Wednesday, May 19, 2010


These gluten-free cookies are delicious! Finally, it is possible to say that many gluten-free sweets you will find in a local store taste good, but these are truly wonderful. These are not delicate little crispy wafers, but dense and thick, more resembling a shortbread studded with tiny nut bits. The lemon flavor cuts what might be an overly rich cookie with a hit of brightness that is perfect. Then, just as you think you've appreciated all there is to appreciate about this little snack, a hint of berry flavor starts to appear and you realize you may have tasted one of the most delightfully complex little cookies in the gluten-free world.

The mystery is the ingredient list. Although you may think you've tasted butter, sugar, lemons, nuts and raspberries, in fact, you have not. These cookies proudly announce themselves as being sugar-free,gluten free, dairy-free and cholesterol-free. Also, prebiotic, but we will get to that in a minute. What you thought you tasted was actually soy flours (soy flour, soy protein), maltodextrin, organic palm oil,canola oil, chicory root, soy lecithin, natural flavors, baking soda,and sea salt. Oh, and the prebiotic? That's the chicory root, which enhances the growth of beneficial intestinal flora. It is sometimes added to recipes to reduce the baking time, and also acts as a low calorie high fiber sugar substitute.

If you are a purist,and enjoying something delicious that is not what it seems would bother you, then these are not the treats for you. However, if you can put aside the fact that the soy flour is not wheat flour, the soy protein is not a chopped nut, the oils are not butter, and the natural flavors are not lemon juice and raspberries, then you will have a great time with these cookies, because the taste is extraordinary.

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