Let's be clear, cookies are something that no person should ever have to live without. Cookies are also something that we don't have to eat every single day. Oh, but when the weather turns to fall, and the tempurature drops, I break out the Autumn decor and HAVE to start baking.
I'm new at this, not the blog thing, the baking gluten free thing. I have been off gluten for about 18 months and have spent a lot of time and money trying to find goodies that will satisify my sweet tooth. Luckily, (OR NOT, depending on how you look at it), there is a gluten free bakery exactly 2.23 miles from my front door. They are completely dedicated to baking only gluten free and because of them I was able to eat bread, rolls, cookies, tarts, cookies...That is until I found out that my food allergies extended way past just wheat. The gluten free bakery uses almond flour in all of thier baking and I am super allergic to nuts. Hmmm, guess my tummy wasn't just upset by the amount of treats I was eating there. And then there was the iching...(sigh)
Really the few options left to me are to just go without treats, buy expensive dairy free/gluten free/nut free/corn free/ cardboard imitation cookies, or learn to bake what I want. I mean give a girl a gluten free cookie she's happy for two minutes. But teach a girl how to bake gluten free and she is happy for a lifetime.
I dawned on me that I work really hard at eating right and exercising, so if I am going to treat myself to something, I want it to be worth it and as uncardboard like as possible.
Today for Sunday dinner we made orange chicken and I thought it would be cool to try making our own fortune cookies. I looked up the easiest recipe I could find and got started. Jordan promptly began to write out fortunes. "You will have dessert". "You will marry Justin Beiber", "This is paper" are just a couple of his ideas.
They took forever! And I couldn't eat them! So I decided to that today was a good day to teach myself how to bake gluten free. Or just start anyway. I didn't want to run to the store so I gathered what I had and found a recipe for GF snickerdoodles. I adapted it from eatthelove.blogspot.com to make it work with what I had. I cut the recipe in half, nixed the shortening, and used the GF flour mix I had in my cupboard.
Again (read: worth my time and the calories) I wanted to make sure these were fluffy and soft, not hard and crunchy. Preheat the oven to 350. Here's the recipe (adapted):
1/2 cup butter softened
3/4 cup sugar
With an electric mixer, mix the sugar and butter together until fluffy, add
1 large egg (continue mixing) and add
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xantham gum
1 3/4 cup GF Bob's Redmill Flour
Once the ingredients are mixed together, roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll into a cinnamon/sugar mixture. (1 Tbsp ground cinnamon and 3 Tbsp sugar)
Place on a greased cookie sheet, (I used a baking stone), about 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes.
Take directly off the cookie sheet and place on a cooking rack. This recipe makes 3 dozen soft and (I think) worth-my-time-and-calories-cookies.
**Worth noting. I asked Matt to try one because I was so thrilled with myself. He said, "Well...they are pretty good, kind of grainy." Then a long pause. "I guess if it's all you could eat they are fine."
I thought they were yummy!