Amazingly soft and tender crumb Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are real! Like a unicorn, they're rare and majestic. These Chocolate Chip Cookies are specifically made using the best gluten free flour blend (IMO) and have a perfect balance of sweet flavor and buttery crumb. Soft in the center, crisp on the edges. Soooo good!
Trick #1 for perfect gluten free chocolate chip cookies
Beat the butter, brown sugar, white granulated sugar and vanilla on medium speed for 8 MINUTES. This simple step has made the biggest difference in my cookies, bar none.
The air gets whipped into the butter, along with reducing the grainy-ness of the sugar. It makes a HUGE DIFFERENCE! I learned this trick from the amazing baker, Christina Tosi from Milk Bar. Most cookie recipes mention beating until creamy, but I always set a timer now and 8 minutes has proven to be the optimal timing.
Great cookie baking supplies
- Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer - the best hands-off baking buddy ever
- All Clad Measuring Cups and Spoons - these will last you FOREVER
- Nordic Ware Cookie Sheets - I use these along with the Gold Touch baking sheet from Williams Sonoma.
- Reynolds Pre-Cut Parchment Paper - These are my go-to for quick clean-up.
- OXO Cookie Scoop - This is VITAL to getting that gooey center and crisp edge.
Trick #2 for gluten free cookie perfection
Use a 3 tablespoon scoop. I know this doesn't sound groundbreaking. But I used to always use a 1 tablespoon scoop and make small cookies. No more!
Small cookies will only yield one texture. No one wants a cookie without a soft center. No one. I love this cookie scoop from OXO. Believe it or not, it does not increase bake time much at all. I only bake for 10-12 minutes.
This gives you a bakery-style cookie without it being massive. Some bakeries must use a ½ cup scoop (hello, crumbl cookies).
How to make chocolate chip cookies
Make the dough
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add room temperature butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 8 minutes. Yes, 8 full minutes. Set a timer.
Turn mixer off, add room temperature eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed until dough is smooth.
In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
Add flour mixture to butter mixture all at once. Once the flour is added, mix the dough as little as possible. Just until flour is blended, not a second more. This takes my Kitchen Aid mixer about 10 times around the bowl.
Add chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks) and mix for about 3 seconds, until evenly distributed. Again, no over mixing here!
I highly recommend using a 3 tablespoon scoop rather than just a spoon. Place dough balls 3 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake on the center rack for 9-11 minutes, until lightly brown on the edges and still soft in the center.
Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.
Using my few tricks, no one will know they're gluten free!
What is the best Gluten Free Flour blend?
I have tried and tested MANY gluten free flour blends. While they all have their purpose and work ok in most recipes, nothing can beat King Arthur Measure for Measure in this Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. In fact, this recipe has been developed specifically using that flour. It can be made with any, but it works best with the King.
Check out this post on my honest review and comparison of 3 popular gluten free flour blends.
Here are some great cookie recipes that can all be made gluten free!
- Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Almond Lemon Iced Cookies
- Copycat Milano Cookies
- Butter Cookies with Mini Chocolate Chips (perfect for Valentine's)
- Easy Chocolate Marble Cookies
- Chewy Chocolate Cookies (3 ways)
- Perfect Texture Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grandma's recipe)
- Toasted Pecan Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
How to store chocolate chip cookies
The best way to store baked chocolate chip cookies is in a large zip top bag WITH a piece of bread in the bag. The cookies will breathe in the moisture from the bread and keep them fresh much longer. Mine will last sealed at room temperature for a week and taste like they were made that day!
If you dipped the cookies in chocolate, refrigerate in an airtight container to keep fresh.
How to freeze baked chocolate chip cookies
I love frozen baked chocolate chip cookies. My mom used to freeze cookies in our house so we wouldn't eat them. Turns out, we just turned into frozen cookie lovers!
To freeze cookies after they have been baked, simply place cooled cookies in a zip top bag and place the whole bag in the freezer. Gluten free flour will not hold up as well and they will get crumbly after about a week though.
How to freeze cookie dough
I LOVE to freeze cookie dough. Simply portion the dough using a cookie scoop onto a large parchment-lined cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. Remove and place the dough balls into a zip top bag and freeze.
Pre-freezing the balls will keep them from sticking together. Simply remove a couple cookies and bake 13-14 minutes at 375°F and you can have warm, gooey cookies every night!
Gluten Free Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 ½ cups gluten free flour blend or all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- kosher salt sprinkled on top optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, add butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 8 minutes. Yes, 8.
- Turn mixer off, add eggs one at a time, mixing on low speed until dough is smooth.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add flour mixture to butter mixture all at once. Mix on low just until flour is blended, not a second more. This takes my Kitchen Aid mixer about 10 times around the bowl.
- Add chocolate chips and mix for about 3 seconds, until evenly distributed.
- Using a 3 tablespoon scoop place dough balls 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake on center rack for 9-11 minutes, until lightly brown on the edges and still soft in the center.
- Allow to cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.
These really are amazing and no one will know they are gluten free. Even my husband, who has a sixth sense about anything baked gluten free, didn't know and ate more than his share. Absolutely delicious cookies.
Hello! I’m just curious how the mixing for 8 min works? So, I’ve over mixed my cookies, forgot they were mixing, but it was after I added the flour! When I did this they started to look and taste a little too chewy (for lack of better description). So it makes sense to me when you say don’t over mix once you add the flour!
Do you think that mixing the butter and sugar so much makes it like a whipped base?
Either way, I’m gonna have to try it. 😄 I also use half dark chocolate chips and half semi-sweet mini chips in my cookies. I think the flavor is better and the minis yield more chocolate per cookie that is very gooey, and they melt faster being so small. I have to use enjoy life chocolate chips for allergy reasons and that’s how I began using mini chips…it’s all they have. Then, I added the dark chocolate chips, which are bigger, and I realized the flavor was more authentic and not too sweet. Thanks! A.