When these Glow Gluten-Free cookies arrived at the house, Danny and I opened the package with trepidation. After all, we receive a lot of packages here, packages filled with gluten-free food. Companies who are trying to break into the market send us samples, hoping we will like them. We’d love to recommend them all. After all, we like supporting family-run businesses who are doing good in the world.
However, we also love great-tasting food. We only recommend what the food we truly love, the ingredients and packages that we would buy for ourselves at the grocery store, again and again. Sadly, almost all the food we receive doesn’t pass our test. (Frankly, Lu is our best taste tester. If she doesn’t like it, and we don’t either, we don’t recommend it.)
This is why we are thrilled to share with you how much we love these Glow Gluten-Free cookies.
Remember those grocery-store cookies you loved as a kid? The thick gingersnaps that broke with a crisp snap? The chocolate chip cookies with chips studding the surface? Snickerdoodles sweet and laced with cinnamon? They weren’t very good, or healthy, but they evoke such powerful childhood memories that many of us still sort of long for them.
Now, imagine those cookies made with real ingredients, ingredients you have in your kitchen and you can pronounce, and no preservatives. Imagine these cookies crisp and lightly sweet, evocative of childhood, studded with chocolate chips but gluten-free. Not only that, but imagine them delicious, with no hint of bitterness or thick-as-a-brick texture. Imagine eating packaged gluten-free cookies and wanting to eat more and more.
That’s what Glow Gluten-Free cookies are like. We love them.
This is why we are happy to announce Glow Gluten-Free as our latest sponsor.
(For an explanation of sponsorship on this site, please see this post.)
Jill Brack runs Glow Gluten-Free, a small business that makes incredible cookies. We’d like to let her tell you a bit about them:
“We’re a tiny family company — just me and my husband and I totally LOVE what I do (and working with him)!
We’re the only gluten-free cookie out there using 100% Bob’s Red Mill garfava flour — not a lot of white starchy flour.”
(I have to insert here that the garfava flour might give you pause. Bean flour? Could they really be good? I’ll admit that I pretty much hate bean flour in most baked goods, except some garbanzo in breads lately. However, these cookies? We couldn’t taste the bean flour at all. They’re tremendous that way.)
“When I was diagnosed, the gluten-free packaged food was sitting on the back dusty shelves of the funky smelling health food store and I thought I could do better. We’re now the first “gourmet” gluten-free cookie that’s crossing over into mainstream retailers like Dylan’s Candy Bar and Todd English’s place at the Plaza Hotel. The cookies also inspired a young entrepreneur in LA to market gourmet gluten-free ice cream sandwiches with our cookies (ala Chipwich).
But I guess the most important bit is that these cookies are my daughter’s favorite — made exactly the way she likes them and in small part because of them, she and her friends think being gluten-free is cool.”
(Jill’s daughter, Stella, is 14. We had the pleasure of meeting both of them at the potluck picnic we had in Central Park. This mother-daughter team is something special.)
These cookies have been praised by Real Simple, New York Magazine, and the Martha Stewart show. Amidst that kind of stellar recommendation, consider this one more voice singing the praises of Glow Gluten-Free.
We know you’ll love these cookies too.
p.s. As they are packaged now, the Glow Gluten-Free cookies contain xanthan gum, which means I can’t eat them at the moment. However, as Danny says, “More for me!” Also, Jill told me that she’s starting to experiment with making the cookies without the gums! So stay tuned for updates, those of you who are avoiding the gums.