The frustrating thing about cooking as strict as we do for children is that you often lack too much variety. Since my kids are big chocolate fiends, I usually try to find something that covers that. The problem is that it gets boring, so when Pure Pantry sent me a their sample of Organic Sugar Cookies, I was excited to try them. I was going to make the Almond Crescents, but then I discovered that a bag of almond flour is $10, so I nixed that idea! Too late, I saw the Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe on the side, so I guess I’ll save that for a later date.
The kids loved these! They were delicious. I made some for an event Sunday, and Amelia ate almost all of them. The recipe includes hints on how to sub the egg or the dairy (we used ghee). I thought they were delicious myself, and the 2nd batch, oddly (see “quality”), tasted better than the first! I wanted to decorate them, but not sure if there’s some nontoxic, non-GMO, non-phenol, non-MSG decorating stuff. (Unlikely!)
Good, but perhaps for a more advanced cook than me? So here’s what happened: My first packet came out fine, using ghee, a little less sticky than I’d have liked, but not bad. I made a roll and sliced up the cookies. Last night? I was weary and stupid and melted the ghee first, before I remembered you needed to whip the butter-like product. OK, I froze it to get it hard, but the ghee is too sensitive, and it was too crummy when I put it together. I even followed the recipe to try to get it to stick better. So for the 30 minutes I had to cool it, I put it in the freezer. That helped, and I managed to pull together cookies that stayed together, but it wasn’t easy. Both times, I had to cook for a longer period than the mix said – but could be my oven. (Our outer glass on the door broke off a year ago.)
Ingredients are organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic white rice flour, organic potato starch flour, organic tapioca flour, xanthan gum, and sea salt. That’s USDA organice, by the way, and I don’t know what the xanthan gum is made of (corn or other) or if it has MSG. 60 calories per cookie.
I’d like to buy more of this, and try those Crinkle Cookies – my kids would flip! Now the downside is that the nearest location to me to buy this is New Jersey, but you can buy their products online. Plus, check out their recipes like these delicious Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches. Their chef, Elizabeth Kaplan, also has a cookbook. Go ahead and check them out!
Disclaimer: I received a sample of this product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.