Old-Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gluten-Free + Egg-Free

by Jeanne on December 9, 2011

You are probably asking yourself: how many chocolate chip cookies does this woman think we need?  I know, I have 3 other recipes in addition to this one: Chocolate Chocolate Chip; Chocolate Chip; and Chocolate Chunk.  I can’t help it–I love chocolate chip cookies.  There is something so basic and so classic about them–they are perfect for so many reasons.  And really, you can’t really have too many chocolate chip cookies, can you?  And these are so easy and quick to make–they are a perfect addition to the holiday cookie plate.

Every year at this time, I remember a certain kind of chocolate chip cookies made by my grandmother.  They were lighter than normal and more crunchy.  Other people have served similar ones.  After doing a bit of research, it turns out that these cookies are made with powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar and they contain no eggs.  So, they are a lot like shortbread.

This year, I finally turned my attention to developing a recipe that matched my memories.  This is definitely one of those recipes you need when you quickly have to make cookies for an event and you have very little time.  I brought these to my food-oriented cookbook club meeting this week and everyone raved about them.  And they are perfect for school bake sales.  Yay!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gluten-Free + Egg-Free (edited to correct flour amount)

Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

1 cup (230 g; 2 sticks) butter (cold), cut into 1 tablespoon size pieces
1 cup (115 g) powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups (315 g) Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour mix
1 cup/170 g semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 C/Gas Mark 4.  Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitter with the paddle attachment, beat butter on medium until smooth and creamy.  This will take a minute or two.  You will probably need to scrape down the sides a few times.  Add the powder sugar and beat on medium until smooth.  Scrape down the sides. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.  Add flour and beat on medium until combined.  Scrape down sides.  Add chocolate chips and beat on slow until just combined.  The mixture will be very stiff–I usually have to remove the bowl from the mixer and do a final mix by hand in order to make sure all of the flour and the chocolate chips are combined.

Roll tablespoon-sized lumps of dough into balls with your hands.  Place the balls on the lined cookie sheets, with at least 2 inches between each.  Flatten each ball with the tines of a fork.  This will leave a lined impression on the cookies.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 16 minutes.  The longer you bake them, the more browned they will become on the bottom and the more crunchy they will be.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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