[pinit] When I have an excuse to bake gluten free chocolate chip cookies, I'm gonna take it. And thanks to the zucchini bounty under which we all labor (and if you don't labor under it, let me know and I will hook you UP), I've got one.
I've been trying to suss out the best way to describe these cookies for you. They're thick & chewy, for sure, but they're softer than a classic thick and chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. The zucchini adds moisture in a pretty special way, but doesn't make the cookies taste, well, like zucchini. And not that it's any of my business at all, but I really love these right out of the freezer. The texture is just at the peak of perfection.
This is not a situation where we're throwing chocolate chips at a problem and calling it good. The chips are nice, but these cookies are special even without the chips. In fact, you could sub out the chips for raisins or (my personal fave) dried blueberries and not be sorry you did.
The dough is very sticky, though. So scoop it with an ice cream scoop if you can, and then smooth out the mounds of dough with wet fingers.
I've got one more zucchini recipe—a savory one—for tomorrow. Can you guess what it is? You'll never guess. Long live the zucchini plant!
Gluten Free Zucchini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups (280 g) all-purpose gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (109 g) packed light brown sugar
3 cups (300 g) certified gluten free rolled oats (1 cup (100 g) ground into flour)
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 eggs (120 g, out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups packed grated zucchini
Preheat your oven to 350°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, cinnamon and granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the brown sugar and whisk again, working out any lumps. Add the oats and oat flour and mix to combine. Place the chocolate chips in a separate, small bowl, add about 1 tablespoon of the combined dry ingredients to the boss and toss to coat. Set the chips aside.
To the large bowl of dry ingredients, add the butter, eggs and vanilla, and mix to combine well. Add the grated zucchini, and mix to combine. The mixture will be very, very sticky. Add the chocolate chips and the tablespoon of dry ingredients, and mix until the chips are evenly distributed throughout.
Drop the dough in small mounds, about 2 tablespoons each, 1 ½ inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. With wet fingers, smooth each mound of dough into a flat disk. Place the baking sheets, one at a time, in the preheated oven and bake until lightly golden brown on top, darker brown around the edges (about 14 minutes). Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.