Shortcake Dreams

Glutinos tasty treats are safe to eat!

One of the biggest challenges during the holidays is to find goodies that are safe and yummy for everyone to eat. In years past, weve simply gone without holiday cookies and treats, because we didnt have a good allergy-friendly alternative. Finding tasty recipes for allergy-free sweets is a time-consuming mission. Not to mention that baking many of these treats has oftentimes been a stretch of my culinary skills. Finding ingredients was always such a hassle. So, while Ive done my fare share of baking in the past, this year was very busy in the weeks leading up to the holidays, and I wanted a break.

It seems my familys Christmas surprise came early when I stumbled across Shortcake Dreams by Glutino in our local natural food store. You see within the past 4 or 5 years, the market for allergy-friendly products has really blossomed, and tasty options now abound if youre willing to comb the local health food stores. So, when I went hunting for a cookie that would meet our needs, I was pleasantly surprised that we had quite a few options, and decided to try Shortcake Dreams Cookies for this holiday season.

Shortcake Dreams cookies are gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free (casein is a milk protein), milk-free and egg-free! The package indicates that they may have been cross-contaminated with peanuts or tree nuts, but otherwise these cookies are free of most major allergens.

We were very pleasantly surprised with the result, as the one thing Shortcake Dreams is definitely not free of is taste! These cookies provide a mild-tasting shortbread alternative. Theyre very crunchy, so theyre great for dunking in your favourite milk (or milk substitute). So even though Shortcake Dreams might be a bit dryer than typical cookies, as far as Im concerned it simply enhances the opportunity for dunking! In two cookies, youre looking at a mere 60 calories. That means that even the calorie-conscious can indulge a little. We served these cookies to our extended family on Christmas Day, and I witnessed quite a few hands dipping in the cookie jar for seconds.

Like most allergy products, Glutino Shortcake Dreams cookies are a tad more expensive than most grocery store-bought cookies. However, if youre looking for a little sweet treat, but dont want to spend the holidays up to your elbows in flour, Shortcake Dreams by Glutino will satisfy your inner cookie monster and Santa too!

~ Monique L. Attinger

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