Thursday, October 25, 2018

Our Signature Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe



As the owner, cook, hostess, and innkeeper of the Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast, it's important to me to do as much as I can to accommodate the needs and requests of my guests. One of the most frequent requests is for gluten-free options. One of my favorite recipes is actually an old classic with a local twist. You can find the original, "World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies" recipe on page 235 of Breakfast and Beyond Too

As a small business owner, you learn early on to support the other small businesses around you as a way of moving all small businesses toward more success. One of my favorite places to visit is Coquette's Bistro and Bakery. They are 100% gluten-free and lucky for me they sell their gluten-free flour by the pound. Other gluten-free flour brands I have worked with and would recommend: 
  • Cup4Cup
  • Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Flour
  • King Arthur 


What you will need: 

1 c. unsalted butter
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. toasted almonds, chopped
12-ounce bag semisweet Ghirardelli chocolate chips 


Your Process: 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In shallow pan toast almonds for 3-4 minutes. Let cool. 

Mix butter, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. 


Combine your preferred gluten-free flour, along with baking soda and salt. 


Stir wet ingredients together until well blended. The dough may seem stiff and dry. Don't be discouraged! It will come together. Keep working it. 


Once combined, stir in chocolate chips and toasted almonds. If you can, cover bowl in saran wrap and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours. This allows the fat to solidify and it allows the sugar to gradually absorb liquids in the dough. Both of which prevent spreading.


Bake in a 375-degree oven for 8-10 minutes. The edges of the cookies should begin to turn brown.


Remove from cookie sheet to cool. After a few minutes, enjoy!


Bon appetite! Gwenn, Your Innkeeper Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast

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