One of my favourite things to do in the kitchen is bake. I find baking to be part alchemy, part chemistry, part artistry. Take a list or ingredients and add them together in just the right way, in just the right order and apply just the right amount of heat for just the right amount of time…and viola! You get something warm and delicious at the end. It’s like magic.
When I first switched to a gluten free diet, I was determined to find an all purpose flour recipe I could use to make delicious cookies. It took several (dozen?) trial batches to get things just right. My favourite mix is based on this recipe , by Silvanna Nardone. This recipe makes a big batch and works really well for cookies but I’ve tweaked it since the first time I tried it. Now I use brown rice flour in place of the white.
In my opinion, there is nothing as comforting, or decadent, as a freshly baked cookie, still warm from the oven and chocolate chip cookies are one of my favourites.
There are so many ways to make a chocolate chip cookie:
- with lots of vanilla
- heavy on the brown sugar
- with or without nuts
- big or little chips
- milk or dark chocolate
- with exotic flavours like mint or cinnamon
Initially, I was so proud to be able to bake a delicious cookie that my family couldn’t tell was gluten and dairy free, I’d bake several batches a week. I kind of over did it for a while. Then, although I’d share them generously, I’d eat them and my waistline started to suffer…
These days, I try not to keep too many tempting sweets around the house. However, since I’ve had my sense of smell back, I have been craving my favourite chocolate chip cookie:
Spiced Orange Chocolate Chip
A classic combo of chocolate and orange with a hint of spice, these cookies are amazing with cup of tea or coffee. The recipe doubles easily and I rarely make a small batch.
- 1 ¼ c all purpose gluten free flour mix
- ½ c brown sugar, packed
- ¼ c sugar
- 1/2 c dairy free all vegetable shortening
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp grated orange rind
- ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp table salt
- ¾ c pure semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F
In large bowl, beat both sugars and shortening. Add egg, orange rind and vanilla, beat until fluffy. In separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients except chocolate chips. Whisk to combine. Add to sugar mixture, mix well. Add Chips. Drop onto tray by rounded tablespoon, 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.
Enjoy and don’t forget to share!
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