Product Review: Aleia’s Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Aleia's Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Aleia’s Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies

Product: Aleia’s Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies – $7.49

Oh, my Cuisine Cube had me pegged this past holiday season.  Really.  Because, everyone pretty much knows that I am a cookie monster.  There is nothing better or more satisfying than the perfect cookie.  And it has to be absolutely perfect.  Crispy…or chewy…chocolatey…or maybe nutty…yeah…cookies are the way to my heart.

Always have been.  My mom was known for her homemade cookies when I was growing up.  Somehow, the entire neighborhood knew when she was baking.  And all the kids would end up at our house and eat them fresh out of the oven.

My love of cookies goes way, way back.

So, yes, I was more than elated when my December 2014 (the HOLIDAY CUBE!) arrived in the mail.  It had quite the variety inside.  But this was one of those cubes that contained a bonus item.  An extra dessert.  And since I live and breathe dessert, this was a very happy and welcome bonus!  Cuisine Cube is a surprise each month.  All I know is that each cube will contain some gluten-free product good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert.  December actually had a gluten-free all-purpose flour for “baking.”  So, double dessert, and something that doubled as a lunch/snack.  Variety is key and they sure do know how to keep me coming back each month for the new selections.  Subscribing to Cuisine Cube is easy and starts out as low as $29.99.  Not bad for a monthly delivery of gluten-free yummies that comes right to your door for you to devour as soon or as late as you want.  If you haven’t signed up for this service yet…just try it for a month.  Trust me.

The cookies that were waiting for me inside December Cube were Aleia’s Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies.  Aleia’s is devoted to producing superior, hand-crafted, certified gluten-free, non-GMO, and kosher products.  These products range from cookies to bread crumbs to stuffing to croutons.  The company is devoted to provide healthy, delicious options for people who are living a gluten-free lifestyle.  The bakery where their products are crafted and packaged is a dedicated gluten-free bakery.

Aleia’s is actually one of the first and finest producers of gluten-free, non-GMO products out on the market.  This stemmed from the founder’s (a culinary trained chef) own gluten intolerance and her desire to eat great tasting, handmade goods.  Gluten-free doesn’t mean it has to be tasteless cardboard, right?  The Aleia’s line includes ten artisan cookies, bread crumbs, panko, croutons, stuffing mixes, and breads.

So, tonight, with the cold weather happening outside, I was reaching for something that wasn’t frozen.  Because, despite liking things like ice cream any time of the year…tonight I was feeling…cookies!  Save the ice cream for this weekend’s beautiful weather.  That’s my plan anyway.  So, after an amazing dinner of gluten-free pumpkin gnocchi…I reached into my pantry and retrieved the package of Aleia’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies, which I had tucked away in there when I was putting away my December Cuisine Cube products.  Today was the day for this product to shine.  I popped open the packaging, tore into the plastic bag and retrieved two cookies (one for me and one for the roomie!).

A simple and easy dessert, yes?  That’s how I like it.

The Aleia’s Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies are about the size of the rim of a juice glass.  They are crispy vanilla cookies that are coated with sugar.  I took my first bite and immediately tasted the vanilla.  The flavor reminded me of something, but I still can’t quite put my finger on what.  That being said…they were a delightful, sweet, and crunchy treat after dinner.  I told my roomie that I sort of wanted to get down some Smudge (that is nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free Nutella) and spread it across the back of the cookie just to sweeten the deal a little.  HA!  While sugar cookies have never been my favorite cookie, these were quite tasty.  They weren’t hard, but had a good crunch to them.  And the sugar coating the outside gave it a little extra zip.  Yeah…these definitely made this cookie monster happy!

Aleia’s Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies are made from pure cane sugar, tapioca flour, whole grain sorghum flour, butter, eggs, pure vanilla extract, vanilla beans, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  That’s it!  And being that the first ingredient is sugar…remember…these are not just cookies…they are sugar cookies.

How about that nutritional information, right?  One serving of Aleia’s Gluten Free Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies is one cookie.  This one cookie will deliver 80 calories and 3 grams of fat.  You will also be taking in 10 mg cholesterol, 60 mg sodium, and 6 grams of sugar.  Yep…only 6 grams in a sugar cookie.  A serving also gives you no fiber and only 1 gram of protein.  But they are cookies.  A treat.  Love it.

As I have no store in my area that carries Aleia’s Gluten Free products, I am beyond thrilled that Cuisine Cube was able to introduce me to this brand.  I am impressed enough to seek out more.  Especially since I see they have Gluten Free Snickerdoodles.  And we all know that Snickerdoodles are this cookie monster’s all-time favorite cookie.  They definitely must be tried.  Thank you, Cuisine Cube and Aleia’s…for your commitment to great products!

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