Making Cookies for People With Allergies

I am looking at making frozen cookie dough for allergies. I want to do this for people who can't bake for their kids and would buy this. QUESTION: Can you use rice flour for a base (to replace wheat)? I saw that some substituted soy flour for eggs. Are there any other non-egg substitutes you can use? I am going to use my DH's workplace as guniea pigs!

camo_angels from Willamina, OR

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March 21, 20060 found this helpful

Rice flour doesn't always act the same as wheat flour. There isn't any one alternative flour that acts exactly like wheat flour. You can find books on wheat-free baking (the Gluten-Free Gourmet series is a good one) in some better bookstores or online. It may take some trial and error.

For the eggs, you can get a powdered egg substitute in some health food stores. I can't remember what the name of it is right off hand. It works for the binding properties of the eggs. You would still have to replace the liquid component of the eggs. The egg substitute found in most grocery stores isn't really an "egg substitute"--it's mostly egg whites.

It might also help to do some research on some of the names allergens hide under (for example, albumin is eggs and lecithin is soy).

I have to commend you! I wish there had been something like this around when my son was diagnosed with food allergies, including wheat, egg AND soy, and several others.

Camilla

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March 21, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for the information.....when I was pregnant with my second child, I was too lazy to make my own cookie dough, and bought the Pillsbury dough with hersheys kisses...well as my mom was baking them for my older son, I read the back and saw the main ingredient: Macadamia Nut Flour! I am allergic to tree nuts, and nowhere on the front did it say this! So now I freeze my own homemade cookie dough for on the spot cookie cravings, and then noticed how many mommies in my area didn't have the time to make their own!

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March 22, 20060 found this helpful

Just be careful of any legal ramifications. I commend you for your idea.

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March 22, 20060 found this helpful

Thank you....because of that, I may offer "normal" mix, but then alter as requested.

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