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 New Basics for Gluten Free Baking
Cookie baking is a science so there are a few important things to know. Gluten free cookie baking is a different science. Simply substituting gluten free flour for wheat flour in tried-and-true family recipes doesn’t consistently give good results. I recommend you find a recipe thats written gluten free. Then tweak it if necessary to make your new family favourite.
My recipe started with the help of America’s Test Kitchen. 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 to keep in the kitchen.
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 can prevent that gritty taste in your mouth. 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. Their recipe includes dried skim milk powder which they say 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 use their recipe sometimes but my gluten free flour mix is the ‘go to’ in my house. In this recipe it worked perfectly.
Get The Tools – Everyday Bake Ware
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. Pay attention to the pans and sizes that you like and work well for you. Work toward a collection like this so you can bake cookies, brownies, muffins and the occasional cake.
- two cookie sheets, notice they have no edges
- two jellyroll pans, also know as baking sheets, with ¼-inch sides all around (used more for cooking but helpful for a cookie baking spree)
- two 8-inch square baking pans for brownies and cakes
- two 8-inch round baking pans if you like round cakes
- muffin tins and mini muffin tins (12 or 24 cups per tin)
- metal scoops in various sizes for muffins, cookies, meatballs and more
Let me know in the comments below how these chocolate chip cookies turned out in your kitchen.
More Cookie Recipes, Tips For Cookie Making and a Podcast
A Canadian Celiac Podcast interview – Baking Gluten Free Cookies
|1¾ cups gluten free flour (225 g) (I used my mix)|
|1 tsp baking soda|
|¾ tsp xanthan gum|
|¼ tsp salt|
|½ cup butter, melted|
|¾ cup brown sugar|
|⅓ cup sugar|
|2 Tbsp milk|
|1 Tbsp vanilla|
|1¼ cup chocolate chips|
- In medium bowl whisk together flour blend, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl mix melted butter and both sugars until combined.
- Add egg, milk and vanilla stirring until smooth.
- Using a stand mixer add flour to butter/sugar and mix until soft.
- Add chocolate chips, mix until evenly combined.
- Cover and let rest for 30 minutes. (The resting time helps the gluten free starches absorb liquid. Clean up the kitchen, take a break or put the dough in the fridge over night.)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F oven.
- Make dough balls using a portion scoop. Place on cookie sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes until golden brown and the edges are set.
- Cool cookies on wire rack for 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheet. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.