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Thanks to my former career as a pastry chef, I am extremely picky about baked goods. I usually make all my own donuts, pies, cakes, cookies — you won’t find any store-bought sweets in my house. The one exception? Famous Amos. Somehow those little chocolate chip cookies melt perfectly in my mouth while still maintaining their crunch. I’ll admit I’ve eaten a bag, or five, in one sitting. But that was before I found out I have celiac disease.
Although my gluten-free diet has led me to find lots of wheat-free solutions (like this amazing GF pasta), I had looked far and wide for years (literally!) for a Famous Amos-like cookie to no avail. That’s why I was shocked and delighted when I discovered Partake and their Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookie. Finally finding this Famous Amos taste-alike made all of the crumbly, chalky, gummy, tasteless, and sandy gluten-free cookies I’ve experienced throughout my search worth it.
This women-owned baking brand is a pioneer in the world of alternative foods, churning out multiple delicious cookie flavors (and other delectable items like brownie or pancake mixes) that are certified gluten free, vegan, non-GMO, and free of nine common allergens. They carefully source Fair Trade-Certified ingredients and meticulously develop recipes to deliver scrumptious and well-executed products. While Partake has a vast array of inclusive and restriction-free options — think Birthday Cake Cookies and Blondie Mix — the sweet treat you really can’t miss is the delicious (aforementioned) Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookie.
I can promise you, although this cookie is free from wheat and animal products, it does not skimp on flavor. Made without the gums or emulsifiers that result in synthetic-tasting GF options, these cookies achieve that perfect melt-in-your-mouth to crunch ratio. Even dunking these cookies in milk (or almond milk!) doesn’t diminish their crunch. Let’s put it this way: After watching me devour these delectable morsels, my entire family is now Partake fans even though I’m the only one with dietary restrictions.
I’ve “accidentally” eaten a whole box of these over the course of 48 hours not once, but twice in the last ten days (my boyfriend is still mad I didn’t save him any… ). Plus, I love how affordable these divine treats are in comparison to other allergen-friendly options. At just 14.99 for three boxes, you’re getting roughly three cookies for a dollar. Now that’s what I call a budget-friendly, binge-worthy snack!
Buy: Partake Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies, $14.99