They're like M&M cookies, except better!
I love M&M cookies, but I wanted to do something with Fall colors. That's why I chose to make these cookies with Reese's pieces.
What is gluten-free flour?
Gluten-free flours are made from a variety of grains, including corn, rice, and potato starch. They can be used to make bread, cakes, or cookies that don’t have the elasticity associated with wheat products. Gluten-free flours also tend to absorb more liquid than regular all-purpose flour so they need less mixing when making dough.
I always use Cup4Cup gluten-free flour. I love the taste, and my recipes almost always turn out using this flour. They also offer specialized flours like pizza flour and ancient grain flour.
Unsalted vs. Salted Butter
Most recipes call for unsalted butter in baking, but why? Unsalted butter has more moisture content than regular butter, making baked goods fluffier and moister. It also gives you less control when adding salt to your recipe since the amount of salt will vary depending on how much water is present in the butter. If you're using salted butter, just add extra salt to taste.
Baking Powder vs. Baking Soda (or both)
What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda? Both contain leavening agents; however, baking powders usually include cornstarch while baking sodas use sodium bicarbonate. When used correctly, these ingredients help create light airy cakes and cookies. However, if not mixed properly, either ingredient could cause problems. For example, too little baking powder may result in flat cake layers instead of fluffy ones. Too much baking soda might give rise to dense, heavy cakes. So what’s the best way to mix these ingredients together? Mix equal parts of each into a small bowl until combined thoroughly before measuring. Then measure out the exact amounts needed for your recipe.
Why Do Cookies Rise?
When you bake a cookie, the batter rises due to steam produced from boiling sugar. This causes the mixture to expand and creates pockets where gas bubbles form. As the oven heats up, the heat expands the volume of the batter causing the cookie to puff up even further. Once the temperature reaches 180 degrees F., the rising stops.
Can I Use Other Ingredients Instead of Eggs?
Yes, you can substitute egg replacer for whole eggs. Egg replacers come in various forms including powdered mixes, liquids, and gels. Some brands work better than others, so try a few types before deciding which works best for you.
Reese's Pieces Gluten Free Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix butter and sugars together.
- Mix in egg and vanilla.
- Add in flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Gently stir in Reese's Pieces.
- Scoop into 2 inch balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.