Try These Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Food

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.

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 with the eating habits of me and my friends it has become increasingly useful to have recipes that can accommodate loved ones who need to cut out gluten.

That’s why I decided on 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.

I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour Blend for this recipe. 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?

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, and people loved the nuttiness the oat flour had, 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 your 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 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 and bake a dozen off at a time, then cover the remaining batter and store 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