Right before Christmas, I received another cookbook. This time, it was a cookie book put out by Roben Ryberg called, "The Ultimate Gluten Free Cookie Book". I have another one of Roben's book called "You Won't Believe it's Gluten Free". We have used that book so many times, especially the biscuit recipe, that it automatically opens to the biscuit page! I was very excited to get this book.
Roben does not have celiac, nor is she gluten intolerant. She can eat all the gluten she wants. That might be part of why she has such fantastic recipes. She can compare the two together. The other part is the science behind what she does. Roben tries to make recipes that only call for one or two flours instead of using multiple flours in one recipe. Myself, I get so tired of measuring all of them out. So much so, I have gone mainly to a gluten free blend for most things or a "Roben" recipe. Roben uses either just brown rice or just sourgum in her recipes which not only makes them healthier, but much simpler as well. I like that concept because I'm all about simple!
As I said, I received this book just before Christmas. I had been making some other recipes and trying to make some Christmas cookies and many of them were a complete failure. I was so discouraged, that I wasn't going to make any other cookies, but then this book came. I had to try it out.
If you get this book, I encourage you to read all of chapter one first before starting. Roben explains a lot about the science of gluten free baking and why she put the recipe together as she did. Always follow the directions to the recipe exactly how it is written. It will alter how your cookies turn out if you don't. There is just about every conceivable type of cookie recipe in this book. From the basic chocolate chip to homemade versions of Girl Scout Cookies.
The book has two recipes for chocolate chip cookies. The first recipe I tried was chocolate chip #1. They had a really good flavor and were a soft cookie. Three days later they were still soft and tasted fresh. I however, don't like a soft cake like cookie. I wanted a firmer crisp cookie. I found that in chocolate chip #2. This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie. It has surpassed my own recipe that I've been using for many years. Roben's recipe is not only better than mine, but waaaay simpler. When you make the #2 recipe, it will look weird in the bowl. The recipe calls for oil and the dough will look oily. It will seem as if the chips don't want to stick inside the dough. But trust me! Just mush it together and stick on the cookie sheet. They turn out fantastic! I love these cookie! My families favorite too. Gluten eaters will not know the difference. YUM!
Next, since it was Christmas, I had to have Peanut Blossoms. This was one of my favorites when I was a child. I have not made them in a long time. Her recipe was so easy to make. I think I made three batches of this cookie over Christmas. It was our favorite. It was perfect and tasted just like I remember the original! This is a new tradition.
Then of course I had to have a cut out cookie with icing. I made Rolled Sugar cookies. If I remember right, I think the book said to oil the surface you are rolling out on, but I didn't have any luck with that, so I used flour and it worked perfectly. These cookies have a really good buttery flavor. I loved them and think they will be great for Valentines Day cookies too!
Next up were the Chocolate Crinkles. These were great too and went together so easy! I had had trouble with my mexican wedding cake cookie that I had tried to make the week before I got this book. Roben told me to try making Sand Balls. They are just like wedding cakes. My family loved these cookies. Problem solved!
The last one I tried was the Orange Cream-cheese Tassies. On my. These were so rich and yummy. Basically the tassie has a cookies crust filled with cream cheese and orange marmalade. Wow. I have no idea how I made it through Christmas without gaining weight!
In a nut shell, this is my new favorite cookie book. I was feeling a little discourage before receiving it. I was known as the cookie baker growing up. Christmas cookies were my specialty. I had an old cookbook my mom had given me probably 30 years ago that I always pulled out at Christmas and used. No matter what I made from that book, it turned out. I had tried to take those recipes and convert them and they just weren't turing out. I was so close to deciding to just not make Christmas cookie anymore and then this book arrived. I think what I really needed was a gluten free cook book with recipes that had been tested and perfected. That's what Roben has put together here and I thank her so much!
I have heard that Roben has a new book coming out next summer that is just bread recipes and I just can't wait. I am so thankful for people like her. I have no interest in writing cook books or trying to invent recipes. It just takes so much time! I just want to be able to have a simple gluten free life and I am so thank to those like her that put the time in to find things that not only work for us, but are simple.