Roo's Casa

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
July 30, 2015, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Food, Gluten Free, Recipes

We loved these cookies.  These cookies will harden by the next day, so roll the dough thicker if you want a softer cookie.


1 cup rice flour

1/2 cup tapioca

1 cup cornstarch

1 tsp. baking powder

2.5 tsp. xanthan gum

1 tsp. salt

1 cup sugar

1 cub butter

1 egg

2 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup powdered sugar* save for kneading into the dough at the end


Mix the rice flour, tapioca, cornstarch, baking powder, xanthan gum,  and salt. In the mixer, cream the white sugar and butter. Beat in 1 egg and 2 tsp. vanilla.  Then add in the dry ingredients. Remove the dough from the mixer and knead in 1/4 cup powdered sugar or enough to make the dough workable. Roll the dough out to about 1/8 inch thick (I like it thicker).  Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and place onto a baking pan. Bake at 350 for about 9 minutes. I also like to sprinkle sugar on top before baking.


Gluten-Free “The Chewy” Chocolate Chip Cookie
January 5, 2015, 2:38 am
Filed under: Food, Gluten Free, Recipes

I loved this cookie.  This is our new chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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* I made half of the recipe (written in red)

8 oz. butter [4oz.]

11 oz. brown rice flour (2 cups) [1 cup]

1.25 ounces cornstarch (1/4 cup) [2 tbsp.]

1/2 oz. tapioca flour (2 tbsp) [1 tbsp.]

1 tsp. xanthan gum [1/2 tsp.]

1 tsp. kosher salt [1/2 tsp.]

1 tsp. baking soda [1/2 tsp.]

2 oz. sugar (1/4 cup) [2 tbsp.]

10 oz. light brown sugar (1 1/4cups) [1/2 cup, plus 2 tbsp.]

1 whole egg [whole egg yolk, plus half an egg white- separate the egg and put in the yolk, then stir up the white and add half of it]

1 egg yolk [see above]

2 tbsp. whole milk [1 tbsp. cream]

1.5 tsp. vanilla [3/4 tsp. vanilla]

12 oz. chocolate chips [eyeballed it]


1.  Melt the butter in a saucepan.  Remove from heat.

2. Add in the sugars to the butter.  Add in the rest of the wet ingredients.

3.  Mix the dry ingredients in a different bowl.

4.  Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ones and mix for 1 minute. I did not have a mixer, so I had to mix by hand.

5.  Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour.  I left mine in the refrigerator and went to the movies.

6.  Scoop out 1 tbsp. balls and bake at 375.  The first batch was baked for 14 minutes, which was too long for my oven.  The second batch was baked for 10 minutes and still a little too long.

We loved these cookies and plan to make them again!

Chocolate Mousse (GF)
January 3, 2015, 9:15 pm
Filed under: Food, Gluten Free, Recipes

*Kids liked it.  Might be better with some brownies?

Recipe from









1.  Melt 8 ounces of chocolate chips with 6 tablespoons of water mixed in with the chocolate in a double boiler.  (I did 1/2 of the recipe and didn’t have a scale and so did 8 tbs. chocolate chips with 3 tablespoons water).

2.  Once the chocolate is melted, mix in 2 tsp. vanilla (1 tsp. if doing half)

3.  Let the chocolate mixture cool.

4.  Whip up 2 cups of whipping cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. (for half do 1 cup whipping cream and 2 tbsp. powdered sugar).

5.  Gently blend the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream and serve.


Indoor S’mores
July 26, 2013, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Food, Recipes

These indoor s’mores were so easy to make.  You just layer marshmallows and chocolate (candy bar or chocolate chips) on top of a  graham cracker.  Then broil it until the marshmallows start to toast.  I kept the oven door open and watched because it didn’t take long at all.  After they are toasty, top them with a graham cracker. IMG_2579

Candy Bar
May 27, 2012, 8:35 pm
Filed under: Entertaining, Food








My sister put out this great candy bar at her latest party.  She made the banner by printing out the letters on regular white paper and then cutting the paper into triangles.  To cut the triangles you find the center at the bottom of the paper and cut from each top corner to that center mark.  Then hole punch and string onto twine.


I have here the templates that she used for the letters on the banner and for the oval candy labels.  This idea was such a hit!


candy party ovals     sign


July 4th Food
July 5, 2011, 4:56 pm
Filed under: Food, Holidays, July 4th, Recipes, Summer

P’s Steak

potato salad

P’s pasta salad

fruit salad

ice cream sundae

rootbeer float

Patriotic Crunch (pictured)

chips with guacamole and  queso

Dairy Free Ice Cream: Joel Fuhrman
June 20, 2011, 8:47 pm
Filed under: Dairy Free, Food, Gluten Free, Recipes

My son is dairy free and sugar free right now due to his c. diff.  He can have sugar in fruit though so I thought these recipes were perfect for an after dinner treat.  Both of these recipes can be found on the Internet, but I will post them here.

Banana Walnut

2 frozen bananas

1 cup strawberries, frozen

1/3 cup soy milk

1 oz walnuts

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender. I used a regular blender and found that I had to carefully mash it all as it was blending.

Strawberry Freeze

1 cup frozen strawberries

2 frozen bananas

1/3 cup soy milk

Blend all ingredients.  Simple.  I found that we liked the bananas when not totally ripe and brown.  We also tried this recipe using rice milk and almond milk.  We couldn’t tell the difference when a different milk was used.


We also made this with banana, frozen cherries and almond milk using the same amounts as above.