These gluten free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, filled with brown sugar, chocolate chips and gluten free oats, are my family’s favourite. I bet you can’t eat just one!
These. Cookies. Are. Gluten. Free.
There, I said it. But, if you don’t tell anyone, they would NEVER know. Seriously!
These cookies are the based on the recipe for the cookies that I’ve been making my family for the past 18 years. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, and having to adopt a gluten free diet, I’d make them for the rest of the family to enjoy, while I continued searching for a “tried and true” gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Let me tell you…every single gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe failed. None could live up to the standards that the old stand-by recipe had set. None were good enough. A lot did not contain oatmeal (chocolate chip cookies need oatmeal, in my opinion). Some were just greasy little flat puddles by the time they baked, even with refrigeration. Not one of those cookies could hold a candle to the families favorite cookies. Until now.
For years, I have baked these cookies as a “first day of school” after-school treat. When the kids come home on that first day, there is a plate of warm cookies waiting for them, so we can sit and chat about all the new things they experienced that day. It’s become a great tradition. That doesn’t mean we limit these cookies to that one day only though, we enjoy them any time, year round as well. Sometimes I change things up a bit by using half chocolate chips, and half peanut butter or butterscotch chips. No matter what I do, they area always devoured in no time.
I’ve fed these gluten free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies to family, friends, neighbor kids, classmates, and no one can tell the difference between these and “regular” chocolate chip cookies. They are that good. Seriously. If you can tolerate oats, try them, you won’t be disappointed!
Now, if you will excuse me…I’ve got a cuppa coffee and a cookie waiting for me. You can’t doddle here, these cookies get gobbled up quickly. Get your butter out now, so it can soften while you read and print the recipe.
Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
These gluten free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, filled with brown sugar, chocolate chips and oats, are my family's favourite. I bet you can't eat just one!
- 14 Tablespoons (200 g) unsaltead butter, softened
- 2 cups (444 g) brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups (240 ml) brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup (85 g) potato starch
- 1/4 cup (31 g)tapioca starch
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 g) baking soda
- 2 cups (180 g) certified gluten free quick-cook oats
- 2 cups (380 g) gluten free chocolate chips (or 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup plain M&M's)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and the brown sugar. Scrape down the bowl.
Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until fully incorporated.
In a large bowl, combine brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, baking powder and baking soda. Stir to blend.
With the mixer running on low, incorporate the dry ingredients into butter/sugar mixture.
Add the gluten free oats and chocolate chips, and mix until fully combined.
Using a cookie scoop (or two tablespoons), drop cookies onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2-inches (5 cm) between cookies.
Bake in preheated oven for 11-12 minutes, depending on your oven. You want them to be slightly browned around the outside, but still slightly moist in the middle.
Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Cool completely, then store in an airtight container.
You can also make bakery sized cookies using this recipe. Scoop about 1/4 cup (60 ml) of dough per cookie, and flatten just slightly with the palm of your hand. Leave 2-inches between cookies. You will need to increase your bake time to about 13-15 minutes, depending on your oven.
Photo and Recipe updated June 2016
These look like picture perfect chocolate chip cookies 🙂 I wish I could have a few of them right now.
Aw, thanks Eliana! I would be more than happy to share with you. 🙂
if you don't need GF, just replace the flour with 2 cups all purpose, and drop the xanthan gum. Such great cookies. You can also do 1 cup M&M's in place of 1 cup of chocolate chips. Mmm…
Those cookies look great!! I'm making a fresh cuppa coffee as I'm reading this and one of those good lookiing cookies would be great right about now…
I'm about to go get my coffee too…ya think I can Skype you a cookie?? Fewer calories that way. 😉
Mmm Must make lol Thanks for this recipe! 🙂
You're welcome,Amber! Let me know how they turn out. 🙂
These look wonderful. i'll have to try them. I've been in the cookie mood lately, but not in the baking GF mood. Hence, no cookies. Thanks for the recipe.
Sarah, I know exactly what you mean about the gf cooking mood. It does take a certain mood to be willing to experiment with it, doesn't it? More like a science experiment than baking. 😛 Enjoy the cookies! 😉
betty r says
Yumm..these cookies look fantastic Jeanine and with a cup of coffee..oh my over the top! By the way I have 'monster cookies' baking as I type:)
Ohh…Monster cookies are really good too, Betty! Cookies & Coffee are just a winning combo. 🙂
I have one word – yum! Your blog is just lovely. I would love it if you would consider entering my gluten free fodd photo contest, can be an old post. I would not normally leave a link in a comment but in case you want to join the fun – http://simplygluten-free.blogspot.com/2010/08/gluten-free-photo-contest-scanpan.html
Hi Carol! Thanks so much for the comment, I appreciate it. 🙂 And thanks for the link too, I have every intention of entering…just need to figure out which pic to use. Nice to know it can be older posts too, that helps. 🙂 Thanks again!
I have a big bag of gluten-free oats in the cabinet to use up. I just found another use. Of course, my husband can't eat oats. I guess that just leaves more for me.
Not everyone can tolerate the oats, but for those of us that can, this recipe is a great way to use them! 🙂 Since I bake these cookies and the whole family eats them, I never have a problem finding a use for the GF oats. 🙂
Tasty Eats At Home says
I bet your daughter (and everyone else) loved these!
Yep, I even got told "You're the best Mom ever". worth it to me! 🙂
These look just right, and I've been on a GF CC Cookie quest this summer. I'll have to try these, even if summer is over 😉
Definitely! Nothing as good as chocolate chip cookies & a warm drink! 🙂
These cookies looked wonderful so I made them once with terrible results:they were totally flat and all ran together in the pan but they tasted good so I had hope.I made them again and this time I refrigerated the dough overnight and when cooked they looked and tasted beautiful just like your picture.FYI! Thanks for a my kids new favorite cookie recipe!
Phew! I'm so glad that you gave them another try, and that they worked for you the second time too. 🙂 Every kid needs to have a oatmeal chocolate chip cookie! 🙂
Michelle B says
These are just perfect! Made a batch today. I am so glad it makes a big batch, because I wanted to take some to a get together, but my family wanted some, too. These were probably the best GF cookies I've made. I love it when they look normal and taste normal and don't fall apart! Thank you for a wonderful recipe! Oatmeal chocolate chip is one of my faves. Looking forward to when I can try more recipes.
Queen of the Hill says
I have been celiac for 2 1/2 years and I just found your sight. Boy, oh boy, have I been missing out. Thank you thank you for this cookie recipe. I hate that most gf chocolate chip cookies are "cake-like". A chocolate chip cookie should be gooey and chewy. They were delicious! It completely made my whole day.
AMAZING! Made them for my mums group. 3 year old kids and mums all loved them. Thanks so much!
I made your recipe for a New Year’s Eve party yesterday. I have only been gluten free for a few months and I think these were the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies I have ever made gluten free or not. Everyone at the party loved them and had no idea that they were gluten free! Thanks for the recipe!
Yes! That’s what I love to hear!! So happy that they were a hit for you, Anya! 🙂
I too am having problems with cookie puddles. Can I subsitute butter for the Margarine??
Yes, you can substitute butter for the margarine. However, from my reading, butter creates a thinner cookie than margarine does. Shortening creates the thickest cookie. I would add a little bit more flour if you are finding they are still going flat. HTH.
These cookies are baking now.=) My husband and 2 year old already named them yummy and “not gluten-free tasting”. What I love so far is the ease of the recipe, very straight forward ingredients, and the cookies didn’t fall apart when I moved them from the cookie sheet to the cooling rack. I have had that happen plenty of times. I just have to tell you that your recipes are very consistent and I have learned to always search your blog first when I’m looking for a specific recipe. I have made a few muffins, most recently your pumpkin cream cheese that were so yummy and your sunrise rolls that were SO delicious! Thank you for being consistent and making easy recipes. There is another gf blog that I regularly follow and though her recipes LOOK amazing, I have had far too many fail and I feel that they’re for a more advanced baker, which I don’t claim to be.=) anyway, thought I’d share some encouragement!
By the way, I used butter and my cookies weren’t flat at all.
FANTASTIC!! 🙂 So happy to hear that, Tammy! Nothing makes me smile more than hearing about happy kids. 🙂
I have made these cookies numerous times, but substitute 2 tbsp ground flax mixed with 6 tbsp warm water for the eggs and use non-dairy chips to make them vegan also! I’ve also tried a huge variety of add ins, such as dried cranberries/raisins, hard shelled chocolate candies, nuts…everything is good! They are soft and chewy, just the way they should be! Thank you!
After over 2 years of being gluten-free, I can finally tolerate GF oats! To celebrate, I made these cookies. They were AWESOME! Thanks for this recipe.
Ah, welcome back to oats!! 🙂 When you can add oats back into your diet, the number of foods you can eat again increases too! I LOVE these cookies too, glad to hear you do as well. 🙂
These are some seriously solid gf cookies. Chewy and soft but with substance. I had to bake them on one sheet at a time and the texture of the first batch differs from the second because the batter sat for 15 minutes or so. The first batch turned themselves into square cookies and ran together and flattened. The second batch only slightly ran together and stayed round and thicker. I think I’ll let the whole bowl sit before baking next time. Both equally delicious though!
Interesting! Did you use quick cook oats? Or just regular rolled oats? I find regular causes the cookies to run more. I agree, they are very yummy though. 🙂
I want to make oatmeal gluten free cookies for a person with Celiac disease,can I use Quaker Oates old fashion oats? I don’t know, if they are gluten free.
Quaker oats are not gluten-free. To make this gluten-free, you have to use gluten-free (sometimes called pure) oats.
What can i say. I love these! It is 11pm and after working for 12 hours I needed a treat! Came home at whipped these up in no time. Thank you for another great recipe!
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