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Gluten Free Cooking with ALDI

Gluten Free Cooking With ALDI

Within just a few months of starting my food blog, my brother was diagnosed with celiac disease. Ever since then, I’ve made it my mission to create and share delicious gluten free recipes with the world!

When I partnered up with ALDI to share four tasty recipes from their Test Kitchen and Bon Appétit, I was so excited to see that they were all gluten free!  I couldn’t wait to try their liveGfree® gluten free baking and cupcake mixes, and sample their fresh meat and produce!

Now I know you’re all dying to hear what we’re cooking up today, so without further ado, here’s the ALDI Gluten Free Menu:

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Mason Jar Gingerbread Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

Mason Jar Gingerbread Cupcake Recipe

While I pride myself on holding off of Christmas music, baking and decorating until after Thanksgiving, I have no problem starting the Christmas party the day after Thanksgiving, which is exactly what I’m doing on the blog today!

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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes

Last week I was really craving Reese’s Cups, although I’m not a big candy person, when I do eat candy it’s always Reese’s!

Instead of going to the store like a normal person and purchasing a Reese’s Cup, I decided to make a “Reese’s Cup Cupcake” by filling the middle of a rich, delicious chocolate cupcake with a creamy peanut butter filling!

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Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Somewhere between dessert at midnight and breakfast at 8 AM, I had the grand epiphany to combine the two into Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes!

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Little Leopard Book Holiday Photo Shoot

Last week I had the pleasure of working with Photographer, Drew Casey, for the first time. A fellow Okie with several mutual friends it was the perfect match for the Little Leopard Book holiday shoot!

I love the holidays, decorating for them, cooking for them and most of all… throwing parties for them!

I wanted to take pictures that incorporated all of the above to show my little leopard holiday spirit across the blog and around the LLB social media universe!  Thanks to Drew for helping me accomplish just that!

*Cupcakes and Cranberry Martinis*

Girl in front of Christmas Tree

*Baking with Style*

Whitney Bond Holiday Baking in the Kitchen

*Hostess with the Mostess*

Whitney Bond Serving Christmas Cupcakes

*Little Leopard Book All Dolled Up*

Little Leopard Book Christmas

*Cupcake Beautification in Progress*

Frosting Cupcakes

*Treats for my Sweets*

Christmas Hostess Serving Cupcakes

*Happy Holidays*

Christmas Style

Lemon Zest Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Frosting

As the resident foodie and party planner extraordinaire for all my friends, when Birthday time comes around I’m everyone’s first call!  For a friend I’ve known my whole life I pull at all the stops, and that friend would be Billy!  It just happens that Billy’s Birthday fell on Superbowl Sunday this year, bonus!  So a duel celebration was in order, biggest football day of the year and celebrating the birth of one of the greatest guys I know!

So the first question I ask my friends as their birthday approaches is “what kind of cake”?  This year Billy responds with the dreaded “surprise me!”  Oh no, this means not only do I have to come up with an amazing cake, I also have to figure out what kind of cake that is! So in true little leopard fashion, I made three cakes, just to be sure!!! Some were made into cupcakes, like these delightful little desserts! (Easier for sharing at a party!)

Ingredients (makes 48 mini cupcakes or 24 large cupcakes)

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • lemon zest from 2 lemons
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup half-and-half

Start by pre-heating the oven to 350° and lining a cupcake pan with paper liners.

Next, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small mixing bowl.

In a medium mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together, then add eggs one at a time. Next, add the zest and vanilla.

Then add the lemon juice and half-and-half.

Combine together with electric hand mixer.

Mmmm creamy! Now spoon into the lined cupcake pan.

I used the mini-cupcake pan because they’re so darn cute and easy to gobble up in one bite!

Bake for app 15 minutes.

Now it’s time to make the Lemon Cream Frosting!  I simply took my Cream Cheese Frosting recipe and added lemon juice!


  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Use an electric hand mixer to combine ingredients. Next spread on top of the lemon zest cupcakes!

Now of course I have no pictures of the cupcakes WITH the frosting on top! I got busy making all of the other delicious Superbowl Party food and asked my girls to frost the cupcakes for me, by the time I realized there were no pictures, they were all gone!

I promise they were as pretty as they were yummy!