These are THE BEST (& EASIEST) Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! Chewy, soft centers with a slightly crispy edge and without the gritty texture that is often common with gluten-free cookies. Only 6 ingredients. Optional egg-free version as well!
When you start wondering if a particular food blogger has fallen off the face of the planet, it can mean one of several things...
- They fell off the face of the planet.
- They have kidlets. And trying to blog and work part-time out of the home with two energetic kidlets who aren't yet both in school full-time is frankly...hard. (How many more months until September and the next school year? Not that the food blogger is counting because they love spending time with their kidlets...but okay...maybe they're counting.)
- They are doing some SERIOUS, in-depth research and recipe testing and want to get their recipe just right before they share it with the world.
I fall somewhere between #2 and #3.
And these gluten-free chewy chocolate chip cookies were DEFINITELY worth the two-month hiatus. And they are crazy easy, which for being gluten-free, is a miracle. With ONLY 6 ingredients all the gluten-free cookie eaters can finally rejoice. Cue music.
But I'm super nervous about sharing this recipe with you all. I know. Weird, right?
I've been avoiding creating a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe for a REALLY long time. Because, we (meaning you, me, and everyone else who wants to shove a cookie in their face) have some REALLY strong preferences and opinions regarding this classic cookie.
Just do a quick chocolate chip cookie Google search, click on the cookie recipes that pop up, scroll down to the bottom of the post where people leave their comments, and you will see herds of cookie addicts liberally deconstructing the cookie that the poor food blogger fell off the face of the planet to develop.
Some like their cookies super chewy, some like their cookies super crispy (like my hubs Joe), some want both the crispy edge and the chewy center (that would me be), some like their cookies more cake-like, some like 'em thick, some like 'em thin...you get the point. And that doesn't even include those who are begging to know if the cookie can be altered in some way to make them vegan, paleo, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, ALL the allergens-free. Chocolate chip cookie lovers can be a tough crowd. Especially gluten-free chocolate chip cookie lovers. Like me (slowly raising my hand from the back row).
All the gluten-free-ers like myself, are trying to make sense out of a bajillion different gluten-free flour blends that claim they are THE ONE that is most similar to normal glutinous white all-purpose flour. Then we cross our fingers and spend way too much money on a gf all-purpose flour mix only to realize that some of the gf mixes on the market really suck. And then once you get your hands on a good gf flour blend you forehead smack yourself because you just realized that you have to go back to the store to get some xanthan gum.
And what the heck is xanthan gum?!?!
If you're not a baker by nature (btw I'm definitely not), we're all feeling slightly confused at this point with how much xanthan our baked goods need to bind the ingredients together in order to give our goods some structure.
Speaking of structure, I wonder if rubbing some xanthan gum on our skin could help with saggy skin syndrome as we age. My 20-year high school reunion is approaching and I'm thinking my skin could use some more structure. Just a thought. Let's start a support group. We'll call it Saggy Skin Syndrome Anonymous. No?
Seven years ago when my doc told me that all of my problems were related to gluten and that I needed to go gluten-free cold turkey, I yelled very loudly at her (but just in my brain), "You've GOT to be kidding me! What about ALL the pasta and the CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES?!" I definitely needed a support group then. It would have been called GF People with Saggy Skin Syndrome Who Need Pasta & Cookies. I'm the only member.
Anyway, the pasta problem turned out to be an easy fix (if you need some gluten-free pasta inspo see here, here, and here), but making a classic chocolate chip cookie that was also gluten-free has been a thorn in my flesh for the past 7 years. I've made a boatload of gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Some test cookies were decent enough for me to feel okay feeding them to people but they still never quite held up to my standard of what a reeeally good chocolate chip cookie should be. Friends would ask for the recipe and I would either give it to them begrudgingly or just pretend like I forgot they asked for it.
A couple of months ago one of those friends had the nerve to ask if I would consider posting my gf chocolate chip cookie recipe on the blog. "Why yes... I would be more than happy to do that," I politely replied, all the while shaking my head to the left and the right.
When Joe came home from work later that day, I looked him straight in the eye, and I said, "It's time." And basically he's been eating cookies for the last 2 months and my kidlets think they have just hit the jackpot with mom. If you happen to drive through a neighborhood with kids laughing uncontrollably and doing somersaults in the front yard, keep driving. It's probably just us and I made the #$%&-th batch of cookies in the last 8 weeks (I stopped counting). My kidlets are wired on sugar and Joe has gained 10 pounds wondering how his wife who claims to be a fitness instructor could do this to him. (Don't tell my clients we've been eating cookies for 2 months.)
SO HERE IT IS COOKIE LOVERS!!! (see video ⬇)
The BEST (& EASIEST) gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe EVER. Period. End of search. Goodbye.
This recipe is THE ONE. And I even included an option for those of you who need their gf cookie to be egg-free as well. You're welcome.
Everyone else who needs something else modified in their cookie. Sorry. While I may be a food blogger, I'm still a full-time mom/part-time fitness instructor (who likes to eat cookies)/who also needs sleep and the occasional shower which means there comes a point where I limit my cookie recipe testing to what I personally crave, hope, and dream for in an amazing gf chocolate chip cookie. Hopefully there are a bunch of gf-ers out there just like me who need nothing more, and nothing less. I'm not America's Test Kitchen (which btw, I tried ATK's recommendations for gf flours to use for gf chocolate chip cookies and I wasn't a fan).
And they are crazy easy cookies. You don't have to worry about xanthan gum OR whether you should use baking powder or baking soda or a little of both (anyone else have this problem?) BECAUSE the pre-made flour mix that I love Love LOVE the most for making these gf chocolate chip cookies takes care of that for you.
And it also happens to be an awesome gf pancake mix. I know. Sounds weird. Just go with it.
Make these cookies and then go make some pancakes. It's a win-win.
Very important recipe tip!
One last thing... don't try to make these cookies with a different gluten-free all-purpose flour. Trust me on this one. Not all gluten-free all-purpose flour blends are the same. It only took me a two-month hiatus to figure that out for these gluten-free dream-come-true chocolate chip cookies.
I hope you enjoy these cookies all you gf cookie lovers! And if you do decide to go crazy with cookie recipe testing and come up with an amazing variation of your own, do share! I'd love to hear all about it!
P.S. Don't forget the milk. You know, for the dunking.
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