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Karlie’s Kookies Review, Recipe and Giveaway

by on February 14, 2013 · 76 comments

If your idea of The Perfect 10 involves cookies, all bases are covered with this giveaway. In conjunction with the #AmexMakeMyDay program, supermodel cookie lover Karlie Kloss and genius pastry chef Christina Tosi want to make your day by sending you and someone you love a tin of Perfect 10 Kookies.


Perfect 10 is a dairy-free, gluten-free cookie sweetened with agave. The cookies come in cute tins, each with six individually wrapped cookies.  Not only do they make beautiful gifts, but when you buy a tin of cookies, a portion of the proceeds goes toward providing meals to hungry kids via an organization called FEED.  Sweet!

Karlie and Christina are giving five readers two tins of cookies each. If you’d like to be one of those readers, leave a comment saying who your perfect 10 is by this Sunday at midnight on February 17. I will pick five winners on Monday (Feb. 18) and email those five readers that day.

If your comment doesn’t get picked, don’t worry. Karlie and Christina have generously shared the recipe (a couple of versions, actually) and the homemade version tastes very much like the real deal. Here’s a picture of mine next to Karlie’s. I made them slightly smaller, baked them a little more (but only because I’ve seen varying times and temps), and used normal size chocolate chips as opposed to the minis.  Luckily, no matter how long I baked them and at what temperature, they turned out great.

This is such a terrific giveaway.  Remember the days when Christina was creating amazing cookies with coffee grounds and corn flakes in shared kitchen space? Now she has a restaurant, commissary, five bakeries and is part of the AMEX Ambassador program. As for Karlie, it’s pretty cool that she is putting her passion for baking into Karlie’s Kookies. I’m sure runway modeling is a blast, but baking is more fun, am I right?

Okay, so on with the recipe.  If you need a very serious tutorial, watch the video of Karlie and Christina making making Perfect 10 cookies. They give the baking time of 6 minutes at 325 in the video. The Lucky Peach recipe says 325 for 12 minutes, and the recipe in the ad below says 300 for 8 minutes. In my experience, it doesn’t seem to matter.  They’re hardly baked, anyway.

Karlie's Kookies

The cookies can also be made with either cornstarch (as listed below and on Lucky Peach) or with xanthan gum, like in the super secret chef version I was given that’s all in grams and crazy-easy if you have a scale. That version also makes eight giant cookies, which is a more reasonable amount to start with. This one is different than the one in the video (as mentioned) in that the cookies are not punched but rather molded into balls and flattened. The dough is so easy to work with you can either punch it out or just punch down balls. As for the baking time, 8 minutes was too short for me, but about 12 minute at 300 F worked, as did 12 at 325.  In other words, the cookies can be rare or well-done and still perfect.

Karlie’s Cookies Review, Recipe and Giveaway
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This recipe is all in weights, so it's best to use a scale. Since it's hard to weigh such tiny amounts of baking soda, salt and baking powder, I approximated the volume of those things. Based on my the results I got with this recipe, being super precise with the tiny amounts didn't seem that necessary.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
  • 200g almond flour
  • 100g gluten-free whole oats (I used regular oats)
  • 1g baking soda (this was a little less than 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 2g baking powder (about 3/8 of a teaspoon)
  • 2g kosher salt (about 1/8 teaspoon or so -- depends on type)
  • 0.5g xanthan gum (about 1/6 of a teaspoon)
  • 30g slivered almonds, lightly toasted
  • 120g mini dark chocolate chips
  • 80g olive oil, I used canola
  • 90g agave syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, mix the dry ingredients together. Add the liquid ingredients and paddle until well combined.
  3. Scoop cookies firmly with an ice cream scoop onto a parchment-lined sheet pan. Flatten each mound of cookie dough fully with the palm of your hand.
  4. Bake cookies for 8 minutes, or until golden brown. Store in an airtight container or eat right away!


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Published on February 14, 2013
pitpat February 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm

There’s something about Robert Downey Jr………..

Judy February 15, 2013 at 3:51 pm

My Perfect 10 is my wonderful friend Natialia who has celiac decease and can only eat gluten-free foods.

Lauren February 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I teach… so my perfect ten is one of the other teachers. She always keeps me positive especially when high schoolers say harsh things to me.

beth February 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm

This recipe is a gift. Thank you. My perfect 10 Johnny Iuzzini.


Dorothea February 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm

My perfect 10 is my two grandchildren and my recipe for Triple Chocolate Cookies!

Shelly February 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm

My perfect 10 is my gorgeous daughter!

Gianna February 16, 2013 at 1:31 am

My husband :)

Lori S H February 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

My perfect 10 is my husband. He has given me 20 wonderful years and I can’t believe how much we still enjoy being together after all these years!

Jennie February 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

How can I say anyone but my husband? That said, I always thought Paul Newman was handsome!

Alyson February 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

Can I choose my cat? Don’t tell my husband. :) Would love to try these cookies!

Susan C February 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

No real life perfect 10, so I’ll go with my fantasy perfect 10 – Mark Wahlberg!

Erin February 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm

My perfect 10 is my Mother. My dad has been in and out of the hospital for 3 years now. She has been by his side the entire time cheering him on. She keeps me and brothers updated on every change. She has warrior like faith and strength that cannot be matched. She is everything I hope to be for my family one day. She is truly a gift from God.

Bev B February 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

My 10 would be me and 9 gluten free friends who would love to try these tasty cookies

delia February 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I wish I had a perfect 10…

Diane February 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

My Hubby of course then for fun ..Adam Levine and George Clooney!!

Polly February 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm

My husband

Suzie February 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm

My dad! He just turned 80 and is still going strong. We both share a love of chocolate chip cookies…

Stephanie-Oh February 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

My perfect 10 is my husband. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually, he is my 10!

Faye February 17, 2013 at 11:00 am

I never looked like that making cookies but perhaps this recipe is more simple than it looks.

Bev B February 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Following up to my previous comment I just learned that I have celiac disease!

Holly hook February 17, 2013 at 7:10 pm

My perfect 10 is my nephew Dominick. He is the sweetest child alive and can put a smile on your face just by looking at you with his big beautiful eyes!

Linda February 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

My Perfect 10 is our cat, Kookie. We pronounce his name as “kooky” but a kookie by any other name would be as sweet.

Michelle C February 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

My perfect 10 would have to be my Mom!

Terri February 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm

My Perfect 10 is my Husband, my best friend who always works so incredibly hard for us in our own business during the current difficult economy. He deserves a sweet treat especially since he never complains!

Amy Z. February 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

My mom is my Perfect 10! She is the strongest woman I know!

Margot C February 18, 2013 at 2:43 am

My husband is a perfect 10 (you just have to see him through my eyes).

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