Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Gluten Free Double Chocolate CookiesOn Monday night I was really feeling like baking, because I’ve done a whole two weeks without baking and I was having serious withdrawals. So I decided that a baking session was seriously in order, but what to bake? I mean, there are so many seriously delicious treats to bake, and so little time to bake them all. There are almost too many options when it comes to baking, and I almost need to narrow it down by what I feel like making, how much time I have and of course what is on hand. And when I went to my pantry I noticed that I was seriously lacking what you would normally need as staples for baking i.e. flour, caster sugar, cooking chocolate.

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Most people at this point would give up, as it was a Monday night and I could have put the TV on instead and forgotten about the whole thing. But not me, I was determined to bring baked goods into work to improve everyone’s Tuesday! So instead I rallied and figured out how I could get creative with my baking! And it ended up being a really fun, and delicious, experiment.

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

I decided on a recipe for cookies (because you know how much I love cookies) that were made using almond meal, because despite not having flour, for some reason I had a lot of almond meal. This was a positive as well as some of the girls in my office can’t eat gluten and so it meant they could enjoy the cookies too! I ended up finding a recipe for double chocolate cookies using almond meal which looked really delicious. And who doesn’t love chocolate? I feel like anything with just singular chocolate in it is good, let alone DOUBLE chocolate! And it was such a shame that all I had on hand was Lindt chocolate, because it made the cookies about one million times better!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

I would have to say, these may be my favourite cookies that I’ve ever baked. Which is weird, because all things considered they aren’t that bad for you. The batter was a perfect Monday night treat, and the cookies themselves were so good I had to keep going back! I think if you are looking for a chocolatey, delicious cookie recipe, you should look no further than this recipe, it is seriously good!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Adapted From Gourmande in the Kitchen
Preparation Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 9 minutes
Serves 28 cookies

Ingredients

·         200 grams of bittersweet dark chocolate – I used Lindt 85% chocolate for melting, and 90% chocolate for the chocolate chips. You will be melting half and using the other half for the chocolate chips. Roughly chop half of the chocolate

·         1 ½ cups of almond meal

·         ½ cup of unsweetened cacao (or cocoa if you only have this on hand)

·         ½ teaspoon of baking soda

·         ½ teaspoon of sea salt, finely ground

·         112 grams of butter cut into cubes

·         1 cup of coconut sugar

·         2 large eggs

·         1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Method

1.       Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius (350 degrees F)

2.       Fill a saucepan with a bit of water over a medium heat, and place half the chocolate in a bowl. Place the bowl over the top of the water so it completely covers the saucepan. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring until completely liquid. Remove from heat.

3.       In a bowl, combine the almond meal, cacao, baking soda, salt and sugar, and use a hand held mixer to combine.

4.       Add the cubed butter to the mixture and process until it is completely brought together. The dough should look a bit wet and darker.

5.       Add the eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate and process until the dough is smooth. It will be quite wet but still firm enough to use a spoon to form balls. Fold in the chopped chocolate to the mixture.

6.       Line two baking trays with baking paper. Using two tablespoons, drop heaped balls of dough onto the baking sheets, keeping a few inches between each cookie.

7.       Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until just set (don’t overbake as they will firm up when you take them out of the oven)

8.       Cool completely on a wire rack, and enjoy!

This recipe was really simple and ended up having minimal washing up – you only need to use two bowls and your mixer! They also ended up being really healthy all things considered – dark chocolate is really good for you and they didn’t have any refined sugar or flour in them. The result was super chocolatey, gooey cookies with the most amazing texture! Everyone at work was commenting about how delicious these were, and I loved them because they weren’t overly sweet, they had just the perfect amount of sweetness that you didn’t feel really gross after eating one, or four.

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

As these are technically chocolate chip cookies, I am going to rate them on my chocolate chip cookie scale (If you have only just started reading, here is the original post explaining my hunt for the perfect cookie). Even though these are a little different to a classic chocolate chip cookie, I think they still have their place in the great cookie hunt!

Supreme Cookie Awesomeness Score

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Simplicity: 7

Gooeyness: 7

Tastiness: 9

Gone Factor: 8

Total Score: 31/40

They scored a little lower than the last batch, just because the ingredients are a little harder to source, and it involved melting chocolate etc. Also, they lasted a whole two days, rather than the one day that the other cookies I tried lasted. But they were equally tasty and gooey, so overall a really good score!

Gluten Free Double Chocolate Cookies

These make for a great relatively healthy treat for everyone to enjoy! What delicious chocolate chip cookies. If this is what gluten free cookies taste like all the time, sign me up! I’m sure they don’t, but man I have started attempting gluten free cookies on a high note!  I don’t know if I can make any gluten free cookies that taste better than these, but I guess I am a little biased as I love dark chocolate so much! Does anyone have any cookie recipes they think could top these? I’d love to know!

Until Next Time, Happy Baking!

Ella xx

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The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

On Sunday morning I woke up a bit earlier than my partner, as he had a bigger night than I did the night before. So I could have lazed around in bed, watched some TV or read a book. But instead, I felt the urge to bake chocolate chip cookies, because that’s a totally normal thing to do on a Sunday morning.

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

I really love chocolate chip cookies, is anyone else with me? I don’t know what it is about them, but I’ve always been a number one fan. I feel like they might be the king amongst cookies, the one cookie to rule them all. I mean, I know thee is so much choice when it comes to cookies and biscuits in general, but I find nothing compares to a delicious chocolate chip cookie. It’s like pure happiness in baked good form, and you don’t even need to cook them, the cookie dough is just as amazing!

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Now that I have completed my ode to delicious chocolate chip cookies, which I hope you enjoyed, I can continue on with my post. Although I can enjoy all types of chocolate chip cookies, I love gooey ones with melty chocolate inside. I’ve never been a huge fan of hard cookies in general, which is often a point of contention amongst cookie lovers. So I’m always looking for recipes that will yield soft, gooey cookies rather than hard ones. I’ve noticed on Pinterest there are a number of diagrams for the avid cookie lover that show you what ingredients result in each type of cookie, which I found pretty interesting and helpful. I mainly have kudos for whoever spent the time making that many batches of cookies in order to create the diagram. It must have been a really delicious experiment.

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

So I decided that maybe I needed to embark on a little experiment of my own. I have noticed that there are pretty much a billion recipes for chocolate chip cookies, all of which claim that theirs is the best recipe in the world. I’m not really sure which one should wear the crown of the best cookie recipe in the entire world, as cookie loving is so subjective. But I did decide that I should try out a few of these ‘best cookie recipes’ and see which one reigned supreme, just like Iron Chef but for baked goods. After all, there’s no harm in giving as many cookie recipes a go as possible, except perhaps for the waistlines of those around me. RIP waistlines.

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

The recipe I tried for this post was one such recipe that claimed it was the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I had a look at it and thought it might have potential. And oh boy did it ever. The cookies were absolutely delicious, and were gone within the day. Honestly, once you started eating them you couldn’t stop. They were so gooey and delicious, perfect for a Sunday treat. And the recipe itself was nice and simple, not really involving much preparation or difficulty in the baking. So I believe we have started the competition off strong.

Soft, Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Adapted from Pinch of Yum
Preparation Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 9-11 minutes
Servings 16 cookies

Ingredients

·         ½ cup or 8 tablespoons of salted butter

·         ½ cup of caster sugar

·         ¼ cup of packed brown sugar

·         1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

·         1 egg

·         1 and ½ cups of plain flour

·         ½ teaspoon of baking powder

·         ¼ teaspoon of salt

·         1 packet of chocolate of your choice – I used milk cooking chocolate, about 200 grams worth

Method

1.      Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Microwave the butter for 40 seconds so it is just barely melted (make sure you don’t overheat it, so if it isn’t completely melted put it back in for 5 second increments).

2.      Using electric beaters, beat the butter with the white and brown sugar until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract, beating until fully incorporated. Try not to overbeat as it will stiffen the cookies, just keep it to 10-15 seconds.

3.      Add the plain flour, baking powder and salt to the bowl. Mix until the dough becomes crumbly, and use hands to form into a dough. At this stage the dough should not be too wet or too dry.

4.      Break the chocolate block up into small chunks and mix into the dough with your hands.

5.      Cover a baking tray with baking paper, and roll the dough into 16 medium sized balls (if you want larger cookies, just roll less). Ensure you leave a bit of room between each cookie on the sheet to avoid them sticking when baking.

6.      Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes, or until the cookies puff up and are just barely golden. They should be pale and puffy when they come out of the oven, as this will ensure they are nice and soft on the inside.

7.      Allow the cookies to rest for about half an hour, if you can wait that long. They will firm up on the outside and remain nice and soft on the inside. Keep in an airtight container and they will last as long as you can hold off eating them for.

So to make this a true competition across my blog posts, I am introducing a scoring mechanism for the cookie recipes that I try, just so that we can objectively measure the success. I will score the cookies in a couple of categories out of 10 to ensure supreme cookie awesomeness. This will rate the cookies for their ease of baking, gooeyness, taste and a special score for how quickly they were eaten, which I will so aptly name the ‘gone factor’. Here is the first recipes score:

Supreme Cookie Awesomeness Score

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Simplicity: 8

Gooeyness: 7

Tastiness: 9

Gone Factor: 9

Total Score: 33/40

Not a bad score for my first entry to the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. This cookie was truly delicious, and really easy to make. They were quite fluffy but gooey on the inside, which is what you want in a cookie. For a traditional chocolate chip cookie, this one was a perfect standard recipe, which I think you could keep in your arsenal for any time you have a craving. They were so quick that you could have delicious chocolate chip cookies in about half an hour, and how can you argue with that? The cookie dough was also delicious, so if they don’t quite make it to the oven I wouldn’t blame you!

The Hunt for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

My boyfriend was really excited to wake up to freshly baked cookies, and when I took these over to a friend’s house the rest were demolished in about 20 minutes. I take this as a sign that these chocolate chip cookies were truly irresistible!

What do you like in a chocolate chip cookie? Would you give these ones a go based on how much I liked them? If anyone has a recipe they think might beat this one, let me know and I will check it out!

Until next time, happy baking!

Ella xx