Saturday, December 12, 2015

Grandma's Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies gluten free & dairy free

 Once a year, I bake cookies that are loaded with sugar and I don't look back. It's Christmas time and while we strive for healthy food choices throughout the year, it's nice to share a trip of nostalgia during December family gatherings. My Grandma made the best chocolate cookies, and she had a never ending supply. I can't imagine how many hours she must have spent baking cookies in her lifetime. For years, I tried to duplicate those cookies, but they never came close. Of course, I bake with gluten free flour, which is a big difference, but even still, the flavor was always off.

While visiting my in laws one day, my father in law shared a cookie he baked for us. I took a bite and froze. That was it! It was gluten free, and it was RIGHT!  What on earth was different? It was the shortening! I have never baked with shortening. I used oils, coconut oil, earth balance, but not shortening! So, off to the store I went. I purchased the Spectrum Organic Palm shortening, and put it together. Now, I bake these for Christmas, and maybe for a special birthday gathering here or there. They are a hit with everyone, and no one even knows they are gluten free. Enjoy.


  • 1/2 Cup Palm Shortening - organic
  • 1/2 Cup Earth Balance butter stick (I used soy free)
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cup all purpose gluten free flour (this is Pamela's Artisan Blend)
  • 1/2 Cup almond flour (or replace with more of the gluten free all purpose)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Cup dairy free gluten free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Mix liquid ingredients well. Add sugars, blend. Add remaining ingredients, mix. Bake rounded teaspoons of dough, packed well and placed 2 inches apart. I prefer baking on stonewear pans (like a pizza stone) but you can choose whatever you have in the kitchen.  Bake 10-12 minutes (may vary depending on pan). Cookies will begin to golden all around, and they will be ready. Let set for a few minutes before removing from pan.

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