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Speaking personally for my husband, the biggest thing he misses from not getting to eat dairy, is my chocolate chip cookies! He was by far my biggest fan and could eat an entire batch in a short time. Now that he can’t eat dairy at all, without getting very sick, he is always dreaming about those cookies!
The trickiest one to recreate and still keep it as close to original as possible, is those chocolate chip cookies!
Last month, I created and studied some gluten-free baking tips for cookies, and they turned out really well! I have had some readers let me know that they tried out the tips and were so excited how the cookies turned out for them!
Thanks to chemistry, I have been working on some dairy-free options for my cookie recipe. Obviously, a huge component in baking is butter! Butter is a great binder and adds that unmistakable flavor to baked goods. In all chemical honesty, there isn’t much of a replacement for butter as far as texture and flavor.
The first experiment I tried was to use a vegan butter substitute. I did NOT like how the cookies looked or the texture. They tasted okay, but it wasn’t like my normal cookie, so I chose not to go with that anymore.
Coconut oil was my next ingredient to work with. I really like coconut oil for baking because (1) it doesn’t have a flavor (if it’s refined, which I use) when it is baked (2) it is a saturated fat, so it is solid at cooler temperatures. These are key points to baking.
The result was a pretty close to a normal cookie! The texture is slightly different, BUT the flavor is almost exact with the use of a little butter extract. P.s – extracts are the best chemist options for flavor! I love them 🙂
So, if you have to eat dairy-free, here is a cookie for you! Even if you don’t have to, these cookies are delicious for all!!
Out of all the dairy-free chocolate chips we have tried, I like these Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips the best. They have a great flavor and bake well! I have trouble finding them in the store, so I usually buy them on Amazon and stock up.
I hope you enjoy these as much as my husband did. I must say, these are definitely going to be made at least every other week at my house!
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