One of my first memories in the kitchen was of baking cookies. Even though my baking endeavors often involved a Betty Crocker box mix, I was always proud of the achievement. Despite not doing any "real" baking, it was my first experience with the accomplishment that comes from cooking. I know I'm not the only one who feels like a more legitimate and powerful human being after making a pie or conquering an especially difficult recipe. This is why failed recipes hurt...so bad.
The challenges of the kitchen are my favorite kind. Although I've had failures (many) and infamous defeats (bagels), I believe the gluten-free battlefield is one that makes us stronger. We can try to avoid mistakes, but sometimes the dough doesn't rise. So, when I experience those baking-disasters or recipe heart-ache, I turn to this fail-safe recipe that never lets me down. There's nothing butterscotch and sea salt can't fix.