Product: Heartland Gourmet Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix – $5.99+
We all know by now that I am obsessed with cookies. I love them. I’m a human cookie monster. Or…at least I was…back when eating cookies was easier for me. After the Celiac diagnosis, that had to change. Sort of.
There is absolutely no small amount of gluten-free cookies out on the market. Not just the pre-made and pre-packaged stuff…but mixes are out there…and even refrigerated tubs of gluten-free dough. Nope…gluten-free cookies are abundant throughout the marketplace. And I have probably consumed a majority of the ones that are offered.
Somewhere along the way, I acquired a box of Heartland Gourmet Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. I mean…if you’re going to prove that a cookie has potential, then you have to go with the classic chocolate chip variety. I haven’t met someone who doesn’t enjoy a chocolate chip cookie. So, when choosing a cookie (gluten-free or otherwise), always go chocolate chip. ALWAYS!
I don’t remember where I got this mix…but I had it in the pantry for a long while. I know…shocker. But…I was in the mood to bake the other night. And, you see, I belong to this fantastic group of runners who meet up every Monday and run together. A couple weeks back, I made a gluten-free Minion (from Despicable Me) cake. So, I figured…why not treat them to something nice after a good run? Normally I would make these from scratch, using my mom’s famous recipe from when I was a kid. But…I was short on time that evening. So, I dug out this mix and simply got to making it.
First of all…super simple to make. I mean…easy-peasy!! I love making cookies (even gluten-free ones) from scratch…but since I had this and it was so convenient…I figured…just do it. The mix went into my KitchenAid mixer along with 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter (room temperature) and 3 tablespoons of vegetable shortening. It got mixed up until it was crumbly and incorporated. One egg gets added and it mixes on low until the dough starts to come together. I ended up adding 1 tablespoon of water to mine before it really started to come together. I kneaded the dough with my hands for a moment more until it was stiff and slightly crumbly. Perfect.
One tablespoon for each cookie…that was the plan. I managed to rock out 24 cookies…and still had dough leftover. But my roomie is a dough fiend and asked if after I filled up the second baking sheet if she could have what was left…if there was any. I agreed. And she enthusiastically devoured the raw dough…saying it tasted really amazing.
Into the oven the cookies went for about 12 minutes. I watched them carefully, waiting for them to start to get that golden brown color to them. I removed them just as they were beginning to get golden so I would have a chewier cookie. I prefer a little crust on the outside with a chewy cookie. It’s my favorite way to enjoy a cookie. So that’s what I was going for.
And I succeeded. The cookies were a huge hit. And I loved the size of them. They were two to three-bite cookies, perfect for a simple snack after a run. In fact, the cookies are what got some of the runners up the hill at the very end of the run. “If I run this entire hill…I can have a cookie.” Hey…anything to get through, right? RIGHT!! Everyone gave me their opinions and all of it was positive. Quite a few people in the group are gluten-free…but there are others who are not. And they said you couldn’t even tell they were gluten-free. They had that savory hit of saltiness to them…the sweetness from the chocolate…and this chewy, but slightly-dense texture to them. They were almost the perfect chocolate chip cookie. But they baked up beautifully and they were really, really enjoyed by all who ran. Some even took 2…or even 3. WIN!
Heartland Gourmet is a family operated business that understands that time together with family is important. This is why they offer healthy, wholesome, and delicious gluten-free, gourmet, and organic baking mixes and kits. Why? Because it gets your treats cooking without taking away time from your family. Even better…get your loved ones to help you make something special.
Now…the science of it all. The Heartland Gourmet Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix is made up of a gluten-free flour mix (rice flour, brown rice flour, potato starch, xanthan gum), granulated sugar, medium brown sugar, chocolate chips, vanilla, non-fat dry milk, salt, baking soda and butter.
A serving is 1/4 cup of the dry mix, which is about 130 calories. Each serving contains 1 gram of fat, 65 mg sodium, 22 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. So…treat it like a treat. No need to over-indulge. The entire point of making bite-size cookies was to satisfy the sweet tooth without sabotaging the hard work that goes into keeping the body fit and healthy.
Heartland Gourmet really bakes up traditional, yet very delicious gluten-free goodies. Their gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are amazing and definitely need to be shared. No one would be able to tell they were gluten-free. Honestly. They are really that good. Chewy, delicious…and somewhat healthy. Heartland Gourmet is, as their box says…naturally good.