Baking Test Trials

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Pretty excited about this little test group of cookies. Although my whole goal starting out was to sell the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made to the gluten-free crowd, I love experimenting too much to stick to one thing. Admittedly the second place sweet in my heart only to chocolate chip cookies is red velvet cake. And I am experimenting to get a healthy and naturally red version of that cake available for purchase… Which I haven’t accomplished yet.

But two things drove me to try this cookie; 1) I am trying some things out for a wedding cookie table later in September to see what we like and 2) I had some leftover BEETS! Now please don’t gag… I don’t care who you are or how much you hate beets, but you can’t dislike these cookies.

They are made in a waffle iron and are absoltely adorable. They have walnuts in them and they are just sweet enough to have you questioning if maybe they could still pass for breakfast?? My original recipe calls for canned pumpkin, but since I had some organic beet puree around, I made the substitution with a little cocoa powder and we have gluten-freedom formed in sheer magenta beauty. 😃

I still haven’t gotten a thumbs up or thumbs down from the bride on if they make the cut for the cookie table, but they made the cut for our Bible study the next day! Even when I hesitantly stated the questionable ingredient, the warry beet-adverse Ron gave them a try and I think he liked them!

(leave a comment telling me if you think they’re wedding reception cookie table appropriate)

I got some great feedback from my dear friend Kim who has eaten enough gluten-free and gluten-enslaved foods to be a valuable resource. She said she loved the flavor and the color and only suggests they have a bit more walnuts and might be a little dry. Exactly what I needed! You can’t please everyone, as my husband insisted they had plenty of walnuts, but I have a fix for the dryness and might just make half with more walnuts and half with none next time.

Check out my etsy site (BakedTrueNorth) in the next week for a posting to purchase these beauties! Or plan to come to the Bellevue Flea on Sunday May 22 and I might have some samples you can try!

Thanks for reading!
~ Lauren Marts

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