The holidays bring families together. They share dinner and desserts during family get-togethers. Cookies are a main staple during the holiday season. Individuals with a dairy-free restriction find it hard enjoy cookies during this time. Family members don’t know what cookies you can eat. Worse yet, they will make cookies thinking you can eat them. When they find out you can’t eat them, they will feel bad and so will you.
Fortunately, there are products out there for individuals with dietary restrictions. The Cherrybrook Kitchen brand provides a chocolate chip cookie mix. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and nut-free. The baking instructions are right on the backside of the box. You will have to make some substitutions. Instead of softened margarine or butter, you will have to use Crisco lard or Crisco vegetable shortening. Please be aware of the vanilla you use. Some imitation vanillas and vanilla extracts have corn syrup or other ingredients that might be tolerated. Also, you might have to add 3 to 5 or more tablespoons of extra water. This can help maintain the integrity of the cookie mix to turn it into cookie dough.
Another recipe you can try for chocolate chips comes from the Enjoy Life brand. Enjoy Life makes a semi-sweet mini chips. These chips are wheat-free, egg-free, soy-free, dairy-free and nut-free. The instructions are on the back of the bag. Again make substitutions or omissions when necessary.
As always, check the labels of the products you buy. Remember to avoid products with the key words such as whey, milk, lactose and other allergens in the ingredients. You can always make substitutions, but not to what is in the product you purchased.