Mocha Chocolate Chips

Who would have thought a cookie recipe could turn out to be such a challenge? If you bake with gluten, cookies are one of the easiest recipes to make. Even when baking gluten free, classic drop cookies, like chocolate chip, are fairly simple to create. A basic combination of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. In other words, not particularly difficult. When baking in general, the ratios of liquid to flour, and the proportions of butter and eggs  are usually what determines the success of a recipe. This becomes even more important when creating a gluten free recipe. As a rule, most gluten free flours are not able to absorb high amounts of fat in the same way that gluten flours can. As a result, we were a little worried when first looking over this recipe and seeing that it called for 2 cups of butter in relation to 2 cups of flour. As always, when testing an unfamiliar recipe, we only make half a batch in order to limit the possible wasting of ingredients. Making this recipe, we were especially happy we followed this rule.

Since the rules of TWD encourage everyone that participates to generally follow the recipes as laid out in Baking with Julia, we followed these guidelines by only substituting the regular flour for gluten free, and the sugar for sucanat. So far so good. Sometimes this approach works, and other times it leads to a big disaster. Our first attempt at this recipe was no exception, as you can see from the following photo.

What a mess. Everything about the recipe seemed fine right up until it was time to bake. The dough was chilled for the required amount of time, and then dropped by the tablespoonful onto sil-pat lined baking sheets. After ten minutes in the oven, the butter was clearly the winner. It went everywhere. We almost gave up the idea of making this recipe again after ending up with such greasy, wafer thin “cookies.” To be honest, they really didn’t resemble cookies at all. Is it the elusive special Parisian butter, or the Parisian air that makes the recipe in the book work? Who knows? It certainly didn’t work for us.

After we were done cleaning up the first fiasco, we decided right away to cut the butter in half, and increase the amount of flour by 1/8 cup. Originally, we used a flour blend made up of more tapioca than brown rice. However, thinking this may have been part of the problem, with the second batch, we flipped the ratio and used more brown rice flour, with a much smaller addition of tapioca and sweet rice. We also subbed out baking powder for baking soda, which ended up resulting in fluffier cookies than perhaps the original creator of the recipe intended.

With this second batch, the end result was at least something resembling a cookie. We loved it. It tasted great, we even liked the texture, but we altered the recipe so much, that it no longer completely resembled the original. In order to stay closer to the original recipe, we still feel it would have to be tweaked a little further. But not by us. We usually don’t favor recipes that call for excessive amounts of fat or sugar. I think at the end, we all have a favorite “go to” recipe for chocolate chip cookies. This one, sadly enough, just did not become ours.

This week’s host is Peggy of Galettista. She has done an absolutely beautiful job with these cookies, and also gives the precise recipe on her site. Do check out all of the other TWD participants’ creations by going to the Tuesdays with Dorie website.

22 thoughts on “Mocha Chocolate Chips

    1. Cher, cookie recipes are generally fairly easy to convert to gluten free. This is the first one that proved us wrong. Too much butter, the refrigeration time, the oven temperature – who knows? Just don’t feel like wasting good ingredients on yet another batch. I think we all have our favorite recipe, and this one just wasn’t ours.

  1. I admire you so much for the patience you have for taking the time to make these recipes gluten-free. Your cookies turned out so beautiful and much fluffier than my gluten ones. Beautiful job!

  2. Inge and Gillian: love the pictures of your wonderful cookies – I have read the text carefully and I am most intruiged, I think baking with brwon rice flour sounds like something I would really like to try out. And your cookies certainly look wonderful, they have a nice color and texture and look simply delicious – respect, again, for putting so much love and effort in making this recipe work for you!
    Have a wonderful Thursday!

    1. Thanks, Andrea. Not all recipe turn out exactly as you expect on the first try. For our last version of this recipe the combination of brown rice and tapioca flours had to be changed in order to create a more cohesive result. For a half recipe, we used 3/4 cup brown rice flour, 1/4 cup tapioca flour and 1/8 cup of sweet rice flour with the addition of 1/2 tsp. of guar gum. We also substituted 1 tsp. of baking powder in lieu of baking soda, and reduced the amount of butter by half (2oz.). As you already know, we never use white sugar and nearly always reduce the amount called for in a recipe. This one was no different. For a half batch we used 1/2 cup of sucanat (evaporated cane juice). Hope this helps in your experiments with the recipe. If you do try it, let us know how it turns out. Best wishes, Inge and Gillian

  3. Well done for getting this to work gluten free, they look delicious, chunky and most of all cookie-like! Sounds like more flour and/or less butter would have helped. As you know mine also had flat cookie syndrome but I was too lazy to make another batch!

We love hearing from you

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s