Cookies, Cookies, Cookies! Who doesn’t love a good cookie? I was lucky enough to get to review Alternative Baking Companies gluten free cookie varieties. They make a variety of vegan wheat-filled cookies but have a strict gluten free policy to prevent cross contamination which you can read about below:
The health and safety of our customers is our first priority. We are a small company and unable to have a second dedicated facility, but we carefully designed a plan to eliminate the risk of cross contamination.
We are a vegan cookie company; therefore, we know and understand the importance of producing a product free of gluten. Our cookies in the gluten-free line are also vegan–no dairy, no animal products, and no other allergens such as peanuts, tree nuts, and soy.
We do not produce our gluten-free cookies on the same day as our other cookies. The night before production, we clean and sanitize all of the equipment in the facility. We have a dedicated mixer and wrapping machine that are used only for the gluten-free cookies. The next morning before we start mixing, we test all of our equipment and bowls for any gluten. If we pass, then we proceed with mixing. If we fail, we clean everything again and retest for gluten.
We keep all of the bowls, measuring devices, utensils, and small equipment in a large enclosed storage bin so there is no cross contamination. We are very careful about buying ingredients from responsible sources for all of our products. We are being diligent to be sure that ingredients are not pre-contaminated with gluten. Several of our ingredients come from Bob’s Red Mill, a supplier well-known for their gluten free integrity. Our gluten free ingredients are stored separately from any item containing gluten.
We have our gluten-free products tested regularly by Great Plains Analytical Laboratories in Missouri. The FDA’s current standard for “gluten-free” is less than 20 ppm (parts per million) gluten.* All of our gluten-free flavors have always tested at less than 5 ppm, the lowest measurable level.
We also sell, pack, and ship our gluten-free cookies separate from our other line of cookies. We are very proud of all our employees and their diligence to keep our facility and the gluten-free cookies free of gluten. We hope you enjoy this product line.
I felt there policy was up to par with being safe for me with celiac disease. They were kind enough to send me (2) of their gluten free, vegan cookie varieties; lemon dream and fudge indulgence.
The lemon dream both me and my dad bit into first. Upon the first bite the lemon flavor is very subtle but it slowly intensifies as you continue to eat the cookie. I was actually quite surprised and pleased with the strong lemon flavor created with the lemon extract. Often if lemon zest is just used the flavor won’t end up being strong enough. Overall we both enjoyed the texture and flavor notes of this cookie.
Next we tried the fudge indulgence which we a delicious chocolatey cookie with the same great texture as the lemon cookie. The only thing that both my dad and I found disappointing was there were no chocolate chips! This cookie would be an A+ in our book with the addition of chocolate chips. Though what I am also amazed about is no one could tell these were vegan or gluten free, at least my dad stands by that as well. They were just as delicious and moist as any other cookie.
Check out there website HERE to order your own cookies and check out there other gluten free cookie flavors.
*I received these products without charge in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are all my own
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