Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF)

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF) |

While everyone is trying to out do each other with the latest and craziest chocolate sensations for Valentine’s Day, why not keep it simple for your sweetheart (and sweet-tooth!) by baking up a batch of the most adored cookie of all time: the infamous chocolate chip.

There’s nothing like a warm cookie straight from the oven, chocked full of melted chocolate. One that’s golden and crispy on the exterior and soft and chewy on interior. Who needs to re-invent the wheel when this little beauty is oh-so easy to make.  The only little twists to this classic recipe were the additions of coconut and almond flours –to give the cookie a great flavor along with a lighter texture– and white chocolate chips, which is a perfect match to the dark chocolate. How can you resist? And by using all gluten-free flours, no one gets left behind when it comes to indulging in this sweet treat. This version is guaranteed to win the heart of your special someone this Valentine’s Day!
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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie (GF)
yields 20-24 cookies | Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie (GF) PDF

1 cup gluten-free flour (plus 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum powder)
1 cup almond flour (fine ground)
1/2 cup coconut flour (I like Let’s Do…Organic brand)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 large eggs
1 cup total of dark and white mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375F. Line a standard baking pan with non-stick liner or parchment paper. Combine all dry ingredients; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together butter, both sugars and both extracts on low-medium speed until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time until just incorporated. Scrape bowl as needed. While mixer is on low speed, add dry ingredients in three (3) stages– just until combined– do not over mix. Scrape bowl and return mixer to low speed. Add in chocolate chips and mix to combine.

Scoop out onto a non-stick lined baking pan using a large ice cream scoop (#20/3 Tbsp size). Freeze the cookie balls uncovered for 30-45 minutes until firm. At this point, you can bake them off, or portion them into freezer-safe bags for future use.

Bake at 375F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp around the edges. These will be soft on the interior and crunchy on the exterior. Fantastic!
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF) |

I make my own gluten-free flour blend from a selection of brown and white rice, tapioca, and potato starch flours that I buy in bulk at the health food store. Unlike all-purpose flour,  gluten-free flour doesn’t contain a binding agent (gluten) so you’ll need to add 1 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum powder per 1 cup of GF flour. These binders are critical to maintaining the structure of the final baked good. However, if you prefer to use a store-bought GF flour, you may be able to omit this step as many brands have already added the binding agent to the mix.

Best Bar Essentials Buying Guide

Happy Holidays Everyone!
It’s been a bit of a hiatus for me, but I’m back in the saddle (a.k.a. desk chair!) and ready to keep the season’s festivities rolling along with some stellar finds for entertaining in style when it comes my favorite part of a party- the drinks!

With New Year’s Eve–the king of all cocktail nights– coming this week, thought I’d highlight a few virtual finds in the way of bar essentials that not only look fantastic, but will make you feel like a master mixologist as you countdown to midnight. You don’t need a lot of fancy gear or gadgets to create the classic cocktails at home. Just a couple basic tools for measuring, a few special ingredients for mixing and some ultra-chic stemware to make your friends feel like million bucks whilst they’re sipping their Old Fashioned, Dirty Martini or seasonal fruit sparkler.

Bar carts: these are the hottest thing going right now. New designs along with vintage-finds,  the concept of having a dedicated piece of furniture for drinks & stemware did not go out with the lava lamps of the 60’s….in fact, these carts more popular than ever. They’re a great way to corral all your drink components and stemware in one place whilst showcasing your favorite brands of spirits, mixers and shiny barware.
bar carts collage

[BUYING GUIDE] -All carts shown from– 1) Modern Italian Gio Ponti Style Bar Cart $1150, 2) Mid-Century Rolling Glass Top Bar Cart $270, 3) Industrial Steel Factory Cart on Wheels $675, 4) Vintage Brass Gold Bar Cart $300, 5) Danish Teak Bar Cart $699 

Bar Tools: these are the bar tools which afford me the most versatility for the majority of drinks I make year-round. I couldn’t live without my fun penguin cocktail shaker as it has the strainer built-in to the top. The spoon/muddler combo swizzle stick is a handy tool- eliminating the need for a separate muddler for most drinks. Look for a double-jigger to make measuring a cinch. Use the larger end for the spirit and the smaller end for the mixer, bitters, or syrup. This glass & decanter drying rack is a lifesaver after a big gathering. It safely drys up to 16 stems (plus a decanter) then neatly folds flat for storage!

bar buying guide- tools


[BUYING GUIDE] 1) Penguin Cocktail Shaker/Strainer $33.99 |, 2) Oenophilia Fusion 16 Stemware/Decanter Rack $39.99 | 3) SS Martini Picks/set 6 | $12, 4) Paper Straws in Gold & Silver Dots, $5 |,  5) Spoon/Muddler Swizzle Stick $14.95 | and Double jigger $5.50 |, 6) Silver & Gold Hexagram Ice Bucket $125 |, 7) Paper cocktail napkins $5.95 | 8) Citrus Juicer by Norpro $22.99 |

Barware: I must admit- I do have a weakness for stemware. Anything with a mid-century/modern vibe that’s practical to use and pretty to look at is definitely going in my stemware cabinet. If you’re serious about exploring and enjoying the world of drinks, you’ll need to have a few basic shapes in barware to create the traditional tipples we all know and love. Best to have a couple of styles of shorter tumblers like an Old Fashioned/Rocks glass (6-ounce) or slightly taller ones like a Double Old Fashioned (12-ounce). These work great for Whiske(y)/Scotch-based drinks or a simple G&T.  Also on hand should be a standard Martini glass (5-ounce), Champagne flute or glass (I like the coupe-style), a Highball/Collins or tall tumbler (8-ounce) for layered drinks, iced tea, Mojitos–any type of cocktail or mocktail where a larger amount of liquid or ice is added. And don’t forget a decanter. Traditionally used to aerate wines, a stylish crystal decanter also makes a beautiful water pitcher for the bar.
bar buying guide- barware


[BUYING GUIDE] 1) ‘Mad Men’ Whisky Glasses $24.95/set 2 | Viceroy, 2) Riedel ‘Grape’ Champagne Coupe/set 2 $64 |, 3) Vintage Gilt & Floral Etched Beverage Set $225 |, 4) Mixology Mad Men Holloway Edition DOF Glass/set 2 $175 |, 5) Mid-Century Martini Glass/set 4 $49 | 6) Madison Avenue Whisky Decanter $29.95 | / Riedel ‘O’ Single Decanter $225 | / Ravenscroft® Crystal Ultra Magnum Decanter $64.99 |, 7) Vintage Silver/Chrome Striped Tumbler/set 4 $25.00 |, 8) Vintage Gold Gilt Lacquerware Nesting Trays /set 2 |

Bar Ingredients: here’s where some serious fun comes in. The holidays are a great time to experiment with some of the lesser-known bar ingredients and adding one or two new liqueurs or mixers to your bar cart will help you break-up the drinks routine and get creative. I personally believe that bitters and tonics are the most underrated bar essentials. With the craft movement on both so incredibly strong today, there are oodles and oodles of hand-made, artisan brands to choose from—each using wonderful & obscure botanicals, herbs, and fruits to produce some amazing combinations. And be sure to splash out on a couple of really fine quality base spirits (like a Bourbon, Gin or Vodka) from which you can build various kinds of drinks. Starting with the good stuff, will only make your home bartending that much more rewarding (and delicious!). Cheers to a New Year!
bar buying guide- ingredients

[BUYING GUIDE] 1) Sonoma Rye Whiskey Cask Strength $65 | 2) St.Germain Elderflower Liqueur $42.99 / Licor 43 Liqueur $24.99  / Yellow & Green Chartreuse Liqueur from 33.99 |, 3) Bittermilk Charred Grapefruit Tonic $15 | / Fee Brothers Gin Barrel Aged Orange Bitters $14.95 | 4) Demerara Sugar Cubes $9.95 |, 5) Fever-tree Bitter Lemon & Elderflower Tonics from $5.99Waialua Pineapple & Liliko’i Sodas |, 6) Metallic Gold Rimming Sugar $11 |

*No sponsored links, just a curated collection of some great brands/products I wanted to share with you all! *