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Basler Brunsli – Chocolate-Almond Spice Cookies

One of our friends is gluten-free.  This presents somewhat of a challenge to me as a baker since I am just fine with gluten and rarely give it a second thought.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and is off-limits for those with wheat allergy or celiac disease. It is also the magical ingredient that provides cohesiveness to dough and is easily taken for granted by me, the non-gluten-free baker.

Our gluten-free girl recently came to dinner and I decided to finally tackle this type of baking.  I had recently read an article in Saveur on favorite holiday cookies from around the world. Switzerland’s entry was for Basler Brunsli, also known as a chocolate-almond spice cookie.  No flour in this recipe – a cookie everyone can enjoy.

It certainly sounded promising– almonds, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and chocolate. Chewy texture and the “unmistakable flavor of old-fashioned Christmas cheer.” Well, alright then.

However, I cannot lie. This was one frustrating cookie and I almost scrapped it in favor of something, anything, that was not baked.

The dough is very tricky and needed, I don’t know, some flour to help hold things together. Determined not go give up, I found that working in small batches and keeping the excess dough in the freezer was the key to success.

Overall, the Basler Brunsli is actually quite nice and resembles a chewy chocolatey spicy brownie. A nice ending to a gluten-free dinner for a guest that I hope returns on many occasions in the near future. Here is the recipe…

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Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

 

I  live with the Cookie Monster.  I make a fresh batch every couple of weeks.  He keeps them in the freezer and doles them out one by one until the supply is gone.  Sometimes, I even get one.   

The other day, I had several cookbooks out on the table and, as he passed though the room, he quickly pointed to a book  and said, “Hey, when are you going to make these?  The cookie he was referring to is on the cover of Martha Stewart’s Cookies.  Never, I thought and here’s why.  They are chocolate.  And double chocolate no less.  When did he start liking chocolate?    

I too am not a huge chocolate fan but welcome the excuse to bake anything.   And guess what?  This cookie is incredible.  Soft, dark, chewy, surprising and wonderful.  A perfect balance of chocolate and ginger, two bold usually stand-alone flavors.  

You need to try these.  

Here is the recipe…

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