It’s a pretty big claim isn’t! The perfect gluten free chocolate chip cookies. I mean I would even go as far to say the perfect chocolate chip cookie, gluten free or not! But hey, I won’t get too big a head now! But I am pretty serious here. It’s taken me let’s just say, quite a few years, to perfect this cookie recipe. With many many variations being played with. But here we are. 6 years into my gluten free journey and finally I have the perfect balance of chewy and crispy. Soft and gooey.
But What Makes a Perfect Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie?
Ahhh now that is a tough question to answer. Because it truly does depend on what type of cookie you like!! Are you a dunker? Well then I imagine you prefer a harder cookie so it doesn’t fall apart in your tea. Or are you a melted and gooey, eat them hot out of the oven, cookie person? See that there is where the problem lies. My interpretation of a perfect cookie could be completely different to yours. That’s why these babies were so hard to master! I really did try to create a perfectly balanced cookie that would appeal to everyone. Gluten free or not!
It was through all this trial and error and baking adventures that I came across several little tricks. These are honestly simple things that can make a HUGE impact on your cookie texture. (Yeah wow I really am a baking nerd huh!). If you’ve been following me for a while now then you’ll know I do have a tendency to geek out over this sort of stuff. Which is kinda weird as I hated science with a fiery passion at school. But alas here we are and I can now talk your ear off over the virtues of brown sugar over white sugar or when is the optimal time to add baking powder?! But I digress.
Tips and Tricks For the Perfect Gluten Free Cookie
So enough geeking about the science of it all! Let’s get down to the handy tips!
Melted Butter. Let’s keep it simple here. Instead of using softened room temperature butter to beat your sugars into, melt it first! This simple change gives you a chewy, tender middle with a just slightly crispy outer edge. Perfect!
Add an extra egg yolk. This is all about fluff. Adding an extra egg yolk gives your dough more plump and fluff so combined with your chewy and tender middle, gives you a decently chunky cookie to bite into too. It really does make a huge difference! Just watching them rise in the oven is satisfying, let alone when you actually pull one apart.
Add more chocolate. OK OK so this isn’t really a tip… more like I just fell off the chocolate bandwagon and am currently making up for it by shoving handful after handful of chocolate chips into my mouth. (Stop judging, I know you hide in your pantry and do it too!). So of course I threw some extra chocolate into my cookies. There really is no such thing as too many chocolate chips.
Use a silicone baking mat. I have sworn by my Tovolo silicone baking mats for the last year now. They make such a big difference to the cookie texture! Especially so on the bottom of my gluten free chocolate chip cookies. They’re now smooth and beautiful. Not holey and sometimes air bubbly. Don’t worry this isn’t an add, I just simply love silicone baking mats. They also mean less wastage (good bye baking paper!) and they are a breeze to clean. If you haven’t tried some already, head to your closest kitchen store and grab one to try!
Resting your cookie dough. Now let’s be serious here. I love a good gluten free chocolate chip cookie. Honestly. But I also don’t want to have to wait for bloody ever to eat one. Yes sometimes I recommend, neigh demand, you rest your dough in the fridge prior to baking. And for some recipes like my Gluten Free Gingerbread and my Gluten Free Shortbread it is a necessity. So please take what I say next with a grain of salt. Yes chilling your cookie dough overnight wrapped in glad wrap in the fridge will create perfectly perfect gluten free chocolate chip cookies. But hey waiting only 10 minutes before popping them into the oven will still give you a damn good cookie. I mean, who has time for that?
So irregardless of what type of cookie person you are, I can almost guarantee you will love these! And with my handy little list of tips you’ll never make a bad gluten free chocolate chip cookie again! You don’t have to stop here either. Give my Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip cookies a go too, they are amazing if you’re a peanut butter lover like me. Or why not even try adding half white chocolate chips and half dark to these babies? Or pop in a 1/4 cup of cocoa powder and reduce the flour by a 1/4 cup for ultra decadent, double choc chip! They really are a versatile cookie!
Now give my Perfect Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies a go today! and be sure to tag me over on Instagram with #champagneandgumboots when you do!