Recently I published a review roundup of many of my favorite gluten free snacks. I included some mini cookies, but saved the “real” cookies for a separate article. On my last visit to the United States, I picked up a few boxes of gluten free cookies to try (you’re welcome, dear readers!) Here are my latest findings!
Chocolate sandwich cookies
Missing Oreos? *Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies are the closest acceptable substitute I’ve found. No, they are not just like Oreos, sadly, but they are pretty darn delicious. For me, the main difference is in the chocolate cookie part, which doesn’t have the richness in chocolate flavor that a true Oreo does. The cream is comparable in my opinion (but feel free to tell me I’m wrong in the comments!)
A word of caution: Newman’s Own brand of chocolate sandwich cookies are wheat free but contain barley flour. I don’t understand why they’d make a wheat free but not gluten free cookie, but they have. If your issue is with gluten, avoid these!
A snickerdoodle is pretty much a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon instead of sugar, according to Wikipedia. There’s a restaurant in Phoenix called Chino Bandido which blends Mexican and Chinese food. They also give you a snickerdoodle cookie with your meal. That cookie is one of the best things ever, and since going gluten free, I dream about that delicious sweet treat. (However, if you are in Phoenix, Chino Bandido staff do know what is gluten free on their menu, and there’s lots you can eat. I highly recommend a visit!)
To try to satisfy that craving, I tried *Enjoy Life Soft-Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies. They didn’t hold up in comparison to my beloved Chino Bandido snickerdoodle, sadly. These are small cookies with can be eaten in a couple bites. They are soft and very chewy, though I found them to be quite dense, which is a little off-putting. They have a very strong flavor of cinnamon and something else herbaceous. Upon consulting the ingredients, I found they are including rosemary extract – that’s the funky flavor I’m detecting. They are not bad as a cookie, but the texture and flavor aren’t really true snickerdoodle. I’m thinking this may need to be a future recipe quest, because it’s hard to replicate home baked flavor in a box.
Chocolate dipped mint cookies
Another true love of mine in my gluten eating days was Girl Scout cookies – the Thin Mints were my favorite ever, and I would usually hoard a box or two in my freezer to try to make them last the whole year. Since then, every time I see those tables of colorful boxes filled with delicious gluten, I feel really sad inside.
My mom gave me the best Christmas present ever this year when she handed me a box of *Goodie Girl Mint Slims. They are a very convincing duplicate of my beloved Girl Scout Thin Mints! Similar in size and shape, the only slight difference I detected was in the texture of the cookie – just a touch grainier than their gluten counterparts. However, I totally don’t care because they are delicious and that’s one less thing on my list of “gluten foods I can’t have any more.” Goodie Girl makes several other varieties of cookies that I couldn’t find in stores where I was in the United States, but if you try any of the other flavors, please tell me how they are! (I see there’s a MEGA Gift Sampler on Amazon and I’m pretty tempted right now.)
This year the Girl Scouts have introduced two gluten free varieties this year in certain test markets – Toffee-tastic, buttery cookies with bits of toffee, and Trios, chocolate chips in peanut butter oatmeal cookies. Sadly I am in the United Kingdom and I will miss Girl Scout cookie season this year. My cousin (who is not gluten-free) loves toffee and bought a box of the Toffee-tastic to try. She posted on Facebook that she really liked them, so that’s a pretty good endorsement! (Any time a gluten-free cookie pleases someone who can eat gluten, you know you have a pretty decent product.) If you get to try either of the new flavors this year, please tell me what you think in the comments!
Is that a thing? I tried *Enjoy Life Soft-Baked Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies. They are also small, chewy and dense like the Snickerdoodles, but since this is a brownie cookie, I find this texture acceptable. They’ve got little chocolate chips in them (there’s your double) so there’s a bit of crunch within the chewy cookie.
As for the flavor – I was underwhelmed with these. They have a really fake, processed chocolate kind of flavor to me, and even with the chocolate chips, the flavor is really one-dimensional. I was hoping for layers of chocolately richness, but these fell flat. I did find I enjoyed them more with a swipe of *Nutella on top, so if you find yourself with a box of these, I highly suggest that combination. They need a little something else though – a frosting or maybe a different kind of chocolate chip to give it a little oomph.
Well there you have it – while I didn’t hate anything, my only true love on the list is Mint Slims. What gluten free cookies do you like? Which cookies do you miss from your gluten-eating days?
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