I wonder if I’m trying to hypnotize you. With a big gluten-free cookie. Have you ever been hypnotized? Well I have. It’s not anything like it is on T.V., but … more
I wonder if I’m trying to hypnotize you. With a big gluten-free cookie. Have you ever been hypnotized?
Well I have. It’s not anything like it is on T.V., but it was really quite nice. You’re really rather conscious and pretty lucid (well, as lucid as you otherwise are, if you’re me) the whole time. It’s like talking while you’re meditating or something. To the best of my knowledge, there was no clucking like a chicken. At least not by me. Or the chicken.
I was meant to relax. Find my happy place and stuff like that. So that I could summon it at will. Let me say for the record that when I found my Happy Place, not one single solitary person there was calling me “Mommy.”
I don’t think there were even any cookies involved at all. In fact, the man who hypnotized me didn’t even swing anything around backandforthbackandforth, edible or otherwise. But if he had swung a cookie, he just so happens to have celiac disease himself so I know it would have been a gluten-free cookie.
In hindsight, that’s a comfort.
I remember the whole thing. My Happy Place, what it felt like when I was “under,” the whole 9. Needless to say, I haven’t been to that freaking happy place even one time since. Not even one crummy time. Maybe I need to get one of my kids to swing a cookie backandforthbackandforth.
I might just choose these, if I had my choice of hypnotizing cookies. The aroma alone could do the job.
They bake up with the slightest smidge of a delicate crunch on the outside of the cookie, but they give when you bite them. Instead of crumbling. So, like my gluten-free Ice Cream Sandwich Chocolate Wafer Cookies, they’re just right for ice cream sandwiches.
- 1 cup (140g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
- ½ cup (109g) packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons (74g) Nutella hazelnut spread
- 1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 extra-large egg at room temperature, lightly beaten
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Line rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set them aside.
- In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar and brown sugar, and whisk to combine (working out any lumps in the brown sugar). Set the bowl aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the butter and Nutella until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Mix until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Pour the Nutella-chocolate mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix to combine. Add the egg and mix until the cookie dough begins to come together. It will be wet but almost crumbly at first. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
- Pull off a piece of cookie dough that is about 1 inch in diameter (about 30g). Roll it tightly into a ball and then flatten it into a disk. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough, spacing the pieces of dough about 2 inches apart.
- Place the baking sheet in the center of the preheated oven and bake, rotating once during baking for 9 minutes or until the cookies have spread and have a cracked appearance on top.
- Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool until set before removing them from the baking sheet. When they first come out of the oven, the cookies are very fragile, but will firm up quickly.
- Freeze any leftover cookies.
P.S. You don’t need to be hypnotized to buy a copy of My Cookbook. Ask your gluten-free friends. They’ll tell you! Thank you so much for all your support.