For both financial and health reasons, I’m on a mission lately to completely eliminate store-bought snacks for Zander and instead make them all from scratch, preferably gluten-free. This is a gradual process, but an important one for our family.
I felt discouraged on Wednesday when Zander flatly rejected my homemade crackers as “not crispy enough” (what on earth am I going to do with the dozens of crackers that I painstakingly rolled out to 1/16th of an inch, then cut by hand and baked, and he simply refuses to eat?), but I decided to keep on trying.
“Cookies should be a home-run,” I thought. And with my new motto of “the simpler, fewer, and less expensive ingredients, the better,” I decided to try a recipe from the Detoxinista’s Healthy Christmas Cookie Roundup.
Unfortunately, something went horribly wrong with my gluten-free chocolate chip cookies this morning, and after only 7 minutes in the oven, the edges wound up burnt to a crisp. Knowing that children, especially, eat with their eyes, I felt dismayed and certain that Zander would never even touch one of these. I was convinced that I had just wasted some very good organic ingredients (homemade almond flour, extra virgin coconut oil, maple syrup, Himalayan salt, baking soda, vanilla, and chocolate chips) as well as my own time.
Then it occurred to me that I might be able to use a cookie cutter to trim off the burnt edges. I tried it, and it worked perfectly, with the added benefit of creating uniformly shaped and sized cookies! I do recommend trying this recipe, which you can find here.
Zander is now obsessed with these cookies, and my new problem has become trying to keep them away from him! I’ll figure out later what I did wrong with this particular batch (I think I may have accidentally used too much coconut oil), but in the meantime, I thought I’d share this quick emergency fix for burnt cookies in case you ever run into a near-disaster while doing your own baking.
By the way, the outer edges do not taste nearly as bad as they look, and I’ve always liked my cookies slightly burnt (is that weird?), so I am eating those myself rather than throwing them away. Waste not want not. 🙂