Karlie’s Kookies Review, Recipe and Giveaway

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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  1. says

    My mom is my perfect 10 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to such a great cookie! I’m a big fan of vegan baked goods and am thrilled when I find a new one. So thanks!

  2. mdepsmom says

    Happy Valentine’s Day! My perfect 10 is my son. He’ll be 10 (how did that happen?!?) at the end of the month. He surprised me last night w/ yellow roses for v-day — I’m very lucky and he’s such a great kid 🙂 Love your blog, Anna!

  3. Elisa says

    My perfect 10 is good luck in the kitchen with a new recipe that uses alternative ingredients, as they can be expensive to make and not always successful. Recently, that was a chocolate cake with vanilla whipped cream frosting that was gluten free, egg free and refined sugar free. The plate and knife were literally licked clean.

  4. says

    My perfect 10 is my dear husband, Rod. Having him in my life makes everything better! Thanks for entering me in your fun giveaway.

  5. Nancy says

    My perfect ten is my father. He still hand-draws a Valentine’s day card for my mom, my sister and me.

  6. Sherry says

    My perfect 10 is definitely my 36 year old daughter Amy. I lost my husband last July–and of course she lost her father– she has been there lending her support, her empathetic listening skills and her rock solid strength. I thank God for her everyday.

  7. says

    Cheesy, but true–my perfect 10 is my husband! And I really want to try those cookies, so if I don’t win, I’ll be making them. Or maybe both–win and make them. 🙂

  8. CindyD says

    My perfect 10s are my husband and my daughter. Cleaning up from roasting turkey for Valentine’s Day – his favorite meal – but we gave each other chocolate instead of pumpkin pie for dessert.

  9. Allie B. says

    My perfect 10 is the person who sees someone who’s homeless or cold or hungry and does something to help.

  10. says

    My perfect 10 is dairy free baked goods because I’m allergic to dairy and whey goes into EVERYTHING. Oh wait, I mean my perfect 10 is my wonderful boyfriend Paul. No, really 😉

  11. shirley says

    My perfect 10 is my daughter — after reading the recipe I KNOW its for her – and I can’t bake them for her as she lives 3 hours away!

  12. says

    My perfect 10 is my mom hands down. She homeschooled me and my two older brothers, has helped everyone in my family unselfishly, and always supported me in everything I do. She is my best friend and I am forever grateful and thankful for her.

  13. Katie M says

    My mom is my perfect 10. She is an amazing woman, and she has been a great role model for me in terms of career, relationships, body image, and being a mom. I hope I grow up to be like her 🙂

  14. says

    My perfect 10 is browned butter pecan pie!! Actually, I have lots of perfect 10s. Thanks for making me think about them and how fortunate I am!

  15. Nancy T. says

    What a great post! My perfect 10 is my husband. It took us a long time to find each other, but now that we have – life couldn’t be better. We have a beautiful home, an amazing 5 year old son, and a great life together. I’m truly blessed.

  16. says

    I love Allies’s answer and am borrowing it. My perfect 10 is the person who sees someone in need and does something to help.

  17. Carolyn says

    My perfect 10 would be my Mom. She and I have had some relationship struggles this year, but we’ve both learned from them and are in the process of transforming our relationship with eachother. Seeing someone set in their ways change is really amazing.

  18. Anne says

    My perfect 10 is my cat, Coyote. She’s already used up her nine lives, so I’m glad she had a 10th tucked away! She’s sleeping beside me right now.

  19. rachel says

    My perfect 10 is a day that starts with coffee, is filled with books, shopping, eat out and time spent with my husband. 🙂

  20. Judy says

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

  21. Lauren says

    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.

  22. Lori S H says

    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!

  23. Erin says

    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.

  24. Suzie says

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

  25. Holly hook says

    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!

  26. Linda says

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

  27. Terri says

    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!