Plenty of really good gluten-free chocolate chip cookies have come out of my oven before, ones that nobody can guess are labeled with the “gf” word. But these are THE ones. My favorite, my best, gluten-free chocolate chip cookies – the result of dozens of batches and several years of experimenting. (I don’t like referring to them as “The Best” because I haven’t tried all the chocolate chip cookies in the world and everybody has their own set of characteristics that they measure against.)
It’s taken me years to nail down the cookies you see here partly because I always spot a new recipe that immediately has me reaching for the baking sheet. I do a little tweaking to make them gluten-free if needed and all is right in the world.
I’ve learned that there are a lot of decent gluten-free chocolate chip cookies out there, but amazing gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are possible with just a little more attention to detail with process and ingredients used.
With my best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies you’ll have gloriously crisp & buttery edges, slightly sunken and chewy middles, and the perfect ratio of chocolate to vanilla dough. The first bite, still warm and a little underbaked is heaven.
The way to make sure a recipe turns out the same every single time, no matter if you’re baking gluten-free or not is to measure by weight. Since we all scoop, spoon, pack and pour differently, my 1 cup flour may be 120 grams and yours 145. With the science that happens when you cook, that can make a big difference. Invest in an affordable digital scale, it’s well worth it.
Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Gluten-Free Flour has proven time and time again to me that it is the best gluten-free flour blend on the market. There really isn’t anything that compares! It has no grittiness, a soft crumb, stability and consistency. Plus it’s affordable and readily available at most supermarkets.
Over the years I’ve simplified my chocolate chip cookie recipe to use melted butter so you don’t need a stand mixer to make them. The trick with using melted butter is that it shouldn’t be hot when you mix it with other ingredients, which is why I have you melt a little more than half of it in the microwave and then stir in the remaining butter so that it cools it down. When finished stirring, the butter will be a creamy yellow rather than a translucent yellow like when it came out of the microwave.
If your butter is too liquified, your cookies will spread too much in the oven.
Always chunks over chocolate chips. (I know the title says chips, but that’s just because that’s what most people call them.) Not the chunks that come pre-cut in a bag, but the type you chop up yourself using the best quality chocolate bars your sweet tooth can afford. Not only will the chunks distribute more evenly throughout the cookie, but the shards from chopping will disperse throughout the batter. And one more vote for chunks – chocolate chips hold their shape due to less cocoa butter, while the latter melt into gooey chocolate decadence.
Nuts or no Nuts?
I battled with this one a lot. I love chocolate and nuts together. I like the texture they bring to cookies and their toasted flavor. But I decided that chocolate chunks deserved to shine alone in this cookie. Plus, I wouldn’t have any noses turn up when I had to tell the people who hate nuts in brownies that these cookies contained them too.
I tested this recipe with several different chilling times, from none at all to 24 hours. 90 minutes of refrigerator time was great, allowing the flour to absorb the liquid in the dough. This ensures soft centers with rippled edges with the perfect amount of spreading. And the nice thing is they can chill for up to 24 hours!
Okay…… I think you’re ready!
You’ve got all the details for gluten-free chocolate chip cookie success. Ones that you’ll eat too many of the first time you make them and ones that nobody will know they’ve got the “gf” word attached to them. Now all you need is a sweet tooth like mine and glass of milk for dunkin’. Go forth and bake!