Gluten Free Snacks & Tips for New Year's Eve!

Looking for some quick and easy New Year's Eve or New Year's Day snacks? Look no further! I have a few simple yet full of flavor gluten free and some are even dairy free & corn free.
A quick hint for those that are NOT gluten free, but are cooking for friends or family that ARE gluten free. Wash hands before touching gluten free foods, you might have gluten on your hands. If you use a cookie sheet that has been used for gluten cooking, please use a sheet of foil on the clean cookie sheet. Only use clean bowls, utensils, pots and pans, meaning don't mix up a batch of chip dip and then use the same spoon to whip up a batch of gluten free chip dip. If you make a relish tray (veggie tray) wash your hands and the cutting surface (use a paper plate to cut on) before cutting up veggies. That way if your child made a PB & J for lunch and did not wipe off the counter top, your gluten free pal won't be sick in the New Year! Keep gluten free chips, dips and snacks at a different spot on the snack table, that way the Doritos (man I miss those!) don't accidently sprinkle their crumbs in to the gluten free dip.
Bacon Wrapped Olives (uncooked)

Gluten Free Bacon Wrapped Olives

I make up a batch of these and put them in the refrigerator and then put them in the oven later in the evening when we are ready to eat them. They can also be cooked in the microwave, I put a paper plate with a folded paper towel on a regular plate, then added the bacon wrapped olives and then cover with another paper towel. I microwave on high for around 2 minutes, depending on the watts of your microwave. You can always stop the microwave and take a peek and cook them more if needed.

24 pimento stuffed green olives with liquid drained. 6 slices of raw gluten free bacon (turkey bacon-it will cook faster so watch it)24 toothpicks

Heat oven to 450 or use your broiler.
Cut each bacon slice into 4 pieces, wrap each piece around an olive and spear with toothpick. Place on cookie sheet with sides (to catch grease). Bake for 5 or more minutes, until bacon is crisp and done. It depends on the type of bacon and the thickness.  Drain on paper towels and serve hot and remove toothpicks before eating.

Gluten Free Olive Cheese Crackers

Gluten Free Olive & Cheese Crackers

12 gluten free crackers of your choice (I like the Aldi brand Sea Salt)
Processed Cheese Spread like Aldi brand Clancy's Cheese Dip
6 pimento stuffed green olives with liquid drained

Spread cheese on crackers and top with 1/3 or 1/2 of a sliced olive

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Preheat oven to 350.

2 eggs
2 cups peanut butter (I use natural peanut butter)
2 cups sugar
2 Tbls gluten free Vanilla (the more the better!)

If using natural peanut butter, add it first to the mixer and get the oil all mixed in, otherwise if using regular peanut butter just add everything at once.

Mix all together and spoon out on to cookie sheet. I use my small cookie scooper, then using a fork mash the cookie down and sprinkle with sugar if desired. Bake 8-10. Freeze, these are so good right out of the freezer!

Makes about 2 dozen large cookies and tons more if you make them smaller

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Using the above recipe add Gluten Free Chocolate Kisses (use dairy free if needed) to each cookie after they come out of the oven and let cool.

Enjoy your New Year and have a safe and happy time!