrations for the winter holidays as well as holidays throughout the year including Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, The Fourth of July and many others.

Each recipe is marked with which of the eight major allergens is excluded. Directions are simple and ingredients are easy to find. Tips for food substitutions, hosting parties and general cooking are included as well. You may find some new recipes to add to your baking repertoire, or some new favorites to serve throughout the year. Perhaps you will learn some ways of keeping your old favorites in play with just a little substituting and modification.

Here is a sample recipe from the cookbook:

Holiday Cookies
M, E, W, P, N (milk, egg, wheat, peanut and nut free)
1/2 cup milk-free margarine, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 T. water
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. lemon extract
1 1/4 cups rice flour
1 tsp. cornstarch
confectioners sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. Set aside. In large bowl, beat margarine with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add sugar; beat well. Stir in water and vanilla and lemon extracts. Add flour and cornstarch. Mix well. Roll into small balls and drop onto cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 7 minutes (cookies will not brown). Transfer to wire racks to cool. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or frost.

You can purchase this book and other cookbooks for $19.95 on the FAAN website or by calling (800) 929-4040.

- Heather Legg

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