Jennie Bragg is an Editorial Producer in CNN’s Money Unit. Previously - When did G-free get all...sexy?
Where I come from, baked goods only happen on birthdays and other such special occasions, and they come with a little help from Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker. Many critics would agree that my mom makes the best brownies in the world and if anyone is still wondering about her big secret, they come from a box. So, it was slightly out of character that I baked chocolate chip cookies this weekend - from scratch.
Why stray from tradition? Because gluten-free baking mixes taste like cardboard.
I have since come to realize that the consistency of that cake is pretty much the norm for boxed G-free baked goods. I have tested multiple brands and various products over the years, from cookies to cakes to brownies. They all come out pretty much the same: like a fifth grade science experiment gone wrong.
So, this weekend, I embarked on a new journey - a little thing they call "baking from scratch." I am not going to pretend I liked it. For me, simplicity in the kitchen is key. These cookies had more ingredients than I was willing to work with and I probably have the smallest kitchen in Manhattan - and NYC kitchens are microscopic.
But in the end, I got some really good cookies. These chocolaty, delicious cookies, unlike every gluten-free product I have ever made from a box, did not turn into hard, inedible buffalo chips just moments after removal from the oven. In fact, they were still pretty delicious the next day. I brought them to a non G-free friend who was not only astounded that I had made them, but that they didn’t contain gluten. Big win.
And now I know I can bake from scratch - but it will probably be Christmas before I do it again. What a pain.
Jennie used Alton Brown's recipe for Chewy Gluten-Free Cookies
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