It’s that time again. Time to make cookies. Every night about 9 o’clock, I get the urge to bake cookies. Or brownies. Or cake. Oh, I need to satisfy my sweet tooth. The problem for me is I have issues with food. I make something sweet. I eat it. All of it. Despite how well it turned out.
This will probably be one of those times. I turned to the Gluten Free Goddess tonight for some inspiration.
Right after watching Lazaro on American Idol, I started putting together some ideas on what I wanted to create in my kitchen to satisfy my urges. I found this: Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies
What I have noticed about the Gluten Free Goddess is this: Don’t mess with the recipe!! She has some wonderful recipes, tasty, inventive, amazing! Since I am such a novice, I can only blame any mishaps on myself. And it doesn’t help that I cannot simply follow a recipe to its exact direction.
It’s not like I can’t follow directions.
Well, yeh, maybe it is. I can be a rebel sometimes, and since I am too scared to break the law, I get my opportunity to break the rules in the kitchen. Sometimes, when I change something, it is merely for taste. Perhaps there is something in my kitchen that will really add some zest to a recipe. Tonight it was my almond extract instead of vanilla.
But it didn’t stop there.
A lot of times, I just don’t have all the ingredients listed at 9:00pm – and since I didn’t prepare, I try to utilize what I have. First of all, I didn’t have quinoa flour. Yay, for me, for having quinoa flakes though. I used quinoa flakes as the recipe called for, and then used almond flour instead of the quinoa. That shouldn’t be too bad, right?
Then, I took a look at the sugar. Not much sugar in my cupboard. I have been trying to stay away from “refined” sugar. I believe I, eventually, will turn to some natural sugars instead of what’s in the bag. Tonight I had raw turbinado sugar instead of organic brown sugar, which the recipe called for. Not much, though – It measured about 1/2 cup and my plan was to add some extra agave/maple syrup later on – and I did.
The egg replacer I used was 1 Tbs flax meal with 3 Tbs of water (standard for one egg). At the last minute, I prepared the 2nd egg with 1 tsp of baking soda and 1 tsp of vinegar to the flax egg that had been sitting. I was especially proud of my eggs. I don’t think they caused a problem with my recipe, this time.
Where I believe I went wrong with this recipe was when I replaced the olive oil with grapeseed oil. To tell you the truth, I haven’t really been too happy with this grapeseed oil since I bought it. I think this was the final straw.
I bought my 8 oz olive oil at the farmer’s market for $8.00 (wow, in writing, that sounds like an awful idea). I wanted to know the difference between “good olive oil” and the stuff at the supermarket. So, to use all my olive oil in this recipe didn’t seem right. I used my grapeseed oil instead.
I was really happy to see the batter come out. To see all the ingredients stick together brought tears to my eyes.
Then there are more tears when I form the cookie balls and I feel the oil coming out onto my fingers. My intuition comes in a little too late as I realize the oil might actually be the cause of crumbly cookies. Looking back, perhaps I should have used less oil since I used less sugar.
The cookies look pretty good coming out of the oven. Almost look like a real cookie, don’t they?
Oh, I forgot to mention that I did not have chocolate chips. So, quite a variation of the Goddess’ cookies. No wonder she is The Goddess! I suggest you follow her recipes as best you can. I have, with better luck, baked her Banana Cookies with a few variations and they have turned out moist and delicious. Looks like a cookie, taste like banana bread in a cookie mouthful. Yum!
As for my cookies tonight, I will probably eat them all despite the mishap, as I throw such few not-so-perfect baked goods in the garbage. I think it is best, however, to change the name of my variation of this recipe to crumb-y cookie
Enjoy the Gluten Free Goddess links. May you have better luck than me with the recipes. Perhaps next time I will experiment with dinner to stay on the health train. Good Night!