The BEST Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! A few tricks make these gluten-free cookies perfect – soft, chewy, golden and irresistible! Easy-to-make and NOBODY will guess they are gluten-free! 

Hundreds of reviewers agree these cookies are the most delicious gluten-free chocolate chip cookies around! This tried-and-true recipe was originally published in 2018 and is one of my #1 recipes today!

gluten free chocolate chip cookies on brown parchment paper topped with sea salt

The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’ve been searching for the BEST gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe – look no further! I’ve been eating 100% gluten-free for almost 10 years now and THIS is the chocolate chip cookie recipe of my dreams.

I’ve tweaked this recipe and tested it many times over the years and this recipe is the ultimate best. No more tweaking or re-testing needed.

These cookies are soft, chewy and golden like a good chocolate chip cookie should be. If you’ve tried making gluten-free chocolate chip cookies before you probably know they can turn out dry, grainy and pale.

This recipe has a few tricks so you get golden, non-grainy cookies with a delicious depth of flavor and crisp edges every time.

VIDEO: Watch how to make them!

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Tips for Perfect Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Brown the Butter

The first secret ingredient is brown butter. Sometimes gluten-free cookies can lack a depth of flavor. Brown butter gives these cookies a delectable nutty, toasty almost caramelized flavor that you can’t get from anything else.

If you’ve never browned butter before this is a great tutorial. It’s easier than it sounds!

2. Add a Tablespoon of Milk

The next trick for this gluten-free cookie recipe is to add a tablespoon of milk. This helps to compensate for the liquid that evaporates from the butter during the browning process. It also helps the cookies get a golden color and prevents grittiness.

Gluten-free flour needs a little extra liquid for best results so you don’t have chalky cookies.

3. Use a High-Quality Gluten-Free Flour

I wanted to keep this recipe simple with easy-to-find ingredients. I use gluten-free all purpose flour (lately I’ve been using this Gluten-Free King Arthur Measure-For-Measure Flour) and a little bit of almond flour for the dry ingredients in this recipe.

I’ve also had good results with Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free 1:1 baking flour. Be sure to select a gluten-free flour blend that contains xanthan gum.

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4. Add Almond Flour

I like using a little almond flour because it is non-gritty and helps the cookies get that golden color and chewy texture. It’s my secret ingredient in many baked goods!

If you’re allergic to nuts you can leave out the almond flour and substitute more gluten-free all purpose flour.

5. Use Brown Sugar

Using mostly brown sugar instead of mostly white sugar also gives these cookies delicious flavor and chew. A splash of vanilla extract is also key!

This recipe works with any kind of chocolate chip you like. I usually use semi-sweet chocolate chips but milk chocolate chips are also amazing!

6. Give the Dough a Rest

After you mix the dough altogether it’s important to give it a 30-minute rest. This gives the gluten-free flour time to hydrate and really makes a difference. It’s key for non-gritty gluten-free cookies!

Luckily just a room temperature 30-minute rest will do and no overnight-in-the-fridge chill is needed. So you can still have chocolate chip cookies shortly after a craving strikes!

Storage/Freezer Instructions

  • TO STORE: Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • TO FREEZE: I love to make a double batch of this gluten free cookie dough to freeze for later! Just scoop the dough into balls then place the them in a ziplock bag or freezer container to freeze. You can bake the cookie dough balls straight from the freezer – simply add 2-3 minutes onto the bake time. Just pop onto a baking sheet and bake – no thawing needed!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these cookies dairy-free?

Yes! To make these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies dairy-free you can use melted vegan butter in place of the brown butter. No need to brown the vegan butter (it won’t work!). You can also replace the milk with almond milk.

Can I make these cookies nut-free?

Yes! To make these cookies nut-free simply substitute the 1/4 cup almond flour with an additional 1/4 cup gluten-free baking flour.

Can I let the dough sit longer than 30 minutes?

Yes! This dough really only gets better as it sits. The flour absorbs more and the cookies take on a depth of flavor. If you’re letting this cookie dough sit more than 30 minutes, refrigerate it in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Be sure the container is airtight so the cookies don’t dry out!

Can I use all almond flour?

No. I don’t recommend using all almond flour in this recipe. Almond flour has very different properties than gluten-free 1:1 baking flour. Check out this recipe for a great almond flour chocolate chip cookie!

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To recap…

How to Make Delicious Gluten-Free Cookies

Brown butter: Gives these cookies a delectable nutty flavor

A tablespoon of milk: Prevents grittiness and helps the cookies get golden

1/4 cup almond flour: For a chewy texture and yummy flavor (can use GF all-purpose flour in place of this if you have a nut allergy)

30 minute rest: Gives the flour time to hydrate and prevents grittiness

A sprinkle of sea salt: Optional, but delicious for gourmet bakery-style cookies!

Sometimes in life you just need a plate of warm, delicious cookies. Whether it’s for a Sunday night treat or a special after-school snack there’s nothing better! I hope you love this recipe as much as my family and I do!

chocolate chip cookies topped with sea salt on brown parchment paper
4.99 from 818 votes

The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Servings 18 -24 cookies (depending on size)
The BEST Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! A few tricks make these gluten-free cookies perfect – soft, chewy, golden and irresistible! Easy-to-make and NOBODY will guess they are gluten-free! 

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Ingredients

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, almond flour, baking soda and salt until evenly combined. Set aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted start to whisk constantly. First the butter will begin to foam, then after a couple of minutes it will begin to brown on the bottom of the saucepan. Turn off the heat as soon as the solids turn brown and the butter gives off a nutty aroma. Pour into a glass mixing bowl to prevent burning.
  • Add the milk, brown sugar and white sugar. Whisk to combine. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk until smooth and creamy.
  • Using a rubber spatula, mix in the dry ingredients until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Cover the bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350F. Scoop the cookie dough (about 2 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place a few inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden and the center is set.
  • Let cool 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling. Enjoy!

Notes

A few tricks make these gluten-free cookies perfect – soft, chewy, golden and irresistible! Be sure to use a gluten-free all-purpose flour that contains xanthan gum or these cookies will spread. I use King Arthur Flour Measure-for-Measure Flour that comes in the bag. Other 1:1 gluten-free flours that contain xanthan gum will also work. Note: The King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Flour in the box will not work as it does not contain xanthan gum. 
DAIRY-FREE: To make these dairy-free use earth balance buttery sticks and reduce the amount of almond milk to 1 teaspoon.
NUT-FREE: Use 1/4 cup more gluten-free flour in place of the almond flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. These are just perfect. My son loves them and didn’t even notice the shredded zucchini I added.
    Thank you for this recipe.

  2. I’ve had the original version (as you posted) and they are awesome! I’m searching for a good DF option too; can this be made with a 1:1 swap of coconut oil in place of the butter?

    1. I recommend using a vegan butter like Earth Balance Buttery sticks (don’t brown it, just melt it) to make these dairy free. 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    I cannot believe a GF cookie could taste just as good as the original Toll House version. These spread a bit differently, but they are so delicious. I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve tried that were complete disasters and a waste of time, ingredients, and money. These will not disappoint. Thank you!

  4. What about high altitude, above 5000 ft. I followed recipe exactly and my cookies spread. However they taste great. They’re just not as pretty… any suggestions.

  5. 5 stars
    These really are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. All the tips combine to make one perfect cookie. I’ve never browned butter before but wow – it makes a difference. Thank you from our gluten free family.

  6. 5 stars
    Hi hi. I just made these and HOLY BUCKETS! They’re amazing! Fat! Flavorful (hello, brown butter)! Thick! Perfect ratio of crisp:soft:gooey. Basically, the chocolate chip cookie of my dreams! THANK YOU for such an amazing recipe, Erin. Will be making again and again 🙂

  7. Really wanting to try this recipe, as sounds amazing! Would you have the measurements in grams? For example you mentioned 1 cup of flour is 120g but am in Australia and 1 cup is 250g.

    Thank you

    1. I actually find gluten-free flour to be denser than 120 grams/cup (which is the weight for standard flour). I find it to be closer to 150 grams/cup. I would use 210-215 grams in this recipe – that is equal to the 7.5 ounce measurement. I hope this helps!

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe nails it. Beautiful GF chocolate chip cookies that aren’t gritty and taste AMAZING. Thank you! Can’t wait to try other recipes.

  9. Could you use gluten Free flour and add xanthan gum to it. If yes, any idea what the amount would be? Im having a hard time finding the flour w the xanthan gum in it.

  10. Great recipe! I used half the sugar because we don’t like things too sweet and a bit of coconut oil since I ran out of butter, but I probably should have used less salt too… I think my butter was salted and there is some extra salt and/or sugar in the vanilla powder we have available here so they were a little too much something… not sure what though will try again with less salt and keep looking for vanilla extract 🙂

  11. Erin

    If my GF does not include Xanathan gum- can I add this and if so, how much

    Thanks- just started making and realized my flour does not have XG Help !

  12. 4 stars
    I need your feedback on your cup vs. weight values. If flour is 120 gms per cup and you refer to King Arthur Measure for Measure as 8.5 oz. That works out as 2 cups or 8.5 oz. If GF flour is 140 g vs 120 g per cup. I believe the recipe needs some adjusting to flour amounts.

    1. 120 grams is the standard weight for 1 cup of flour. However I find that gluten-free flour is has a higher density that regular flour. I create my recipes for both people who weigh and measure their ingredients. If I go with the 120 grams per cup measurement I find the cookies don’t turn out. I find 1 cup of gluten-free flour (which is a subjective measurement) to always be closer to 140 grams. I hope this makes sense!

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