Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest

DSC_0785And now…. the bake-off we’ve all been waiting for……the quest for the best……Chocolate Chip Cookies!

The 3 competitors:

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Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

Betty Crocker Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

a homemade recipe similar to the one on the Toll House Cookie bags.

DSC_0787According to the scientific opinions of 5 adults and 2 kids, all of whom eat gluten, the winner is………….

Betty Crocker’s Normal Cookie Mix.

However, according to the gluten-free tasters and my husband, who has his tastes set as high as his Grandma’s famous cookies, the homemade recipe won, so that’s what I’ll be making most of the time.  I have to give Betty Crocker a huge, thankful cheer though, b/c her version is very easy, especially if you don’t want to mess with special flours like potato flour.  So, I’ll always have a couple of boxes of her mix to make in a pinch.  It’s so easy, that my 7-year-old could make these cookies all by himself too, and I’m all about boosting his self-esteem so I can have some cookies.

The Homemade version and the BC Gluten Free version were very closely tied, depending on which you like better, taste or texture.  The Betty Crocker GF cookies had a great taste, but they were a little grainy and about as flat as a cookie can get without being a crepe.  That could be the baker’s error.  The homemade version had a very normal texture, but had a hint of the potato flour taste.

The bottom line (and since doing all these taste tests, mine had gotten larger), is that either gluten-free option will give you a very good cookie.  Try them both to see which you prefer.  And, don’t forget to make a lot and freeze them.  30 seconds in the microwave, and it’s like they’re just out of the oven.  Or, you can eat them frozen right out of the bag several times a day.  And, if you’re like me, you’ll be justified in eating 2 of the Betty Crocker ones at once, since they’re so thin.

Here’s the recipe for the “Troll House Cookies”

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