These here are proof that cookies can be tasty and good fo ya! Packed with flax meal and oats, these Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies also happen to be gluten-free and butter-free!
I attend a pretty unconventional church where it’s the norm to find bicycle stuntmen, Michael Jackson Impersonators, and dudes clad in leather riding Harley Davidsons – all on stage! However, from all the acts I have seen on that stage, the one that intrigued me the most was a canister of Doubletree Cookies. You see, one Sunday while trying to illustrate a point, our pastor brought out these Doubletree cookies, and with much pomp and circumstance, offered some of these cookies to a select few people in our congregation, while touting them as The Best Cookies Ever!
As I watched spouses and parents (who were lucky enough to get one of these cookies) find a seat far away from their family members so they wouldn’t have to share the cookies with them, I realized I had to get my hands on at least one of those cookies! As wrestling my pastor to get that canister out of his hand was not an option, I figured I would order myself a canister from Doubletree themselves because I clearly had to taste The Best Cookies Ever — right?
Well, 5 days after I placed my order, I received my canister of 6 Doubletree cookies. My daughter ceremoniously divided the cookies up between us, making sure she got the 3 largest ones. I poured each of us a tall glass of cold, non-dairy, milk and we sat down to savor The Best Cookies Ever! Right there from where we were sitting, those cookies smelled divine – and I figured they tasted even more so…
Then I took my first bite…
Gosh, darn it!
I wanted my money back!
While those cookies were good, they were far from The Best Cookies Ever. In fact, I think Chick Fil A’s Chocolate Chip Cookies are better than the those from Doubletree!
So, I did what any of us food bloggers would do, and set about making my own, tasty, yet gluten-free, butter-free, version. After fumbling through several batches to get the taste and texture drool-worthy; I finally ended up with the batch you see here. Chock full of chocolate chips and pecans, sweet but not overly sweet, and with a sublime vanilla scent layered in, these cookies were good! So good!
Now, I won’t say these are The Best Cookies Ever, but my 17-year-old daughter (aka my biggest, most valued, harshest critique) said these were way, way better than those Doubletree Cookies! Don’t believe me? Well, I guess you’ve gonna have to make a batch and see for yourselves eh?