The title is for those of you who receive this blog post in your inbox. I figured the nickname “Vag” was enough to get you to open it.

So here’s the scoop:

Over the past decade or so, considerably increased attention has been drawn to the cosmetic appearance of the vag (technically, in all of the papers published, it is referred to as “female genitalia” but I just can’t…)

I was personally unaware of this trend until women started coming in to see me many years ago, displaying their dissatisfactions by demonstrating: “look, this flap goes like that, and this goes like that…Can you fix it?!?”

My first thought was: “how do they even know what theirs looks like? I couldn’t pick mine out of a lineup.”

 And then:

 “Why do they care?”

 But since I need to be at the forefront of cosmetic surgery for women—I immediately did the research and read the articles. I’m talking scientific/plastic surgery industry ones, not web-based chatroom talk. Below is a screenshot of just a fraction of what a literature search for “labiaplasty” in our scientific journals brings up today:

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Clearly “labiaplasty” is no longer a “fringe” procedure. Not only is it now considered very mainstream, but culturally—at least here in Los Angeles–it has become a thing.

 It could almost be considered the new breast aug.

 Back then, as the only double board-certified female plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills (in general surgery and plastic surgery—to be fair, I hear there is a newbie board-certified in ENT and plastic surgery) I realized:

I need to offer this procedure to my patients.”

So, many years ago, I started performing my friend Dr. Gary Alter’s technique (yes, Caitlyn Jenner’s surgeon—this is public knowledge, not a HIPAA violation) for labiaplasty of the labia minora. These are the “flaps” that most patients want shaped and reduced if they are seeking cosmetic improvement. These thinner, inner “lips” that sometimes hang down below the larger, outer “labia majora,” can cause discomfort in certain clothing and, depending on your aesthetic, can be considered unattractive.

Anyway, I don’t think this is news to most of you. Points of interest that you do need to be aware of if you are considering labiaplasty of the labia minora:

  • For it to be done properly, it usually should be done in an Operating Room, with at least some IV sedation. Although it seems like a small, simple thing, it’s not just a “snip” that can be done in the office. It is a very exacting and complex procedure that the surgeon should perform meticulously under loupe magnification (microscope glasses). Not only to get you a perfect result, but to prevent complications. As you can imagine, that area could have a difficult time healing, and if it doesn’t heal well, you can wind up with something much worse than what you started with.
  • Truthfully, the recovery can be a little brutal—there can be significant swelling and discomfort for at least a few days—so you just need to be prepared and to plan for it. It’s not a go-back-to-work-the-next-day procedure. And you should have at least a week of no obligations and no sex for six weeks
  • Most patients’ significant others are not opposed to it. Except maybe for the “no sex for six weeks” part.

So labiaplasty of the labia minora is a surgery.

I just wanted to make that clear. That’s not the main reason for this blog.

I wanted to discuss this new laser, Thermiva®

In our field we often use the term “laser” loosely to keep things simple for the consumer, to describe all noninvasive skin treatments involving big machines, but Thermiva® is not actually a laser.

Thermiva® is a radiofrequency device, which means it induces skin tightening with energy that heats tissue and stimulates collagen production in order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and loose skin. The technique induces tissue remodeling and production of new collagen and elastin.

Yes, this sounds familiar because there are so many radiofrequency devices out there already for use all over the face and body, but Thermiva® is the only one that has been FDA approved for vaginal rejuvenation inside and out.

Many times, my patients will ask me off-handedly if I do that “inside tightening procedure” and I refer them to their gynecologist. But actually, this laser may take the place of that more invasive procedure.

Here are the take-home Thermiva® bullet points:

***It is done in-office, supposedly done without even any numbing cream, doesn’t hurt, and takes about half an hour.

***No downtime—you can go back to having sex the same day (yay?)

***The cost for the patient is approximately $3500 for the three recommended treatments, spaced one month apart but supposedly you see a result after just one. Each separate treatment runs approximately $1500.

***If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is, right? I need to be clear: This is not the Holy Grail for the vag. The Thermiva does not work on the labia minora, so it doesn’t replace that surgery we discussed above.

***It works well on the Labia Majora—often the cause of the camel-toe-in-LuLu Lemons®-for-no-reason. I don’t have as many women pointing this out as a problem area, but when we are discussing a tummy tuck or a lipo, they do usually ask me if the procedure will give them any kind of lift overall.

***It tightens the loose tissue on the inside. By stimulating tissue growth and rejuvenation, it has actually been shown to improve urinary incontinence (leaky bladder) after childbearing and might even replace the much more invasive and notoriously unsuccessful “bladder sling” procedure. This could actually be the most valuable application for it.

***Results supposedly last about a year.

So based on the above information and the rave five-star online reviews, this thing might really be useful.

I am always skeptical about new and expensive devices that “really work!” But I have heard a great firsthand review from a patient who says she noticed an improvement after just one treatment, and this seems to be the current theme.

So does this thing really work? And if it does, like the labiaplasty, is it something that I should be offering my patients?

I wanted to do some market research with my patients to find out what the true demand for such a procedure would be. But I found that, even with the patients that I know really well, it’s a little awkward to bridge the conversation from “Your breasts look great!” to “How’s your vag doing? Do you think it needs to be tighter?”

So instead I’m putting it out there with this blog, a chance to get anonymous feedback from my readers and anyone else out there secretly surfing the net on this subject.

Is this procedure for tightening the inside (vaginal canal) and outside (Labia Majora only) something that YOU would be interested in?

We are especially interested in those of you in the Los Angeles area, as we will be setting up a “Thermiva® demo day” where we will be doing this in the office for a very reduced price. Yes, like a focus group. I don’t like to sell something that doesn’t work.

So let us know. You know where we live.

Sorry, no before and after pics here. I just couldn’t. Besides, they would probably get taken down by WordPress anyway.







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You’ve heard of it. And you’ve probably been like, “What the fu$k is that?”

Well, if you feel like the skin on your face and neck is looking weathered and crepey and like you were a previous sun-worshipper/smoker and overall older than you want it to, this is the procedure for you. It is my number one go-to now for skin rejuvenation. INSTEAD of any laser.

So what is it exactly?

It is an in-office procedure that takes about an hour.

  • We draw a tube of your blood (Hence the term “vampire”) and spin it down in a centrifuge in a special tube that separates out the red blood cells and the liquid–the “plasma,” which is yellow and clear. This is what is known as “Platelet Rich Plasma” or “PRP.” It is chock full of growth factors. Think of growth factors as workmen coming in to rebuild your skin. It stimulates collagen production and whatever else has to happen to make your skin thicker/newer/better. We use it in reconstructive surgeries for wound healing as well.
  • We put numbing cream on your face (and neck if you want it there. Like me, if you need it on your face you probably need it on your neck).
  • We microneedle your face and neck with a Dermapen. Think dermabrasion with actual almost microscopic needles that do not leave marks. This microneedling can be a stand-alone treatment for facial rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production and rebuilding your skin, but it is even MORE effective when combined with the PRP. This part is not uncomfortable when you have had the numbing cream on for at least twenty minutes.
  • We inject the PRP directly under your skin, concentrating in the areas that need rejuvenation the most. This part can burn. You can have a pain pill and Uber home.

What’s the Downtime?

There is no pain afterwards. If you do the microneedling alone there is almost no downtime—you look a little sunburned for a day.

If you do the entire Vampire Face Lift, there is some swelling in the areas of injection, and some bruising that can last a few days. If you are not going to an event where people are going to look closely at you, you can really go on with your regular routine, put makeup on immediately, and nobody will notice. Just apply the ointment we give you, and try to stay out of the sun. I went to dinner the next night and nobody at the table noticed. But if you are going to be in settings that will make you self-conscious, give yourself a week. But it’s not a week of looking like a lobster or a Smurf. You can still do regular errands like going to the grocery store/driving kids to soccer and lacrosse/watching soccer and lacrosse, etc.

Or there’s still time to have it done before Halloween and make it part of your costume ;)

When will you see a result?

At about five days afterwards is what we have heard from our patients, and I can testify myself that it is now five days since the procedure and I see the difference. My skin is dewier and younger-looking. So it’s not one of those things that you have to do a bunch of times over months to see a difference. YOU WILL SEE RESULTS AFTER ONE TREATMENT.

In short, this is the skin rejuvenation of the future.

The Cost: $1500/treatment at our office. You will find this to be an incredibly reasonable price if you start shopping around.

Here’s an action photo:



You’ll have to come visit to see the after. Or check out the latest post on our instagram

And you never know. YOUR after photo could look like this:

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Happy Halloween!





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I’m not saying your trainer is a liar or a bad person. It’s just that when it comes to certain issues about how diet and exercise actually affect the human body on a cellular level, many personal trainers don’t know exactly what they’re talking about. Or they do know what they’re talking about, and they continue to talk and take your money.

So before you take everything your trainer says at face value, and feel ashamed that no matter how hard you work out, your body isn’t turning into what your trainer promised you it would, ask yourself these three questions:

1) Does your trainer happen to have a PhD, Master’s, or at least a Bachelor’s degree in Biology that includes courses in Human Physiology?

2) Can your trainer talk to you in detail about the process of aging at a cellular level, especially about what’s happening to the skin on your arms and above your knees?

3) Does your trainer know how and where in the digestive system fat/protein/carbohydrates are absorbed and what happens to them once they hit the bloodstream?

I would bet not.

As someone who was FORCED to spend SIX painful years STUDYING and RELEARNING and MEMORIZING the basic science of the human body (all of my colleagues out there who made it through a pyramidal general surgery program and had to obtain high scores on the “In-Service Exam” to keep their jobs feel my pain), I am fully prepared to go head to head with your trainer who shames you by telling you that if you just keep doing the workouts they prescribe, and eat the way you’re supposed to, they can fix those things about your body that you hate.

So below are the five most common myths that every patient of mine with a trainer has been shamed into believing. I am sick of hearing them and I am here to set the record straight:


  • “If I just keep working out, this will go away.”

If you’re generally overweight, yes. Fat will burn off in general and you will get thinner. But if you are at a reasonable weight for your height and build, and you are working out and taking care of yourself, and there is muffin top/bra fat/saddle bags/inner thighs that you’ve had your whole life or developed after pregnancy or menopause and just won’t budge, IT WILL NEVER GO AWAY. Unless you are twenty pounds underweight. And who has time for that?

Because while you can tone designated muscles, you cannot spot reduce your body with exercise. (ie) Running isn’t going to necessarily get rid of fat from your legs. Rowing is not necessarily going to get rid of fat from your arms.

Fat is simply a form of energy storage. Elements of Carbon, Oxygen and Hydrogen (yeah, remember that periodic table from eleventh grade chemistry?) are broken down from the food you eat and bonded together into lipids (the building blocks of fat.) Lipids are stored in fat cells. The thing is that you don’t get to pick which cells will be used for storage. When your body needs energy, it breaks those bonds and releases the energy (like gasoline in a car) from wherever it is programmed to do so. Not necessarily the part of the body you are exercising. If you want to target an area of fat, that’s a lipo, possibly a Coolsculpt, or at least a Vixen.

So for example, if you lose ten pounds, your body could use the stored fat in your face and breasts, and you could wind up with deflated boobs and a sunken, older-looking face and still have thick arms. In fact, if you’ve had thick arms your whole life, I can almost guarantee that they will stay thick.


  • “If I work out my legs it will tighten the skin.”

The skin is a waterproof covering of your body. It is made of collagen and elastin and other building blocks whose names are too technical to get into here.

The main thing to understand is that the skin does not participate in your exercise regimen. It can tighten as a healing response to direct injury from things like lasers and peels. It can look better after treatment with non-invasive “skin tightening” machines like Velashape and Exilis, though long term results are still questionable.

So, contrary to popular belief, the skin does not tighten with exercise.


  • “Well, then I can build up my muscle and fill out the loose skin.”

That might be true if you started taking steroids. Take a look at the skin you want to fill out and how much you have to pull it to make it look tight. Do you really want your muscles that big? And chances are, you wouldn’t be able to get them big enough without taking some questionable supplements.

In most situations where skin is really sagging, a skin excision procedure (tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift) is necessary to get the result you want. For the abdomen, a tummy tuck can be a good option if you are okay with the scar hidden beneath your underwear line, as the tradeoff for having tighter skin.

On an arm or leg, the scar would be hidden in most positions, but still present. So, unless you have had massive weight loss, and can’t live with the extra skin anymore, I am not recommending thigh lifts and arm lifts.

As we age, our skin just gets crappier. Childbearing also takes a toll. No matter what we do, it loses elasticity that we cannot get back.

If you stayed out of the sun when you were younger, you’re ahead of the game. But chances are, unless you are fortunate enough to have amazing genetics (which really plays the biggest role in having “tight skin”) after your mid-forties you are probably constantly bemoaning the skin on your body.

My personal solution: Spray tans

If you really have money to burn, you could do weekly Velashape treatments for the rest of your life.

But for most of us, (myself definitely included) when it comes to the skin on our bodies, in general, we have to GET OVER OURSELVES. And do the best we can. Look the best we can for our age.

We need to accept that our days parading around in a tiny bikini and getting checked out by every guy at the hotel pool may be over. That’s okay. Hopefully by now we have other, more important things going on.

Because really, besides feeding our egos, what did getting superficial attention from a bunch of strangers actually do for us, anyway?

Moving on.

  • “If I keep working out my core, my abdomen will be flatter, and I’ll get a six pack.”

 I’m talking about that situation that we all have after a certain age—that your abdomen is flat in the morning but as soon as you eat or drink something, it starts sticking out.

Even if you haven’t had kids, as we age, our abdominal walls become looser. It’s not the muscle, it’s the tissue around the muscles and holding everything together (the fascia) that is loosening. Again—loss of tissue elasticity. Like your skin, your fascia does not participate in pilates.

You can definitely make your abs muscles stronger, and you can learn to keep them tight and held in, but the fascia can’t tighten itself. And sit-ups do not flatten your abdomen.

So if you’re really doing everything you can to be fit and healthy, and your abs muscles won’t get flatter, and you still can’t see them, the answer is one of two things:

A tummy tuck with plication of the deep abdominal wall (permanent suturing inside like an internal corset)


Liposuction to get the fat off your abdomen so you can uncover the muscles underneath that you’ve been working so hard on. Remember, you cannot spot reduce fat (see myth #1)


  • “If I cut down on the carbs I will lose weight.”

 Weight loss is not rocket science. It’s first grade math. Although these days, kids are probably doing this kind of math before they hit kindergarten. Energy in, Energy out. All food gets broken down to simple sugars, amino acids and lipids—that’s sugar, protein, and fat. Calories are a measurement of energy in the food that you eat. Like money—it doesn’t matter how you get it, green is green. Whether it comes from sugar, fat or protein, a Calorie is a Calorie.

So don’t get caught up in the good carb/bad carb thing. All carbs get broken down to the same basic simple sugars by the time they hit your bloodstream.

If you are trying to lose weight, you need to have your energy intake be less than what you are expending.

It’s not WHAT you’re eating, it’s HOW MUCH of it.

Most of us are not completely honest with ourselves about how much we are eating. Especially if we go out to a lot of dinner meetings. Those appetizers sitting there…and it seems like you’re not eating that much because there’s still so much food left on the table.

Unfortunately, it is much easier to put energy into your body than it is to get rid of it. Running four miles barely burns off a bagel. So, unless you are a professional athlete training for the Olympics, or Natalie Portman preparing for Black Swan, most weight loss has to do with HOW MUCH YOU ARE EATING—not necessarily WHAT you are eating—and not how much you’re working out.

If you feel that you are dieting and exercising and not losing the weight that you want to, the best way to get a handle on it is to start recording into your phone notepad whatever you eat throughout the day. It sucks, but things add up quickly.


So those are the main self-deprecating quotes I hear from women who can’t seem to meet their workout goals. Whether it’s a trainer telling them, or they are telling themselves these things, they are inaccurate.

To be clear, I am not advocating body contouring or skin tightening procedures as a replacement for working out and keeping a healthy diet. Addressing resistant areas of fat is a supplement to–and should only be performed–in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle.

If you are already taking care of yourself, having a procedure that targets a certain area might even give you a kick-start if you are stuck at a plateau.

For instance, wouldn’t you be more motivated to work out and eat less if your thighs didn’t rub together while you’re on the treadmill, or you didn’t have to keep re-arranging your LuLu Lemons to keep your muffin top or post-baby sagging abdominal wall skin from getting exposed? Those are legitimate concerns.


Just saying.




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At least twice a day someone asks me this question, and since I’m a surgeon, I used to just blow it off with the answer: “Oh, that doesn’t really work. To get the stubborn fat pockets off that won’t go away with diet and exercise, you need to have a lipo.”

I am not retracting my answer, but I would like to clarify.

For the wish lists of nearly all of my patients, this is true. This non-invasive/no-downtime fat reduction procedure cannot take the place of a lipo. Usually. It does not work like a lipo, and will never replace what a liposuction surgeon can do it. But it does do something.

I would put it this way: Compared to doing nothing, it works. Compared to doing lipo, it works a little.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of deceptive advertising of the “fat freezing” procedure—I don’t know about other cities, but here in Los Angeles the billboards make it look like if you sign up, you will be one fat freeze away from having the body of a supermodel. This is NOT the case. Unless you are one of those absurd people who already have that body.

I have yet to come across an objective guide to “fat freezing” by an expert for the consumer, so I decided to create one myself, with the help of my friends at Ava MD who always have the latest and greatest lasers, and are honest about all of them.

“Five things to know about Cool Sculpt”

      1)  “Cool Sculpt” is the brand-name for the fat freezing machine made by the company Zeltique. It works by killing fat cells by freezing them, and then over time your body eliminates the fat, meaning you pee it out. The traditional machine has a “clamp” that is really good only for the love handles and abdomen. If it is used anywhere else on the body, it can make a dent. It can still make a dent regardless if not done properly. There is a new machine that has a flat plate and that can be used for other problem areas like saddlebags, knees, and inner thighs, or other areas that are not “pinchable.”

2)  It is a painless procedure that takes an hour per area. (ie) ONE love handle (flank) is ONE area. So YES–to do BOTH sides, that’s TWO HOURS sitting there, if the place you go to only has one machine. There can be some bruising and soreness, and a “pulling” sensation, but it doesn’t require taking pain medication and you can go on about your regular routine afterwards.

3)  Each area usually has to be done at least twice, and should not be done closer than three months apart. It takes several months to see a result, so you will not see an automatic body sculpting like you do with liposuction. So results might not be visible for six to nine months. This system cannot give you liposculpture results. The system is supposed to kill up to 30% of the fat cells in an area, but the result is never guaranteed. I know some people that have had a great result with it, and some that saw no difference. The ones that saw no difference probably needed more treatments.

4)  Okay, so this is the kicker: COST.  At a reputable place, it will usually cost approximately $800/area. That’s EACH SIDE.

So to do both love handles, that’s $1600, and most likely it has to be done more than once to be effective, so that’s $3200 over a period of six months to see the difference. The average cost for a lipo of that area—that is going to GUARANTEE a result immediately– is usually not much more than that. So It’s not as inexpensive as it first sounds.

5)  If you ARE going to do it, and you are in the L.A. area, go see my girls at AVA MD. They have been doing it for a long time and will be honest with you about your expectations. They also do give discounts when you buy packages.

  • ***Note: Remember–with a fat freezing procedure, your fat cannot be used for cosmetic enhancement of your face, breasts or buttocks—a procedure that starts to sound like a really good idea when you get older.

Hope that was helpful! I’m warning you—if anyone starts asking me about “that fat freezing thing,” I’m going to direct you  to here. J



So, If you’re not helping in the kitchen, it could be starting to feel like that time of day…presents have been opened and put away, you’ve run out of things to talk about with relatives you barely know, and if you have to listen to “Jingle Bell Rock” or even look at a single frame of “A Christmas Story” one more time you’re going to lose it. What is a girl to do in this digital age, when we’ve become so lazy we can’t entertain ourselves without a screen in front of us, yet today is one day that we can’t find anything appropriate that we haven’t already seen a million times before? Besides spiking the egg nog (see previous Christmas Eve post), why not put on a Chick Flick masquerading as a Family Friendly holiday movie? Netflix has at least a few that you’ve probably never even heard of before. As a Chick Flick Guru, I’m shocked that these got past me. So if you’re running dry on novel audio/visual stimulation today, try checking these out:


12 Dates of Chirstmas


“The 12 Dates of Christmas”

This sounds like “Groundhog Day” with Amy Smart instead of Bill Murray and obviously takes place on Christmas Eve instead of the actual Groundhog Day. I’m not saying there’s not potential there.




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“Christmas Cupid”

An updated Ebeneezer Scrooge tale about a workaholic career woman/Los Angeles Publicist who is visited by the spirits of “Ex-Mas” Past, Present and Future. I predict that by the end she will no longer be a calculating, self-absorbed go-getter who puts work before family. But then how in the world is she going to survive in L.A.?



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“Holiday in Handcuffs.”

This sounds like “The Proposal,” set over Christmas, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez. Clearly Mario Lopez is the one in handcuffs. What could be better?



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“The Mistle-Tones”

A sing-off movie a la “Pitch Perfect” but with rivals Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tori Spelling. You decide.

In no way should my notes here be construed as reviews, as I have not seen any of these movies. These descriptions are simply for identification purposes, so you don’t “accidently” choose something with a similar title that has profanity and nudity, and blame me. To eliminate confusion, these are all ABC Family made-for-TV movies.

With or without these fabulous films, I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Christmas!






I loved the taste of eggnog before I knew it was supposed to have liquor in it. Now that I know, the low fat recipe below is an attempt at balancing out the added calories of alcohol:

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Prep Time: 20 min

Yield: 6 servings

Level: Easy



2 cups nonfat milk

2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest (the “Zest” is the very thin outer colored part of the peel—it can be collected with a grater, vegetable peeler or a knife. Make sure to wash the orange or lemon first and don’t get an of the deeper white part of the peel because that gives a bitter taste.)

1 vanilla bean

2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk

1/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cornstarch

White rum or bourbon (optional)

Freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick for garnish



Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the citrus zest in a medium saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds; add the seeds and pod to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. For those of you like myself, I’ll save you the Google. The “Pod” is the shell of the bean and the “seeds” are the inside.


If you can’t get your hands on a true vanilla bean, you can use 2 teaspoons of PURE vanilla extract instead.


1 (1 inch) vanilla bean = 1 tsp vanilla extract


Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and cornstarch in a medium bowl until light yellow.

Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour back into the pan. Place over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure-eight motion until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking. Transfer the eggnog to a large bowl and place over a larger bowl of ice to cool, then chill until ready to serve.

Remove the zest and vanilla pod. Spike the eggnog with liquor, if desired, and garnish with nutmeg and/or cinnamon stick.

Per serving (1/2 cup): Calories 90; Fat 2 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 96 mg; Sodium 59 mg; Carbohydrate 13 g; Fiber 0 g; Protein 5 g

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

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Happy Christmas Eve!



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Above pic courtesy of award-winning baking blog With Love and Confection

Those who know me know that I DO NOT COOK. Simply put, as a surgeon I consider using my hands in the kitchen an occupational hazard. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But gingerbread–my absolute favorite–is something I would be willing to dabble in, as there are not really any knives involved. However, with everyone at some level of gluten-free these days, is anyone else having anxiety about showing up at a party with your slaved-over baked goods that nobody will eat? Below are some politically–if not “socially” correct–gingerbread options for ringing in the 2015 new year with your gluten-free friends:


1 cup superfine brown rice flour (source link below)

  • 1 cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger (use 1 teaspoon if you don’t like a heavy ginger taste)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons guar gum
  • 1/2 cup dark, unsulfered molasses
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Extra rice flour for dusting when rolling and cutting out cookies
  • 1 recipe for Royal Icing
  • 1 recipe for Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


Preheat oven to 350 F degrees

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease

  • Sift all dry ingredients together and set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar, beating on high speed for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add molasses and vanilla and beat until combined.
  • Slowly add dry, sifted ingredients to butter mixture and beat just until a stiff dough forms.
  • Place dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap lightly dusted with sweet rice flour. Roll out to 1/8 inch thick.
  • Dip gingerbread cookie cutter in sweet rice flour and cut out gingerbread men. Use a flour-dusted spatula to transfer cookies to baking sheet. If the dough should get too soft while you are working with it, just place it in the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  • Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven, or until cookies are firm to the touch. Cool and decorate with Royal Icing and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

Yield- About 20 medium cookies. Depends on the size of your gingerbread cookie cutter.

Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten.

For more great gluten free recipes like this one check out

Another healthy and easy-to-make option is to use gluten-free graham crackers. This is less messy and great for kids:

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More info about this one at:

And for my VERY FAVORITE gingerbread loaf, King Arthur Flour has a great option:

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  • 1 box King Arthur Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground cloves and ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk or 1/2 cup liquid whey (the liquid drained from yogurt)


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ pan.

2) Whisk together the cake mix, spices, and baking soda.

3) In a separate bowl, beat the butter with half the cake mix/spices.

4) Beat in the molasses, vinegar, and one of the eggs.

5) Add the remaining eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

6) Add the buttermilk alternately with the remaining dry mix, one-third of each at a time. Beat until smooth, scraping the bowl after each addition.

7) Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

8) Bake the gingerbread for 40 to 45 minutes, until it’s brown and firm on top. Its internal temperature should be between 210°F and 212°F.

9) Remove the cake from the oven, and cool it on a rack for 15 minutes before slicing.

Yield: one 9″ by 13″ cake.

Happy Baking! Let me know how it goes…;)




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