Gluten-free baked goods can have a crumbly texture and fall apart easier than their gluten-rich counterparts. One way to prevent them from falling apart is to simply scoop the cookies smaller. The smaller sized cookies will hold together better and have less of a chance of crumbling.
1- Cream the butter or shortening with the sugar with an electric mixer before doing anything else. This step will help whip up the butter or shortening and make it fluffier, while also breaking down the sugar a bit, so that it doesn’t melt as much (e.g. spread) when baking.
In general, gluten-free batters are not as thick as traditional batters made with wheat flour. For example, some gluten-free bread dough is so thin it must be poured into a pan – as thin as cake batter. Adding more flour or starch is nearly a sure-fire way to end up with a crumbly, inedible mess.
Use a Gluten-Free Flour Blend
Trying to use only one type of gluten-free flour in your recipe will lead to a dry, crumbly texture. You need to use a blend of flours and starches to replicate the flavor, texture and density of gluten flours. You can buy a gluten-free flour blend or you can make your own.
Gluten-free cookie batters and doughs are softer than wheat-based cookie doughs because more liquid is needed to hydrate the flour.
Because gluten is a structural protein, the products are often very tender and even crumbly if you just replace the flour that’s called for in the recipe with gluten-free flour. However, in some baked products such as muffins or cookies, you can make that simple substitution.
The Best Gluten-Free Flours for All Your Baking Needs
- Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, $4 for 22 ounces.
- King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, $6.50 for 24 ounces at Target.
- Cup4Cup, $12 for three pounds.
- Jovial Whole-Grain Gluten-Free Pastry Flour, $13 for 24 ounces.
Gluten-free goods tend to brown faster and take longer to cook through. So they need to be baked at a slightly lower temperature, for a slightly longer time. Every recipe is different, but in general, try lowering the temperature by 25 degrees and baking the item for 15 minutes longer.
What to add to gluten free flour to make it rise?
Gluten Free Self Rising Flour:
- 1 cup gfJules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (not baking soda)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Why is my gluten-free banana bread rubbery?
You overmix the batter.
The more you stir, the more gluten will develop. The result will be a tough, rubbery banana bread. Simply stir until moist, and then do no more.
How do you make gluten-free dough stick together?
Binders, such as guar gum and xanthan gum, help as well, since they become the glue that holds your bread together. Your bread might also be too crumbly because your dough was too dry. Reducing the amount of flour can help the binding ingredients saturate your dough more.
Chewy cookies are the opposite, as they tend to be somewhat malleable and bendable before they split into two pieces. Cakey cookies are on another end of the spectrum, as they are thicker than chewy cookies, but they are also a bit more rigid in structure than chewy cookies are.