Gluten free baking is something I want to learn more about. My sister bakes gluten free often because of the diet restrictions of one of her grandchildren, so I have learned most of what I know about gluten free cooking from her. After spending several days traveling with her, I spent part of the weekend at her house with the family. On Sunday we did some cooking, and I used one of her recipes to make these Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. These are good cookies.
To make this Gluten Free cookie recipe my sister first makes this Almond-Coconut Flour Blend. If you prefer, an alternative choice to the Almond-Coconut Flour Blend to use in the cookie recipe is 1/2 cup tapioca flour, 1/2 cup sorghum flour, and 1/4 cup brown rice flour.
These are the products she uses in her Almond-Coconut Flour Blend.
Almond-Coconut Flour Blend
8 ounces, weight Almond Meal
4 ounces, weight Coconut Flour
5 ounces, weight Arrowroot Starch
Throughly combine all ingredients and store in a cool dry place.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco (no substitutes)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups Almond-Coconut Flour Blend
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup GF chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a sheet pan by lining with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream Crisco with sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour blend with salt, xanthan gum, and baking powder. Add flour mixture gradually to the Crisco and sugar mixture, blending well after each addition. Last, mix in chocolate chips. Drop dough from a cookie scoop 2 inches apart on prepared pan. Bake for 7 - 9 minutes or just until edges are light brown. DO NOT overbake cookies! Allow cookies to cool on a wire rack for 5 - 10 minutes. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
When baking gluten free, check all the ingredient labels to be sure they are gluten free products before adding to a recipe. Even some brands of baking powder and vanilla extract are not gluten free.
Drop cookie dough on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.
Bake cookies for 7 - 9 minutes in preheated oven. Be careful not to over bake. Even if you don't need a gluten free diet, I think you'll enjoy these chocolate chip cookies. I loved them.