Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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From www.foodfanatic.com, by Shashi Charles
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

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Of all the bicycle stunts, Michael Jackson Impersonations, and Harley Davidsons I have seen on the stage at the church I attend, the one that intrigued me most was a canister of Doubletree Cookies! You see, one by one, these Doubletree cookies were gallantly brought out of their canister and offered to a select few people in our congregation during service one day, while being touted as The Best Cookies Ever!

As husbands and wives fought over a bite of these cookies, I realized I had to get my hands on them — or one! As wrestling my pastor to get that canister out of his hand was not an option, I figured I would order myself a canister from Doubletree themselves because I clearly had to taste The Best Cookies Ever — right?

Well, 5 days after I placed my order, I received my canister of 6 Doubletree cookies. My daughter ceremoniously divided the cookies up between us, making sure she got the 3 largest ones. I poured each of us a tall glass of cold, non-dairy, milk and we sat down to savor The Best Cookies Ever! Right there from where we were sitting, those cookies smelled divine – and I figured they tasted even more so…

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Then I took my first bite…

And…

Gosh darn it – I wanted my money back! While those cookies were good, they were far from The Best Cookies Ever. In fact, I think Chick Fil A’s chocolate chip cookies are better than Doubletrees!

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So, I set about to make my own, gluten-free, butter-free, version. After fumbling around with ingredient quantities over several batches, I finally ended up with the batch you see here.  Chock full of chocolate chips and pecans, sweet but not overly sweet, and with a sublime vanilla scent layered in, these cookies were good! So good!

Now, I won’t say these are The Best Cookies Ever — but my 17-year-old daughter (aka my biggest, most valued critique) said these were better than Doubletree’s!

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, a mix of milk and semisweet if you like

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Add peanut butter and brown sugar to a bowl and mix well. Add in the flax, rice flour, oats, vanilla, baking powder, eggs, coconut oil and salt and mix well.
  3. Add in the pecans and chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of cookie mix onto a parchment lined baking tray and bake for 10 minutes — cookies will look undone, but will be soft and perfect when cooled.

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