I’m not gluten-free, nor have I delved deeply into gluten-free baking. All those different flours and combinations of grains to deliver the best texture, and xanthan gum…what does it do and why does it cost $14?! Also, some people also have the misconception that veganism is synonymous with gluten-free. There’s plenty of foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are easily made gluten-free and many candies are naturally free of gluten, but cakes, pastries, cookies, bread, and pies are a little more difficult. I’m not one to reject the unfamiliar, and always willing to learn more about different foods, especially when it’s related to baking. I haven’t been too impressed with the packaged gluten-free cookies I’ve tried before, so I want to taste test as much as possible!
So a little while ago, A Couple Smart Cookies sent me samples of their product to try. Little gluten-free cookie bites in three flavors: Fudge Squared, Peanut Butter <3's Chocolate Chip, and Pumpkin Dates Cherry. Hello, cute names!
I noticed that Vegansaurus reviewed these cookies last year as well and upon trying them, I had a lot of the same feelings. First up, the Pumpkin Dates Cherry cookies. The sweet ginger pumpkin flavor combined nicely with the tart cherries studded throughout. The texture really secured these as my favorite because they were soft and fluffy and I wasn’t thinking about how they were gluten-free. Second, the Fudge Squared cookies. Since these cookies are more like fudge bites than full cookies, they’re very rich in chocolatey flavor. Sometimes fudge bites like this can be overwhelmingly rich, but I think these cookies struck a balance with the amount of flavor and richness. The only letdown was a hint of a grittiness from the rice flour. Finally, the peanut butter cookies were so chewy and sweet, kind of in-between cookie and peanut butter caramel candy, and didn’t really do it for me.
You can buy A Couple Smart Cookies at their online shop. Take my word and try out the Pumpkin Dates Cherry, or check out a sample pack and try them for yourself or a gluten-free friend. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter!
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