New Artisanal Cookie Brand Breaks the Gluten-Free Glass Ceiling

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Yesterday was Sept. 13. It was also National Celiac Disease Awareness Day, as the three million people afflicted with this auto-immune disease can tell you.

Carolyn Haeler, herself diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012 and a longtime cookie lover, decided it was time for action. The years that followed found her busy in her home kitchen, mixing and measuring and baking. “I realized there had to be a better way,” the married mom and member of the LGBTQ community recalls resolving. “I was determined to create a cookie that was gluten-free, healthy, and above all, irresistibly delicious.”

The result of her tireless efforts was Mightylicious, a line of artisanal cookies that is allergen-friendly and never sacrifices taste or texture. There are seven varieties in all — Brown Butter Chocolate Chip, Brown Butter Shortbread, Oatmeal Raisin, Double Dutch Chocolate Chip, Grandma Arline’s Oatmeal Coconut, Salted Peanut Butter, and Vegan Chocolate Chip. All the cookies are certified kosher and and carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $7.99 per 7.4-ounce bag.

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So can a cookie live up to all those promises? We asked our panel of ten tasters to put Mightylicious through its paces. All the flavors sampled scored high marks, though the hands-down favorite was the Brown Butter Chocolate Chip, which evinced a deep caramely flavor and an abundance of gooey, molten chocolate morsels.

Mightylicious cookies can be found online and in retail outlets, including Walmart (231 outlets nationwide), Whole Foods, Costco, King’s, Price Chopper, and more.