flour chylde bakery....a gluten-free cookie i actually like?!
Cookies, they hold a special place in my heart and stomach. Mostly chocolate chip, though I have been known to venture out to different flavors with varying degrees of delight and derision. Good or bad, it never stops me trying ones I come across, and I never know where I might see one I've not had before. It is why I am always on the lookout. Take for instance, a recent rainy Sunday (I know, they all seem that way lately!). Me and the SO found ourselves down Fort Mason way to check out the Good Food Awards winners which were having a special showing at the Festival Pavilion. I don't have much to say about it except there was a lot of cheese and chocolate things.
However, since it was so rainy, they had moved the Fort Mason farmer's market indoors to escape the rain, or fill up the pavilion, it was hard to tell. After running through the award things quickly, we ventured over to the market to see what they had. Toward the end of our perusal I passed by Flour Chylde Bakery. At first I was like, ugh, gluten-free, I've not had very good experiences with them, but she had some free samples, so I stopped anyway. Well, that and the name, which I found cute and funny. Props for it!
There was a chocolate thing and some other sweet thing we tasted and yeah, super sweet. But she did have some cookies that looked interesting and I thought, yeah, why not get one.
Instead of my regular go to, I got the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie for $2.25. It was a decent size and felt like it had some heft to it. I took a bite and was a bit surprised, it was not as sweet as I was expecting. Sometimes with gluten-free, the sugar content gets upped to make up for lack of whatever. Here, not really. You could taste small hints of peanut butter, though could have used more. Some dark chocolate, a sprinkle of salt and maybe a little nuttiness from almond flour maybe? Not totally sure, but possible. I forgot to ask. From the first initial bites, I didn't hate it! Something of a surprise considering I like my cookies and their gluten. While the taste was good, my real issue was with texture.
Yes, it was soft, but not gooey. It was more crumbly, kind of the way brown sugar is both soft and crumbly. The cookie did kind of fall apart when I pulled off pieces of it to eat. I think that is the big difference for me, the gluten-free cookies are too crumbly. I like them soft and chewy but not falling apart. It is why I will only half recommend it. Taste wise, yes, texture wise, no. But overall, I will say it is a good effort and probably the best gluten-free cookie I have had so far.
I guess if you are trying to cut back on gluten or have serious issues with it, a cookie from Flour Chylde is a tasty enough option. Since I don't fall into either of those categories I'll probably skip it, but that just means there are more for everyone else. Because if I thought this was the best cookie ever, I wouldn't tell anyone. I'd keep it to myself so I could have them all to myself. But since I'm a sharer, you can enjoy one for yourself. Your welcome!