Expert Cookie Taster #4

This week I am going to feature and review two cookie brands since I haven’t done a review in a while. Also they are both going to have a chocolate cookie base. In my opinion I don’t prefer this type, but in their defense, they are significantly different cookies. Sometimes I crave a chocolate cookie over a traditional chocolate chip cookie (CCC, or triple C as I call it), and that is just a different craving. But I digress…

Number 1, Gluuteny Bakery’s Double Chocolate Chip Cookie. I believe I purchased both this and #2 atย Soergelsย where I usually do my specialty shopping.

First of all, I love Gluuteny. I lived in Squirrel Hill for 2 years after college. During this time I met my husband, Nick, and subsequently was prompted to consider a gluten-free diet. Gluuteny Bakery on Murray Ave was a nice introduction for me into what gluten-free food could be (like, not gross and lifeless)!

The Double Chocolate Chip cookie was thick (a must), very chocolatey and not too dry. The size was good, big and filling. The flours used aren’t my favorite anymore (rice, corn, potato, tapioca), but they do provide a very “normal” texture.

Number 2, Nana’s No Gluten Chocolate Cookie. This isn’t actually a chocolate CHIP cookie, as it had no chips. The chips would have helped. I do like the fact that it has no refined sugar and I’m guessing the fruit juice helped it to be decently moist, although my thoughts on fruit juice are still being developed. The flours are similar (rice & tapioca), but the cookie was not as thick and slightly softer (not as sturdy). Size was similar and filled me up… But didn’t fill my CCC craving.

My overall opinion is, Gluuteny Bakery did a great job on taste and I love those chocolate chips. Health content aside, because they weren’t different enough, Gluuteny wins!

Stay delicious,

Lauren

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Expert Cookie Taster #3

First order of business, the winner from last week’s giveaway is…

Graci!

Congrats and I’ll be in touch to get your address for the cookies!

Second order of business, starting in July (actually July 9th) I’ll be posting up with my cookies at a local farmers market! It will be at the Mount Nebo Agway on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Their first week is the July 2nd, but I won’t be attending until the following week… But check it out if you’re in the area!

Now, to the blog posts name sake…our new cookie test will be with a local company’s chocolate chip cookie, the Gluten Free Goat Bakery, based out of Pittsburgh, PA. We’re talking direct competition here! ๐Ÿ˜‰

A friend asked me recently if I was going to rate every cookie less than perfect. And being honest I said, probably. Because if I find a perfect cookie that I don’t think I can make one better than… I might just stop baking. And who’s ever heard of a perfect cookie anyway?

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So here it is… Definitely cute packaging and the cookie looks very attractive, although maybe more of a sugar cookie feel (probably due to lack of brown sugar?)

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The ingredient list was good, not all ingredients I would use, but organic is in there and corn-free is pretty great too. The enjoy life choclate chips surprised me, only because I’ve never seen a brand called out in the ingredients before. Props to them because those chips are the best I’ve seen and tried so far.

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The cookie was good. Not the thick moist cookie that I brag, but a familiar and delicious cookie that I have grown accustomed to in the gluten free world.

Very good texture and quality ingredients. Hit the spot for a chocolate chip cookie for sure. Thanks Gluten Free Goat Bakery! Find them at Soergel’s Orchard in their gluten free shop and at the Amazing Cafe in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

Expert Cookie Taster #2

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The Makery was our favorite cookie test to date. Not only was it gluten-free, but it was paleo!

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And the best part was that it actually tasted like a chocolate chip cookie! It was moist and hit the spot. It was a little thin, which seems to be common, especially from those I’ve ordered through the mail.

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And look at this great list of ingredients. I have very little I can complain about on this list. Especially since they list it all right there. This was their regular chcolate chip cookies and I think I would give this a 7 out of 10. Nice job Makery!

Expert Cookie Taster #1

In my quest to make the world’s best gluten free chocolate chip cookie, I decided the place to start was with becoming a gluten free cookie tester. There are definitely worse things in life than being forced to eat cookies for research. So far research has been going well.

I want to occassionally highlight and critique some good options I’ve found for gluten free cookies, and here is my first test cookie.

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Gluten Free Taste Tester #1: Mom’s Munchies

Admittedly I have never tried a hemp cookie before and have nothing to compare it to. Looking at the ingredients, two things stuck out to me: aluminum-free baking soda and the 99% unsweetened dark chocolate. I just recently made the switch to aluminum free baking powder, but still don’t really know the implications of this. I’ll probably blog about it soon. But the chocolate caught my eye because my goal is to start making my own chocolate chips very soon. The convenience of baking chips is undeniable, but getting really “healthy ones” is difficult and expensive. It looks like Mom uses raw organic blue agave, which is neat. And instead of chocolate chips, she created almond sea salt chunks! How unique!

So honestly, I liked these. It’s hard to find a chocolate chip cookie I don’t like (unless you put raisins in it). I didn’t really notice anything different tasting about the chunks though. My biggest thing I like in CCC (let’s use CCC for chocolate chip cookies) is some thickness. These were not thick, maybe due to packaging restrictions? Having never baked with hemp seeds I’m not sure if this causes a limitation as well.

Overall I was happy with the cookie, but it didn’t satisfy my urge for a CCC, because the texture was pretty unique. Thanks, Mom, for the the snack though! These can be found at Soergel Orchard’s gluten free shop (one of my favorite local shops) or of course on Mom’s Muchies website.