Laura’s Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Growing up, my family often made homemade candies and treats, however, we were big into the Pillsbury cookie dough game. When I went gluten free, I started trying to make gluten free chocolate chip cookies which were just as good. Finding a recipe (over ten years) for a chewy chocolate chip cookie was impossible. Most chocolate chip cookies were hard, dry and crumbled.

For a chewy cookie, you’ll have to read below to troubleshoot gluten-free recipes, but I promise if you follow the recipe, you’ll get the chewy cookie you’re looking for.

After years of testing and trials, these cookies are excellent. So much so that I make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and sell them at my local farmer’s market to people who aren’t even gluten-free! The baking time for these cookies is short and the ingredients are simple. Let’s make these cookies.

Is it easy to make these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies?

Yes! Prep time is less than 5 minutes, then cook time is less than 15. Although there is a 1 hour cool down time, it’s so easy when your prep time is so short. It’s the perfect dessert for the end of the day, or if you want to make them in the morning and bake them later in the day. Reduced preparation time and low stress.

What tools will I need?

  1. gate
  2. paddle accessory
  3. stand mixer (or hand mixer)
  4. cookie scoop
  5. baking sheet x 2-4
  6. parchment paper or baking mat

Can I make substitutes for this recipe, such as vegan or dairy-free?

As always, not all gluten-free flours are created equal. My favorite for cookie dough is King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for Measure All Purpose Flour Mix. It contains xanthan gum but is a dairy-free flour blend. I think this is the best gluten free flour for cookie dough because it tastes closest to regular cookies.

If you’re using another gluten-free flour mix, make sure it contains xanthan gum (and note that it may not yield the same results as this recipe.)

If you want to make this recipe dairy-free (be sure not to use Cup4Cup mix as this gluten-free flour contains powdered milk). You will need to replace the room temperature butter with a dairy-free butter. I haven’t made it myself, but a good butter replacement option is Earth Balance. Otherwise, you can try a vegan butter. Also, for the little milk, you can substitute water or a dairy-free milk. Finally, use dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate.


See paragraph above. However, for the egg substitute, I’m a bit unsure. You can try using “Just Egg” which is a vegan egg substitute.

I don’t have vanilla extract, can I substitute?

Almond extract is a nice flavor that goes well with chocolate chip cookies!

What types of chocolate chips are the best?

When you make chocolate chip cookies, you usually think “there are chocolate chips” in those cookies. While that’s usually the case, it’s not always the case, but we’ll get to that.

My preference for chocolate chips is milk chocolate, but semi-sweet is just as good or if you have to avoid dairy for a dietary reason (or preference), you can use dark chocolate chips.

Some people use chocolate discs and/or chocolate chunks! The world is your chocolate. Make your choice!

I only have granulated sugar; Can I just use this?

The brown sugar in the recipe gives it a really nice flavor. So I would recommend using both, not just granulated sugar. If you’re in a hurry you can, but it’s not my favorite.

What is the best gluten-free flour to use for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies?

King Arthur Gluten Free Measure for measure All purpose flour is my suggestion, however if it is not available where you are I suggest using a one for one mix. Whatever you do, make sure your mix contains xanthan gum. It helps bind baked goods together.

Not all gluten-free flours are created equal, but some options for 1:1 flour mixes are:

1. King Arthur
2. Bob’s Red Mill
4. Pillsbury

If you google what is the best flour, you will get “brown rice flour”, but I think that is a mistake. You’ll want a mix.

How can I make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies?

The best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are wet cookies. While you’re making your cookie dough, you’ll need to make sure the cookie dough is moist. To do this, use just enough butter and milk. Gluten-free flour can be dry compared to regular flour when baking, so it’s a matter of figuring out how to get the right amount of moisture into your baked goods. The butter needs to be at room temperature to properly incorporate into your cookie dough, and the milk will help give it that extra little bump.

My gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are crumbly. How can I fix this?

It all depends on the flour mix you use. If you don’t use one with xanthan gum, it will make for a more crumbly cookie and won’t taste as good!


  1. 1/4 cup white sugar
  2. 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  3. 6 ounces of chocolate chips, I used milk chocolate – semi-sweet is good too
  4. 1 tablespoon of milk
  5. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, ambient temperature
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  8. 1.5 cups gluten-free flour, I used King Arthur Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Measure to measure – with xanthan gum

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