The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I received the BEST compliment the other day. A friend of mine is a baker, like for a living. Anyway, she came over and tried one of my gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and to my surprise told me that they were great! Now, I know that some of you are thinking that she only said that to shield my feelings because you know that my cooking skills are, well, not the best. BUT I assure you that she actually meant it! Yay! I have my mother-in-law to thank (and maybe Nestle Tollhouse a bit, lol!) for showing me how to bake some pretty tasty cookies. The other secret is amazing gluten-free flour! I use Namaste. I buy mine at Costco, but you can also purchase it here: Namaste Gluten Free Perfect Flour Blend.

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This recipe is basically the Nestle recipe with some alterations to make sure that it’s gluten-free!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Gluten Free Flour (Namaste)

1 tsp Baking soda

1 tsp Vanilla

3/4 Cup Coconut sugar (Again from Costco)

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Sticks of Butter (non-salted)

1 tsp salt

2 Cups of Chocolate Chips

Directions:

Heat the oven to 375 F. Put the unwrapped butter in an oven safe dish and place in the oven while it is preheating. Allow the butter to melt partially.

Combine the Gluten free Flour, Salt, and Baking Soda in a bowl and mix together. Place aside.

Combine Coconut sugar, Brown sugar, Eggs, Vanilla and partially melted Butter in a bowl and mix. The consistency should be wet yet fluffy.

Start mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. I do this in about three equal portions allowing the dry ingredients to completely mix into the wet before adding more.

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After the wet and dry ingredients are completely mixed together, add the chocolate chips and fold them in. You can use your hands, I use my kitchen aid.

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Once the dough is done, (after taking a bite, I’m sure) place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. It will be tempting to skip this part, but DON’T!!! The gluten-free flour needs to be chilled a little and stiffened to bake properly.

After the 30 minutes is up, simply scoop Tablespoon size balls onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

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Let cool and enjoy!

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What is your favorite cookie recipe?

 

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Fun, Kid Friendly Pancakes!

The littles are hard to feed sometimes. (Can I get an amen!) I have to get creative from time to time so that they’ll eat. I know, I know, “if they are hungry enough they will eat what you make”. Well, I’m too tired for all that! In any case, this little trick is super easy and in all honesty really fun to do!

I used to have a pancake batter dispenser that cost too much and broke too soon. I needed a way to get fancy with the pancakes without that thing. So, Amazon shopping I went! I bought this gem:

KODAK Digital Still Camera
KODAK Digital Still Camera

These squeeze bottles work wonderfully! You simply pour your pancake batter into the squeeze bottle and start designing anything that your little heart desires.

KODAK Digital Still Camera

Here are some ideas:

ruff-family-circus-pancakesLittle round dippers, shapes, cars, trains, names, ninja turtles, mickey mouse.etc.

*Tip: In order to get better lines, outline the shape first and then fill it in. Also, if you are going to be doing letters or names, make sure to write them backwards otherwise they end up like this:

KODAK Digital Still Camera
OOPS!!

Here is the recipe that I used:

  • 2 Cup of flour (I use Great River Organic Flour, it’s amazing!)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, optional (I use honey)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted organic butter
  • Organic coconut oil for cooking

(This recipe is one of a million recipes, so please use whatever one fits your dietary needs.)

Needless to say, the kids loved their breakfast and ate pretty much all of it! Plus, any pancake that they didn’t eat, is easily frozen for another day.

 

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