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20 min. Yeast-Free, Gluten-Free Italian Bread & Easy Mezzetta Olive Tapenade

My favorite holiday memories are of having lots of family and friends over for big meals. I love doing the cooking, preparing holiday recipes, the noise and laughter in the house, and of course, eating the food. I've happily adapted most of my old recipes to gluten-free but I had one more challenge. I was missing crusty chewy   Italian bread that I could make into Crostini! I've always loved warm toasted chewy bites of Italian bread at holiday parties. Topped with Tapenade or made into Bruschetta, they are my favorite appetizers, but I hadn't quite found the right gluten-free flour blend to achieve that wonderful chewiness, until now! I'm so excited to share my NEW 20-minute Gluten-free, Yeast-free, Egg-Free, and Xanthan Gum-Free Italian Bread Rolls with you and did I say, they only take 20 minutes? No yeast, no rising and so easy to make. This amazing dough is also perfect patted out thin for flatbread or pizza crust. Scroll down to see my new Pizza crust u

Gluten Free Russian Tea Cakes, sugar free option

These gluten-free Russian Tea Cakes or Wedding Cakes are my all-time favorite Christmas cookies and no one will ever know that they're gluten-free!
Easy to make and delicious Gluten-Free Russian Tea Cakes or Wedding Cakes 
I make them with organic unsalted butter without rBST and cane sugar so that I'm feeding my friends and family the healthiest cookie that I can make. 

Some powdered sugars have additives, so read your labels carefully to insure that yours is gluten-free. For those of you who don't want sugar, you can substitute with your favorite alternative or try my suggestions below.  

You can find gluten-free flours in most grocery stores, health food stores, Asian grocery stores or order online at Amazon!

Check out more gluten-free holiday cookies recipes! What's your favorite? 

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Gluten-Free Russian Tea Cakes

  1. In the large bowl of your mixer, lightly cream the butter and sugar. 
  2. Stir in vanilla. 
  3. In another bowl, thoroughly combine flours, salt, xanthan gum and nuts. 
  4. Add flour to butter mixture and mix just until it's all incorporated
  5. With your hands, form the dough into 1" balls. 
  6. Place on ungreased baking sheet. 
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until firm and lightly brown on the bottom
  8. Cool on sheet for 1 - 2 minutes. 
  9. Remove and immediately roll in additional powdered sugar. 
  10. Cool completely and roll again in powdered sugar
  11. Enjoy!
Here are some healthy and sugar free alternatives for powdered sugar you might consider
  • 1/2 cup xylitol or Sucanat (It’s 100% sugar-free if you use xylitol. This technique works with regular granulated cane sugar too or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch 
In your blender or food processor, pulse until powdered!


  1. Hi Joanne, I hope you enjoy them! I need to make some for Christmas soon too. Happy Holidays! Thanks for commenting.

  2. Can I sub something for glutinous rice flour? I can't find it anywhere!


  3. Hi Carol, it's also called Mochiko. I buy it at my Asian grocery store, but if you can't find it, try tapioca starch instead. I think it will work fine. These are my favorite cookies. Can't wait for the holidays to make them again. Have a great day!

  4. What is the difference between GF powdered cane sugar and powdered sugar?

    1. Hi Cheryl, I note GF because some powdered sugar brands are manufactured with wheat. One way to be sure your sugar is completely gluten free is to grind your sugar of choice into powder at home. I do this with my coffee mill or blender. It works great!


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