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Okay guys, I am all for scratch baking. If you got time and energy (and sometimes a little ingenuity), you can really create some amazing things. However, there isn’t always the time to trial and error your way into greatness. Keeping a mix or two on hand for a baking emergency, especially when you are baking with dietary restrictions. No lie, there is always a GF brownie mix or cookie mix in my pantry. I’ve gone through a few different brands, and though I deviate from time to time, King Arthur is my tried and true go-to.
So if you too would like some pretentious, low effort cookies follow the instructions on the back of the box and add these four ingredients:
- 1/3 cup chopped pistachios
- 1 tsp smoked sea salt (for finishing)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powdered vanilla
- 1/2 a heaping cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Put the mix together according to the instruction on the box and then mix ingredients 1,3 &4.
- Bake as directed.
- As soon as they come out, sprinkle some of that delicious overpriced salt over the top of those bad boys (sparingly, this stuff is potent) and let cool. Seriously, let them cool for at least 5 minutes or they’ll fall apart when you pick them up. You’re welcome.
Look how pretty! These bad boys are so delicious, and yes, you need to make them. ASAP. Seriously, go get some mix now.
As I mentioned on Friday, I allow myself two cheat meals a week, and as long as I keep it reasonable, I let myself have dessert as well. This weekend I really, really, really wanted a chocolate chip cookie, and I fully intended on making my own, but then I started to doubt my skills. I’ve made plenty of chocolate chip cookies over the year, but I wanted to go gluten free, and I’ve never made anything gluten free from scratch. I even found a super simple recipe on Audrey’s Apron, but I chickened out when I saw the words “xantham gum” (which I have since learned is not scary at all). Summation, I went to Whole Foods and came home with three boxes of GF Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, and yes, I baked them all. Andy and I had an impromptu taste test, sampling one of each last night, and then boxed up the leftovers and sent to Andy’s co-workers. Here are the Bucior household results:
These cookies were very thick, but they bake up more cake-like than cookie like. The flavor was just okay, kind of like cardboard with sad chocolate chips. I believe the term “beige” was thrown around. The batter was even meh, after trying a bit I made Andy eat a cookie before I’d agree to try them. He ended up with the other half of my cookie. Verdict: Last place from Andy and Me. I’d never eat them again, but he said he would.
I really wanted these to be the best cookies. I’ve had the premade vegan Ginny Bakes cookies before, and they were crazy good. These were the ugliest cookies of the bunch, and they didn’t bake up much at all. I liked that the dough itself had a noticeable salt tang to it. I think the best desserts have a good balance between salty and sweet, but Andy felt like the salt was a drawback. The texture was nice and chewy, but they did fall apart a bit while we were eating them. Verdict: We both gave these a solid second place, and we would absolutely make them again. *Note: Next time I will go for bigger cookies and just up the bake time.
I really like the Immaculate Baking brand. They have great cookies, cinnamon rolls, scones, pretty much everything I’ve ever tried by them has been delicious. So no surprise, these cookies were the best. They looked the best; they tasted the best; even the consistency was the best. Were they not a little grainy on the finish, no one would even know they were GF. Verdict: I had an extra one of these to make up for the half an Organics cookie I refused to eat. Best out of the three across the board for both Andy and myself. I might even make them again next weekend.