Klippy's Cookies Review: Cookies R Us

Does anyone else have cookie cravings that involve you stopping for a half tub of dough on the way home from work? No? Oooooookay then.

While I love a good Tollhouse tub since you can make a few cookies on the go (or just have a spoonful before bed), there really aren't any saveable gluten free cookie dough offerings. I was impressed then when I was traveling in San Francisco recently and came upon Gluten Free Klippy's cookies at a local coffee shop (fine it was a Starbucks - I was dying and there wasn't a Peet's nearby I'M SORRY). 

After noticing the big "Gluten Free" label, I was struck by the softness of the actual cookie. Tactile people offending other shoppers by touching everything at the register, unite! Typically there's a serious issue with gluten free bakery items staying fresh and soft (see: my first and last attempt at making gluten free bread).

Klippy's is a San Francisco Bay Area company, with a variety of nut free, gluten free and, as you can see with this particular cookie below, vegan options. Locally you can also purchase the kind of amazing cookie dough tubs I so adore. In addition to chocolate chip, you can find Snickerdoodle, Ginger Spice, Old Fashioned Oatmeal, and Chocolate Sea Salt; along with speciality GF flour blends. They only had chocolate chip, but sadly at $5 a cookie and with a well-stocked carry on already I definitely couldn't afford additional options if they'd had them.

 

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So how was it? It smelled amazing, and was one of the softest and most freshly-baked packaged cookies I've come across in a while (gluten free or full). Since I'm an amazing daughter - and due to the high price and lack of space mentioned above - I sacrificed the single GF cookie for my GF dad. He decided it was delicious! I would have warmed it up for a few seconds but in a true dad spirit he didn't want to waste any time getting that cookie from the bag to his face. 

You can buy their dough and cookies online, but with the cheapest option ($54 for 24 cookies) coming in around $2/cookie - as long as you hit the $48 minimum for free shipping - I'm honestly not sure if I'd give it a go. Bringing cookies home directly from the city they're manufactured in makes sense, but I always wonder about quality for bulk items being shipped across the country.

Heres hoping I'm wrong and others have had these delicious treats shipped all over the place! Have you tried Klippy's cookies? Any feedback or suggestions for your favorite local GF snack?

Cookie Review: Immaculate Cookie Dough

C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me! Isn't it weird that a song like that is totally ingrained in whole generations every time they're thinking of a treat? That millions of people identify with a furry blue creature that encourages excessive consumption of anything edible nearby? 


Anywhoo. We've had these Immaculate Gluten Free Chocolate Chip cookies in our fridge for a while now, ready to test out. They come prepared as break and bake cookies, and look just like any old break and break style cookie would when you're preparing them. As I've found to be the trend with gluten free items, the recommended baking time is a little off from what looks best with the product - in this case cooking them for a normal time leaves them a bit crispy-looking. Full disclosure: I usually purposely underbake cookies to leave as much of the gooey, potentially salmonella-ey dough available for my immediate consumption. So this may have a little more to do with personal preference than it does with the actual baking time.

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These cookies had a good amount of crunch on the outside of the cookie, while maintaining a soft, chewy center. The ratio of cookie-t- chocolate-chip is never as high as I'd like, but this was a pretty traditional rationing. All in all, these tasted like any sort of gluten-full premade cookie, with one teeny tiny exception that I might be called a nitpicker for: the small bit of xantham gum bite at the end of chewing. Maybe it's because I noticed it while making a crumb cake a few weeks ago, but after spilling it during that episode and experiencing the true gummy catastrophe that occurs when it's mixed with water on land (the counter), it was easy to notice it at sea (while eating the cake. Is that a really gross metaphor? Ugh it probably is. But whatever sticking with it). There's this barely noticeable little gummy taste at the end of chewing something with xantham gum, almost like thinking your upper and lower teeth are going to stick together for a millisecond. For most people it's probably not an issue, and honestly for the first few bites of something I don't really notice it. Even so, it's definitely worth noting just in case someone tells me I'm not alone in my irritation!


All in all, I'd say these are pretty tasty cookies. They wouldn't be my top choice, especially after the magic of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cookie Mix, but they'll definitely fit the bill if you're looking for a quick and easy option.


Have you tried Immaculate products? What do you think about these cookies? Any other gluten free break and bake brands I need to try?
 

Cookie Mix Review: Betty Crocker

And right out of left field, Betty's murdering the gluten-free cookie mix after some stellar gluten-filled treats in our pre-Celiac past.

What a  winner.

I have to say this cookie mix went beyond even the gluten cookie mixes I've tried in the past. Definitely different from the commercial rolls of dough in the grocery store aisle, but this is fine because they go in the complete opposite direction.

They taste homemade.

That is basically the highest praise I can give any sort of premade chocolate chip cookies, and I think I'm a rather tough judge. The box came together with your standard add-in ingredients easily enough - my only real recommendation is to make sure you're using a rubber spatula to help meld everything together nicely. My dad had started off with a big spoon which was just catching all the mix and not incorporating everything, and we worried at first it was missing som moisture. The trick here though is to use your spatula to sort of must everything down in big sort of brushstrokes, forcing it together and incorporating it so it looks more like your standard messy dough.

 

I did add a tiny bit of extra g-free gluten extract because I think it just adds a special something. And I insisted that we let it sit for about ten minutes - just to try to give it a little time to incorporate.

These cooked up in the standard 10 minute time range. At first I worried they'd be too gooey since we pulled them out once they were golden on the top and looked ready to fall into place once they're out of the oven. When they didn't fall I worried they needed some extra time but after letting them sit for a few minutes they were just fine - chewy without being firm and with a little life to 'em. 

I think the highlight of any store-bought snack is the ability to pretend you made it from home and that it took a lot of work. If you're looking to impress, and save your Celiac self or friends and family this holiday season from a lot of pain, these should be your pick. They're not inexpensive, but to be able to dole out a gluten-free product that tastes like made-from-scratch chocolate chip cookies (that for all your taste buds know could be packed with real flour) in about 20 minutes definitely makes it worth it. Well done, Bets.