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These chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies will remind you of the classic childhood treat without grains or gluten. Now you can have your cookies and eat them too, regardless of whether you need to avoid gluten, grains, dairy, or refined sugar!
Y’all, I seriously cannot believe that I have not shared my chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies recipe with you guys before. Recently, I was doing a big recipe inventory for the website to see what new recipes I should publish over the next year (lots of yummy stuff coming up!) and I discovered that I didn’t have a single chocolate chip cookie recipe on this website!
How on earth could this have happened? Almost 10 years into blogging and sharing 100s of kitchen-tested real food recipes and not one single chocolate chip cookie?
Yeah, well, we are going to remedy that today!
Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies + A Little Cookie History
I’m so glad I did that recent inventory because I would have never realized that this recipe was missing. Today I’m going to remedy that mistake and share my classic chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies recipe with you. This is a favorite cookie recipe in my house and one that I have been making for many years.
These chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies get gobbled up in no time every time I whip up a batch. And I’m pretty sure the same thing will happen in your house too. These cookies are perfect for those who have to avoid gluten and grains and are missing their favorite recipe of old.
A Little Cookie History
Speaking of old, did you know that the first chocolate chip cookie ever made was in 1938? Well, that’s what Wikipedia tells us at least. Apparently, a lady by the name of Ruth Graves Wakefield was making cookies one day and decided to add chopped up bits of a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar.
Voilà! The iconic classic cookie was born.
Ruth Graves Wakefield and fellow chef, Sue Brides, brought the chocolate chip cookie to the masses while they both worked (Ruth as the owner) of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. Historians speculated that the invention was accidental, but Ruth corrected them and said it was 100% on purpose. She said:
“We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream. Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookie.”
Wakefield had published a cookbook in 1936 called Toll House Tried and True Recipes. In the 1938 edition, she added her Toll House Cookie recipe and it quickly became a class in American homes.
During World War II, soldiers who were from Massachusetts and stationed overseas would receive care packages from back home that included this new cookie. They would share those cookies with soldiers from other parts of the U.S. and before long soldiers were writing to their loved ones asking for them to send more chocolate chip cookies!
Wakefield soon began being inundated with letters from people from all over the world requesting her recipe. And this is what began the nationwide craze for this iconic cookie. Who knew?! I know every time I eat a chocolate chip cookie now, I will remember this story.
Ingredient Notes For Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Today’s amazing chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies evolved out of my pre-gluten-free diet chocolate chip cookie recipe so I had to make a few adjustments to that age-old gluten-containing recipe. But let me tell you, you’re not going to miss the gluten in this recipe at all.
As are all of my recipes, this recipe is refined sugar-free. You could use any type of granulated sugar of your choice. As of late, I have been using Anthony’s brand erythritol or Lakanto brand monk fruit because that is what is best suited for my dietary needs right now. But you can easily substitute coconut sugar, maple sugar, rapadura, or any other granulated sugar of your choice.
I have not used liquid sweeteners (like maple syrup or honey) in this recipe, so I can’t tell you how well it would work. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out!
Butter or Coconut Oil
Butter is one of the things that makes these chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies so delicious, but for those of my readers who can’t tolerate dairy, there is a dairy-free option. I am also dairy-free, but I do find that I tolerate butter with no problem. If butter is a no-go for you, you could try using ghee (some people with dairy sensitivities finds that they can tolerate ghee, which has the casein and lactose removed).
That said, if you can’t tolerate any form of dairy at all, you could easily substitute coconut oil (solid, not melted) in place of the butter in this chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies recipe. There are also some dairy free butter substitutes out there that are relatively clean, like this Miyako’s brand, that might work really well in this recipe.
Please note that I’ve never tried anything other than butter and coconut oil for this recipe so I can’t confirm how well other substitutes would work.
Chocolate Chips or Chunks
When it comes to chocolate chips, feel free to use any chocolate chip brand of your choice. I personally love Lily’s Brand chocolate chips because they’re sweetened with stevia and erythritol and that works best for me right now. But you can use whatever brand you like and/or have on hand. You could also use your favorite chocolate bar chopped up into small chunks and you would have chocolate chunk cookies.
Additionally, you can add in nuts, seeds, shredded coconut, etc. I’ve got a couple of other cookie recipes in the work that will feature some different add-ins. Those recipes will take your cookie game whole new level!
A Secret Ingredient!
Lastly, I’m letting you guys in on a little secret that I have been using for many years when it comes to gluten and grain-free baking. And that is adding gelatin into the dough or the batter.
Shh, don’t tell anyone.
Gelatin works as an awesome binder and gives baked goods, like these chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, the texture that gluten-containing flours do. It’s not going to be identical, of course, but it is really close for certain recipes (like these cookies). I really loved my original gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe, but the addition of gelatin really took it up a notch and gave it that chewiness that you are seeking in a delicious chocolate chip cookie.
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Alrighty! Who’s been missing chewy chocolate chip cookies? Are you ready for a new gluten and grain-free version?
Then let’s go ahead and dive into this amazing new (well new to you guys) chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies recipe. One bite into these chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and you’ll see why this is a favorite in our house for so many years.
- ½ cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp granulated sweetener of your choice (I use Anthony's brand erythritol or Lakanto brand Monkfruit)
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- ⅛ tsp liquid stevia (I like NOW Foods brand or SweetLeaf brand)
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract (I like Flavorganics brand or Simply Organic brand)
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ¾ cup almond flour (I like Anthony's brand or Kirkland Signature brand)
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder (I like Anthony's brand or Bob's Red Mill brand)
- ¼ cup gelatin (I use the grass-fed gelatin from Perfect Supplements -- use coupon code DELICIOUS10 to save 10% on any order with them)
- ½ cup chocolate chips (I like the Lily's brand)
- Preheat the oven to 335 F.
- Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat like this one and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the butter, granulated sweetener, egg, stevia, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
- In a separate bowl, combine your salt, baking soda, almond flour, arrowroot powder, and gelatin and stir until combined.
- With the mixer running on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients to your butter mixture and blend until incorporated.
- Fold in your chocolate chips by hand (so the beaters don't mush the chips up).
- Using a spoon or a small ice cream scoop (I use my 1" ice cream scoop like this one for perfectly even cookies), scoop out the dough and place on cookie sheets.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes at 335 F checking halfway through. You want the edges to be golden brown, but not burnt.
- Remove from heat and let cool. The cookies will seem soft when they come out of the oven, but they will set up as they cool. Careful not to overcook these, or you will end up with a less than satisfying texture.
- Store in an airtight container at room temp for up to 3 days or in the fridge for 7-10.
You Know What Goes Good with Cookies? Ice Cream!
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