Everyone needs a chocolate chip cookie recipe in their repertoire, especially if you are gluten-free. These little cookies represent so much more than sugar, butter, and chocolate. They cause smiles and satisfy that sweetest sweet tooth. They represent happiness, and in my household, they are a majestic monument to what life was like before celiac diagnosis. Often times in gluten-free baking, cooking the most simple recipes can be even more challenging. Without actual gluten in the flour, gluten-free items can be dull, crumbly, and dry. This recipe contains peanut butter, which helps them stay chewy right to the last morsel. The peanut butter also helps them turn out consistently each time I make them.
I have another recipe that I sometimes try when I am out of peanut butter, which is practically the 11th commandment broken: Thou shalt not run out of peanut butter. Occasionally that recipe turns into one big blob on the cookie sheet. There is nothing sadder than when this happens. Well, maybe more sad is when I have a huge burnt cookie blob and I am out of ingredients to try another batch. That is truly worse. Especially when I NEED a cookie.
I made these yesterday and popped them right in the freezer. Then when I need a treat at the end of the day (I have manageable self-control until after dinner), I pull one out of the freezer and microwave for 20-30 seconds. I like my cookies a bit warm.
So go ahead, take a bite out of crime. It is only a crime if you don’t try these.