Gluten-Free Cinnamon Chip Cookies

by Katie on November 21, 2014

I love all of the seasons for different reasons, but my favorite of the seasons is fall! I love pulling out my boots and fall decorations, but most of all…I love that it’s baking season! I’m constantly baking cakes for customers, but when fall arrives I really get the baking itch to bake things for US to eat!

I had a package of cinnamon chips just staring back at me in my pantry for too long so I decided to put them to good use and make some cookies…just look at those cinnamon beauties below.  They scream fall.  And eat me.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies {Gluten Free} #TimetoBelieve #Clever Girls

I really didn’t have any experience baking with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® so I was really excited when I was approached to try it.  Oh, I knew it would be great as a spread and I used it in my fried rice with great success, but I wasn’t sure how it would hold up in my baking.  So I put it to the test with these cookies.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies {Gluten Free}  #TimetoBelieve #Clever Girls

Here is some information I found about the NEW formula:

  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® is made from real, simple ingredients – 100% taste, 0% artificial preservatives – and is still unbelievably delicious.
  • The new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® is made from real, simple ingredients you can recognize like a delicious blend of plant-based oils, purified water and a pinch of salt. Just one bite and you’ll ‘Believe’!
  • The new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® spread has 40% fewer calories and 70% less saturated fat than butter.
  • The new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® offers a fresh butter taste to add flavor to any meal, and can be used for spreading, topping, sautéing, cooking or baking.

I was impressed!  I hate things that have all kinds of ingredients that you can’t even pronounce!  Don’t you?

Cinnamon Chip Cookies {Gluten Free} #TimetoBelieve #Clever Girls

I took my regular chocolate chip cookie base and added lots of dark brown sugar, cinnamon and cinnamon chips to it.The result was a delicious cinnamon cookie that is packed with flavor! They have a slight crunch on the outside and are soft and chewy on the inside. You have got to make you some!

And the verdict on the new I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®?

The cookies turned out fantastic and had a great buttery flavor. Honestly, they turned out just how my cookies normally would with butter. All natural ingredients, fewer calories…pretty awesome!  I also really loved that it is already soft so I didn’t have to wait for my butter to soften. You should definitely give I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® a try with your Christmas baking!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies {Gluten Free} #TimetoBelieve #Clever Girls

Cinnamon Chip Cookies {Gluten Free}

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen


  • 2 1/2 cup of gluten free flour blend (11.25 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum (if your blend doesn't include it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 oz. bag of cinnamon chips


  1. In a medium bowl combine the gluten-free flour, salt and baking soda. I like to weigh my flour with a food scale and just add the salt and baking soda after weighing and it saves washing another bowl.
  2. Combine I Can't Believe It's Not Butter in the bowl of a mixer. Add in sugar and brown sugar and cream together. Add eggs and vanilla and mix just until eggs are mixed in. Add in flour mixture and mix on low or with a spatula. Stir in the cinnamon chips.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Preheat oven to 350. Drop by tablespoonful on a baking sheet and flatten slightly with your hand. Bake for 8-10 minutes - the sides should hold their shape, but you don't want them browned on top.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year?  Every year we alternate whose family we enjoy the day.  My family gets Thanksgiving this year, so my husband’s family gets Christmas Day. It works for us that way and makes it easy.  And I’m super excited to spend Thanksgiving at my Mamaw’s this year!

While I don’t cook the whole meal, and have never really cooked a turkey before (imagine that!), I will be making some food to take with me.  Three of us have gluten allergies and it’s no fun to have to skip the dressing, homemade rolls AND all of the dessert.  I’m going to make sure we have all of that. :)

Whether you are cooking the dinner or just bringing a side or dessert with you…I’ve got you covered with some great recipes!

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up - 24 of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving!

The recipes that have been posted in the last 2.5 years are gluten-free, but the older ones aren’t because I made them before going gluten-free.  They are labeled as to what is gluten free and what can be adapted to be gluten-free.

I’ve put the links to the actual recipe right below the pictures. Beware…there are some really old posts with bad pictures but I promise the recipes are great. You’ve been warned!

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up - 24 of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving!

Green Beans with Maple Vinaigrette (Gluten Free)
Sauteed Cinnamon Apples (Gluten Free)
Oven Roasted Carrots (Gluten Free)
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts (Gluten Free)

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up - 24 of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving!

Roasted Cauliflower (Gluten Free)
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes (Gluten Free)
Caramelized Butternut Squash (Gluten Free)
Twice Baked Potatoes (Gluten Free)
Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up - 24 of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving!

Mamaw’s Cheese Ball (Gluten Free)
Orange Fluff Jello Salad (Gluten Free)
Quick and Easy Garlic Parmesan Rolls
Cranberry Salad (Gluten Free)
Cauliflower Salad (Gluten Free)

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up - 24 of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Pie Dip (Gluten Free)
Pumpkin Fruit Dip (Gluten Free)
Easy Pecan Pie Bars (Can be adapted to gluten free – read in the comment section about it)
The Best Apple Pie (Can be adapted with a gluten free pie crust)
Chess Pie (Can be adapted with gluten free pie crust)

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up - 24 of my favorite recipes for Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Bars (Can be adapted with gluten free flour)
Apple Crack Bars (Gluten Free)
Topsy Turvy Apple Pie (Can be adapted with a gluten free pie crust)
Apple Crisp (Can be adapted with gluten free flour and gluten free oats)
Cranberry Bars (Can be adapted with gluten free flour)

There are plenty of other appetizers, side dishes and desserts in the archives if you want to browse around. These are just the recipes that I thought really fit with Thanksgiving!

I would love to hear what your favorite family recipe is for Thanksgiving!


This post is sponsored by HoneyBaked. I was compensated for my time, but all opinions of the products are my own.


Do you realize that Thanksgiving is almost upon is – it’s less than two weeks away! It’s crazy, I know! I had all of these plans of things I wanted to do for Thanksgiving, creative Christmas gifts and even a fun Christmas party…and well…now I’m realizing that I don’t have time to do it all!

If you are also in the boat of a million things to do and not enough time (um, who isn’t these days?) you will love how easy HoneyBaked makes the holidays. It’s simple – they give you a delicious meal that your family will love and you get back a ton of time do some of those other things on your never ending to-do list!

HoneyBaked Thanksgiving

It’s not just about ham at HoneyBaked! Their ham is awesome (just check out little Ezra pointing at the hams…I asked him if he wanted some ham and he gave a hearty YES!!!), but they also have turkey, tons of delicious sides and dessert – a complete meal!

I was in the area so I stopped by the Centerville location to get my supplies for dinner. We stayed and enjoyed a delicious lunch and my sister ended up getting herself a ham to take home and enjoy. It’s just that good, folks. ;)

HoneyBaked Thanksgiving
I played with Ezra for a while and then came home to prepare this delicious meal! It was so easy…I heated up the sides and the meal was done. Obviously I love to cook.  BUT I have to say that it is really, really nice to pick up delicious food and not have to slave away in the kitchen all day!

And look at that food! The Cinnamon Apples are wonderful. And the glaze on that ham and turkey…it’s SO good. I love the ham, but I think I’m partial to the turkey.

HoneyBaked Thanksgiving

You can even complete your meal with dessert! The pies at this location are made in Dayton and I hear they are delicious. They aren’t gluten-free so I couldn’t eat it, but it did smell great!

HoneyBaked Thanksgiving

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Where Treetops Glisten – {Book Review}

by Katie on November 15, 2014

About the Book:

where treetops glisten

The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime

Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas

Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana.

In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help.

Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas,trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew?

In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?

Purchase a copy HERE

My Thoughts:

I was excited to read this book because I’m a big fan of Tricia Goyer’s books. While I was excited, I wasn’t really sure how it would work…three authors sharing three different stories all rolled into one. I was amazed at how well it all flowed together into a wonderful book that I just loved. I couldn’t put this one down! I loved all three of the stories and can’t really point to a favorite. Cara Putman was a totally new-to-me author and I had only read one of Sarah Sundin’s books. After reading this book I have some new authors to pick up when I’m looking for a book!!

This is a great book and especially great right now as the cold weather is coming in and we are approaching Christmas! Get yourself a cup of hot chocolate and relax a little and read this book!

Check out what other bloggers are saying about this book here.

Disclosure: I was given this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions about the book are mine…I loved it. :)

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