Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Pillsbury Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


Pillsbury contacted me several weeks ago about working with their new promotional campaign for their brand new line of gluten-free baking doughs. To be honest, at first I was slightly hesitant. I know many of my readers prefer to make things from scratch. And generally I do too... 

BUT the longer I've been gluten-free, I've realized the more I long for shortcuts. Not all the time, but for those times when company's coming over unexpectedly, or when you just want a chocolate chip cookie! Shortcuts can be really helpful and when you're gluten-free they are not always readily available. So I agreed to participate in the paid campaign. This is my first compensated review and I can tell you, that no matter what I agree to review, the food will be reviewed with utmost honesty and integrity.

Also once I have reviewed all three products, I will have a baking set & Pillsbury product giveaway, sponsored by Pillsbury. So stay tuned!


So last week I received the 3 Pillsbury gluten-free doughs in the mail.  It's been a busy week and I wasn't sure when I was going to get a chance to try them. If you've been reading this blog very long you know my husband Michael loves chocolate chip cookies. Today I thought I'd give them a whirl.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the plastic container of dough is how much it actually looked like MY cookie dough! Same color, similar consistency. I do recommend taking the dough out of the fridge and allowing it to come to room temperature before baking. It's much easier to handle that way.


The dough was very easy to work with and we got right around 2 dozen small cookies (about 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons of dough per cookie). We baked them for around 11 minutes and allowed them to cool on the parchment paper for several minutes before trying them.

Really, I was skeptical. I honestly didn't expect these cookies to be ANYWHERE near as good as my homemade cookies. But in spite of my reservations, I really liked them. I mean I really liked them! I went back and looked at the ingredients and told Michael that I thought they must have borrowed MY gluten-free cookie recipe! The cookies are really good. Michael really liked them too (although he would NOT say they were better than mine... I think he was just being nice though! lol)

The cookies end up being a bit more greasy than the cookies made from my homemade dough, but I absolutely would not hesitate going out and buying this Pillsbury gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough.


Charlie was really intrigued by the aroma of the cookies as they came out of the oven... I had to stop him from climbing on the table a few times.


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UPDATED: 8/7/2013, 10pm
Jenny G. a reader on facebook requested the ingredient list on the cookies, which I meant to include in the post.

Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Rice Flour, Semisweet Chocolate Chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, natural flavor), Water, Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Sugar, Corn Starch, Modified Potato Starch, Contains 2% or Less of: Eggs, Modified Tapioca Starch, Salt, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavor.

CONTAINS: EGG AND SOY; MAY CONTAIN MILK INGREDIENTS.
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So overall, I'm really impressed with these cookies. They are crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. They are soft and have a chewy crumb. They were honestly much better than I thought they would be. And I kinda hate to admit they were just about as good as my homemade version. A neighbor stopped by to drop off a dish while these cookies were baking and she loved them too. She even took a few home with her... and she's not even gluten-free!

Pros:
  • Easy to make, you don't have to add ANY additional ingredients
  • Resealable container, which makes the dough easy to save for later, you can easily just make a few at time, if desired. 
  • Tastes great! DOES NOT "taste" gluten-free!
  • Would be great for parents to make with kids, super easy to assemble and bake. 
  • Perfect for travel or to make when visiting friends or family. Easy to suggest to friends & family to have for you when you come to visit. 
Cons:
  • A bit more greasy than homemade gluten-free chocolate chip cookies
  • High sugar/starch/calorie content -- but this is generally the case with just about any gluten-free processed sweet treat

Good job Pillsbury!

GLG Disclosure: 
Full disclosure: this article is financially supported by Pillsbury®.
The product samples and product stock photos were also provided by Pillsbury. 
However, the opinions in this post are completely my own.


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18 comments:

  1. Darn!! Wish I could find it in my area! Think you can make a giant cookie to decorate???

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  2. This is so exciting. I hope they can figure out how to make their cresent rolls gluten free as well. Thank you for posting this!

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  3. Carrie, a client mentioned finding pillsbury cookies a few months back and I assumed she was mistaken. Glad to hear that's true! Shortcuts do come in handy sometimes.

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  4. I picked this up at my local Hy-vee store. We loved them too!

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  5. Dairy-free (for the most part) too! I can't wait to try!!

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  6. Thanks for this review; I don't normally indulge in cookies, but boy this would be very nice thing to have in my back pocket, as it were, just in case. I do hope that this product is available (or is going to be available) in my market (San Francisco Bay Area).

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  7. Awesome review! Looking forward to trying this out myself, esp. since I have never attempted pizza at home ;)

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  8. Hey Carrie! Please tell the Pillsbury people to work on some biscuits! That is one thing I still miss the most--popping open a can of biscuits to make with soup for a quick and easy supper. Thank you! Also, this is really great news about the cookie dough. Even though I'm not supposed to eat cookies anymore at all because of the sugars and starches in them--I must admit I indulge once in a while :( But really! ...thank you!

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  9. Oh MAN!!! I was getting excited to have the choice of having a GOOD easy go to product for those busy days! BUT....it has Potato starch!! I want to cry! Because of hubby's nightshade allergy, I also have to watch out for those too! MAN! I am bummed! Guess they cant help ALL of us! lol But it IS so easy to change the starches Pillsbury....just use tapioca! ha ha

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  10. I see "modified" and soy lecithin ingredients and wonder why they are not in the con list but considering this is processed food from a large corporation, I guess I shouldn't expect better.

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  11. Great minds think alike, Miss Carrie! I saw these at the local grocery store up north, near our cottage, so I had to check them out. And like you said, homemade is normally the way to go, but let's be honest, sometimes you just want a cookie. NOW! I agree, a little more greasy than some, but oh man, they were just like their gluten-filled counterparts. The husband was a big fan and we actually made them into ice cream sandwiches. (somehow I contained myself and only made 8 cookies, which turned out to be perfect and we still have some left in the fridge)

    Up next is the pie dough...

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  12. I just ate one of these from the third container I have used. They are almost as good as the ones I make using Jules flour. My grandchildren enjoyed helping me "scoop" them and they loved them too. I think the convenience is the most important thing. I agree with one of the other comments that Pillsbury needs to make a GF version of crescent rolls. I get so happy when I see the big companies making gluten free products that I can buy at any grocery store. Thank you Pillsbury!!!

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  13. Those cookies do look good and be good in a pinch.

    Biscuits should be next on the Pillsbury list or pizza dough. I have never had luck making mine own. Biscuits turn into hockey pucks or the pizza is a bland lumpy cracker.

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  14. I have tried all three of the GF Pilsbury products and the cookies are the best. The pie crust is also really greasy but still good and the pizza dough is ok, just cook it long so it is crispy and roll it really flat.

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  15. great post. Thank you. Are they certified GF? For those of us who are celiac, it would be important to know if they are produced is a GF facility. Thanks again!

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  16. Hi- I'm wondering the same as Elizabeth & her inquiry above. Are they certified? I have a severe intolerance.... thanks, Allison

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