And the Winner is…

Katelyn!

Private Message me on Facebook and we’ll work out the details of the cookies! 🙂

 

Thanks everyone for commenting and creating the buzz! I pulled names out of a lunch box… for lack of a hat. But I loved all your favorites and they gave me some good ideas. Stay tuned for the giveaway cookie new release coming in the next month!

 

Have a cookie!

Lauren

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Giveaway TIME!

In honor of spring and everything good in life… I am going to do a giveaway now! But it’s only going to run now until midnight on April 1st! Comment on this post as to what your favorite type of cookie is and I will pick 1 lucky winner to get 4 large cookies either in that flavor (if it makes sense) or in another flavor I offer.

Ready? Set? COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!

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Have a cookie!

– Lauren

Beach Baking

This week my family took a vacation to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Seeing as I still work a full time job and don’t get a ton of time to bake for fun, I brought my almond flour and doughnut pan with me on the trip, just in case I got a moment of delicious inspiration.

A moment is sometimes hard to come by on these vacations as it is typical for us to squeeze a run, tennis, swimming, kayaking, biking, and golf in… Likely all in one day. But fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, we had some various rain and high winds, caused by a hurricane hitting Florida, sending tropical storms our way.

So, I got a chance to bake 3 times! (Four if you count the savory beet pesto pizza with goat cheese, pictured below in my mouth!)

First, in honor or my mother’s birthday we had a fresh batch of my Signature Chocolate chip cookies. These did not last long, mostly thanks to my dad who could out eat anyone in a chocolate chip cookie eating contest. Second, as I mentioned, I had my doughnut pan with me, so I made an experimental batch of chocolate glazed coconut flour doughnuts. Honestly, these tasted like the traditional Enteman’s doughnuts I used to devour, but healthier. 🙂

Third, I made another batch of chocolate chip cookies, but used organic raw honey for half the sweetener (out of necessity). Surprisingly this gave the cookie a very different taste and crispped much quicker. Not specifically going to alter any recipes in the future on account of this experiment, but these cookies didn’t last long either.

Also, fixed up my website a bit, adding prices and explanations to my top 3 cookie options in response to all the excitement and inquiries I’ve been getting lately. More to come on the website, so stay tuned!

Lastly, the winner of last month’s cookie giveaway is………

Lori! I’ll be in touch with your cookie details. Thanks to everyone who followed, commented, and liked my content. Please keep sharing the gluten-freedom with your friends and loved one’s to help Baked True North grow!

Stay delicious,

Lauren Marts

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! 😉

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.

I am that person.

We had a celebration this weekend of our two friends were ordained as decons! The ceremony was full of love and this was shown by all the people that came out to celebrate and congratulate Seth and Paul and the others who were ordained.

There was a pretty typical church cookie reception afterwards, which (kind of last minute) I agreed to help organize. Nick and I typically do not approach the receptions after events very optimistically. We just assume we aren’t going to be able to eat anything. And that’s fine. We never go to these events expecting to be able to eat and so we aren’t truly disappointed. And the way our lives are currently, we practice enough intermittent fasting that it’s not really an issue to wait 30 minutes until we get home.

But of course I made my gluten free cookies in excess for all those people hoping and wishing they could eat! I am that person because I was that person!

But, I almost forgot to mark them gluten free… Which doesn’t matter too much except two things… 1) those GF folks won’t know they have an option! And 2) people like my dad who doesn’t want or need gluten free food, and the thought has the tendency to turn him off or at least make him skeptical, won’t go eating them all before those who need them. So Nick saved the day by finding some coffee filters and a sharpie and labeling them accordingly.

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These large beauties were another partial experiment, which will definitely be sticking around in my long term collection. White chocolate macadamia nut! I never cared for them growing up, but they are Nick’s favorite cookie and although I don’t know how someone can like them more than plain chocolate chip, I have come to like them very much. And they were a hit.

By the time I went to start cleaning up, there were only 2 GF cookies left (which Nick and I promptly devoured) and there definitely aren’t 4 dozen GF people at our church. So I hope all you people enjoyed them! I love serving in this way because… I can! And because I would bake anyway and get large if I didn’t sell some and give some away.

So… In honor of Paul and Seth’s ordination and my new exciting recipe… I will be giving away 4 large white chocolate macadamia nut cookies! Leave a comment on this blog and I’ll pick a winner next week!

Thanks all!

Spreading gluten-freedom,
Lauren