Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's been a while since I've attempted anything gluten free. (I really do need to get my hands on a gluten free baking book!!!!) Recently, KAF posted a recipe for gluten free scones. In that post was a link to their other gluten free recipes, one of them being chocolate chip cookies. I immediately bookmarked the recipe to make one day for one of my girls who is gluten intolerant. Yesterday seemed the perfect day to make them. I made the dough in the morning and chilled them until later. The dough pretty much came together as would a regular one, but it felt slightly tacky and the color was a bit lighter than normal. The resulting cookies looked just like their gluten filled counterparts but the texture was chewy and remained so for hours after. I can't say how long that chewiness would have lasted because they all disappeared before I could test that. My gluten free girl gave the seal of approval, saying that they were very good. Almost everyone else who had one couldnt tell at all that they were gluten free, they just pronounced them really delicious. They literally walked off the plate. That's all that matters when it comes to cookies. More importantly though, I feel encouraged by this gluten-free venture. It's nice to be able to help someone who can't eat these things enjoy a treat occasionally. Who knows what's next?

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
from the KAF site

1 cup margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/3 cups brown rice flour blend*
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

*For the blend, whisk together 6 cups brown rice flour, 2 cups potato starch and 1 cup tapioca flour. Store in an airtight container.

Cream together the margarine, sugars and vanilla until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated. Add in all of the dry ingredients and blend. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Here is my dough. This dough must be chilled for at least an hour or up to two days. Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Scoop the cookies out onto the sheet, allowing room for spreading. Bake for 9-11 minutes, rotating for an even bake.
Here they are, nice and golden.
And plated. Bake something special for someone today!

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