My Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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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.

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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.

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Measuring Flour in Gluten-Free Cookie Baking:

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.

The Best Gluten-Free Flour Blend for Baking:

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.

Using Melted Butter vs. Creamed Butter

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.

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The Chocolate:
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!

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Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy gluten free chocolate chip cookies, with perfect buttery edges and a gooey center. Easy to make with melted butter, no stand mixer needed! A cookie that everyone will love.
4.58 from 19 votes
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :12 minutes
Refrigeration Time :1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 14 cookies
Author: Amanda Paa

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Ingredients

  • 113 grams (1 stick or 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 90 grams brown sugar
  • 80 grams granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 170 grams Bob's Red Mill 1-1 Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • 20 grams oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder (optional but delicious and deepens flavor)
  • 215 grams semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

Instructions 

  • Place 5 tablespoons butter into a medium size glass bowl. Melt in the microwave. Remove from microwave and add remaining 3 tablespoons butter. This will help cool it down. It should be a creamy yellow color rather than a clearish yellow color like when it comes out of the microwave.
  • Add sugars to the cooled butter and whisk vigorously for one minute, to create a paste. Add egg and vanilla. Whisk again to fully combine until mixture is homogenous.
  • In another bowl, add flour, oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder. Whisk to combine. Then add to the bowl with the wet batter.
  • Switch to use a spatula and stir ingredients together until a few streaks of flour remain. Then add chocolate. (This will help the chocolate keep some of the dried flour bits so they disperse evenly while baking.) Stir again until no flour streaks remain. Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 90 minutes (up to 24 hours).
  • After 90 minutes has surpassed, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. When oven dings that it is ready, take dough out of refrigerator and scoop 6 dough balls, each weighing (about) 50 grams, onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press a few extra chocolate chunks onto the top of the cookies. Bake for 11-12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking. At the end of baking, their edges will be browned, their center a bit shiny and looking slightly underbaked, but not wet. Remove from oven and gently press the middles with the back of a spoon. (These deflates them a tiny bit and gives them ultimate chew.) and let cool on pan for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack. You may think cookies look a little underbaked when you take them out of the oven, but they will continue to bake as they cool on the pan, and this gives them their chewy, gooey center.

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  1. 5 stars
    The perfect chocolate chip cookie! I gave them to a few friends and they never would’ve guessed they were GF. You won’t regret making these for yourself :)

  2. 5 stars
    truly the best gluten free cookies! they’re light yet chewy, strike the perfect balance pf texture and taste, and taken over the top thanks to the addition of espresso powder. an easy recipe to understand and follow, with ingredients most gf households have on hand. I’ll be making these again and again!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! Crispy around the edges and soft in the middle. Directions were easy to follow and calculations perfect when weighing grams on the scale. I’m sure they won’t last long in our house!

  4. 5 stars
    Soooo good! I used a mix of dark brown, granulated, and coconut sugar because it was what I had on hand. I cannot even tell you how yummy these are! Crispy on the edge and sooo ooey gooey in the middle!

  5. WOW. This was my first time making gluten-free cookies and I am so lucky that this was the first recipe I tried. They came out perfectly and I owe it to your careful instructions and ingredient choices. Thank you so much!

    • Hi! It is a scant 1 1/2 cups, but I can’t guarantee that they will turn out the same, because a scale is so important in gf baking. We all scoop and measure differently, so it is important to use a scale. Make sure you scoop the flour out with a spoons and put into the measure cups, not scoop the cup into the bag.

  6. These are the best! Followed all of the directions to a T! They turned out beautifully and found the flour at Target:) Thank you for the great description of the ingredients too!

  7. These are so good! Even my gluten abled hubby liked them!! But, the next day – maybe not quite as crispy but still tasted good! So my question is: can I make these into balls (like when I refrigerate for 30 min) and freeze them? I didn’t read all the comments so someone may have asked this already. I did a bad thing I think last night – it was late and didn’t want to make them all so I covered the bowl and put it in the frig overnight. This am I let it warm up just a bit, made the balls, then baked – flat as they could be. So I made the balls, chilled for 30 min, baked – still flat!! So is chilling overnight too much? Should I bake, then freeze? There’s no way to make half because of the egg so not sure what I can do when I just want a few but like they are the first day. Help please! They are really a winner! Thanks for your efforts! Cherie

    • Hi Cheridal! I’m so glad you liked the recipe. I think the problem may have come in the chilling/rewarming/chilling phases they went through and the fact that you let them warm up, which is what would make the fats have less structure. Therefore they will spread too much. Once you’ve done that, you can’t really go backwards. Next time just chill, and pull right out of refrigerator into the oven. I have made half a batch, then refrigerated the dough and baked the rest the next day without a problem. Hope that helps!

      • Thanks for your quick reply! I figured it was because of letting the dough warm up just a bit first. I’ll know better next time. So for the half batch, did you beat the egg then weigh out 60 grams? And I read in one of the replies that you can freeze the balls, let them warm a bit then bake? I’ll probably try that if that works!! Thanks again – I really was thinking I couldn’t get a good cookie again! BTW – I didn’t tell you in the first one but I don’t like Maple with cc cookies so I left it out but used another t of vanilla. Also, to make them just a bit crispier I tried a little exchange of cornstarch for Cup-4-Cup in the next batch & I was surprised how well it worked! I’ll continue with my experimenting and enjoying this recipe!!

  8. I just baked these delicious cookies. I don’t favour the taste of very sweet desserts so I cut the sugar out by 1/4 cup. The taste and texture is amazing! Will be making again! I used Bob Mill’s 1-1 gluten free baking flour. Thanks for an incredible recipe!

    • Fantastic Aga! I’m so glad you liked the recipe and you’re noshing on chocolate chip cookies. :) Thanks for mentioning the Bob’s 1-1 flour, I’ll put that in the notes! xo

  9. Hi! I’m in process of making these now and it seems that my scale is incorrect (even thought it’s brand new). 205 g of flour is just over 1.5 cups however on my scale (I checked over 3 times)….205 g is well over 2 cups of flour. Same thing is happening with all my other ingredients. I’m not sure what is going on?

    • Hi Aga! Yes, I think your scale must be off and not calibrated correctly even though it is new, especially since all of your ingredients are not measuring correctly. You are correct in that 205 grams of the flour should be 1 1/2 cups.

      • OK I just spooned the ingredients into a measuring cup and they are off baking away. Smells amazing. Will keep you posted on the final product :)

    • Did you put your bowl or whatever you’re measuring the flour into, on the scale first then reset the scale to “0”? My scale I can put the bowl on, push off/on and the scale resets to 0 with the bowl on it. I think that may be the problem.

  10. Hi Amanda – My boyfriend and I made these cookies on Saturday night and my oh my where they heavenly. I’ve been looking for that go to cookie recipe and now I’ve found it!!! They were DELICIOUS. We made ice cream sandwiches with them too! One note, I used earth balance dairy free butter and they came out super duper. Happy baking everyone!

    • Yay Sarah! This makes my day. And reminds me that I need to make another batch. :) So glad you loved the recipe, and quite brilliant to make ice cream sandwiches with them. Good note on the earth balance too, thanks for letting others know!

  11. I’m looking forward to making these for my whole family, but especially my 6 year old daughter who has celiac disease. Any suggestions for a substitution for the maple syrup? I don’t have pure maple syrup (we have the imitation stuff), and live a good 1/2 hour from a grocery store.
    Thanks so much!

  12. Hi, can I make those cookies with the new Cup 4 Cup Wholesome flour blend?? I just bought a bag and was wondering if it would work. Thank you!

  13. I bake a lot and while I don’t have celiac, I recently discovered, I feel a lot better not eating gluten. I just made your cookies. I used the GF Flour Blend from The Healthy Maven. Also, I used cane sugar for the white sugar and coconut palm sugar for the brown. I don’t usually experiment the first make with a recipe, but in this case it worked. Thanks for all the detail and just thought I’d share my experience with the sugars.

  14. I tried these today but they turned out a bit odd. The cookie, though delicious, was rather dry. I’m not sure how to describe it. It was almost like powder on the inside. Strange, right? I followed the instructions and am thinking of trying the recipe again. Any idea of what might have gone wrong?

  15. Hi Amanda! My cookies aré in the oven right now so I hope I get a good result. I have reently started to bake with coconut oil instead id butter. What would the conversion be?

    I also used bobs red mill flour.. I used the same amount of flour as your recipe but added xanthan gum.

    How long should I leave the dough chilling after the 30 min fridge?

    Thankyou!

  16. First of all thankyou for your helpful tips on #glutenfree baking. I did invest in a good kitchen scale after reading this. I made this recipe will very precise and exact measurements and my cookies came out a little cakey. Any tips? I was also wondering if I could use coconut oil in place of butter next time. Thankyou

    • Hi Taylor! It could possibly be that your oven is calibrated a little low. I use an oven thermometer. If the temperature reads 350 but might actually only be 335 inside, they will not spread as much. Another option would be to use about 25 grams less flour next time. I haven’t tested them with coconut oil so not sure if that would work.

  17. Hi Amanda. I made your cookies tonite. I bought a digital scale and measured everything exactly as listed. Thanks for all the info. I appreciate knowing how and why things work. I used Namaste gf flour blend because I had it. My cookies came out thick and not crunchy. Any ideas as to why? They’re still good but I love a thin, crunchy cookie.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Linda! The reason why I like Cup 4 Cup Flour so well is that it produces a texture and results just like regular flour because of their blend. Namaste has a high portion of Sweet brown rice flour compared to the gf grains in it, which is a “stickier” and “gummier” flour which will cause them to inhibit spreading. It is helpful in gluten-free baking because the stickiness helps to bind, but in a gluten-free cookie it will cause less spreading and crisping. I would highly recommend trying Cup4Cup even though it is more expensive. Because it has cornstarch and potato starch in it, you will get a crisper edge, yet softer middle. It uses a more even blend of flours and it’s amazing!

      • Thanks, Amanda. I’m going to look for the cup4cup flour the next time a head to the supermarket. Thanks for all your help and explanations!

  18. Hi Amanda!

    My mother and sister both have celiac and I am the baker/cook in the house. I made used this recipe about 4 months ago and everyone was blown away. I sent my boyfriend some in a care package and didn’t tell him they were gluten free… he said they were the best chocolate chip cookies he has ever had. I just re discovered this pin after looking for it for months. I am making them today and am going to feature them on my new (work in progress) blog. Should have it up by tomorrow.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi Meredith, thank you for sharing your joy of making the cookies! These type of comments were exactly the reason I spent 3 years developing it :) I’m looking forward to checking out your new blog once it is up! xo

  19. Amanda,
    Thanks so much for getting back to me about the walnuts! I ended up trying the recipe today without the walnuts referred to in my comment above and with the vanilla extract instead of the walnut extract. I also used America’s test kitchen GF flour blend with added xanthan gum to try to replicate what is in cup 4 cup (potato and tapioca starch instead of cornstarch, white rice flour, brown rice flour, nonfat milk powder). I kinda hate it when people comment about recipes when they’ve made a bunch of changes; that being said, even WITH all of the changes, this was a PHENOMENAL chocolate chip (chunk) cookie! My picky husband licked his plate (and I couldn’t help myself but to lick mine, too!). We both thought that the cookies looked like the cookies in the book “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie.” Perfectly sweet and bitter. I can’t wait to try the recipe with added walnuts/subtracted chocolate.

    I froze the pre-formed dough and I’m hoping that I will have good results. Any experience on that? I had to do that in order to avoid sitting down and eating them all…they really are just that good.

    Thanks for sharing your recipe with us!

    • Yay!! Best news ever. And where to rock it on trying to replicate the C4C with the America’s Test Kitchen blend. I’m so glad both you and your husband enjoyed them :)

      You can definitely freeze the pre-formed dough, you should just let the dough balls sit on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before baking, and then just watch their doneness. Have a great rest of the week!

  20. the amount of information you push with this recipe made me do a geek happy dance in addition to a well-deserved happy tummy dance. your images are perfection. i can’t wait to go for the bake. thank you for sharing with us :-)

  21. Hi Amanda,
    These look amazing and I’ll be trying them tomorrow as I think I have all ingredients on hand! One question: if I were using walnuts instead of walnut extract, how many would I add?
    Thank you!

    • Hi Becky! Many people have made these and loved them so hoping you do too :) Since walnuts take up a lot more of the dough, I would only add 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, and reduce the chocolate by 1/4 cup. Enjoy!

  22. So, I’ve made a few GF cookies before which still taste delicious… BUT OH MY GOODNESS, these cookies are the awesome. I used vanilla in lieu of walnut and just used some mini chocolate chips. I just ate two, right out the oven and I had to walk away to stop myself for eating all of them. They are so good! I can’t wait until my husband gets home (who isn’t GF) to try these. Knowing him, he will rave about these! If you are hesitant, just make these, please! You will not be disappointed. Oh, and I just weighed everything as well, though that’s not the norm here in the U.S.

    • Hi Amber! Thanks for sharing your joy – so glad you like them. I just love how they are soft in the middle, and crisp on the edges. And chocolately! Happy you weighed things as well, that’s really important for gluten-free baking. xo

  23. Hi Amanda, I don’t have any noticeable issues with gluten, however I have recently learned that none of us should eat gluten (including GF oats) as it destroys the villi in the small intestines, which are responsible for absorbing our nutrition. The popular saying going around is “You are what you eat”, however it is really “You are what you absorb”. Some people don’t realize they are gluten intolerant until they go off gluten for 2 to 3 weeks, are feeling really good, eat a bunch the next day and then feel crappy. There are about 20% of the population that don’t have a problem with gluten. So, I am trying to find recipes that are GF. These cookies look yummy, I’m going to make some today.

    Do you have any substitution suggestions for recipes that call for oats?

    I’m going to include a video here called “Against The Grain”, which explains the gluten problem. If you need to remove it, go ahead, I just thought maybe you could help educate others to the gluten problem, not to mention that most grains are now GMO. :(

    • Hi Heather! The measurement would be about 1 1/2 cups, but I can’t guarantee that they will turn out exactly like you see. Make sure you measure by spooning the flour into the cup, not dipping it into the flour and leveling it off. This is the closest to get to the accuracy of the weight measurement without having a scale. If you’re going to be doing a lot of baking, gluten-free or not, I highly recommend getting an inexpensive kitchen scale. It’s amazing how people measure differently, so having a scale will make sure that it is correct according to the recipe and you’ll be successful. Hope that helps!

  24. Can I substitute the butter with palm shortening and use egg replacer (energy powder)? Also will need to use a different blend of gf flour like king arthur. My son has a dairy, egg and flax and chia seed allergy amongst others. Cannot seem to get a good chocolate chip recipe down. Any advice would be great.

    • Hi Christine! I haven’t tested those substitutions, but I don’t think energy powder work to replace the egg. I wouldn’t recommend trying it that way. I don’t have experience will all of those allergies so sorry I can’t be of more help! I hope you can find a recipe that suits his needs.

  25. These cookies look amazing, thanks for the details in the mixing and baking process. I’m looking forward to making these cookies! My daughter was recently diagnosed with celiac disease so I’m looking for new ways to bake. I notice in the stores they have gluten free chocolate for baking. But you don’t list that you used gluten free chocolate. Is that a selling tactic in the stores or is it necessary to purchase the gluten free. Sorry for my ignorance this is all new to me. Thanks for your help :)

  26. I made these cookies yesterday. I went out and bought cup4 cup flour ( $18 !), dragged out a small scale and took your advice to weigh, not to go by volume. These cookies delivered. They do not taste GF and have the texture of a non-
    GF cookie. I am tired of spending a lot of $$ on baking items that are just so-so, or worse. The only problem is that they taste so good there is only a couple left! Do I have time to bake more before Xmas! Thanks for a great recipe and instructions. Merry Christmas!

    • Kristie, thank you for letting me know your results and that you enjoyed them! It’s true, gluten-free baking does take a little more attention to detail, but it’s worth it, right? :) I was sick of spending money on things that tasted like cardboard too. I hope to keep posting great recipes for you to enjoy! xo

  27. These are amazing! I’ll call them “the best” if you won’t!
    Thank you for making the directions so specific. It helped for sure. I couldn’t stop eating the raw dough! haha

    • Hi Kate! I’m glad all the specifics helped, even though a little lengthy :) Sometimes you just need to include all of those little tidbits to make sure they turn out well. Thanks for letting me know you made them!

  28. Nice post. Very thorough. Good tips whether you’re gluten-free or not. I haven’t purchased a scale yet but am getting closer…just need to find space in my kitchen!

    • Jaclyn, hope you enjoy them! A fun way to break in that new baking set of yours :) I’m going to send you an email this week, was so nice to connect on Friday!

  29. I love how thorough your discussion of gluten-free baking was. As someone who is learning to navigate her way through gf baking (which I prefer for many reasons, a lot of which actually have to do with taste and texture!), this was super helpful. Thank you!

    • I’m glad you found the tips for gluten-free baking helpful Ksenia! It’s definitely a journey, and I think I’ll always be learning. So happy you stopped by – I love your site!

  30. These look above and beyond! I cannot wait to whip up a batch this weekend! And thanks so much for the Bubble love!

    Xoxo,
    Your GF Cookie Pen Pal :)