Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Oat flour and rolled oats add a nutty flavor to these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! Bittersweet chocolate adds some chocolatey depth. Keep these around for your friends and family who can't have gluten.

Photography Credit: Alison Conklin

In my world, there’s no such thing as too many chocolate chip cookie recipes. Making a batch following one recipe or another is one of my many default moves in the kitchen.

And I don’t know about you, but the eating habits of me and my friends (and let’s be real, my kids, as well) are so totally in flux these days, and it’s become increasingly useful to have recipes that can accommodate loved ones who need to cut out gluten.

That’s why I decided to develop this gluten-free recipe for the gluten-free chocolate chip cookie lovers in your life.

Gluten-free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are a lovely combination of crispy and chewy. I’ve found that gluten free flours are often lighter tasting and sometimes more delicate, but the addition of oat flour means that these have a bit of a nutty taste, too, and some substance.

The best gluten-free flour to use

I used (and recommend) Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour Blend for this recipe. It’s a default choice for many of us at Simply Recipes and many of our gluten-free baking recipes. It produces reliable results.

If you aren’t going to use this particular mix, look for another reliable gluten-free, all-purpose baking blend that contains xanthan gum in it already. The xanthan gum will help bind and stabilize the structure of the cookies.

Gluten-free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Why oat flour?

The short answer? I get bored!

There are so many ways to make chocolate chip cookies, and even within the realm of gluten-free ones, there are variants. I started adding oat flour to my regular cookie recipe when I was working for a bakery and people loved the nuttiness the oat flour—some people said it even tasted like peanut butter.

Since oat flour is gluten free, it seemed logical to make a cookie with both gluten free flour and oat flour.

Just make sure to look for oat flour and oats that are certified gluten-free. Oats are often processed in the same facilities as wheat products, so can become cross contaminated unless processed properly. Certified gluten-free products are safe to use.

Why also add rolled oats?

While you’re at it, you might as well add oats as well. They add some nice texture and bulk the cookies up a little bit.

Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies chop the chocolate

A pro tip about the chocolate chips

You can certainly use traditional semi-sweet morsels in this recipe, but I prefer buying the bags of 60 percent bittersweet chocolate chips from Ghirardelli or something similar with a larger, flatter surface area. These chips are larger and easier to chop up into smaller pieces.

Why would you bother with an extra step of chopping the chips? It makes for a more variegated cookie with chocolate bits strewn throughout.

Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make-ahead Chocolate Chip Cookies!

My ultimate weeknight cheat is to whip up a batch of cookies of any kind and bake a dozen off at a time, then cover the remaining batter and stow it in the fridge until the need arises to make more.

The dough usually lasts a day or so in the fridge, maybe longer, depending on what size cookie scoop you use and how many people are gobbling down the cookies. For these, I used a medium cookie scoop, leveled—it’s about 1 1/2 tablespoons.

When baking these cookies with chilled cookie dough from the fridge, just drop the temperature down to 350°F and let the cookies bake for a few minutes longer that what the recipe specifies.

You can also freeze dough—just scoop them out on to a wax paper or parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze them individually. Once they’re frozen, transfer them to a resealable zip top freezer bag for up to three months.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Oats

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Per batch baking time: 8 minutes
  • Yield: About 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) gluten-free flour mix (I use Bob’s Gluten-Free 1 to 1 Baking Blend)
  • 1/2 cup (55g) oat flour (certified gluten-free)
  • 1 1/2 cups (150g) rolled oats (certified gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (111g) dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces dark chocolate chips (or other chips of your liking; I prefer Ghirardelli 60 percent bittersweet chips, roughly chopped)

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment.

2 Mix the dry ingredients: Combine the flours, oats, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Gluten-free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies mix the dry ingredients

3 Beat the butter and sugars: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars until combined but not overly creamy or fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

4 Add the eggs and vanilla: Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition on medium speed. Add the vanilla and mix briefly to combine.

5 Add the dry ingredients: With the mixer on low, add the flour and oat mix in several additions.

6 Chop and add the chocolate: Roughly and irregularly chop up the chips with a chef’s knife. Add them in by hand, using a wooden spoon, or using the stand mixer on low speed.

You can use regular semi-sweet morsels, of course, but I like to use the Ghirardelli 60 percent bittersweet chips because they are larger and easier to chop.  So you get little bits of chocolate everywhere in the cookie, as opposed to just solid pieces.

Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies chop the chocolate

7 Bake the cookies: Scoop the dough out by a rounded tablespoon scoop and arrange on the cookie sheet spaced a little apart. I got about 12 per cookie sheet.

Bake for about 8 minutes until they are golden around the edges. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for about five minutes, and then transfer the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely. Repeat the process until all the dough is gone.

The cookies will keep 3 to 5 days in an airtight container, but you might have to microwave them for 10 seconds to get them to soften a bit if it’s closer to 5 days.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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  1. Lynne

    We made these this weekend and they turned out great. The hubby liked them better than ‘regular’ chocolate chip cookies, as he loves oatmeal. This one is a keeper. Thanks Carrie!

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  2. Remy

    Many celiacs (myself included) cross-react to even gluten-free oats. It’s helpful to give us a heads up if oats are in a gluten-free recipe, so we can make an informed decision. THANKS!

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  3. B

    Ghirardelli is not gluten free.

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