Last week, I attended a potluck dinner. The theme was St. Patrick’s Day – so green and/or Irish foods were a preferred contribution.
Generally, I contribute a savory food, something that can be a side dish or a main course. However, this time I decided to go with a (green) dessert. I was in class prior to the potluck and needed something that would be easy to transport and didn’t require refrigeration.
I’ve wanted to try making gluten free cookies for a while and decided this was a good opportunity. And it’s a good thing I wasn’t serving the cookies to anyone with an intolerance, because, as it turns out, these cookies did contain gluten. As I was researching gluten-free cookies, I realized the spelt flour (that I had bought in the healthy food section at the grocery store next to the gluten-free flours and cake mixes) contains gluten! According to The Kitchn:
“Spelt has a reputation as a “healthier” grain, but as far as gluten-free cooking goes, it’s out. It is a direct relative of wheat, and while its protein content may be higher and therefore better for those of us without a gluten intolerance, it will cause problems for those with gluten-intolerance. One interesting note, however, is that some people who simply have a mild intolerance say that they can tolerate spelt better than wheat. But you should still avoid it completely when cooking for those with a gluten or wheat intolerance.” (from “Cocoa to Cornstarch: Are These 10 Ingredients Gluten-Free?” on The Kitchn)
A few other things “went wrong” in the process. First, I realized after adding the green food dye that it was also mint-flavoured. This ended up not being an issue because both Bryan and I like mint. And I let my classmates know about the flavour ahead of time. Second, although the dough was green, the cookies turned out golden-brown with a green center. They didn’t look very festive. Next time, I will take them out of the oven sooner so they retain a bit more colour.
So, while these cookies were not, in the end, gluten-free… they were a delicious first attempt. (Bryan asked me to tell my classmates that they were terrible so we could have more at home). However, I promised to make these cookies again soon. However, the next batch will be truly gluten-free, substituting a bit more of each of the other flours to remove the spelt flour.
ALMOST Gluten Free Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ¾ cup salted butter, softened – approximate cost $1.50
- ½ cup brown sugar – approximate cost $0.25
- ½ cup cane sugar – approximate cost $0.45
- 1 egg – approximate cost $0.30
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – approximate cost $0.15
- 20 drops of mint-flavoured green food dye – approximate cost $0.25
- 2 teaspoons xanthan gum – approximate cost $0.50
- ½ cup spelt flour – approximate cost $0.50
- ½ cup coconut flour – approximate cost $0.60
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour – approximate cost $0.50
- 1/3 cup almond meal flour – approximate cost $0.50
- 1/3 cup white rice flour – approximate cost $0.50
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch – approximate cost $0.10
- 1 teaspoon baking soda – approximate cost $0.05
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
- 150 grams semi-sweet chocolate chips – approximate cost $1.25
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and cane sugar.
- Add the egg, vanilla, and mint-flavoured green food dye.
- Stir until well blended.
- Mix together the xanthan gum, spelt flour, coconut flour, tapioca flour, almond meal flour, white rice flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and sea salt.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture ½ cup at a time, mixing well each time you add flour.
- Add the chocolate chips when the flour is completely blended with the butter mixture.
- Use an ice cream scoop to make spheres of cookie dough.
- Place each scoop of dough onto a non-stick baking sheet (about 5 centimeters apart).
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the cookie is golden (the dough on the inside of the cookie will be green).
- Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet.
- Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
- Enjoy immediately and pack a few cookies away for later!
Makes about 15 cookies (approximate cost: $0.50 per cookie).
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