Our gluten free chocolate chip cookies are ready to bake in 10 minutes because you don’t need to chill the dough. These gluten free chocolate chip cookies have chewy edges and soft insides, they are melt in your mouth delicious. The taste and texture is exactly like regular chocolate chip cookies. 

Looking for more gluten free baked goods? Try our Gluten Free Banana Muffins.

gluten free chocolate chip cookies arranged randomly on brown parchment paper

Gluten free chocolate chip cookies overview

  • ready to bake in 10 minutes, no chilling the dough
  • no weird ingredients, uses pantry staples
  • chewy cookies with crispy edges and soft insides
  • will fool all your friends and family, they will not know they are gluten free
  • the dough can be frozen for later
  • I recommend King Arthur’s gluten free all purpose flour, or another high quality brand

Back in 2006 when I found out I have a gluten intolerance, the gluten free world was very limited. We had to go to the expensive health food store to find gluten free products and they were bad. I’m talking cardboard bread. And gluten free all purpose flour was definitely not a thing then. 

I’m thankful there have been so many gluten free food developments over the years, but you definitely still need to weed through them and decide what’s actually good.

gluten free chocolate chip cookies arranged randomly on brown parchment paper

I’ve seen a lot and tried a lot of different kinds of gluten free flours since 2006. The one that I personally like the best based on taste and texture is King Arthur’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. I think it mimics the taste and texture of regular flour the best.

I can’t say with 100% certainty that this recipe will work with any gluten free all purpose flour because I exclusively use King Arthur’s, so if you try these cookies with a different brand of gluten free flour, please leave a comment and let me know your experience! 

While we’re on the topic of flour, be sure to properly measure it. 

How to properly measure flour

  • Fluff the flour with a fork
  • Use a spoon to scoop the flour into your measuring cup
  • Use a butter knife to level off the flour in the measuring cup

Sticking the measuring cup straight into the bag of flour will result in too much flour to be packed into the cup, which can result in dry gluten free cookies.

Ingredients

  • gluten free all purpose flour: flour is necessary to build structure in cookies. I recommend and tested this recipe with King Arthur’s gluten free all purpose flour. 
  • cornstarch: helps to produce chewy but soft cookies
  • baking soda: helps to leaven and lift the dough
  • salt: enhances the other flavors
  • chocolate chips: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • unsalted butter: adds flavor and tender texture
  • brown sugar: adds sweetness & flavor, keeps the cookies moist and adds chewiness
  • granulated sugar: adds sweetness, flavor and encourages browning
  • egg: binds the cookies together by providing structure
  • vanilla extract: adds flavor

Baking time suggestions

For the gluten free chocolate chip cookies in the photos, the dough balls were about 3-4 heaping tablespoons (golf ball sized), so that’s a large cookie! I baked those for 15 minutes – just until the edges of the cookies would begin to firm up and brown slightly. The result is a soft and chewy chocolate cookie!

If you make regular sized dough balls (about 2 tablespoons of dough), you should reduce the baking time to 10-13 minutes. 

chocolate chip cookie dough balls arranged in a grid pattern

Total time required

  • 5 minutes to make the cookie dough
  • 13-17 minutes to bake the cookies
  • 15 minutes to cool the cookies

Recommended cookie baking tools

I use a cookie scoop that is 1.6” in diameter, this is technically considered a small cookie scoop. When I use it, I scoop the dough so it’s heaping over the scoop. A good estimate is to make golf ball sized cookie dough balls.

I specifically like this brand of cookie sheets because they are light aluminum, which encourages even baking and browning. The half sheet size is perfect and the silicone baking mats fit perfectly on them. I recommend using shiny, heavy cookie sheets that have very low or no sides. Avoid dark aluminum sheets because they can cause overcooking. 

Pro Tip: To ensure even baking, place only 1 cookie sheet in the oven at a time. 

chocolate chip cookies arranged on metal baking sheet

How to freeze cookie dough

  1. Portion the dough into cookie dough balls. Press chocolate chips into the outside of the dough.
  2. Place them on baking sheet lined with a silicone mat. You can place the dough balls close together since you won’t be baking them.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer until the cookies are frozen solid, about 1 hour.
  4. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the frozen cookie dough balls to a ziplock freezer bag. Label the bag with baking directions.
  5. Freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months.

To bake: remove the dough from the freezer. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Bake for 13-17 minutes. Frozen cookies may need to bake for 1-2 minutes longer.

Tips for making perfect cookies

  • Properly measure the all purpose flour using the spoon and sweep method.
  • Use room temperature butter for easier creaming of the butter and sugar.
  • Use a cookie scoop to form uniform balls. 
  • Press chocolate chips on the outside of the dough balls before baking for a loaded gluten free chocolate chip cookie presentation like the photos!
gluten free chocolate chip cookies arranged randomly on brown parchment paper

FAQs

What type of gluten free flour should I use?

I recommend using King Arthur’s Gluten Free All Purpose Flour to make this gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I can’t say with 100% certainty that this recipe will work with any gluten free all purpose flour because I exclusively use King Arthur’s, so if you try these cookies with a different brand of gluten free flour, please leave a comment and let me know your experience! 

Can I use salted butter?

Yes. Be sure to omit the additional salt in the ingredient list.

Can I turn this recipe into chocolate chip cookie bars?

Press the dough into an even layer in a foil lined 9×13 inch pan. Press the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips onto the top (1 & 1/2 cups chocolate chips go into the batter). Bake for 25-32 minutes or until the top of the bars turn golden in color. Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool for 20 minutes before cutting into squares. 

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our gluten free chocolate chip cookies are ready to bake in 10 minutes because you don’t need to chill the dough. These gluten free cookies have chewy edges and soft insides, they are melt in your mouth delicious. The taste and texture is exactly like regular chocolate chip cookies. 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
10 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Beth

Ingredients

  • 3 cups gluten free all purpose flour I recommend King Arthur's gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup) room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 
  • In a mixing bowl combine the gluten free all purpose flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Set aside. 
  • In a larger mixing bowl combine the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. You want this mixture to be fluffy and pale in color.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, beat for 30 seconds.
  • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed. The dough will be thick. I like to finish mixing the flour into the dough by hand with a spatula. 
  • Use a cookie scoop to form golf ball sized cookie dough balls, roll into a smooth ball between your hands. Press the remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips on the outside of the dough balls. I like to load mine with chocolate chips! Place about 8 cookies on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat at a time. I recommend only baking 1 cookie sheet at a time for even baking. 
  • For the cookies in the photos, the dough balls were about 3 heaping tablespoons (golf ball sized), so that’s a large cookie! I baked those for 15 minutes – just until the edges of the cookies would begin to turn firm up and brown slightly. The result is a soft and chewy cookie! If you make smaller dough balls, you should reduce the baking time since the baking estimates are for golf ball sized dough balls.
  • Baking time estimates for golf ball sized dough balls (3-4 tbsp dough):
    ∙13 minutes: more pale in color, no crispy edges, very soft & chewy
    ∙15 minutes: browning around edges, crispy edges, soft & chewy inside
    ∙17 minutes: more browning, crispier edges, still soft & chewy but has more crunch
    Baking time estimates for regular sized dough balls (2 tbsp of dough) bake for 10-13 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool for 15 minutes on the baking sheet before removing.

Notes

  • Make sure all of your ingredients are gluten free. 
  • I can’t say with 100% certainty that this recipe will work with any gluten free all purpose flour because I exclusively use King Arthur’s all purpose gluten free flour, so if you try these cookies with a different brand of gluten free flour, please leave a comment and let me know your experience! Be sure your gluten free flour mix contains xanthan gum.  
  • Properly measure the all purpose flour using the spoon and sweep method.

Nutrition

Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 109mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 265IU | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
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