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WETZEL: Get dirty but stay gluten-free this summer

Angela Wetzel
Free Press Health Columnist

Summer is officially here today and that means lots of summer gatherings! I often volunteer to bring dessert as I love to bake, but in the summer who really wants to heat up the house by baking a batch of cupcakes?

Another option is to pick up a couple pails of ice cream but then you have to figure out a way for it to stay cold. So then the search is on for a great recipe that is delicious, but won’t melt away or heat the house.

Here is where this recipe comes in. Dirt Cake has been a family favorite for many years, and it’s not only easy to make but the kids can get involved as well! Plus, it can be made so that it is gluten-free.


One large package of Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies or Oreos if you aren’t gluten free

½ stick margarine or butter

8 oz. package cream cheese

One cup powdered sugar

3-½ cups milk

Two small packages pudding (one chocolate and one vanilla)

One 12 oz. carton of Cool Whip

New flower pot and spade or a 13” X 9” pan

1. Crush one large package of Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Crème Cookies (if you aren’t gluten free you can use Oreos)

2. Cream together ½ stick margarine or butter, an 8 oz. package cream cheese and one cup powdered sugar

3. Mix together 3-½ cups milk, two small packages pudding (one chocolate and one vanilla) and one 12 oz. carton of Cool Whip. Add to step two and mix well.

4. Place layers of cookies in new flower pot or pan, top with a layer of cream mixture. Repeat this (cookies then cream mixture) until all is gone ending in crushed cookies.

Now comes the fun! If you’ve put this recipe into a flower pot, you can decorate with a flower and a small potting spade. I have even put gummy worms into the layers for some extra fun. If you’ve put it into a pan, you may want to use frosting or gels to decorate it like it’s a garden. I’ve actually used this recipe at Halloween as well, making it into a graveyard.

I love this recipe because it can be made regular or for someone who is gluten-free. Also, with school being out, the kiddos will love to help crush the cookies, do some mixing and decorate this project.

Have a recipe for me to try or a restaurant for me to review? Email me at glutenfreegrandvalley@gmail.com!

Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at glutenfreegrandvalley@gmail.com or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.

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