Who does not like chocolate chip cookies. But what about “Gluten free chocolate chip cookies”. How Good can they be? I will say excellent. I have always been a big chocolate chip cookie fan. Theres nothing better than a nice cold glass of milk with a cookie just out of the oven. It,s a tradition that I am passing down to my son, plus he does like the gluten free chocolate chip cookies. The chocolate chip cookie originated in a town called Wakefield , Massachusetts in 1937 by Ruth Grave Wakefiield who died in 1977. She had purchased and old toll house building that was built in 1709. It was a real toll house, just like toll booths as we know today. The people that worked there would service the stagecoach horses when they would get there. The people would grab something to eat and then be on their way paying a toll to use the trail just like we do today. The trail stretched between Boston, Ma and New Bedford, Ct. At the time New Bedford was a popular whaling town. So Ruth purchased the toll house and opened a restaurant that was called the Toll House Restaurant. One of the deserts that they served was a cookie called butter drop do. It was a cookie recipe that already been around dating back way back when, which called for baking chocolate. Ruth expiermented with using a semi sweet chocolate and presto, the chocolate chip cookie was born. She seved the in her restuarent and the people loved them. Thats were toll house cookie came from. The word cookie comes from a Dutch word called koekje,, which means a cake that is small or little. At that time nobody was aware of people being allergic to gluten., let alone a gluten free chocolate chip cookie or any other gluten free foods. Sadly, the restaurant closed in 1966. Then in 1984 it burnt to the ground on new years eve. But we all have thanks for Ruth perfecting then recipe.
When making gluten free chocolate chip cookies, it is the same principal as baking regular cookies, but with gluten free ingredients. There are a few tips that i discovered that seem to work pretty well for me. Some poeple will disagree but to each his own and what ever the individuality preference of that person of the perfect cookie. But using gluten free ingrediants, it does bake differently. But the whole prosess takes about an hour and a half. You Will need the following:
- One teaspoon of gluten free baking powder
- Half cup of sugar
- Half teaspoon of salt
- Three quarter cup of packed brown sugar
- Two and a quarter cup of gluten free flour (rice flour can be used)
- One quarter teaspoon of xanthan gum (to hold cookie together).
- Two teaspoons of gluten free vanilla
- Two eggs
- One teaspoon baking soda
- Two cups of gluten free chocolate chips (chunks can be used to)
- One teaspoon gluten free baking powder
This will make about three and one half of gluten free chocolate chip cookies. Of course it also depend on how big you make the cookies. You can always cut the ingredients in half to make a smaller batch. I like to make my cookies a little bit bigger. You can also spread the batter across the whole sheet and make a birthday cookie cake. Decorating it just as you would a regular birthday cake, and I bet nobody would even know that the chocolate chip cookies cake was gluten free.
How To Make Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
You will need the following:
- One large bowl
- One medium bowl
- Blender. If you do not have a blender you can use a fork., but you must make sure everything is blended evenly and is a little more labor intensive.
- Two cookie sheets
- And of course an oven
The first thing is to preheat oven to 400 (when you start baking cookies reduce heat to 375. this is done so when you open the door to put in cookies you loose heat, so if is preheated a little hotter, the oven won’t turn on right away cooking the cookie bottom to fast.
Take the medium mixing bowl and combine the gluten free flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum. Put aside.
Take large mixing bowl add your sugar, brown sugar and butter. Blend ingredients with mixer at medium speed (scraping sides of bowl) until the mixture is at a creamy consistency. while you are still mixing, add eggs and gluten free vanilla until everything is well blended. Take the flour mixture that was put aside and add to mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly blended. Then add the gluten free chocolate chips to the cookies mix until distributed evenly throughout the cookies mix. At this point some people refrigerate the batter for about a half hour. I think what this does is when the gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough is cool it takes a little longer for the middle to cook resulting in a cookie that is crispy on the outside and chewy on inside. Non refrigerated it cooks more evenly throughout and you end up with a firmer cookie.
The next step is to get your cookies sheets. Here where there will be some controversy. I like to butter the pan for a crispier bottom and the flavor of the butter. There are a lot of people who disagree with this method because if you are not careful you can burn the bottom of the chocolate chip cookie. Again, to each his own. Now take your batter and with a teaspoon (I use my hands) make a ball. The size of the of the dough ball will determine the size of the cookie. Drop the cookie ball on sheet spacing them about two inches apart. If a bigger cookie, more spacing. I also like to flatten them down a little to bake more evenly and some keep them in a ball.
Next turn oven down to 350 and put cookies sheets in the oven. Baking for nine to twelve minutes. Do not keep opening oven door as the oven will lose heat and will turn on burning the bottom. Take them out when they are a golden brown. Let sit for one min ant take out of sheet as they will keep cooking om the hot pan. Don’t forget that they are gluten free so the cook time might vary.
Now the only thing left to do is to enjoy your fresh baked gluten free chocolate chip cookie with a cold glass of milk. Gluten free does not mean it has to be bad tasting. There are a lot of gluten free foods and recipes that are quite delicious. Don’t be afraid to do some experimenting yourself. And it is a great family event to do together with delicious rewards. Enjoy and thank you. Check out my other gluten free post with what the FDA has done about labeling.