Gluten free cookies, especially animal cracker cookies (why do they call them crackers? they’re clearly cookies), were a Make It Or Buy It (click the link to find out about this … more
Gluten free cookies, especially animal cracker cookies (why do they call them crackers? they’re clearly cookies), were a Make It Or Buy It (click the link to find out about this blog series) no-brainer for me for a long time. Of course you make them! But I kept seeing this one particular box of packaged gluten free animal cracker cookies everywhere (Kininininininininiick). So I tried them, and, as the series goes, I am reporting back. If the question is … should you make your own gluten free animal cracker cookies or buy them—what’s the answer?*
*To cut to the chase and find out if you should make it or buy it, scroll all the way to the bottom of the post. There’s a grid with my ratings. Bottom line: I lean toward make it, but it’s not as much of a no-brainer as I had assumed. Except still … I won’t be buying them again. Most likely. Except you never know. In a real pinch. But my recipe for gluten free animal cracker cookies is so easy. No special ingredients required. I bet I’ll just make ‘em.
It’s always a wee bit strange to judge the quality and taste of the make-it recipe in this blog series, since, well, I developed the recipe myself. So ‘course I think it’s high-quality and tastes great (and anyway these cookies are totally high quality and taste great). And they’re, frankly, adorable (I used the same Spring-time cookie cutters that I used in these gluten free lemon sugar cookies for Easter). But the price is actual, and is 100% objective. I provided the price below per ounce, since my cookies are significantly bigger than the Kininininininiinick buy-it ones.
The buy-it gluten free animal cracker cookies? First of all, they really seem to be everywhere, so they get a nice, high score for ease. I have found boxes of these cookies everywhere from Whole Foods and my local super overpriced health food store to most grocery stores, large and small. And when I first tried them, I thought they were pretty good. But there is a definite aftertaste that I can’t seem to ignore, and a graniness that I simply can’t excuse (as there is simply no excuse for not using a superfine rice flour). Oh, and the very first ingredient is sugar. I’m not asking these cookies to be healthy, but shouldn’t at least one type of flour be first? And oddly there’s a whole lot of pea derivatives in there (pea starch, pea protein and pea fiber). I know that pea protein is a pretty common ingredient in gluten free processed foods, but I have tried to bake with it and it has some funky chemistry going on. The price isn’t crazy high or anything, but clearly it’s significantly higher per ounce than the make-it version.
Ready to see how they STACK UP (get it? get it?)? Here’s the grid:
This blog series was started to save you time and money. I try packaged gluten free products and compare them to their homemade counterparts so you don’t waste your hard-earned money on expensive gluten free products that don’t measure up.
What other gluten free packaged products would you like me to feature in this series? So far, I’ve done gluten free corn tortillas, gluten free gingersnaps and gluten free goldfish crackers. Any requests?
P.S. Please don’t forget your copy of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy. Without your support, I just can’t keep the blog going!