Jen L, Author at Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

Yooper Pasties

A ‘Yooper’ is a term for someone who is from or lives in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This variation of a hand pie is called a pasty and is made of a melange of root vegetables and meat baked in pie crust. Yoopers who worked in the mines long ago would take these portable hand pies for their meals although they are still available in restaurants and roadside stands all over the UP nowadays. There is debate whether these pasties stem from our Cornish or Finnish ancestors, but each family had their own special recipe and used whatever ingredients they had on hand.

Broccoli Chowder with Corn and Bacon

A vegetable-laden chowder can help keep you full on cold winter days. This lightened up version omits heavy cream yet retains great flavor. Swap in turkey bacon instead of pork or leave it out altogether and use vegetable broth for a hearty chowder vegetarians will love.

Red Velvet Cake Bites

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and these sweet little cake bites will be a huge hit for the loves in your life. Better Batter’s chocolate cake mix makes quick work of the cakey interior. Melt one or two different candy coating colors and have fun decorating these delicious two-bite treats!

Chicken Enchiladas

Looking for a lighter entree for a busy night? Prepare the different parts of this yummy Mexican dish and put together at the last minute or assemble and bake when ready.

Thin Mint Cookies

These crispy, indulgent homemade chocolate mint cookies will give the Girl Scouts a run for their money!

Banana-Blueberry Muffins

Check out this updated Better Batter recipe! These soft, flavorful muffins get their sweetness from very ripe bananas and fresh blueberries – no extra sugar added! Want a vegan alternative? Look in the directions for how to substitute flaxseed for eggs.

Snickerdoodle Blondies

This traditional brownie spin-off recipe is packed with warm cinnamon flavor and super easy to make.

Samoa Cookie Pie

We are in the throes of the official Girl Scout cookie season in my neck of the woods. Samoas (or Caramel Delights) are my hands-down favorites. Make this easy, one-bowl pie in no time. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche

Check out this updated Better Batter recipe! The delicious traditional combination of spinach and cheddar cheese is enhanced by the smoky undertones of freshly roasted red bell pepper. This is substantial to be a meal in its own right for breakfast or for lunch or dinner just add a green salad.

Chocolate Mint Cream Cheese Bites

Not a cookie, but a sweet treat, these mints are a quick confection to add to your holiday “baking” list without turning on the oven. These would be a great addition to a holiday cookie platter. Check the instructions below for a swap out the mint flavoring for cherry or raspberry.

Deep Dish Apple Crumb Pie

Move over, double crust apple pie! My new holiday favorite is this impossibly easy apple pie with a crumb crust. Check out the recipe below which uses our favorite gluten-free pie dough and a not-too-sweet apple filling. Perfect for any holiday or get together!

Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Make some of these pillowy, minty treats for the next time you have hot chocolate. Swap out the peppermint extract for a different flavor like vanilla, orange, or raspberry.