Product: Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies Super Dooper Snickerdoodle Bite Size Cookies – $5.50+
Are you tired of cookie reviews yet? Are you? You shouldn’t be. Cookies are amazing. Cookies are…one of the meanings of life. Seriously. Look it up. Cookies…I swear it’s there.
The thing with gluten free is…sometimes gluten free cookies do not invoke meaning of life feelings. Sometimes they are just dry and sandy and just…blech. So, when I find a new brand (nothing new about Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies…just new to me!) of cookie…I always want to try it. Sometimes this is the best thing I could have done. Sometimes…I regret it. Gluten free is a science…and there are those who get it right…and those who still haven’t gotten it at all.
So, as I have mentioned in preceding blogs, my birthday was rough this year. I was turning 35. And my day was originally supposed to be spent running the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio…because it actually ran ON my birthday and I was moving up an age division. Big reason to celebrate. But 3 weeks prior to that…the fracture happens and the now famous boot (aka: Bootsie) became my daily footwear…and I was under strict, strict rules from my amazing orthopedic doctor…NO RUNNING.
Super bummed, I didn’t want anything to do with my birthday. Most of my friends were out of town running the race or doing a different one. Or…just out of town. And I was beyond down and bummed. There might have been tears. Okay, I won’t lie…there were. Then, on the morning of my birthday, as I’m sitting down to eat at Annie May’s Sweet Café (allergen-free bakery in Louisville, KY…best breakfast ever!!), my roomie springs my birthday gift on me. I don’t have a lot of things that I want/need…and those things that I do want/need…are too expensive for anyone but me to really buy for myself. SO…she and her family all pitched in and gave me a $150 shopping spree at Jungle Jim’s International Market.
And it was on that shopping spree (which happened that very day…which I was NOT prepared for at all), in the gluten-free aisles of Jungle Jim’s, that I spotted the colorful bags of Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies Bite-Size Cookies. Mmmm…cookies. They had all the flavors too: Super Dooper Snickerdoodle, Double Chocolate Brownie, Simply Chocolate, Chewy Chocolate Chip, and Sensational Sugar Cookie. We all know, this cookie monster is a fan of Snickerdoodles above all other cookies. So, you know, the bright neon pink bag containing Super Dooper cookies….of cinnamon and sugar origin…was the one that made it into the shopping cart.
Tonight, after a very healthy meal (Chana Aloo Stew, in case you were curious), I dug out the variety of new cookie brands to try and let my roomie pick where to start. She pointed to the snickerdoodles. Smart girl. HA!
Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies was created by Liz Gilbert, a Culinary Institute of America trained baker and chef, who was diagnosed with multiple food allergies (wheat, gluten, peanuts, nuts, soy, milk, corn and shellfish). After the initial phase of depression (we have all been there…saying “I can’t eat anything!”), Gilbert took action, testing out recipes in what has become her line of great-tasting, classic, homestyle treats that everyone can enjoy. Let’s face it…allergen-free foods can carry funky textures and aftertastes…so spending time on a formula to get it right does take time. But Gilbert knew she was onto something when her children and their friends (none of whom have food restrictions) polished off plates of cookies and asked for more. From there…Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies was born…and the founder, herself, set out to make treats for everyone…one cookie at a time.
Today, Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies boasts Gilbert’s baked goods and ready-to-go cookie dough. So you can enjoy giant cookies, bite-size cookies, or cookie dough…all of which are made without artificial ingredients and the top allergens.
I know what you’re thinking…there is no way these can be good.
For some reason…that thought never crept into my mind. Not when I opened up the packet. Not when I pulled out a serving (4 mini cookies, for the record). And not when I took my first bite.
Guess what…COOKIE HEAVEN!! First of all, the Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies Super Dooper Snickerdoodle Bite Size Cookies are soft and chewy (not crisp and crunchy)…which for me…always wins. I prefer soft cookies and choose them over the crispy ones any day. So…that was the first point in their favor. I loved how small and light they were. A lot of gluten-free cookies feel heavy and dense. Not these. And moist…no sandpaper here. Truly a chewy and soft cookie worth savoring as you pop the 4 (or more, I won’t judge!) cookies in the serving. These aren’t overly sweet, nor are they too spicy. They find that perfect cinnamon-sugar balance, which isn’t always easy in a snickerdoodle. Holy moley…these cookies really are super dooper!! No joke!
Tasting is believing…and now I understand why Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies (specifically the Snickerdoodles) have won an award from the CT Specialty Food Association. These cookies were so amazing that if I had started eating right out of the packet…they’d be gone. (This, in fact, is why I portion everything out…LOL!).
So, let’s talk about ingredients. The Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies Super Dooper Snickerdoodle Bite-Size Cookies are made from gluten-free flour mix (sweet rice, brown rice, tapioca), non-hydrogenated palm oil, pure cane sugar, eggs, xanthan gum, vanilla, and cinnamon. These cookies are kosher, gluten-free, wheat-free, contain no peanuts or tree nuts, contain no hydrogenated oils, contain no artificial colors of flavors, do not contain high fructose corn syrup, contain no preservatives, contain no trans fat, are dairy-free, are corn-free and are soy free.
BUT…they are definitely not taste-free. In fact…they taste amazing.
As for nutrition…a serving of the Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies Super Dooper Snickerdoodle Bite-Size Cookies is 4 cookies (32 grams). This serving will provide you with 150 calories, 9 grams of fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 25 mg cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 17 grams carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of fiber, 9 grams sugars, and 1 gram of protein.
I am beyond enamored with the taste, texture, flavor, deliciousness, amazing goodness, sweet treats that are the Super Dooper Snickerdoodle Bite Size Cookies from Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies. Super dooper indeed. Super dooper delicious. Try them out for yourself. Some of the best packaged snickerdoodles I’ve eaten since going gluten-free. This package is snickerdoodle love…in gluten free form. YUMMY!