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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Teff

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These are delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookies with teff flour. Another chocolate chip cookie recipe you say? Two in a row!

Yes. Life is too short to have only one chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Every home cook needs a few good cookie recipes up their sleeve and I imagine a chocolate chip cookie at the top of the list.

Baking with Teff Flour

Have you heard of teff or teff flour? It has hints of malt and cocoa that make it ideal for recipes with chocolate, cocoa or brown sugar. I wrote a whole post on teff flour if you want to learn more. Chocolate chip cookies with teff are an obvious choice but teff flour is also ideal for brownies, pancakes and waffles.

Adapting Recipes with Gluten Free Flours

If you want to try teff flour the general guideline is to include ten to twenty percent of teff flour in any gluten free flour blend you are making. To keep it simple I used 2½ cups of my homemade gluten free flour mix and then added ⅔ cup of teff flour.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Teff

In my post for chocolate chip cookies last week I shared some tips for baking gluten free cookies. Those cookies are best if the dough sits for 30 minutes. This time allows the gluten free flours and starches to hydrate.

In this recipe the directions are to let the dough sit over night or even two nights. This may sound like cruel and unusual punishment so you decide if you can create a strategy that includes this process. 

Consider hiding half of the dough balls in the back of the fridge or even freeze them. Cook one half of the dough balls right away and enjoy. In a day or two cook the rest. Do the taste test and see if you can tell the difference. Repeat as often as you like.

This recipe is adapted from the gluten free girl, Shauna Ahern. Author and serious yet playful baker, Shauna generously shares her vast knowledge of gluten free baking and knows how to have fun in the kitchen.

Shauna is my kind of girl. She’s got her kids in the kitchen and she believes, like I do, everyone can and should know how to bake…and baking cookies is a great place to start.


My Everyday Bake Ware Suggestions

Many of my pans are more than ten and twenty years old. It takes time to collect good quality pans but is worth the effort in the long run. Just pay attention to the pans and sizes that you like and work well for you. I suggest you work toward a collection like this so you can bake items like cookies, brownies, muffins and the occasional cake. Some of them can be used for savoury dishes too.


What about you, did you make these chocolate chip cookies with teff or another flour? How did they compare? Let me know in the comments below if you tried these and what you thought.

Ingredients

2½ cups gluten free flour (350g)
⅔ cup teff flour (70g) 

½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
½ cup chopped hazelnuts

Directions

1
In medium bowl whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2
In large bowl of a stand mixer on high speed cream butter until smooth.
3
Add both sugars and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scraping down the sides of the bowl.
4
Add eggs and vanilla beating until smooth.
5
Add chocolate chips and nuts. Beat just until combined.
6
Cover the bowl of cookie dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night or for 2 nights.
7
Preheat oven to 350°F.
8
Make dough balls using a small scoop.
9
Place cookies on a cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes until they are golden brown and the edges are set. Rotate the cookie sheet half way through the baking time if needed to bake the cookies evenly.
10
Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before storing.

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