Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Gluten-free certainly is a buzzword these days, but there are sooo many gluten-free products out there that are made of processed junk, as Lisa has touched on in the past. But two of my girls are gluten-free, both for various reasons. For my 13-year-old, I noticed that her acne was much better when she didn’t have gluten. And my 8-year-old is admittedly “crazy” as she calls it (somewhat hyperactive), when she has it. It certainly makes life interesting in our house since the other two have no issues with gluten, and it keeps me on my toes when it comes to baking. I strive for them to all have options of yummy foods, which is exactly what these chocolate chip cookies are: gluten-free but full of taste.

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on 100 Days of Real Food
So here’s the thing with baking gluten-free: it needn’t be daunting. Two years ago when my (now) 8 year-old stopped having gluten, I was apprehensive of what I’d be able to feed her. No bread? No muffins or scones or pancakes? Could I even bake her a birthday cake on her birthday? I’m here to tell you that yes, it’s absolutely doable. And while I’ll admit that there is not a great exact replacement for a croissant or a bagel (in my opinion), there are some wonderful foods that are just as satisfying. Enter these really yummy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

I love to bake, and while they are certainly not an everyday (or every week) thing, my kids love chocolate chip cookies (ahem – so do I) ;). I believe in moderation and also in occasional treats. I wanted a recipe that didn’t contain gluten, yet tasted every bit as good. And I honestly couldn’t believe it when my kids all gave these a 9 1/2 out of 10. Happy day! And a rare one, at that. I really, really hope that you’ll give these a shot, whether you can or can’t eat gluten.

A few notes about the recipe:

  • You’ll notice that this recipe calls for egg yolks. I added these because they add richness and depth in addition to acting as a binder.
  • I used 3 different types of sugar, but this is because I had all of them on hand. You can certainly try the recipe with 3/4 (total) cup of one of the types of sugars, or use use 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar if you don’t want to go out and buy another ingredient.
  • To make oat flour, simply pulse the oats in a blender or food processor until they are ground into a powder-like consistency. This should take 60 seconds or less. Stop and stir to ensure that all the oats have been finely ground. 1 cup of rolled oats will yield approximately 1 cup of oat flour. Make sure that they are gluten-free if you are going for a GF final product.
  • These are our favorite chocolate chips for baking. Ingredients are minimal and they taste great, too.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten-free certainly is a buzzword these days, but there are sooo many gluten-free products out there that are made of processed junk. Not these cookies!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Baking Time: 11 mins
Total Time: 21 mins
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Servings: 22 cookies

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet (I like to use parchment paper).
  • Mix dry ingredients (oat flour, oats, baking sugar and sugars) in a medium-sized bowl. Make a well (hole) in the middle and add melted butter, egg yolks, vanilla and milk. Stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Place batter in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes. Batter is somewhat wet - don't worry! Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts of dough, roll them into balls and place them 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool before enjoying.

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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So tell me, are there any other divided families out there? Do you end up cooking various foods to suit different preferences? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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19 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. one of my sons has a gluten intolerance, he gets a bad, itchy rash if he eats gluten, so we have been using oat flour for everything, it’s easier.

  2. For those of us who have to live gluten free, we appreciate you sharing the recipe. I have that “gluten free” seems to have a negative connotation for some people. It really shouldn’t. We don’t stigmatize diabetics who have to watch their starch/carb/sugar intake. We shouldn’t stigmatize others with food allergies or issues either. Food is our bodies’ fuel. Some of us just have different requirements than others. This looks like a great recipe. Thank you!

  3. These look very similar to the GF monster cookies I make for my MIL. I will have make a batch of these to bring down the next time we see her.

  4. We are also a mixed gluten free family – my two daughters and I have a gluten intolerance but the rest of the family is fine. We also do oat flour muffins. We will definitely be trying this cookie recipe – I also try to find gluten free baking recipes that use pantry staples that I’m used to instead of multiple new and intimidating ingredients! (I actually wrote a whole cookbook of oat flour Muffins under that same idea!)

  5. These sound delicious! Thank you not only for the recipe but also for the tips on making oat flour, Kiran!

    I love that these cookies are gluten free without having some of those more difficult ingredients such as xanthan gum or guar gum.

    We can’t wait to try these!

  6. I recently had to become dairy free, along with having been gluten free for several years now. Would almond or cashew milk (I make my own) work in this recipe as a milk substitute?

      1. Thanks! I actually made these today using a nut milk and coconut oil as a substitute for the butter. They were delicious:)

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