Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

 

Okay, we all know that I *heart* chocolate, right?  Well, when I happened upon these cookies at The Gluten-Free Homemaker’s site, I just knew that I had to make them.  I modified the recipe, slightly, as I had some pre-mixed GF flour mix that was already opened and needed to be used up. 

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The recipe as I made it:

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

2 1/4 cup GF Flour Mix (I used Bette’s Four Flour Blend)

3/4 tsp. xanthan gum

1 tsp. baking soda

1 c. butter, softened (2 sticks)

1/2 c. white sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1 small box instant chocolate pudding (Jell-O brand is GF, as is Wal-Mart)

2 eggs

2 c. (12 oz.) chocolate chips (I used part semi-sweet, part milk chocolate; dark chocolate would ROCK!)

Combine the flours, gum and baking soda in a small bowl. In your mixer bowl, beat the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and pudding and beat until smooth. Add the eggs and beat again. Gradually add the flour mixture. With a spoon or spatula, stir in the chips and nuts if using. Drop by spoonfuls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

The results…..A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!   I have never heard Jon moan & groan over how good a cookie/dessert was before.  They were melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness.  Holy YUM!!!  We then immediately started brainstorming over the other flavor combos we could make.  We came up with butterscotch pudding with caramel chips; chocolate pudding with caramel chips, peanut butter pudding with peanut butter or chocolate chips, chocolate pudding with PB chips, lemon pudding with some kind of add in, though we aren’t sure what, maybe coconut?  Very versatile, moist and delicious!  You MUST try this recipe!  Thank you, Linda, excellent recipe! 

Gluten-Free Hand Care

Are your hands just a mess right now with the cold weather & dryness?  UGH!  My hands are just a mess.  I feel like I am constantly washing them.  I am sure that is adding to the nightmare that is in the form of cracks in the skin along my thumbs.  OUCH!  I try to remember to lotion up, but I literally wash my hands so much I am not sure that it helps.  Not only do we have gluten in the house, with my making sandwiches out of Whole Wheat bread for my daughter, but I baby-sit a little girl and after changing her diaper or wiping her nose, etc, I am washing my hands.  I am currently using Curel Targeted Therapy Hand & Cuticle Cream.  It works well, when I remember to use it or don’t wash it right off.  For more targeted treatment on the cracks, I have been using Aquaphor or Bacitracin and then covering with a band aid overnight. 

Anyone else have this issue?  What do you use for hand care?  All the products I use on my hands are gluten-free.  I know that gluten can’t be absorbed through the skin and isn’t an issue unless you have Dermatitis Herpetiformis, but if I eat with my hands, that could be a problem. 

 

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