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Product Review: Hodgson Mill gluten free cookie mix

Posted on | February 23, 2012 | 5 Comments

I picked up this Hodgson Mill gluten free cookie mix from my local grocery store for $2.99.  I love the idea of whipping up a batch of cookies quickly, since I often have a herd of hungry kids at my house hanging out.  The idea of having a handy mix that works well is something I would love to discover.

This cookie mix was very easy to use. I simply added an egg, butter, shortening, vanilla and mini Reeces pieces.  The cookie dough itself didn’t taste very good, but that’s OK, it deterred little fingers from swiping my dough.  I baked the cookies for 15 minutes, just like the directions indicated, and ended up with two dozen cookies.

The cookies came out of the oven very pale on top, and lightly browned on the bottom.  After cooling, I gave some to the kids and they seemed to like them OK. They said they tasted good, but no one asked for seconds. Hmmmmm. I tried one and while the flavor was very mild and let the peanut butter flavor of the Reeces shine, the cookie’s texture kinda through me off. The texture reminded me of rice flour – very fine, crumbly, powdery, almost shortbread-like in texture.

I stored the extras in a ziplock bag on my counter, and they remained fresh and edible for three days.  They progressively seemed more delicate and breakable though, even though the flavor remained the same.

Overall, this gluten free cookie mix is just OK, it will work in a pinch but not something I would keep on hand as a go-to for a fresh baked sweet treat. I am guessing that with some modifications it might be improved, or the cookies baked plain would make a nice cookie crust when crumbled. If you’ve found a great way to use this mix, I’d love to hear about it! In the meantime, I’ll keep looking for a favorite cookie mix to keep in my pantry.

Rating:  3 stars

Pros: nice mild flavor, adaptable for a variety of cookie flavors

Cons: crumbly, powdery texture

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Ingredients: brown rice flour, sugar, tapioca starch, amaranth flour, cornstarch, baking soda, xanthan gum, flake salt

Nutritional snapshot (mix only): o g. fat, 100 mg sodium, 1 g. fiber, 8 g. sugar, 1 g. protein

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Comments

5 Responses to “Product Review: Hodgson Mill gluten free cookie mix”

  1. Robin Batterson
    February 24th, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

    So far my go to cookie from a box is the Betty Crocker chocolate chip. They are really good, I add walnuts and most people cant tell they are GF and are scarfed up by gluten and no gluten cookie monsters…LOL!

  2. Tiffany McCullough
    February 24th, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

    Thanks for your comment Robin. I almost bought a box today at my local grocery as I’d not seen it before, but gave it a pass since I’d heard how bad their yellow cake mix is. Next time I’ll buy them. By the way 1-2-3 Gluten Free makes a “to die for” cookie mix. I don’t care much for cookies but even I couldn’t pass them up. This mix makes a whole lot of cookies (4 doz) but I froze most of them and they did just find on defrosting.

  3. Bonnie
    April 18th, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    I used the Hodgson cookie mix today, and used the peanut butter with the mix as directions stated. I did chill dough for 30 minutes, made round balls and pressed down lightly with a fork with sugar on it. I baked for 12 minutes,on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, took out of oven let sit for 2 minutes before removing to rack .They were delicious, good texture, and delighted my husband. It made 24 nice size cookies. I do recommend this product.

  4. Helen
    July 7th, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    I tried this cookie mix as is was available at our local market in the natural food section. This mix is less expensive than other GF mixes. I followed the directions for the peanut butter cookies and they turned out to be a very excellent product. I did use two teaspoons of vanilla. I would like to try this mix again with the peanut butter and add chocolate chips. I have a feeling it will be very good. I am also thinking about trying it with almond butter.

  5. Carol
    August 12th, 2012 @ 11:58 pm

    So sorry that you didn’t have good results with this mix. I use it all the time, and recommend it to everyone I know who is GF and looking for a quick alternative to baking from “scratch”. When visiting at my brother’s home, we always make up at least two boxes a few times during the week that we are there. We like them with GF, soy-free peanut butter or almond butter and the Enjoy life mini or large chips. Like the other reviewer, we form the dough into balls, flatten them, then criss-cross with a sugared-fork before baking. They are wonderful, and we have to keep our non-diet-restricted friends and family from scarfing them down! The mix is also good with just some almond extract and pecans, or pecans and a little coconut. We are all also dairy-free, so use the Earth Balance soy free spread and/or Spectrum butter-flavored shortening or some combination of both for the butter. Parchment paper for baking is a must. Hope you will give this mix another try! It is so nice to have something that actually tastes like a real cookie again.

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