Easy Gluten-Free Baking Hacks

I have a confession. Most of my closest friends know this already. So does my mother. Now you will know too. Here goes.

I can’t cook.

Seriously, I am really a terrible cook. Not only am I naturally lousy at it, but I also have very little interest in getting better at it. Sure, I can heat things up and make enough to get by, but the art of cooking is entirely lost on me.

Baking, however, has become a passion lately. Baking is not a science. It is not serious. For me, baking is creative. It is therapeutic. And it smells wonderful!

Lately I have become quite adept at hacking store bought baking mixes too. In our home, the delicious baked goods are also gluten-free and nut-free. Rather than recreating the perfect flour mix, I simply start with readymade mixes from Betty Crocker, Glutino, or The Cravings Place. Here are a few of my favorite easy gluten-free baking hacks:

Easy Glluten-Free Baking Hacks

1. Prepare Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix according to the directions on the box, then add 1/4 cup of cinnamon for snickerdoodles.

2. Prepare Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix according to the directions on the box, then add 1/3 cup of sprinkles for sprinkle cookies.

3. Add 1/4 cup of cinnamon, 1/3 cup of chocolate chips, and an extra egg (optional) to Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix. Fill half a large cupcake tin to make chocolate chip muffins. (Side note: If you add the extra egg, these will rise quite a bit.)

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Muffins

4. When preparing Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix, instead of using 2 teaspoons of vanilla, use 1 teaspoon of vanilla plus 1 1/2 teaspoons of coffee extract. Add 1/4 cup of cinnamon to the picture. Put in a loaf pan for amazing cinnamon coffee cake.

Easy Gluten-Free Cinnamon Coffee Cake

5. Prepare Betty Crocker chocolate chip cookie mix in a round aluminum cake tin and bake. Let cool. When ready to serve, fill with ice cream and any preferred toppings. You can also fill with ice cream and place in the freezer to serve later.

6. When preparing Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix, use 1/3 of a cup of water instead of 2/3 cup as directed. Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Add 2 mashed bananas (very ripe, if possible) to the mixture. Beat well. Pour into mini loaf pans to make banana chocolate chip mini loafs (aka tea cakes).

7. Last week I found myself with half a batch of prepared Betty Crocker vanilla gluten-free cake mix. In the pantry I had half a batch of Glutino chocolate cake mix. So what did I do? I added the dry chocolate cake mix to the prepared vanilla cake mix, threw in an extra egg and poured the mixture into donut pans. What did I get? Only the most delicious chocolate donuts EVER.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Donuts

Now tell me. Do you have any go-to gluten-free baking hacks (or even non gluten-free)? What are your favorite items to bake?


  1. Those are some awesome tips. I will have to share this with my gluten free friends!

  2. Yum. Great tips! I love to cook but my husband is the baker…maybe I can surprise him by using some of these hacks.

  3. I became the closest I will ever become to “someone who cooks” when I started hacking recipes to fit our food allergic and sensitive family requirements. Especially when it came to sweet treats! My fave was gluten free fruit crumbles. So easy with rice flour !

  4. Oh thank you! I need these! It’s been such a hard transition for me!

  5. food hacking is a great skill! And those donuts… look good!

  6. Looks great! Alot of my friends are GF so I am going to pass this along to them!

  7. YES! Make sure your ingredients are room temperature, NOT cold. That means letting your eggs sit before using :)

  8. My kind of baking. I just went GF to see if it makes me feel better – thanks for these awesome recipes.

  9. Lisa Jones says:

    They Look So Yummy & Healthy For You I’m So Making Them Thank You!!

  10. Perfect! I’ve been wanting to do more Gluten Free baking and these hacks are really going to help!

  11. This recipe look delicious, I’ll have to try it! I’m not gluten Free, but I’ve been trying to live a healthier lifestyle, so hey, might as well try it out :) .

  12. My hubby is the cook and I am the baker here too! I love anything with chocolate chips!

  13. With more and more people going gluten free, it’s awesome to have hacks and recipes that are good and work!

  14. These are great ideas! I don’t have celiac issues, but I do know that gluten makes me feel kind of sluggish. I’m all for trying these hacks!

  15. Great tips! I am going to pass this on to my GF friends!

  16. Hello, Mrs. Hackerson – how awesome are these!? Totally bookmarked to try ’em!

  17. These are great!

    I love to bake – anything from macarons to brownies!

  18. Love the gf ideas! my favorite is starting with Pamela’s mix…so easy :)

  19. I enjoy cooking but I love to bake too! It’s so much fun and you know it is all delicious when you’re done.

  20. Great hacks! And I am sure you are better at cooking than you think you are:)

  21. This is great. I love that you started with ready made cake mixes. Makes it easy!

  22. Wow, great tips! GF baking can be challenging, I need all the help i can get.

  23. I absolutely love baking too. I also love cooking. It’s just such a nice escape from everything to be in the kitchen, and then there’s the eating…love that too.

  24. The coffee cake and donuts look amazing. Who would have ever thought these would be gluten free?!

  25. Those look pretty yummy for someone who “can’t cook.” lol

  26. Wow those are fabulous! I eat gluten free as well so I’ glad you’ve shared so many ways to make tasty treats. They’ll be fun to share with the girls for those special times when we indulge a little bit in things we don’t usually eat :-)

  27. I’m the opposite, I can cook but baking is hard for me! I’ll take all the hacks I can get!

  28. Those donuts are getting made in my house! That coffee cake is getting made as well. Gluten free and good? My son is gonna do flips over this and so am I! Thanks!

  29. Yum! I love making fresh baked goods. Great hacks!

  30. What an appropriate (day) post. Happy day-after-National donuts day! 😉 Yum!

  31. I’m not gluten-free, but I still try to stay away from it for some reason…thanks for these hacks!!!

  32. p.s. You described my kitchen skills to a T. Are you sure you’re not me?

  33. Great kitchen hacks. Thanks for sharing!

  34. These are some great tips. Always wanted to try Gluten free. just never did.

  35. Its so hard for me to get behind gluten free…to be perfectly honest everything i taste that is baked goods dont taste “right” to me, kwim?

  36. The only thing I’ve tried gluten free so far is bread and it wasn’t all that bad. I actually liked it. I’ve been wondering how other baked goods would taste.

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