Question: is there anything better than a cookie that’s crispy on the outside but soft and gooey in the middle? In my opinion at least, the answer is definitely no. And, while I’ve discovered some nice delicious gf cookies during my time as a coeliac, they’ve all been solid throughout – and a ‘proper’ cookie texture has (sadly) eluded me. Until now.
Doughlicious is a new frozen cookie dough that is entirely gluten free and comes in several flavours. I was recently sent three varieties to try – ‘Crave’ (chocolate chip), ‘Envy’ (matcha) and ‘Early Bird’ (vegan) – and couldn’t wait to get baking. Handily, the dough comes in pre-shaped balls, so while many frozen cookie doughs require you to use and make the entire pack at once, with this you can just make a couple of cookies at a time so there’s no waste. There’s 10 balls in each pack, so a good amount to keep you going for a while, or make in one go for a big plateful if you have friends coming over.
I love the fact that these cookies couldn’t be simpler to make: watching a film and fancy a couple of freshly baked sweet treats? No worries; just place the balls on the baking tray lined with paper, and pop in the oven. The instructions said to cook them for about 8-10 minutes, but I’ve found I get better results if I leave them in for a tiny bit longer (about 12), then remove and leave to cool. The smell as they’re cooking is absolutely divine, and they come out with the absolute perfect texture.
In terms of taste, I cannot fault them – you’d never guess that they’re gluten free, and even my non-coeliac boyfriend thinks they’re incredible. As an added bonus, they’re all refined white sugar free too, using either brown/unrefined white sugar or natural sweeteners, instead. The Crave is my favourite of the three; its chocolate dough has a great cocoa flavour without being too rich, and there’s a generous amount of chocolate chips in there to add extra melted softness. I had reservations about the Envy flavour as I’m not a huge fan of matcha, but was very pleasantly surprised – to the point where it comes a close second to Crave. The earthy taste is subtle and complemented nicely by the added white chocolate chips and overall sweetness of the cookie; plus, its inclusion gives the biscuits a unique green colour. Last but not least, the Early Bird has a wonderful sweet taste thanks its ingredients of dates and maple syrup, while the inclusion of pumpkin seeds into the dough adds a nice touch of added bite. The overall texture of this one is different to the other two, most likely as a result of its entirely vegan ingredients, and while it’s equally soft, I found mine didn’t hold together quite so well. But, as my mum says – it all goes down the same way, and when it tastes as nice as this, it doesn’t matter.
Super convenient, utterly delicious, spot-on texture… I could go on, but you get the drift. All three flavours are currently available on Ocado (more stockists coming soon), and if you needed any more convincing as to just how good Doughlicious is, I’m seriously signing up for an account just so I can buy some more packs. So don that apron and get baking – you won’t regret it.