Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies: three different paths to cookie nirvana

When you first start following a gluten-free diet, you no doubt experience moments of aching nostalgia for the gluten-packed treats you’ve always loved: crusty baguettes, a stack of hot pancakes, or a biscuit gilded with melting butter. The good news is, you can still enjoy almost all of your favorited baked goods in gluten-free form — including gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

Gluten-free baking has come a long way in the years since home bakers needed to hand-mix blends of tapioca starch, rice flour, and potato flour to create baked treats that were sometimes only marginally similar to their original versions.

Packaged gluten-free all-purpose flour was a big step up; no more hand mixing! Still, you had to find gluten-free recipes specifically developed to use this new all-purpose blend; and the universe of such recipes could be fairly small.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

These days, though, it’s easy as pie to bake nearly all of your favorite treats without gluten, thanks to two steps forward on the ingredients front:

  • The discovery that almond flour can step in for all or most of the flour in certain recipes;
  • The advent of the gluten-free 1:1 replacement flour blend (like our Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour). This 1:1 blend can make most of your favorite traditional (gluten-full) recipes gluten-free simply by taking the place of the recipe’s all-purpose flour — no other changes needed.
With all kinds of recipes for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies out there (using multiple types of flour), how do you choose a favorite? Click To Tweet

Our recipe site offers three gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipes. You decide you need cookies after dinner tonight: which recipe do you choose?

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

I decide to bake all three recipes to find out.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our original recipe for this iconic treat uses our Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour. How does it stack up?

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Flavor: Buttery and mild; lots of cookie, less chocolate.

Texture: Thin and somewhat chewy; “bendy” is how most taste-testers describe it. A bit of “sandiness” from the flour is apparent.

Overall impression: These cookies call for a moderate amount of chocolate chips and, since the cookies spread quite flat, the cookie/chocolate ratio tends more toward cookie than chocolate. Feel free to add more chips if you’re a chocoholic! Also, more cookie/fewer chips mean the cookie base’s mildly sandy texture is more apparent.

Gluten-Free Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Almond flour makes up 100% of the flour in this recipe. Are we nuts about these cookies?

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Flavor: Mildly nutty; less sweet than either of the other two versions.

Texture: With very little spread, the cookies rise high and stay there, creating a tender, cake-like texture. Their mouthfeel is definitely influenced by the almonds; the cookies aren’t unpleasantly gritty, but the ground nuts are apparent.

Overall impression: These small cookies go light on the chocolate chips; again, add more as you see fit. Bordering on melt-in-your-mouth, they’re a different take on the standard crunchy (or chewy) chocolate chip cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Let’s take the measure of this classic recipe baked with our 1:1 replacement blend, Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Flavor: Jam-packed with chocolate chips, these cookies are sweeter than either of the other two GF takes. Their caramel-y flavor is the result of brown sugar in the dough, a short rest in the fridge before baking, and a slightly longer bake time.

Texture: Soft in the center and crunchy around the edges, these cookies spread more than the cookies made with almond flour, less than those made with our Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour. This lessened spread means any slight sandiness from the flour isn’t as apparent, since more chips are packed into a smaller area and their presence distracts you from the underlying cookie’s texture.

Overall impression: LOTS of chocolate in every bite! These golden-brown, crunchy/soft cookies are the closest thing to a typical chocolate chip cookie — which makes sense, since the recipe itself is our classic chocolate chip cookie recipe made with the Measure for Measure option.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Pictured above: a cookie made with gluten-free all-purpose flour in the front; cookies made with gluten-free Measure for Measure flour in the back.

And the winner is…

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! All of ’em.

I mean, you just can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies. Now, choose the one with the attributes you like best — and go bake them!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Gluten-Free Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies 
Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Measure for Measure

Want more information on when to use our gluten-free all-purpose flour, and when to use Measure for Measure? See our post, how to choose which gluten-free flour to use.

PJ Hamel
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PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!

comments

  1. Greg Stempien

    You can also make great GF chocolate chip cookies using a special process steamed Chickpea flour. Some people even think they are better then chocolate chip cookies with typical gluten based flour.

    Greg

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  2. Charlotte Davis

    Love KAF recipes. I use Measure for Measure, but will have to try the gluten-free flour, too. And if I mess up, I can call your Bakers’ Hotline for advice. Great people, great company!

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    1. Carole K

      I agree with Charlotte, ~ great people, great company! I would add *great products*.
      Please continue your great efforts, great recipes!

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