December Kosher Connection LinkUp: Cookies for Chanukah: GF Chocolate Covered Cookies

The Inspiration: Chanukah, a Kosher Connection Linkup, and Eating More Mindfully

In our house, it is not Chanukah unless Mommy (that’s me!) makes cookies. I rarely bake, so when I do it is a treat my whole family enjoys.  In the past few months, I have started to eat healthier and I knew my normal cookie recipe wasn’t going to work on my new diet. I also wasn’t about to make cookies for my family and not get to have any. I follow the FODMAP diet (http://www.aboutibs.org/site/treatment/low-fodmap-diet/) and everything I use in a normal cookie recipe (margarine, white sugar, all-purpose flour) was all no good for me now. So here was my question: could I make a cookie my whole family would enjoy, even me?

 

The Innovation: Following the basic cookie ratio from  Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio, using Gluten Free 1:1 Flour, Turbinado Sugar, and Earth Balance to make the cookies, then covering them in chocolate.

Frankly, I wasn’t even certain if this recipe would come together at all. I followed the ratio for a basic cookie ( the 1-2-3: 1 part fat, 2 parts sugar, 3 parts flour) and the dough simply wouldn’t come together enough to hold a cookie shape. In the end, however, with a bit of tweaking I was able to make a delicious cookie following the ratio, but by adding an additional ingredient to help the flour bind together. The cookie is a dry, slightly crunchy cookie with a mild flavor that would pair well with anything. The chocolate on the outside takes it to another level. I used Equal Exchange Organic Free Trade Chocolate that had bits of roasted espresso beans inside, but feel free to substitute with your preference.

My Interpretation: Chocolate Covered Blood Orange Cookies

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 Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups Gluten Free, 1:1  flour

2 sticks Earth Balance (slightly softened)

1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon blood orange zest

4 extra large eggs

12 oz best quality chocolate, melted over a double boiler.

Yield: approx. 3 dzn cookies, depending on size

To prepare:

1) Pre heat oven to 350F. Cream the Earth Balance with the sugar using a paddle attachment on a stand mixer.  Combine til you cannot see the sugar inside the Earth Balance anymore, about 5 minutes.

2) Add all your ingredients except the eggs. Mix together on low speed for 5-7 minutes, scraping down about 3 times in between. When the Earth balance/sugar is combined completely with the flour and other ingredients, add the eggs.

3) Mix together til a thick batter forms, and eggs are completely mixed into the batter, another 2-3 more. Make sure to scrape the bowl down to ensure everything is mixed together.

4) Form small balls between your palms, then press them almost completely flat. Place them on a parchment lined sheet tray and bake for about 15 mins. The cookies are done when the entire top looks completely dry and develops small cracks. Cool completely.

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5) Using an off-set spatula, dip each cookie quickly into the melted chocolate and place on parchment covered tray. Refrigerate to set the chocolate onto the cookie.