Please welcome guest blogger Dawn from Kitchen Travels! She is a fellow Sacramento food blogger that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at several local events. She’s incredibly sweet, easy to talk to, and fun to be around. Her blog is all about food and travel. I particularly enjoyed these photos of the signs of spring and her post on raspberry and fig jam. Dawn brings us her answer to the Chocolate Chip Cookie Challenge:
Ever since I began experimenting with gluten-free recipes, it seems like everyone I know, knows someone who is gluten-intolerant or celiac: friends of friends, my favorite local hairstylist, and – I recently found out – Stephanie’s sister.
So when Stephanie asked if I’d like to guest-post and share a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with her readers, this one immediately came to mind, and I happily agreed.
It’s everything I think a great chocolate chip cookie should be. The gooey, not-too-sweet dark chocolate complements the soft, brown-sugary-tasting dough, which in turn contrasts nicely against the salty crunch of the fleur de sel.
In addition to being the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie I’ve tried, this is also simply one of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had… period. I did a taste-test with my twins, my husband, my 11-year-old son and his three friends who happened to be at our house for the afternoon, and they all gave these cookies rave reviews. None of them noticed the absence of traditional wheat flour, and neither will you.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
I tried a few different flour combinations while developing this recipe, and this one was the best. The cookies come out a little crisp on the outside, soft and cakey on the inside. Bonus: you can also make these cookies dairy-free (by eliminating the butter, upping the shortening by an equal amount, and using gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate like this or this) and even cane sugar-free (by using grain-sweetened chocolate)! Lastly, note that the salty sprinkle really makes these cookies special… don’t skip it.
Use organic whenever possible.
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 2/3 cup brown rice flour
- 2 tablespoons tapioca flour (or tapioca starch – same thing!)
- 1/4 cup potato starch (not potato flour – not the same thing!)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon xantham gum
- 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel (OK to sub sea salt, but not table salt)
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips or chunks
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts *
- 2 to 3 teaspoons fleur de sel, for sprinkling
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
2. Sift together the flours, potato starch, baking soda and xantham gum in a medium bowl; whisk in 1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel.
3. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer), beat together shortening, butter and maple syrup at high speed until pale and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each. Mix in vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour mixture a little at a time, mixing just until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. The dough will be a bit softer than traditional wheat-flour cookie dough.
4. Place heaping tablespoons of dough two inches apart on baking sheets (I like to use a 1 1/4″ scoop). Sprinkle each ball of dough with a good pinch of fleur de sel.
5. Bake one sheet at a time on the middle rack for 9-12 minutes, just until golden. Cool cookies on baking sheet 1-2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a rack and cool completely.
6. Continue baking cookies, alternating baking sheets. You do not need to change the parchment paper between batches, but do allow the baking sheet to cool a bit before scooping the cooking dough. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temp for up to a week.
Yield: 4 dozen
* If you prefer to make these without walnuts, increase the chocolate chips to 2 cups.
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