Gluten Free Cookies That Will Rock Your World

IMG_6042Gluten free and cookies. In the same sentence, previously used to make me think of cardboard, pre-education and mainstream craze, of course.  Everyone suddenly has a gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease.  Supermarket shelves suddenly have aisles of gluten free products.  And while proper attention needs to be brought to the subject, that is another conversation entirely.  When cooking and baking gluten free, really all that happens is modification. Not scary and no longer intimidating. Knowledge is power on any level. Two rounds got me to the cookies that rock my world and I have to be careful, I will EAT Every. Single. One. OF. Them.  Obsessed with ingredients anyway and not being able to resist a chocolate chip cookie or eight, time to bake!  Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!  Yes!  These are the best I have ever made and tasted. I didn’t develop this recipe.  Mygluten-freekitchen.com is responsible.  So, Thank you!

Find the recipe below and take a look at how I did. Two rounds. I also used Vahlrona Chocolate chards in one batch and Ghiradelli chocolate chips (large and small) in the others.  I also played with cooking times after following the recipe through once.  Ovens also vary, so I recommend keeping this in mind as well with your cooking time.  Do try this recipe once.

The Best Chewy Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe from: Michelle @ MyGluten-freeKitchen.com
Ingredients
2 1/4 cups (~282 grams) good all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum (omit if gf flour blend has xanthan or guar gum already)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 ounces cream cheese, room temp
3/4 cups unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 egg yolks (room temp)
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
In a medium bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour, xanthan (unless flour blend already has xanthan or guar gum), baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of your stand mixer, place the cream cheese, then pour melted butter over it. Add brown sugar and sugar and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. (I use the paddle attachment on my mixer.)
Add vanilla extract and egg yolks (one at a time) mixing on low-medium speed until well mixed.
Add the flour mixture that you set aside earlier, beating on low until just combined.
Add the chocolate chips and mix on low or by hand, just until mixed thoroughly.
Cover the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate a minimum of 4 hours and up to 4 days.
When you are ready too bake, remove from refrigerator and let sit for about 15 minutes to soften enough for easier scooping.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Line cookie sheets with sheets of parchment paper or silicone liners. Do not spray!
Use a #20 cookie scoop to scoop even mounds of cookie dough spaced several inches apart. I can get 12 per cookie sheet.
Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes at 375°. Remove when edges are set and just browning. The centers will look underdone, but will continue cooking as they cool. To ensure you don’t overbake, I suggest you bake a few test cookies so you can determine the right baking time for your oven. If you like gooey centers, cook less, if you like crunchier cookies, cook longer.
Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for just 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

First Round:

I don’t think I added enough of the cream cheese.  I was being conservative and overly cautious as this is a new recipe.

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didn’t set camera to get the shot.. you can still see the texture though..
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Creaming in Kitchen-Aid before adding dry ingredients
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texture a little crumbly
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continued anyway and added chocolate chips
Two Cookie test batch.  Texture not quite where I want it but delicious, so I proceed...
Two Cookie test batch. Texture not quite where I want it but delicious, so I proceed…
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first round texture similar to that of Krinkle cookies often served at Christmas time and a little grainy..still delicious, another round is in order

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Second Round:

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Non-dairy cream cheese purchase at Ererwhon Market in Los Angeles.. I added more the second round.  I added 3 ounces
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slightly more fluid than the first round
smoother and texture more like traditional cookie dough mix.. still needs to rest in refrigerater
smoother and texture more like traditional cookie dough mix.. still needs to be rest and be chilled

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going to the oven

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I tested out different cooking times to to get my desired crispy and soft and also used larger and smaller chocolate chips

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sorting by size and batch for storing before gifting

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Time for Photo Shooting

 

Until Next Time…

late night by the light of the refrigerator.. cookies and milk
late night by the light of the refrigerator?… cookies and milk

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