Baking 101: Flour for Cookies

Do you want to bake some delicous chocaolate chip cookies but don’t know where to start?  Well let the experts at Lou’s Cookies help you out- beginning with the most important base ingredient in any cookie- the flour.

Most of us are accustomed to using plain all purpose when baking, but there are so many other types of flours that could change your cookies for the best. So let’s go over a couple of the most popular ones so that you can get baking!

All Purpose White Flour: Your most commonly used flour as it is super versatile and can be used for everything from chocolate chip to oatmeal to sugar and whichever flavor you want to incorporate. This flour is a mix of low and high gluten flours which gives its light texture and all around facility to work with. So when in doubt, stick with this.

Pastry Flour : Made from soft wheat with a low-medium gluten content. It’s similar to both cake flour and all purpose flour. It is best when baking more delicate and intricate cookies. If you’re thinking soft, flaky- this is your flour.

Whole Wheat Flour : For those looking for a more healthy flour- this is the best choice (unless you’re gluten free). This is a more complete, high protein, high fiber option that is best for chunky, thick cookies. I love mixing in whole wheat flour with pastry or all purpose to add an extra nutrient base and density to my cookies.

Gluten Free Flour Mixes: A lot of companies now offer pre-mixed gluten free flour, which usually combines rice flour, potatoe and tapioca starch. These are generally great for all purpose cookie making.

Almond & Coconut Flours: If you’re taking it to the next level these are the ones. If you are looking to bake some gluten free, grain free and/or paleo cookies these are an excellent alternative. Keep in mind that the texture will be VERY different than a “normal” cookie. They will be more chewy, as they absorb much more liquid, and very solid and dense.

No Flour: No this is not the name of the flour -_- … surprise! You don’t always have to use flour to bake cookies. You can make cookies by using protein powders and fruit, or flax seed as a base, or just simply a nut butter… trust me they come out just as delicious!!

Hopefully you’re a little less confused and a little more inspired to bake some cookies! Happy eating friends 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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