Dad’s Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Grain-Free

Back when I was in the middle of my chocolate chip cookie frenzy (more to do with the technical and scientific side of cookies than eating them; it’s calmed down at the moment), I made up a recipe for these chocolate chip cookies made with almonds and they were a winner, as well as immediately becoming my Dad’s favourite chocolate chip cookies.

Not only are they my Dad’s favourite out of all the chocolate chip cookies I’ve made so far but also the preferred over all the rest. If I’m making any chocolate chip cookies, I have to make at least one batch of these ones as well for him.

I had written down the recipe, a prototype of sorts (sometimes I just write recipes, measurements and all, in much the same way as I’ll write a poem or start a story and they surprisingly often work) and it only needed a few tweaks after I’d made it as written.

These chocolate chip cookies are a soft cookie with a crisp outer edge and moist and chewy inside, oozing with melted chocolate chips. The olive oil and coconut oil play off each other, resulting in an intriguing flavour that can only be described as being at once fruity and buttery. The vanilla extract balances the two oils.

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Slice ‘n’ Bake Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies (GFCF)

I hadn’t really planned to post these cookies until I was on Apartment Therapy/Kitchn and saw, to my astonishment, shortbread cookies that looked like the chocolate chip cookies I made with Carrie’s (Ginger Lemon Girl) recipe. It was an entirely different recipe but the texture looked just the same as these gluten-free cookies. When I adopted Carrie and made her chocolate chip cookies, you may recall this:

I doubled the recipe once and my measurements must have been a little off, as I ended up with a dough that was pliable and suitable for rolling for cut-out cookies. (It must be said, though, that I often eyeball some ingredients such as honey and sometimes my sense of a particular measurement can be a little more or less than the actual measurement.) I rolled the dough into logs and chilled them in the freezer for about 15 minutes, before slicing and baking in the oven for the same amount of time. What resulted was a cookie with a delicate and soft, sandy shortbread-like crumb. They puffed a bit, but did not spread since there was no baking powder used, I imagine. The cookie itself was mildly sweet; most of the sweetness came from the chocolate chips. No xanthum gum was used. I replicated it again, that time writing down the measurements (in weights) and they’re beautiful.

I’ve made those cookies again and again. I love that I can freeze the logs of dough so that there’s always something whenever someone needs their chocolate chip cookie fixing or just wants to munch on a cookie with substance. I had a log of cookie dough in the freezer for up to two weeks and they were still good. I’m sure it could have lasted even longer, perhaps a month.

The first time I doubled that recipe, I used cup measurements but I don’t generally fill the cup all the way to the top, sometimes I don’t even level it. I like and prefer preciseness to a scientific degree, though I won’t deny that I can be romantic and intuitive as well: a pinch of this, adding something until I feel it’s the right amount. I usually use a spoon to measure the flour into the cup, gently shake it to slightly level it off and it’s generally just short of the very top; it’s not packed – not exactly a scant cup but it isn’t what Fannie Farmer would call level either. I don’t sweep.

Anyway, I was able to replicate it again,  remembering how full I measured the cup. Now I know that a visual memory of how full the cup looked is not an entirely accurate picture since it doesn’t account precisely how much flour could be in the cup but it’s good enough for me. After spooning the flour into the cup, I’d measure it on the scale, write down the number of grams, and proceed with the next.

Now every time I’ve made these cookies with the weight measurements, it’s been the same cookie: same consistency, same texture, every time.

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Carrie’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (GFCF)

I’ve succumbed once again to that which is a cookie and that which is chipped in chocolate. Ah, chocolate chip cookies – what can I say? I’m only one of the millions who are in search of that perfect chocolate chip cookie. The funny thing is about this kind of quest is that that perfect cookie may be perfect to one person, but not so for another: and the quest continues, to infinity and beyond as someone once said.

With the exception of my Dad’s favourite chocolate chip cookies – a recipe I’ve yet to share here, in case anyone starts looking for it – lately I’ve been using a different recipe just about every time I roll up my sleeves to make chocolate chip cookies.

Thinking about it, my idea of a perfect chocolate chip cookie is variable, often shifting depending on my mood. Generally though I like firm and chewy chocolate chip cookies that have that pleasing and comforting density with chocolate chips that are spread throughout the cookie: an even ratio, more or less, of cookie and chocolate chips. I also appreciate crispy edges, when I can get them. All of this I found answered in Carrie’s (a.k.a. Ginger Lemon Girl) chocolate chip cookies, when I decided to adopt her for this month’s Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger hosted by Sea of Book of Yum, who created this event. You might even call these chocolate chip cookies famous.

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