I was browsing through a past issue of Martha Stewart Living and came across a dessert recipe that I thought would be easy to make gluten free. The most important ingredient was pretzels and I knew Glutino pretzels would work well.
I think it is important to remember that mainstream recipes are a great resource as long as you have some gluten-free brands you know will substitute one for one for a gluten containing ingredient. As for this dessert, these cookies were the perfect salty/sweet/chocolate/peanut combination of flavors to serve with a cup of coffee in order to continue the fun dinner party conversation.
I cut them into two bite squares so that people would try a small piece and go back for seconds. Everyone had seconds. The host and hostess of the dinner party kept some of the cookies for their kids and everyone took home a goody bag. I had left some of the misshapen squares for my kids, but they were a little miffed that I did not bring home more.
If the cookie is Ginnybakes Coconut Oatmeal Bliss, then the answer is an emphatic and unequivocal yes.
I am a huge fan of crispy cookies. Sometimes I find that crispiness hard to achieve when I bake gluten-free cookies so to find these crispy, “betcha can’t eat just one” cookie is wonderful. To be fair, there are probably only a dozen cookies in the box but I have been sitting at my desk for the past few hours working and nibbling and there are only two cookies left!
Yes, that is a lot of calories and sugar but these things are chock full of gluten-free oats, coconut, walnuts and according to the package “love and care.” They are certified gluten-free and organic, so devouring the whole box seems completely justifiable.
My daughter walked into the family room munching on chocolate chip cookies . “Those are mine, aren’t they?” I asked. She responded yes, added that she loved them and piled on with a “they don’t cost more than regular cookies so just buy these.”
I had purchased gluten containing chocolate chip cookies at Trader Joe’s so that she would leave the Trader Joe’s gluten-free chocolate chip cookies alone. She prefers the gluten-free variety.
That is how far gluten-free food has come. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t care if everyone in the household eats the gluten-free snack foods. The brands I buy aren’t loaded with unpronounceable ingredients, so while they do contain sugar and fat, they aren’t chemical food.
Back in the day, there was a significant price premium for gluten-free food. It is still more expensive, but prices have come down as the supply has expanded.
I am going to start doubling up on the gluten-free brands and just put them in the snack cupboard, not the gluten-free cupboard. My daughter has two gluten-free friends and she used to eat their gluten-free pretzels because I would not let her take the gluten-free pretzels from home!
I think the time has come to liberate her food choices and let her eat my gluten-free snacks if those are the brands that she prefers.