I have been playing around with gluten-free baking lately. I am not gluten-free, but I know that many people are and I want to stay on top of things. One day I would like to become a full time baker and I feel I will be more marketable if I understand how gluten-free baking works. And I will share what I learn.
I have played with this recipe quite a bit, and I think I got it somewhere awesome. I am very happy with how they stand up to “regular” chocolate chip cookies. They taste great, in fact, I am not sure anyone would know they were gluten free at all. Although, you do want to let people know they are nut-based of course. I promise, you will not be disappointed, my friends. In fact, I am eating one right now.
What you will need
- Sheet pan
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar (I have tossed in a bit more a few times because I LOVE SUGAR!)
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Yields: 20 – 24 cookies depending on how big you like your balls.
Preheat oven to 375. Prepare cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
In separate bowl, add all your dry ingredients. (Flour, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum)
Beat sugar and butter in mixer. Add vanilla extract. Add eggs. Beat lightly. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer. Beat that for a bit, just until blended. Add your chocolate chips.
Roll them in the palm of your hand and place them on your Silpat (or parchment paper). Smoosh them down a bit with your hands (as shown); they don’t spread as much as regular chocolate chip cookies, so you can keep them relatively close together.
Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool on a wire rack. Cookies will be moist and gooey! I would wait a few minutes before digging in.
They are seriously awesome.
It’s hard to give variations as this recipe was sort of formed out of a few variations. And I feel it’s pretty damn solid. I will say, that I did use brown sugar a few times in my process and was happy with that as well.
Anyway, these cookies rule. I bought a batch of 20 to a party and they were gone within minutes.