14 July 2010

G-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies. Chocolate. Peanut butter.

All together in one perfect little cookie. These are the best cookies I have ever had – with a couple others falling in at a close second and third.

If it hadn’t been for eating gluten-free, we probably would never have found the best chocolate chip cookie recipe . . . and believe me – even though they’re free of gluten – these taste wonderfully normal (and even better)!

With no further ado (except to say “Thank you!” to Kate, who has graciously let me post a slightly altered version of her recipe on my blog), here is the recipe . . .

The Best Chocolate Chip + Peanut Butter Cookies
BAKE: 9 minutes at 325° | YIELD: Two Dozen | NOTE: They’re gluten-free!


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups Gluten-Free Flour blend
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine the brown sugar, peanut butter and butter in the bowl of your mixer. Beat until fluffy – about 3 – 4 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla extract until fluffy – about two minutes.

Dump in the dry ingredients (all but the chocolate chips) and mix until combined and smooth. Add chocolate chips. Mix until well distributed.

Form into balls (we use a 1″ scoop) and place on parchment paper about 2 inches apart.

Bake at 325°F for 9 minutes or until the top becomes slightly golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes on the cookie pan before lifting gently with a spatula to the cooling rack. Store in an airtight container.

Note: To use whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour in substitute for
the gluten-free flour blend (making it non-gluten-free), you can
use the same amount for the replacement. (Thanks, Katie, for the tip!)

G-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {& hyacinths}

These taste wonderful! I hope you enjoy them!

  1. 28 Responses to “The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  2. Sereina on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    I’ll have to show my mom this recipe, since she is gluten-free too.

  3. Miss Rachel P. on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Wonderful! :D They look fantastic! Thank you Emily, and to Kate, for the recipe! :D My dad will be thrilled…he loves cookies and we’ve been unable to find the perfect GF substitute. ;) And peanut butter is a fav. of his! :)

    So glad you all are finding some great GF recipes for your family! :D

    Love and Hugs and Blessings!

  4. Julia on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Ooooh, thank you!! I’ve been in the mood for a new chocolate chip cookie recipe! Can’t wait to try these!!:)

  5. Ashley on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Oooh! Those cookies look so yummy! I’m excited to see that they are gluten-free too, as me and most of my family is gluten-free. =)

    In Christ,

  6. Elizabeth on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Mmmm…look at those delicious cookies! My mouth is watering… :) The addition of peanut butter looks delicious. And beautiful photography, dear friend!

    Joyfully in Jesus,

    P.S. Love your new design and pages!

  7. Shutterbug on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    They look great! :D
    I love your new pic!
    I was at Shipshewana yesterday and thought of you as I was in a wonderful vintage store.
    Miss you!! :'(
    Marie :)

  8. Miss. Antoinette on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Oh wow those look so yummy!!!! Mmmmmm…..! i love your new profile photo, very nice! :)

    Grace and peace,

    Miss Antoinette

  9. Ana W. on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Wow! They look so yummy! I think I might have to make them soon! Thank you for sharing! :)


    P.S. You take such beautiful pictures!

  10. Hannah Mendenhall on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    your glasses : )

  11. Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Mommy on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Emily Rose,

    I have been in search of the best chocolate chip cookies and would love to try this recipe. The only problem is that I don’t have immediate access to many of the ingredients in the gluten-free flour blend, but would like to try this recipe. I have to order online or drive the distance (that’s the negative of living in a small town), but will probably end up driving the distance later. Question – What is the conversion for unbleached flour? Would it be the same measurement?

  12. Emily Rose on Jul 14, 2010 said:

    Jennifer, I completely understand that it is not always easy to find the substitute flours! They can be ordered online, but most of the time there would be shipping & handling costs, which make them a little less economical.

    You could try replacing the gluten-free flour blend with normal flour. Maybe add a little extra? We are not sure of the conversion amount, as we have never made them with regular flour. You are welcome to experiment and let us know how they turn out!

    Update: Yes, you can use the same amount of regular flour as a replacement for the gluten-free flour. (Thanks, Katie for letting me know!)

    Emily Rose

  13. Avinash on Jul 15, 2010 said:

    They look great

  14. Katie M on Jul 15, 2010 said:

    These look SO good. My Dad *loves* chocolate chip cookies, especially when they’re still warm. :-D I think I’ll make these for him (and leave plenty for me, and the rest of the family too. Hehe!).

  15. Tracy on Jul 15, 2010 said:

    That photo makes them look so delicious I could almost eat them off the page! :) Chocolate and peanut butter together is my favorite flavor blend. I love chocolate/peanut butter pie too! Thanks for sharing the recipe (although I will probably try it with regular flour)

  16. Laura on Jul 15, 2010 said:

    Oh goodness. I think there is a huge chance that I shall bake something today. These delicious looking cookies have sent me over the edge. ;) Yummy!

  17. Rhonda Devine on Jul 15, 2010 said:

    We can attest to how good these are and have talked about them a lot since you all were here:) We’re definitely going to try this yummy recipe~like your new pic too!

    Hope to see you before too long!

  18. Miss Anna on Jul 15, 2010 said:

    I will certainly be making these soon!!

  19. Madison on Jul 19, 2010 said:

    One of our favorite GF recipe books is “1,000 Gluten Free Recipes” by Carol Fenster. :D It’s got loads of great (Read: Fantastic) recipes. ;) Thanks for the cookies! :)

  20. *~*~*Jilly*~*~* on Aug 11, 2010 said:

    Thank you so much for the recipe I will try them this week!!

  21. Valerie on Oct 13, 2010 said:

    Unfortunately for me, the GF diet is much harder in France and I definitely cannot say I enjoy it.
    No substitute can be used to actually achieve a real French bread dough, so I miss that. And we have no good american type bread options either (like in other euroepan countries or the US).
    Most of the population is not diagnosed yet and gluten is still a mysterious word. Therefore the French food industry doesn’t care yet about the few of us who HAVE To be gluten-free.
    Of course we find no flour mix substitutes, so I mainly have to use corn & rice flour (which succeeds for many cakes, not all of course, like pie shells & such) and as a result most recipes that are based on GF mixes are not possible for me since I would have to try & make my own combo until it is edible, should this ever happen, a matter of luck…
    When you travel across the country and need a snack on the road, it is even worse because all you seem to find is regular bread, regular pasta, regular pizzas… hotels don’t have any GF options for breakfast and all this makes me anticipate with fear my trips or vacations.
    I hope you don’t mind about the long comment, but I think all the GF people have to delurk when they can so things can start moving on a bit…
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience & recipes !
    God bless you, too x

  22. Brielle on Dec 18, 2010 said:

    I am going to print this recipe off and use it for Christmas :) I was looking for a good crowd pleasing gluten free cookie recipe, and this is perfect. I shall let you know how mine turn out.
    Merry Christmas!

  23. Brittni on Dec 30, 2010 said:

    Hey, u may want to check out some of the gluten free cookie recipes i have.. Really good.. Always fun to try new gluten free recipes. Expecially for cookies!

    Link (cookie recipe on bottom): http://organiccoach.me/healthcoaching/?page_id=180

  24. Buttons Hamilton on Jul 18, 2011 said:

    Hi. I have always been a bit skeptical about GF cookies. My 2-year old son has a gluten sensitivity, which has caused me to be creative about many cooking methods. This recipe was simply amazing! My son cried after I told him he could only have two. My husband had no idea they were GF. Personally, this has restored my trust in GF baking. Thank you so much.

  25. Chantal on Aug 18, 2011 said:

    I saw these a couple of days ago, and just had to make them tonight! I had to replace the brown sugar with white because I did not have any on hand, and I used all-purpose white flour instead of the gf. They were still delicious :) I will have to try them again when I have brown sugar on hand. They turned out just like the photo, also (way more fun when it works out that way!). I am loving your family blogs too!

  26. Sandra on Mar 1, 2012 said:

    These cookies are absolutely excellent! I am new to gluten free and was really missing the baking I used to do. If all your recipes are as good as this one, I think I’ll do just fine.:)

  27. Kali on Mar 1, 2012 said:

    This recipe looks so good. I am allergic to nuts…any recommendations for how I can leave out the peanut butter? How will I need to compensate for it with other ingredients?

  28. Emily Rose on Mar 7, 2012 said:

    Kali, good question! You can use Tahini in place of the peanut butter. The flavor, of course, will be different, but the consistency should be the same. I hope that helps – enjoy!

  29. Miss Jen on Jun 25, 2012 said:

    LOVE this recipe soooooo much!!
    I’ve made these a countless number of times!
    Thank you, Emily Rose! <3 xoxo

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