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Chocolate Chip Cookies, now that’s a recipe everyone needs. If your mother did not teach you to make cookies I’m here to tell you it is easy and rewarding. There is something special about mixing a few ingredients together, sliding raw cookie dough into the oven, then experiencing the aroma of baking and finally biting into a warm chocolate chip cookie.

Do not deprive yourself or your children of this experience.

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The Basics for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie baking is a science so there are a few important things to know. Gluten free cookie baking is different. Simply substituting gluten free flour for wheat flour in tried-and-true family recipes can be a frustrating experience. I recommend you find a recipe that works. Then tweak it if necessary to make your new family favourite.

My recipe started with America’s Test Kitchen chocolate chip cookie recipe in their How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook. The Test Kitchen works hard testing recipes and understanding what makes a recipe work. I have both of their gluten free cookbooks and strongly recommend them if you are looking for a reliable resource.

Here are a few tips about baking gluten free cookies that will improve the quality of your baking and perhaps give you the confidence to tweak a recipe when you feel like it.

  • -Resting the cookie dough is mandatory to prevent gritty cookies. Gluten free starches need time to absorb liquid.
  • -Melting the butter and decreasing the amount prevents cookies from being too greasy.
  • -Adding a little liquid (milk in this recipe) makes up for the decreased butter and helps hydrate the flour.
  • -Xanthan gum is important for the structure of the cookie.
  • -Letting cookies cool completes the cooking process.

Gluten Free Flour Blends

All blends are not equal so the comment about gluten free flour mixes is worth more than a single bullet. You can easily make your own gluten free flour blend for a fraction of the cost of a packaged blend. Many bakers prefer to make their own blends so they have the right combination of grains and starches. I did a whole post on what I now call my gluten free flour mix. That post is full of tips to make the process quick and easy and gives more details about the combination of 40% grains and 60% starches.

However, you can use a store bought mix in this chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you aren’t getting the kind of results you want consider trying another flour mix or make your own. Think of it as a work in progress.

It was no surprise that America’s Test Kitchen discovered they needed their own flour blend to get the kind of consistent results they wanted. It includes dried skim milk powder which helps with browning in baked goods. Although there is milk in this cookie recipe I don’t want dairy in all of my recipes so I made these cookies with my gluten free flour mix and I think they turned out perfectly.


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.


Let me know in the comments below how these chocolate chip cookies turned out in your kitchen and who made them.

Ingredients

1¾ cups gluten free flour (225g)
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup brown sugar
⅓ cup sugar
1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
1¼ cup chocolate chips

Directions

1
In medium bowl whisk together flour blend, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt. Set aside.
2
In a large bowl mix melted butter and both sugars until combined.
3
Add egg, milk and vanilla stirring until smooth.
4
Add flour mixture to butter/sugar mixture stirring until soft or using a stand mixer.
5
Add chocolate chips and mix until evenly combined.
6
Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. The resting time is mandatory so you don’t have gritty cookies. The gluten free starches need time to absorb liquid. Clean up the kitchen, take a break or put the dough in the fridge over night.
7
Preheat the oven to 350° oven.
8
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.
9
Cool cookies on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely before storing.

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