Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Easy Christmas Cookie recipe: dipped chocolate chip cookes

Do you have a traditional holiday cookie you just have to make (and eat!) each year? I’ve been eating gluten free for most of my life, so I’ve missed out on most of the delicious cookies others enjoy. Like fresh-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies. So when I found Immaculate Baking Co. cookie dough in the freezer section, I was excited to pop it in the oven and enjoy easy-to-make cookies like a normal person. {Coupon alert: get a $1 off coupon here.}

Plus, baking is a great excuse to use my apron collection and cutesy kitchen utensils, so…I’m in.

Gluten free baking recipes from The Pink Paperdoll

The directions said to pat the dough rounds down to about a half inch thick. To accomplish this, I put the dough between two layers of parchment paper and rolled gently with the ceramic rolling pin in the picture.  If, like me, you don’t use nonstick baking sheets, parchment paper is a must. I buy If You Care unbleached parchment paper and it makes cleanup easy.

Within a few minutes in the preheated oven, these bad boys were making my house smell divine. Like real, actual chocolate chip cookies. A smell I haven’t enjoyed in a long time.

For a decorative twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie, I dipped each one in chocolate, then added sprinkles. I used Sunspire bittersweet chocolate chips melted in a pan, but you can use any type of chocolate you have on hand. See the full recipe for party-perfect, easy to make chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookies below.

Dipped chocolate cookies for the holidaysFun fact: the packaging uses illustrations from folk artists, like the one you can kinda see here

Coupons & Savings and More Recipes

Need more recipe ideas? You can’t have enough pretty cookies this time of year, that’s for sure. Also, make sure to download and print a coupon for $1 off any Immaculate Baking product. The cookie dough I bought was already a good price (regularly under $5 at my local store, plus they were on sale) so $1 off makes it even more affordable. Which is a good thing if you have tons of holiday parties to bake for! Find out where the brand is sold near you. I thought it was surprisingly easy to find, but check it out before you shop because it isn’t sold in all stores.

3-Ingredient Chocolate Dipped Cookie Recipe

Here’s how I made the cookies above. It’s so fast and easy, you can use it for even the most last minute party invitations!

Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • Immaculate Baking Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk (from the freezer section)
  • 1 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Place frozen cookie rounds onto cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
  2. Follow package instructions to flatten and then bake.
  3. While cookies are cooling, pour chocolate chips into a saucepan. Simmer until melted.
  4. Dip the cookies one at a time by hand to cover half in chocolate, then return to baking sheet.
  5. Add your choice of sprinkles.
http://thepinkpaperdoll.com/holiday-gluten-free-cookies/

Mix and Match Your Style with LuLaRoe

lularoe-shopping-tipsI can’t scroll my Facebook feed these days without seeing multiple posts about LuLaRoe fashions. Out and about I’ve seen women wearing it everywhere, even at the Minnesota Blogger Conference. So I decided it was time to try it for myself. With the help of my friend Hanna in Michigan, I tried styling LuLaRoe leggings and a dress and I’m reporting back to you on how you can try it yourself–and snag a super exclusive deal on your first order!

things-to-know-before-shopping-lularoeThings to know about shopping for LuLaRoe

LuLa-what? You kind of have to learn new lingo for this brand, so let me help you out. I learned about:

  • Where it’s sold. It’s direct sale, so when you shop you’re supporting Stay at Home Moms who run their own LuLaRoe businesses out of their homes. You can buy online through Facebook groups (join Hanna’s here), at home parties or at pop-up shops.
  • Patterns. The brand is for its patterned leggings–which come in motifs from dragons to piano keyboards. The patterns are limited edition, so you likely won’t see anyone else wearing the same ones as you (pro) but it can be hard to locate a specific pattern (con). Not to worry if you’re more of a solids and basics gal–there are classic black leggings and almost everything comes in solid colors, too.
  • The fabric. I am partial to natural fibers, so what I was most reluctant about was the poly/spandex content. When I tried the leggings and dresses I realized why these are worth breaking my rule for: not only is the fabric is super soft, but the dresses fall just the right way so they are flattering without being tight.  And the leggings stretch over your curves without getting stretched out.
  • Sizing. Finding the right LuLaRoe size is easy in leggings: there are only two sizes, One Size (OS) for sizes 0-10 and Tall Curvy (TC) for sizes 12+. There are also kids’ sizes for your mini-me. For tops and dresses, I suggest asking a consultant to help as they are experts on their product. It runs large in my opinion–Hanna picked out a size XXS Carly dress for me, and it fit beautifully although I am definitely not a size XXS in any other brand.
  • The fit. No thigh gap? No problem! The stretch kind of holds you in for an outfit that’s forgiving, flattering and fun.

lularoe-stylingGrab this Deal: Coupon and Free Shipping on LuLaRoe!

If you’re new to shopping with Hanna Serena, she has an exclusive deal for my readers. Get a coupon AND free U.S. shipping on your order. I don’t get any kickback from this, I’m just offering it as a perk if you want to try some soft leggings. Head to LuLaRoe Hanna Serena and tell her you found it through me.

fishnet-tights-and-leggingsLuLaRoe Styling Tips

This brand is designed for mix-and-match. Although you can totally wear head-to-toe ‘Roe, I like pairing them with other things in my closet for endless new looks. For this look, I used fishnet tights over the solid purple leggings Hanna sent me to make a whole new look! I felt like it dressed up the casual outfit a bit too.

You can see from the photos in this post that I wore the same Carly dress and solid leggings and switched up the color of the accessories (white vs. pink scarf, black vs. pink fishnets) for two totally different looks:

2-ways-to-use-fishnets-over-leggingsIf you have any questions that I didn’t answer here, let me know and I’ll try to help or find someone who can! Do you wear LuLaRoe, and if so what do you have?

Better Hair Naturally

Supplements for healthier hairThis post is sponsored by Eu Natural.

Want better hair? You and me both. I’ve been trying to get hair that isn’t constantly breaking since, oh, forever!

Here are some tips for simple things you can do to get stronger hair with less breakage.

  1. Sleep on silk. It’s well known in the beauty world that silk pillowcases create less friction so they’re better for your skin and hair.
  2. Supplement your diet with biotin (aka Vitamin B7). You can take biotin itself, or in a combo supplement like the one I tested for this post, Vibrance by Eu Natural. This one has biotin plus other B vitamins and ingredients that are beneficial for healthy hair. Read on for a more in-depth review later in this post!
  3. After washing your hair, gently squeeze it dry–don’t wrap it up in a towel on top of your head because that increases breakage!
  4. Shampoo less often. Give your hair a longer break between washes. Washing is actually drying and strenuous on your hair (who knew?).

Product Review – Vibrance by Eu Natural

So on to what I thought of the product! What I liked right away: it’s made in the USA, is gluten, wheat, and dairy free, and never tested on animals. It’s available on Amazon and has a 90-day satisfaction guarantee.

Here’s a photo of the ingredients list:

I took this supplement for 8 weeks, which isn’t long enough to see any substantial change in my length since I have naturally slow growing and brittle hair. Overall I felt a change in my hair’s thickness and shine that I’m really happy with and I’ll continue to use this product. I was also surprised that my nails, which usually get brittle in the winter, are really strong too. For more nail tips, you might also like this post.

What are your best tricks for healthy hair?

75% off Vintage Apparel in Minneapolis

vintage on sale MinneapolisSave on vintage treasures in the Twin Cities – this weekend only

Local shops closing = major deals for Minneapolis shopping! Here’s where to find 75% off vintage apparel this weekend in the Twin Cities.

The Hidden Haberdashery

A men’s resale shop located in the beautiful Blaisdale Manor (pictured at the top of this post) is closings its doors and Sunday, November 13 will be the last day to shop. The well-curated merchandise is all 75% off. As of Saturday when I stopped by, there are men’s blazers and sport coats, ties, leather goods, and miscellaneous accessories still available including a tiny vintage coffee grinder which someone totally needs to snap up. Plus you get to shop in a mansion, which doesn’t happen every day! Find the final shopping hours on Facebook and danmichaelbatista.com.

The Hidden Haberdashery - vintage up to 75% offRewind Vintage in Uptown

This popular Minneapolis vintage shop is following in the footsteps of Blacklist Vintage and closing its Lyndale Avenue doors. Rewind is also selling everything at 75% off and the racks are still full for shopping. Bargain hunters take note: the store will be open for up to a week, but may close sooner if merchandise sells out. Rewind will continue to impact the Minneapolis vintage sale scene from its remaining location in Northeast.

Vintage jewelry on display at Rewind I hope you have fun shopping whether it’s here or another favorite spot, and if you find any treasures will you let me know? Follow The Pink Paperdoll for more information on store openings, closings and sales – connect on Facebook and Instagram.

The Perfect Gift for Stylish Book Lovers

storiarts-literary-scarf-review2Which literary classic is your all-time favorite? There’s something soothing about literature that’s stood the test of time. No matter how much our world has changed since the books were written, the adventures of the characters are still the same. Among my favorites from the children’s classics I read growing up is The Secret Garden, which is the theme of the literary scarf I chose when Storiarts offered one to me for review. Believe me, this was a tough choice. Each scarf has a different combination of font and color. You can even get a music notes scarf and fingerless gloves.

Here are a few other Storiarts styles (click an image to shop):

Storiarts Literary Scarf Review

We all know a book lover, right? Maybe the book lover in your life is actually you. Well either way, these scarves make a great holiday or graduation gift.

They are made of double-layered cotton jersey, so the pattern shows on both sides. They are infinity scarves that can be looped once. I would call them mid-weight, as I have scarves that are lighter and scarves that are heavier. Next time I would probably order the summer weight scarf, which is made of the same type of fabric but less of it. The cotton jersey is stretchy and very wearable, but I would love it if Storiarts added more fabric options to the collection for more versatility. It’s a beautiful statement piece and conversation starter that I want to wear all year round, but it will get most of its use in the fall or early spring.

Storiarts literary scarfThis scarf is on my gift guide for Uncommon Goods and it can also be found directly from Storiarts, a small family business based in Oregon.storiarts-scarf-reviewI decided on The Secret Garden style for my Storiarts literary scarf review because of the green color and the line drawings, which not all the scarves have. Below I’ve included a photo of the scarf folded flat so you can see the full text excerpt and all three illustrations.

the-secret-garden-storiarts-scarfNow, I would love to hear what your favorite literary classic is! Today might be the perfect day November day to sit with a cup of tea and read one.

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