Thursday, November 10, 2011

Starting Slow with Chocolate Oat Chews

Hey Gluten-Free'ers!

When I first made the decision to cut out the wheat, I took a trip to a fancy health-food store that is known for its fresh baked goods, many of which are GF.  If you have looked at GF products at any grocery store than I'm sure you have realized that they are about 3x the price of their gluten-full equivalent, so they better be good right? That day I purchased several individually wrapped muffins, cookies and a loaf of bread and hoped for the best.  I realized right away that there was something amiss when the cookie I had purchased didn't even make it home in one piece (it had crumbled into sand).  Upon tasting the crumbs, my suspicions were confirmed; the cookie was crumbly, dry and bland.  I knew I could do better.

Whether you've been baking gluten free for years or this is your very first time, one thing is for sure: Everyone loves a really delicious cookie.  I adapted my "Chocolate Oat Chews" from a basic Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookie recipe that I've been using for years as my first attempt at GF baking .

These cookies will turn out soft, chewy and delicious! Here is the recipe in full and I have added my special tips to the bottom of the blog so make sure you read to the bottom before you make them J

Chocolate Oat Chews

"Wet Ingredients"
1 cup Butter (room temperature)
1 cup White Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla

"Dry Ingredients"
2 cups GF "all purpose" mix
1/2 cup Oat flour (simply blend 1/2 cup oats until fine)
1 1/2 cups Gluten Free Oats
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt

1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips (I REALLY like these )


1. Set oven to preheat to 375° F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat if required. (I like this at the beginning of recipes because my oven can take a while to heat up)

2. Cream the butter and sugar together.  This is very easy when the butter is at room temperature and can be done very easily by hand or with the paddle attachment of your stand mixer on a low/medium speed.

3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix to combine.

4. In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients (GF "all purpose" mix, oat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt). I often do this with a whisk.

5. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients in 3 additions being sure to only mix until combined (over mixing when it comes to any kind of baking results in overworked "tough" baked goods.

6. Stir in chocolate chips (again, mix only enough to get them somewhat evenly distributed throughout the dough). This should be your result: delicious, sticky, hearty dough.

7. Roll cookies into balls and place on lined cookie sheet. Consider putting them into the freezer for 10 mins (see Tip #1). Remember that at this stage you also have the option to save some dough for baking later (see Tip #2).

8. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Tip #1: I like my cookies to be thick and chewy. In order to achieve this I roll my dough into balls (slightly smaller than a golf ball) and place them on my cookie sheet (covered in parchment or a non-stick silicone mat). Next I put the whole thing in the freezer for about 10 minutes to chill.  This will prevent the cookies from spreading out too much in the oven and will give you a nice moist center while still having a crispy base and edges!

Tip #2: Freezing for Later

If, like me, you live alone and don’t really want 30 cookies hanging around your house all at once to either go bad or (more likely) be eaten all at once, there is a simple solution!  Roll all your cookies into balls like usual but leave the ones you want to store for another day in the freezer for about 2 hours. Once completely hardened, you can simply pop them into a freezer bag and return to the freezer for up to 2 months.  To bake, place a few balls of frozen dough on a lined baking sheet and allow to thaw while your oven preheats (10-15 minutes) then bake for about 12 minutes for fresh cookies any time!

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Enjoy and Happy Baking!

1 comment:

  1. I sure hope there are some of these in the freezer for easy snacking the next time I visit! :)