Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies with Nutella, Chocolate Chips, Hazelnuts and Dried Strawberries (Gluten Free)

by Irvin on May 6, 2013 · 13 comments

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com | #glutenfree #cookies #chocolate

“Wait. Are those the cookies that I can’t stop eating?” asked AJ as I put a second batch in the oven. I had baked Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies with Nutella, Chocolate Chips, Hazelnuts and Dried Strawberries a few days ago right after my friend Shauna of the fabulous Gluten Free Girl and the Chef had pinged me to tell me about her new cookbook, Gluten Free Girl Everyday that was coming out. She sent along a list of the desserts that were in her book, and one of them, a chocolate chip and hazelnut cookie resonated with me. I didn’t bother asking for the actual recipe, as I knew immediately what sort of twist I wanted to give them. Into the kitchen I went and into the cookie jar went AJ’s hands.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com | #glutenfree #cookies #chocolate

Of course, the first thing I did when I started building the recipe was pull out all my flours to see what I had on hand and what would work with the flavors of chocolate, hazelnut, and strawberries. And when I say all my flours, I mean ALL my bags of flours, of which I have WAY. TOO. MANY. So many that once I developed my recipe I took a look at it and thought to myself “Whoa. This kind of goes against the concept of Shauna’s book. She wrote a book for busy people who want easy and every day recipes. Not one that requires a trip to four different ethnic and natural food grocery stores to get a million different flours.” As fabulous as the recipe turned out, I knew I had to rework it.

Cookies for sale at the San Francisco Bake Sale. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com

Luckily I had an excuse to bake more (not that I really need an excuse to bake more cookies). The San Francisco Food Blogger Bake Sale was around the corner and I wanted to bake something gluten free for it. So back into the kitchen I went, with some premixed Cup4Cup flour that I had gotten as a review sample and whipped up another batch. Soon the kitchen was filled with the smell of Nutella goodness and soft chocolate hazelnut cookies were coming out of the oven. AJ was in heaven, and I basically had to stop him from eating too many as THESE WERE FOR KIDS damnit!

Baked goods for sale at the San Francisco Bake Sale. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com

The bake sale was awesome. We had gorgeous weather and my co-hosts, Ariel of Cake Sharing and Sabrina of The Tomato Tart rocked the table. Fellow food bloggers stopped by to drop off goods, help work the tables or just say hello. Anchored at the corner of Noe Valley, outside the fabulous Omnivore Books (have you been there? A bookstore dedicated to only to cookbooks. It’s ridiculously cool) and the Noe Valley Pet Company (so many dogs walked by! Half the time we were bent over petting as opposed to selling our wares) we were also lucky to have both Top Chef star Fabio Viviani show up to sign his new book Fabio’s Italian Kitchen (photographed by the fabulous Matt Armendariz who also has a food blog) as well as the Food Network Chopped Judge Maneet Chauhan show up with a film crew to sign her book Flavors of My World! I got to hang out with fellow food bloggers all day long and raise money for Share our Strength and awesome nonprofit dedicated to eliminating childhood hunger in the US. All told, we raised over $500. You really can’t call that a bad day!

The bake sale team for the San Francisco Bake Sale. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love | www.eatthelove.com

And yeah, my gluten free cookies were a hit as well. I made fourteen bags and everyone of them sold (well, actually we sold out of everything, having to close down 30 minutes early!) In fact, we had one satisfied little girl come back to the table just to tell us that she loved my cookies. They are that good. Not “good for gluten free” but just straight up good. AJ couldn’t stop eating them, and this is a man who loves his gluten filled baked goods. But there’s something about Nutella that makes even those who proclaim to not like baked goods, weak in the knees and the whole gluten free thing is a complete side note. Of course, AJ has no issues with gluten free or gluten full. He just knows a good cookie when he eats one. And he ate four of these in a row.

Special thanks to Cup4Cup for providing me with some samples of their gluten free flour mix to play with in the kitchen. Even though I received their product for free, I was not monetarily compensated for this post and all opinions stated are my own.

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar May 6, 2013 at 5:38 am

This looks like such a treat!! Love it!

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Irvin May 9, 2013 at 2:33 am

Thanks Katrina! They are. We’re still nibbling on a few leftovers…

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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen May 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Irvin, your cookies look irresistibly yummy! C4C has never let me down. (In fact, I have been testing a special cake with it for a Mother’s Day feature.) It is always a good play to offer up simple, quick recipes now and then for peeps. I try to do the same with gluten free recipes because all those “little bags of flour” can seem so daunting to those who prefer getting in and out of the kitchen quickly. I bet the best part of your day was when that little girl came back–just to tell you how much she loved your cookies! xo

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Irvin May 9, 2013 at 2:31 am

I normally don’t like premix gluten free flours, because I like the idea that I can add flavor to my baked goods by controlling what flours I use. But C4C is awesome for those people who just want a super easy substitute mix. I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!

And yeah, I was super thrilled when the girl came back. Made my day!

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Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator May 7, 2013 at 8:43 am

Wow, these look amazing! Congrats on the success of your sale as well! Sounds like you had the perfect location!

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Irvin May 9, 2013 at 2:32 am

Thanks Stephanie! It was a great success! We had amazing people who volunteered and donated and organized. And Omnivore rocks. They are good people.

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Arthur in the Garden! May 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

Yummy!

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Irvin May 9, 2013 at 2:32 am

Thanks Arthur!

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The Suzzzz May 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Ok, totally random question. Do you know of any cool food related events going on in San Francisco this Friday? I have a friend who’s going to be in the Sausalito for a wedding this weekend and she and her husband want to spend all of Friday in the city but they were hoping to find something off the beaten path to do.

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Irvin May 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

I wish I did know of something cool this Friday but nothing I can think of off the top of my head. But you can bounce over to UPOut and see if they have anything listed or Tablehopper. They are who I turn to when I’m looking for things to do in SF!

And, of course, there’s always 18 Reasons. They always have fun stuff going on there. According to their schedule, Friday is their Wine Blitz tasting, which is always fun (but also slightly dangerous…)

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The Suzzzz May 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

Thanks!

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Megan May 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

I just participated in the San Diego Food Blogger Bake Sale! What a great excuse to help out a great cause and get to eat desserts! And thanks for sharing your recipe. I can’t wait to make this!

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Simbee May 27, 2013 at 7:08 am

Hmm…I feel like eating your Chocolate Chip Cookies now. You are making me hungry!

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