…Continued from Hannah's review of the three No Gluten Shortbread Cookies from Sunflour Baking Co….
…Upon opening the box of Brownie Babies, I was slightly taken aback by how small each cookie was! No larger than a silver dollar, they certainly fit the title of "babies," not to mention the almost laughably microscopic fragments of walnuts visible on the surface. No matter, their chocolately scent quickly wafted through the air and reassured me that size was no indication of quality here.
Soft, dense, and chewy, the mouth-feel is ideal for any brownie. Only moderately sweet, I felt that the amount of sugar balanced out perfectly with the cocoa so that neither were overwhelming, but instead play together harmoniously inside my mouth. Suitable for a wide range of tastes, these aren't so decadent that you can barely finish two bites on your own, but they are also still chocolatey enough to satisfy even a real chocolate lover. It turns out that those tiny pieces of walnut really are appropriate for the size of the cookie, too – Any larger and they would dominate the dough, but instead they provide a lovely crunch every now and then.
One of America's favorite cookies and perhaps the single type most stereotypically "American," it's no surprise that the Chocolate Chip Cookie makes yet another appearance in the market. Dotted with dark chocolate chips, the cream-colored dough looks just like any of the other interpretations of this classic treat. Easily yielding to the teeth, it definitely fit into my preferred style – Some like theirs crisp, others cakey, but this would fall into the chewy category. As the dough alone is usually my favorite part of chocolate chip cookies, I began by sampling a chunk without any chips. If anything, I found that it was perhaps lacking a little in the flavor department… It had no distinct flavor in particular, and at times I could have sworn there was some sort of medicinal after taste… But eaten with the chocolate pieces as it was intended, these draw backs were completely unnoticeable. The healthy sprinkling of chocolate was just the right amount to make it a very tasty snack overall.
Last but not least, I tore into my package of Cinnamon Cookies, expecting nothing more unique than you standard snickerdoodle. What I placed on my tongue, however, couldn't have been further from my assumption – These weren't just sugar and a little spice, these were actually spicy! Intensely cinnamon like a red-hot candy, these ended up being my favorite of all six varieties. Quite aromatic as soon as they were freed from their cellophane cell, I had to be careful as I removed my prey, or else the excess coating of sugar and cinnamon would end up all over the floor. Messy as they were, this exterior dusting added a lovely extra crunch, bumping up the standard chewy and delicious dough to an even higher level. Such intense heat from the spice might get to you after a few cookies though, so I must warn you to keep a tall glass of soymilk on hand when eating these! Unabashed cinnamon addict that I am, these may in fact be too hot for those who aren't keen on this seasoning, but I highly suggest you give them a try anyway. Once you start eating these, it's hard to stop!
On the whole, I would have to say that Sun Flour Baking Company really knows what they're doing when they try to make favorite childhood treats into gluten-free fare. Sure, it might seem weird to eat a cookie made primarily of pinto bean flour, but don't let that turn you away from something that is this delicious. Change is difficult, as anyone adjusting to a gluten-free diet might tell you, but it isn't difficult to occasionally step out of your comfort zone and try new things. It's really a small risk for those not limited by any allergies to take, and who knows, you might just find more sweet treasures like these.
Where to Purchase: All of the vegan treats from Sunflour Baking Company can be purchased directly through their website. They do ship internationally.
Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.