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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 30, 2014

As I mentioned in a previous post, my book club came over for dinner last week.  For those of you who asked, we read the book Me Before You—I really liked it!  It starts out kind of like chick lit, but becomes more serious as the book goes on.  It would be a good vacation read, I think—but be warned that it’s a tear-jerker!

Speaking of books, I’m reading The Goldfinch right now…and LOVING it. It took me a while to get into it, and even before picking it up, I was a little intimidated by its length.  But it’s actually a quick read once you get started.  SO good. 

Anyway.

Food.

One of the girls in my bookclub is gluten-free, and while I wasn’t really nervous about gluten-free cooking, gluten-free baking was another story.  I’ve never done it, just because I’ve never really had a need to.  Still, I see what other bloggers do with their gluten-free baking—and while it looks delicious, it also looks a little more time-consuming.  Lots of specialty products, amiright?  Hashtag: xanthan gum.

Still, I kind of looked forward to the challenge of g-free baking.  What’s the big deal, I wondered?

It definitely took me a few tries (and one very sad failed batch of gluten-free blondies), but the final cookie recipe (the one posted below) was awesome—SO chocolaty and delicious, with a lot of different flavors—there’s chocolate, obviously—but the coconut also comes through really well, as does (strangely) a bit of the salt.  Seriously—make these cookies.

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 tbsp. vanilla

1 cup all purpose gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 cup gluten-free oats (BRM)

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup almond meal (BRM)

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (BRM)

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life)

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350.

In a standing mixer (or mixing bowl), beat together sugars, oil, eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients except chocolate chips.  Whisk well to combine.  Add dry ingredients to wet slowly, mixing to incorporate well.  Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.

Put batter in the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.  (This step seemed to really help with the cookies setting up/not spreading)

Drop by the tablespoon onto non-stick baking sheet (I used my Silpat).  If using a regular baking sheet, you might want to line it with parchment paper.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cookies are well-set in the middle.  Mine stayed in for 15 minutes—when I took them out at 10, I had a very soft batch! 

Cool for 10 minutes before transferring to wire racks to continue cooling.

Batter:

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…and cookies:

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I still don’t know what the heck xanthan gum is.  But it if makes cookies this delicious, I don’t care.

Have a great Wednesday!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 30, 2014 12:18 pm

    YUM! They look great!

  2. Kristi permalink
    April 30, 2014 3:11 pm

    I think xanthan gum has properties similar to gluten in holding batter together. At least that’s what I’ve noticed when I’ve left it out, whatever it is. Thanks for sharing a proven winner.

  3. April 30, 2014 3:45 pm

    I need a list of beach reads for next week! Xanthan gum is an excellent binder. The thing that gets me with GF baking is ALL the ingredients. It’s like a science experiment.

  4. April 30, 2014 4:18 pm

    I felt like The Goldfinch took major work to get through!

  5. May 1, 2014 12:34 am

    Hashtag: xanthan gum.

    That’s exactly how I feel! I’ve been curious to try gluten free baking but haven’t been compelled to yet. But I will say your cookies look awesome. I’d eat them. Gluten free or gluten full 😀

  6. May 6, 2014 3:59 am

    I really really want to read the Goldfinch. I love her. I wish I had more time to read! Thank you for sharing these cookies (I don’t know what that xantham gum is either). A sweet and delicious way to end my Monday! I hope you have a wonderful week.

  7. ginger635 permalink
    May 6, 2014 9:56 pm

    Where do you get xanthate gum? Just a regular grocery store?

    • May 13, 2014 10:01 pm

      I’m sure you could get it at Sunshine or Drug Emporium!

  8. May 14, 2014 1:56 am

    Those looks amazing!!

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