For most people, it just wouldn’t feel like the holidays without a few decadent desserts to indulge in—and those that are following a gluten free diet are no different.
While there are plenty of easy gluten free dessert recipes out there (like this one for a No Bake Peanut Butter Pie), sometimes it’s nice to have a little shortcut. Luckily there are several places in the area baking up some mouthwatering goods.
Sassy Mama Sweets and Catering in Southington, 1049 Queen St. Southington
The cake shop bakes gluten free desserts and stuffed breads from scratch. Their offerings are baked by order and available through curbside pickup. However, during the holiday season they do typically have a few gluten free cupcakes and other treats in stock in their grab and go area—including their adorable Hot Cocoa Bombs which come in several flavors (kids will especially love the Unicorn one). While the store is not a dedicated gluten free facility, they take several precautions to make the treats as safe as possible including baking all gluten free items at the start of the day when everything has been completely sanitized, according to the owner.
Sweet Mia’s in Plantsville, 859 Marion Ave., Plantsville
Sweet Mia’s offers a range of gluten free cheesecakes, cupcakes, cookies, and holiday quick breads like cranberry orange walnut and pumpkin. They offer curbside pickup and post any gluten free offerings on their Facebook and Instagram page for customers to pre-order. While they are not a gluten free facility, the owner said they take several precautions to avoid cross contamination—baking their gluten free treats on designated days before any other baking is done.
Foodology Cooking School, 991 S. Main St., Plantsville
If you’re looking to have the experience of baking your own cookies without all the work, Foodology in Southington will be offering a “Dough To Go” gluten free cookie baking kit for $18! The kit includes a container of Cozy Cocoa and Marshmallow gluten free cookie dough, chocolate chips, marshmallows, marshmallow frosting, and step-by-step instructions. Foodology is not a designated gluten free facility, but the owner’s daughter is gluten free and she has many family members with Celiac Disease, so she understands how to safely prepare items. The shop even has dedicated gluten free containers for all ingredients.
Meaghan Penrod lives in Connecticut and is the creator of the gluten free food blog Low Key Gluten Free. She shares recipes, restaurant finds, products, and tips for living with Celiac Disease. You can follow her at @lowkeyglutenfree on Instagram and Facebook or check out her blog at lowkeyglutenfree.com.