Baking used to be a place to relax, empty my mind, focus on a simple and controllable task, and reset. Slowly, with the addition of each little person to our family, its losing its appeal. I know that baking means a kitchen with twice as much mess, and inevitably a child who manages to fall off of a stool while fighting over who gets to put in the next cup of flour. I want them to love baking and being in the kitchen, so I try t look past the added stress. Plus, we all really needed a decent chocolate chip cookie to sink our teeth into.
Putting them to work helping also means that I have a plate-full of cookies that disappear faster I give permission for them to be eaten. Within a day, I know that plate of goodies will be gone, which leads me to my next fear . . . SUGAR!
It doesn’t matter how hard I try, sugar follows us! It shows up at church or in our homeschool co-op. It shows up at basketball games or at grandma’s house. So in our home, we decided that we need to limit it the best we can without being crazy.
I have a bag of organic sugar in my pantry that has been there for at least a year. I just don’t use it! I have replaced almost all sugar in our home with honey, real maple syrup, coconut sugar, stevia, and xylitol. So, when the kids wanted to bake, I knew that we needed to keep the sugar to a minimum. We ended up using just ¼ cup of coconut sugar and no one missed any sweetness.
The kids also decided they wanted to try a batch with coconut oil and another with butter. I really think their intentions were to have more cookies, so doing a little experiment sounded ideal! We did the cookies the same, with the exception of the butter/coconut oil, and everyone unanimously decided that butter was better!
One day I will be forced to return to my kitchen alone to bake, and I know that I will miss their funny comments and the quirky things they do. So, for now, I will do my best to relish in the mess and try to tuck into my memory their sweet faces as they bite into a warm cookie that they helped to create.
Until next time,
Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
Baking gluten free cookies that actually taste good is a challenge in and of itself! Add to that a desire for low sugar and it seems impossible. We did a little experimenting today in the kitchen.
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tbsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 cups gluten free flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
Mix together eggs, butter, and vanilla until well combined. Add coconut sugar and mix.
In a separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients including gluten free flour, baking soda and salt.
Slowly, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until all is incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 7 minutes.