I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth. When it comes to indulgent foods, I’ll take a bag of chips or plate of tater tots over cookies, brownies, or ice cream nearly any day. Being vegan and gluten-free, I never minded that my dessert options were highly limited, which is why I wasn’t all that excited to try out Otto’s Grain-Free Cookie Mix ($30, Amazon)—but boy, was I wrong. My opinion on cookies and desserts as a whole changed after my first bite of them.
Here’s how they changed my mind about cookies forever:
You can make any kind of cookie with them.
Whether you’re an oatmeal raisin or snickerdoodle person, Otto’s cookie mix simply provides the base of cassava flour, baking soda, and sea salt, so all you need to add is eggs and melted butter. I’m vegan, so I whipped up a flax egg and mixed it with vegan butter.
I had some vegan marshmallows and chocolate chips at home, so I simply added those to make a s’mores cookie and it was delicious. I’ve also tried making standard chocolate chip cookies and walnut cookies, too.
Everyone loves them.
I’m the only vegan and gluten-free person in my family, but everyone loved these—from my mom and sister (who have a huge affinity for sweets) to my picky-eater dad. In fact, I never even told them these were vegan or grain-free.
The cookies have the classic “crispy on the outside, gooey and fluffy on the inside” texture we all love, no matter how few or how many add-ins you put in.
The only thing I’ll mention is that these are very sweet. I can’t have any more than one palm-sized cookie in one sitting, and I enjoy them most when I pair them with a cup of tea or glass of oat milk to wash them down. If you’re sensitive to sweet foods, I recommend not mixing in as many sweet toppings like chocolate chips or marshmallows the way I did.
They’re easy to make.
All I did was brew up a flax egg and then melt a bit of vegan butter in to one bag of cookie mix. I imagine the process would be even easier if you do eat eggs. All in all, the mixing took about five minutes, scooping on to a cookie tray took two minutes, and then I just had to bake for 15 minutes.
All-in-all, I got fresh-baked, customized cookies in under 30 minutes for less than $8 per pack—that’s faster (and cheaper) than any UberEats order I’ve ever gotten.
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