In search of good gluten-free cookies
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | 11:58 AM ET
By Leigh Felesky, CBCNews.ca
With recent food sensitivities showing up in my family, I'm on a mission to find some recipes for good gluten-free goodies, particularly cookies.
If you're not familiar with the term, gluten is a protein contained in wheat, barley, rye and oats. For some it can be harmful. People sensitive to gluten can have an ongoing immune reaction. Symptoms can include nausea, diarrhea, gaseousness and even joint pain.
In an effort to cut down on gluten and particularly white flour, I'm abandoning the traditional cookie and hoping to expand the options.
Last weekend I tried a gluten-free cookie recipe that used "xanthum gum." It took me most of the weekend to find this ingredient which was finally located at Bulk Barn. After all that, the cookies were hardly edible.
Continuing my search, I found a list of recipes on celiac.com .
Also, there are some gluten-free recipes on cookies-in-motion.
But given how much work it is to organize the ingredients (rice flour, xanthan gum, tapioca flour, etc.), I'm hesitant to go through all this work without knowing that I'm going to get something that tastes darn good.
Does anyone out there bake gluten-free cookies? If you have a suggestion for some gems, send them along.
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