One thing I have learned is not to recipe hunt when I am starving! It always leads to grand ideas that involve way too many calories! A perfect case and point unfolded while I was trying to decide which recipe to make from Carrie -The Ginger Lemon Girl’s blog. I absolutely had the hardest time trying to pick just one for this month’s Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger (for which I adopted Carrie), being hosted by Tia of Glugle Gluten Free! I was having a major sweet tooth at the time that I was perusing through her recipes, so every one that I was adding to my list of possibilities involved dessert (that is until she posted that great looking almond flour pizza crust that I am dying to make now).
I finally narrowed it down to four choices:
Almond Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake – This looks divine! Everything about it screams delicious.
Carob Banana Muffins - I will be making these very soon as they look like a perfect back-to-school morning treat
“Reese’s” Peanut Butter Cupcakes – You just have to go look at her picture of these – how could you NOT want to eat them? They are beautiful…
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies, Take 2 – I do not need to say anything more.
But when it finally came down to it, and I asked my own personal taste-testers what they were in the mood for, the resounding chorus sang out…..CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!! And for the record, I still cannot believe that they did not choose the cupcakes. But alas, I knew I kept these two on my payroll for good reason. When mommy cannot make a decision, who better to ask than the two MOST decisive (also often referred to as strong-willed) individuals in the household. It is a good thing that these two employees still “will work for food” and have not yet started demanding actual currency.
Because I am always on the endless quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, I was eager to give Carrie’s a try. She has been working on this recipe for two years, and the version that I tried was the one with her latest tweaks. She definitely got it right this time as I was amazed at the outcome! They were phenomenal. I followed her recipe to a “T”. A few things to note (and most are all suggestions of Carrie’s as well) are that I used the arrowroot starch instead of the tapioca flour (because both Carrie and I agree that tapioca flour can leave sort of a strange after-taste), I used sorghum flour instead of millet (for no other good reason except that I did not have any millet flour on hand), I baked them on a silpat mat and not parchment paper, I chilled the dough in the refrigerator for about ten minutes before baking, and I used a 3.25 ounce bar of Dark Chocolate that I chopped up instead of chocolate chips (I just prefer all my cookies with chunks instead of chips).
And, in case you missed my post all about the best tips to avoiding mishaps in the gluten-free and allergy-free kitchen, you can refer to it here to make sure that these cookies turn out as perfect for you as they did for us!
I do have one strange confession to make about my cookie baking endeavors … after my chocolate chip cookies are baked, I would much rather eat them straight out of the freezer (with the hard chunks of chocolate) than straight out of the oven (with all of that gooey ooey melty chocolate). This may sound strange (and possibly change the way you think about me), but I like to suck on each chunk of chocolate until it melts in my mouth, not have it land on my tongue already in that state. However, I will admit that in the case of Carrie’s chocolate chip cookies, I ate them straight out of the oven once they were cool enough for our palates, and they were utterly AMAZING! I did not even miss the hard chunks. The consistency, the texture, the taste..everything about these gluten-free (and dairy-free) chocolate chip cookies were divine!
I have to insert here that I had planned on posting pictures of the cookie making process as well. However, there was a slight glitch in these plans. The first time I made these last week, I did not take pictures as I was making them, but I did get the above final shot. So, I made them a second time before we headed out to California for some beach time, taking some great in progress pictures. I never got them uploaded before leaving, thinking I would have time to do so at the beach. Enter the glitch…my husband and son went out on a deep sea Marlin fishing trip yesterday, bringing my camera with them. They had the most wonderful day and saw some amazing sea life – six blue whales, hundreds of dolphins, huge sunfish, and so much more. They caught no Marlin, but they did get some pictures of a lifetime. However, in this process, my husband also managed somehow to delete all of the pictures of the cookies in their before stage. Considering the enormous size of my camera card, I am still unsure as to why he did it, and his only response to my “Ack..where did they go?” question was … “Well, why would you want a picture of raw cookie dough anyway…it just looks kind of blobby.” I digress and will not insert my comment here.
But on that note, the end product is all that really matters. So if you have not yet found your go-to gluten free (and dairy-free) chocolate chip cookie recipe, then I would suggest that you immediately bookmark this one as your new favorite. I promise you that it will not disappoint!
Now, are you ready to try the *new* best gluten free chocolate chip cookies ever? If you are, let me know how they turn out for you! I cannot wait to see if you think they are as good as we do!
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