Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough: Whole Grain and Dairy-Free

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Version:
Chocolate Chunk, Oatmeal Cranberry, Peanut Butter Chocolate
Price:
$7.99 per 16-ounce package (12 BIG cookies)

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Rating:
5
On May 22, 2015
Last modified:May 29, 2015

Summary:

Do you like big, thick, soft, chewy cookies that even have a slight doughy vibe? Us too, which is why this cookie dough was such a big hit with all of our tasters (yes, we share!). It does have a slightly hearty, whole grain taste and texture, but this only seemed to add to its unique addiction. Because the cookie dough balls are so generously-sized and rich, the Oatmeal and Chocolate Chunk were a little stubborn on baking, not wanting to spread - but it was nothing a little pre-bake shaping couldn't tackle.

I’m a self-professed cookie monster. Ooey, gooey, doughy, and chewy are my favorite qualities in a dessert, and Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough delivers all of it.

Sweet Loren's Cookie Dough - Dairy-Free and Whole Grain (3 Varieties!)

In fact, Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough even satisfies my hearty side – I almost always bake chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies with whole grain flours, and so do the bakers at Sweet Loren’s. They’re still a sweet treat through and through, but to mitigate the indulgence, Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough uses only white-whole wheat (that’s a type of whole wheat flour, not white flour) and oat flours along with organic sugar.

I honestly thought that my “mainstream” testers would find these big cookies a little too wholesome – but they LOVED them.

Sweet Loren's Cookie Dough - Dairy-Free and Whole Grain (Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk shown)

Peanut Butter Chocolate (pictured above) – This was the first Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough that I baked up and I was immediately impressed with the nice big chocolate chunks, little peanut bits, and delightful yet not overly peanut butter flavor. The texture was slightly rustic and hearty, but it smacked of a straight-up dessert.

Cranberry Oatmeal (pictured below, but in the background) – These were the most wholesome of the bunch in taste with brown sugary sweetness and delightful contrasting cranberry notes. These were quite popular with their moist and chewy consistency with tons oaty goodness. The only downfall – these babies didn’t want to spread! They were big puffy balls, I flattened most of them for the last few minutes of baking, and recommend shaping and flattening the dough a bit before baking.

Chocolate Chunk (pictured below) – These were a little less sweet than the oatmeal cookies, giving them what I’d call more “grown up” appeal, and were packed with those big rectangular semi-sweet chocolate chunks. I had a little bit of a baking problem in which they also stayed a little too tall and didn’t want to bake through. I flattened some for a broader cookie (they still stayed soft and chewy), while the others spread just a bit and stayed quite doughy – though I wasn’t complaining.

Sweet Loren's Cookie Dough - Dairy-Free and Whole Grain (Chocolate Chunk and Oatmeal Cranberry shown)

Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough is sold with 12 generously-sized, indulgent, and far too easy to eat blocks of dough. They pack together into squares, rather than rounds – not a problem, but I did round some of them for presentation purposes. As mentioned, the Oatmeal and Chocolate Chunk were a little more stubborn on spreading, and I did have to increase the baking time on all, but that may be due to our higher altitude (we live at around 5000 feet), since the suggested baking temperature is quite low. Nonetheless, every last crumb was gobbled up with big smiles!

Note that Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough is “just” dairy-free. They do use eggs. If you confuse eggs with dairy, you’re not alone! See this post: Are Eggs Dairy?

Certifications: Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough is Certified Kosher OU-Dairy (they are not made with dairy, but this indicates that dairy may be present in another product made on the line) .

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Sweet Loren’s Cookie Dough is dairy-free / non-dairy, tree nut-free (the one variety does use peanuts) and vegetarian. The Oatmeal Cranberry is soy-free, the other two have soy lecithin in the chocolate chips. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Sweet Loren’s website at sweetlorens.com.

About Author

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.

2 Comments

  1. I understand these cookies “SL” are made with no dairy but by no means are dairy free as where they are produced obviously has dairy running on the same equipment. How can you even write “by the ingredients they are dairy free”? It is the same as saying they are nut free “By the ingredients” and they are made on the same equipment as nut products. It’s very deceiving making claims like these and when I saw them on a “Go Dairy Free” site I was actually excited at first and then disappointed to see the claims at the END of the review realizing that they are not truly dairy free.

    • Hi John,

      That’s exactly why I write “by ingredients” – the ingredients are made without dairy and without nuts. We cannot gauge for cross-contamination for several reasons: processes constantly change – if I were only to post products that I thought were not made on shared equipment, I would be liable if someone had an allergic reaction; the “may contain” statements are voluntary – in many cases, a product stated as “made on shared equipment” may actually be “safe” due to rigorous cleaning processes, while a product with no disclaimer may actually be made on shared equipment with no disclaimer and poor cleaning processes; most dairy-free consumers (even most with cell-mediated food allergies and some with IgE, most with lactose intolerance, etc) do not have an issue with the “trace” (parts per million) amounts that may occur during cross-contamination (almost all companies employ GMP with thorough cleanings and even delays between batch runs); there is no such thing as truly “allergen-free” – even an allergy-friendly manufacturer will explain this; and finally, if you are dealing with a food allergy that is life-threatening and severe enough that “made on shared equipment” is a concern, you should NEVER rely solely on packaging or websites before consuming – you MUST call the manufacturer with all foods to ensure their safety right down to the suppliers, processes, etc.

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