Equally loved by both children and adults, this cookie is a classic. The saltiness balances the sweetness nicely here and gives these treats a more refined character. Using both salted butter and kosher salt in the actual cookie contributes two levels of flavour – more of a background saltiness from the butter, and a forward saltiness from the kosher salt. Adding the salt in this way gives the finished cookies a well-seasoned, rounded flavour that makes it hard to eat just one. Use your favourite chocolate, bittersweet or semisweet. –Heather Hardcastle
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 1.5 oz cookie scoop
- 4 sticks salted butter softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups brown rice flour
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1½ cups chocolate chips
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl twice during creaming.
- With the mixer running on low speed, add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla extract. Mix batter on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl as needed to incorporate.
- Add brown rice flour, salt, xanthan gum and baking soda. Mix dough until smooth, making sure to scrape the bowl to incorporate bits of unmixed sugar lingering on the bottom. Add chocolate chips and mix on low speed until just incorporated.
- Using a 1.5-oz cookie scoop (#24, or about 3 tbsp), scoop out dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between cookies. Each cookie ball should be about 2 inches in diameter; you should be able to fit about 8 cookies on each sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight before baking. Chilling the dough will help control the spread of the cookies while baking. If your dough is too soft, the dough will spread out and the cookie will be thinner and crispier. Chilled dough will spread less during baking, maintaining a thicker, chewier cookie with an even shape.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake for about 8 minutes, rotate the sheets between upper and lower racks and bake for another 7 minutes, until cookies are a light golden brown around the edges and still soft in the centre. Cool on the baking sheet completely before transferring to a serving platter or enjoying; the warm cookies are very fragile and can break easily. Repeat with the remaining dough.