Sunday, March 6, 2011

ChocolateBet: March 6, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
2 cookies
Lemon Poppy Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free, homemade)
Very Good
Calories: 300 calories (estimate) in 2 cookies

1.) General Mills - Betty Crocker Yellow Gluten-Free Cake Mix
Very Good
Weight: 15 oz. (425 g.) total package
Cost: $4.79 total box of Cake Mix
Purchased from: Draeger's in San Mateo, CA

2.) Safeway - Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Very Good
Weight: 12 oz. (340 g.) total package
Cost: $2.99 in total package (sale price)
Purchased from: Safeway The Market, in downtown San Jose, CA

Today (Sunday, and also Day #6 of Chocolate and Gluten Free Cookie Theme Week), I improvised a recipe for some gluten-free Lemon/Limoncello Poppy Seed Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I started with General Mills Betty Crocker Yellow Gluten Free Cake Mix. Instead of eggs*, I added lemon curd, Limoncello, poppy seeds, Safeway semi-sweet chocolate chips, and lemon infused olive oil. After experimenting with four different batches, I found a thin, crisp, browned version that worked. Not too dark, and not too light. (I'm no fool; I'm not showing you the quasi-burned ones.) It was hard to take a close-up shot of a fresh, hot cookie on a spatula without fogging up the camera lens; my best cookie cam shot is pictured at right.

I like lemon mixed with dark chocolate. So, I added three lemon-y ingredients to these cookies. However, much of the lemon flavor dissipated in the cooking process. I'll try adding finely ground lemon peel next time.

*General Mills also makes a Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie mix. No egg improv necessary.

ChocolateBet: March 5, 2011

Chocolate of the Day:
several cookie sandwiches made with...
Cherrybrook Kitchen
Chocolate Frosting Mix
Very Good
Weight: 4 oz. (guess) cookies /10.5 oz. (298 g.) total box of dry mix
Calories: no idea (400 maybe?)
Cost: $5.00 (estimate)
Purchased from: Safeway (The Market), downtown San Jose, CA

Today's new chocolate came in the form of a chocolate frosting mix. I added lots of butter to this gluten-free (and peanut free, dairy free, egg-free and nut free) mix, and voila! chocolate filling for cookie sandwiches.

Several minutes later, I looked down at the thundering herd of chocolate filled Midel gluten free animal cookie sandwiches that I had made; and it was good. I decided to eat one of each animal. Lion, bear, goat, buffalo, elephant, camel, fox, hippo. One by one, they were culled from the herd.

There was plenty of frosting left over from this evening's animal cookie assemblage, plenty to enjoy with other cookie items. Do chocolate rice cake sandwiches with chocolate filling count as cookies?

Today was Day #5 of Chocolate and Gluten-Free Cookie Theme Week.

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