Saturday, February 09, 2013

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

As you know, I love cookies. Cookies are by far my favorite dessert. I love cookies so much that it saddens me when others, especially those I love, can't enjoy gooey-chocolatey-cookie-deliciousness. I first became familiar with Celiac disease 9 years ago when I met one of my now good friends who suffered from the disease (and I do mean suffered). I know there are many people who choose to live gluten free for whatever reason and if that's your choice, I hope you enjoy this recipe, but this recipe, is really for those who do not have a choice, those who become severely ill from contact with gluten. Celiac is no joke, so it struck a nerve yet again this weekend when one of my dearest friends revealed that she had been recently diagnosed and was going through the struggle of starting her gluten free life. She's a few months in and feeling much better, but although the gluten free options are much better than they were 9 years ago, they are still limited. After a quick chat I quickly sent her this recipe, which is a variation on my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Since more and more people I know seem to be having gluten issues, I thought it was time to share this delicious recipe!

After experimenting with various flours, I personally prefer oat flour (ok I really prefer wheat, but you know what I mean). Feel free to try what you like - but I know this will satisfy gluten free and gluten-gluttons alike! So, without further adieu, gluten free chocolate chip cookies! 

The Deets
1/2 Cup Margarine or Shortening

3/4 Cup Butter (1 1/2 Sticks or 1 stick + 4 TBS)

1 Cup Sugar

1 Cup Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Almond Extract

1 tsp baking Soda

1 tsp baking Powder

1 tsp Salt

3 Cups Oat Flour

3/4 Cup Oats

1 Bag Chocolate Chips

The How To
Cream Butter, Margarine, Sugar and Eggs
Add Vanilla and Almond Extract, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Salt and 2 Cups of Oat Flour, Mix until smooth
Add Whole Oats and remaining Cup of Oat Flour and mix until smooth
Add Chocolate Chips and Mix until well incorporated
Roll into Balls for Baking
Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes (I like my cookies gooey!)
Enjoy the gluten free goodness! Now if I could only find a way to make them calorie free...