Product Review: Mary’s Gone Crackers

Mary’s Gone Crackers Review

Mary’s Gone Crackers, started by Mary Waldner, sells organic, gluten free, kosher, non-GMO, nut-free and vegan crackers, “twigs” and cookies. If you’re hosting a get-together, you can rest assured that even your special-diet guests will be able to enjoy Mary’s Gone Crackers products.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

marys-chocolate-chip-cookiesI recently had the opportunity to try her chocolate chip cookies, which somehow managed taste buttery while using no dairy ingredients at all. They are to overly crumbly or too dense like lots of gluten free cookies and have a good texture, taste and consistency. They are not low in fat. Two cookies have 15% of your daily saturated fat intake but they are chock full of wholesome nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, carob powder and organic dark chocolate. Which is good because I was not able to stop at two.

Recipe: Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Almond Cookies

Ricciarelli Cookies are a traditional Italian cookie made with blanched and finely ground almond flour, sweetener and egg whites. If you do a quick search for Ricciarelli cookies, you will see that there are lots of variations out there. Some call for citrus zest or other flavorings in addition to almond extract. Some are drop cookies, while other recipes call for you to shape them. I’ve tried many of these recipes, and they are all delicious and gluten-free.

After many batches, I came up with my own variation that is even easier than the other ones I’ve tried, and just as delicious. The dough comes together quickly in a food processor, is rolled into logs and frozen until ready to bake. Just slice the logs evenly into cookies, and the whole batch fits on one cookie sheet.

Recipe: Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I’ve been making flourless peanut butter cookies for years (you know, the ones that have 1 C peanut butter, 1 C sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 egg and take like, 5 minutes to make) so I can’t believe I just found out about this chocolate version.  I’m hooked!  I mean, just think of all the antioxidants from the cocoa powder!

My cousin brought these to a recent family gathering, and I immediately tracked down the recipe. I’m not sure it is the exact one she used, but it sure is easy and tasty just the same!

Stockpiling Update 1

It’s a good thing I don’t can too!
Photo by Maureen Sill

One month into my quest to buy less food and make space in our freezer and I’m making progress. I did end up buying more than usual during my shopping trips, but I hit the grocery store about half as many times.  If I were as organized as Rebecca, I’d crunch the numbers and know for sure if I came out ahead.  Maybe next time.

I think one of my biggest problems is that I have a hard time compromising on taste. For example, I bought crackers even though I already had some because I prefer the taste of water crackers with the goat cheese terrine I made for the 4th of July. I also bought ingredients for the dessert I wanted to make from scratch, even though I had plenty of frozen cookies. On the plus side, we used up some frozen ground beef and I ate several helpings of frozen ratatouille during the week. I’m trying to prioritize things that will be replaced soon during the summer harvest, and my latest count says I’m almost there.