Sunday, October 25, 2009

Chocalate Chip Cookies, now gluten free...

For the most part switching to a gluten free diet has been relatively painless. And considering how MUCH BETTER I FEEL (not to mention the 7 pounds that have suddenly gone missing) making a few dietary changes has been little more than that...changes.

On a day to day basis it's been easy switching to gluten free pastas and simply eliminating bread from my diet. Thankfully several varieties of Chex cereal are now gluten free which keeps breakfast easy. We've discovered which gluten free flours work good in our most commonly eaten homemade "bread" foods...mainly pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal muffins...but this weekend I wanted to branch out a bit. I've been craving a little sweet treat...mostly in the form of COOKIES...and well, I can no longer depend on the bakery or the coffee shop to be sources for my cravings. (And I'm not big on store bought sweets.)

I was a little hesitant to try making homemade cookies with gluten free flours because the last thing you want to do is have a bad experience with a favorite old recipe. But I bit the bullet and decided CCCs were as good a place to start as any.

I was pretty excited when first the dough passed the finger swipe taste test...


Then I was a little nervous as the cookies spread out a lot thinner than normal during baking...


But over-all, our tried and true family recipe delivered as expected...


I plan to make a few changes for batch #2. (Whenever that may be.) The cookies seemed to spread less during baking with each new pan of dough balls, so I am wondering if allowing the dough to rest a bit after mixing but before baking may help. I also think I need to use a bit more Xantham Gum as these fellows ended up being FRAGILE, which has made for 2 happy pooches as they have been (one more than once occasion) benefactors of a fallen cookie chunk.

Next on the gluten-free-baked-goods-with-which-to-experiment list...scones!


peace

2 comments:

MS said...

Well, they look perfect!!

Tia said...

those cookies look REALLY good.

i often think about giving up gluten just because, but then i figure it's really efforty, so then i don't.

so congrats to you!