It is DAY 16 of Gluten Free Baking With KitchenAid in honour of our 7QT Stand Mixer Giveaway and today I am thrilled to celebrate with one of my lovely   virtual friends, Alta Mantsch from Tasty Eats At Home. I first came in contact with Alta when we both became regular contributors to The Balanced Platter, and it didn't take me long to totally fall in love with her. First of all, isn't that the most fantastic name for a blog? Secondly, she is just a really cool lady. 

Alta is a recipe writer, amateur food photographer (pretty darn good if you ask me!), and self-taught "home-chef-in-training" as she calls herself.  She shares her journey with food in a humble, personal, authentic, honest way that I find incredibly appealing. All of her recipes have been gluten free and dairy free since 2009/2010 and are simple and easy to follow. She also specializes in creating delicious meals on a budget. She always shares fantastic hints and tips in her posts for The Balanced Platter, such as her article on Eating Seasonally and Locally. I really look forward to her monthly post! 

On Alta's blog, you will absolutely find some "Tasty Eats At Home!" Delicious vegetable dishes such as her gluten free vegan scalloped potatoes, gluten free vegan cheesy crackers, warm eggplant and summer squash salad, gluten free, dairy free zucchini cupackes with coconut cream frosting, gluten free vegan cheescake with blueberry compote, and so many more delectable recipes. There are so many simple little delights on her site, I barely even know where to start! 

These gluten free, dairy free, nut free, lemon Early Grey cookies she is sharing with us today are just a taste of the sensational recipes you will find coming out of her adventurous kitchen! In her original blog post, Alta says, "These little cookies have a lovely lemon flavour that will brighten any dreary, cloudy, or otherwise less-than-sunny day. They’re not overly sweet, they’re not rich, and they’re perfect with a cup of hot tea. Yes, Earl Grey would be a great option here!"

These are absolutely delicious and really different. My mother LOVED them, and she is quite the cookie snob! LOL! She is a HUGE Earl Grey tea fan and was in piggy heaven! If Alta's gorgeous photo isn't enough to make you grab for your stand mixer, how about this little anecdote: Mum, dad, Scott and I polished off the entire batch while watching season two of Downton Abbey at midnight! It was sublime! Don't miss out on these cookies. They are sensational! 

Thanks Alta. You are amazing. We missed you so much at Nourished and the Gluten and Allergy Free Expo this past weekend. I hope to catch you at the next event. 

For more information about this recipe see Alta's original post.
Learn more about Alta Mantsch at Tasty Eats At Home.
Follow Alta on Facebook and Twitter.

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Alta Mantsch’s Lemon Earl Grey Cookies

  • 3/4 cup sugar, plus 1/4 cup more for rolling
  • 2/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup vegan buttery sticks, softened
  • 1/2 cup sweet white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • leaves from 3 bags of Earl Grey tea, crushed fine
  • 1 egg
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • 1/2 tsp guar gum
  • 1/2 tsp gluten free baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 180 / 350 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a Silpat.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, potato starch, guar gum, baking powder and soda, salt, and tea leaves. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add buttery sticks and sugar. Beat on medium speed until fluffy and pale (about 2-3 minutes), and then add egg.
  5. Beat on medium until egg incorporates, and add vanilla, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Beat until incorporated.
  6. Turn speed to low and add in flour mixture, and allow to beat until incorporated, scraping down the sides as needed.
  7. Place the remaining sugar in a small bowl, and using a tablespoon (and another spoon if needed), scoop tablespoon-sized balls of dough, and roll them around in the sugar.
  8. Place on the prepared baking sheets, 2-3 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges are just barely starting to brown.
  10. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
  11. Makes about 2 dozen.

For more information about this recipe see Alta's original post. 
Learn more about Alta Mantsch at Tasty Eats At Home.
Follow Alta on Facebook and Twitter. 

Tips!

Easily Remove Cakes from tins

If you leave a cake too long in a greased tin, it can be difficult to remove. A really easy way to ensure a cake slides right out of a greased tin is to run the bottom of the tin over a very low flame on the stove top. This will melt the fat that was used to initially grease the tin and the cake will slide right out.

Yay- something that combines my love for a cup of tea and a little something sweet on the side of it! Making them now!!!!

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Exactly! SO awesome you made them already!
Please report back and let us know what you think :) Check out Alta’s site for more super easy delicious recipes.

Thank you so much for featuring my cookie recipe today, Tess! Delighted to be a part of this event! And SO excited to know you made the cookies - OMG! :)

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I am THRILLED that you are a part of this and that we are connected through The Balanced Platter. These cookies were absolutely delicious, and now I can’t wait to try more of your recipes! ThankYOU. YUMMO!!!!

I remember when these cookies were originally published. I love the Earl Grey tea. If I didn’t have so many snacks sitting around at the moment, I probably would go make them right now.

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I feel ya on the too-many-snacks thing! When I made these, I brought them to work to make my coworkers eat (thus saving myself)! LOL

LOL! I hear you too!
But make these cookies another time.
They are SOOO good!

These sound totally awesome! I love the flavor combination of lemon and the Earl Grey.  And I bet it would be super-easy to veganize them with an egg sub, too! Yay! :D

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I haven’t tried, but I’m pretty sure an egg sub would work here! If you try them, then let me know how it goes! :)

The sound lovely and healthy, and quinoa flour is great!

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Thanks! Love me some quinoa flour!

I LOVE lemon cookies!  Tess, I think we need to have another Pride and Prejudice girl’s nite with tea and these yummy treats…  Thanks, Alta!

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SENSATIONAL idea!
DONE! I will organize ASAP.
That was SOOOO much fun! Love you xxx
You will LOVE LOVE LOVE these cookies!

My Mommy would LOVE these cookies.  Hello Mother’s Day Pressie :)  Thanks for the inspiration ladies.  xo

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MY mum LOVED these Maggie!
They are SOOO good!

Mother’s Day gift - how perfect! :)

This recipe is so intriguing. I had heard about people baking with tea, but haven’t tried it yet. Do you think it would work with other teas?

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Yes! I was wondering that too! Alta?

I haven’t tried other teas, but I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t work! If you try it, let me know!

Alta, these look lovely.  We enjoy lemon anything here.  The Earl Grey factor sounds different yet wonderful.  Thanks for sharing with us!

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Isn’t it fabulously different.
These are SOOO good!

Thank you! They are different, but in a subtle, yummy sorta way. :)

ooh, i like the look of these!

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Valentina - these are SOOO good….and DIFFERENT. That is what I loved about them. My mum went NUTS over these cookies.

WOW!  These are amaaaaaaazing!!!

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LOL! They ARE Amaaaaaaaaaazing :)

This recipe look great! I would love it if you linked up this post to my blog hop for a chance to win a cookbook prize package: http://ow.ly/aj76a

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Thanks Matt
I will check this out :)
I have plenty of recipes with fruit. Alta?
Bet YOU do xx

Just shared a pie recipe! :)

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Awesome! Checking it out now. YUMMMO!

Alta I just love the sound of these! You are SO creative!! Lovely cookies for an afternoon tea!

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Carrie - these are SOOO good….and really different! GORGEOUS photo too.
Alta ROCKS!

Alta, these look just like the texture I enjoy in cookies. I’m allergic to citrus (I know!), but looking forward to experimenting with another flavor tea. So many of them of contain lemon. Thanks so much for sharing!

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