For quite some time, after realizing that yes, I really did need to adhere to the Gluten Free diet for the rest of my life, I thought I'd always be missing out on some of my favorite treats: baked goods. As I became more familiar with the gluten free options available to me, I tried a GF cookie here and there, a brownie, etcetera. I was always disappointed. The 'treat' wouldn't taste anything like the gluten version, tried to be too healhy by substituting sugar with fruit juice (totally changes the expected flavor!), and were really expensive!
Then, just recently, my partner and I made a trip to a speciality store in Johnson City, TN, where I found a box of Oatmeal Raisin cookies from Glenny's. Having already tried and enjoyed two of their marshmallow treats, I had high hopes for these reasonably priced cookies.
The box states they are "American's First Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies, " which I'm willing to believe, knowing how difficult it is to get certified gluten free oats, and how long it took us to find GF instant oatmeal. For those folks who are on a caesin free diet as well, these cookies are also non-dairy. (Note: The allergy warning says they *may* contain traces of milk protein, so eat with caution if you're dairy sensitive. They are, however, baked on a gluten free line.)
You get 10 little cookies in a box, but they are so rich with flavor that one or two at a time is very satisfying. They are moist, delicious, and chewy. I like them better than most gluten oatmeal raisin cookies I was enjoying pre-August-2008!
I also tried their Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. I found them to be a little less moist and less chewy than their Oatmeal Raisin counterparts, but think this is likely because raisins tend to be fairly moist and chewy, while chocolate chips do not. Nonetheless, the chocolate chip cookies were also very enjoyable, and I'd love to purchase them again if they ever show back up in either of the stores we frequent in Johnson City!
The only downside is that the plastic they are in is non-sealable. Even reclosing the box completely won't keep them from becoming stale after a few days. My advice? Get yourself a box of large ziplock bags and seal the box inside one of them once you open it, enjoy more than 2 at a time, or share with friends and family! I bet even your non-gluten-free / non-dairy-free friends won't be able to tell the difference with these delicious cookies!