The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies have emerged in a small batch and quick simple recipe!
These cookies require only 1 type of flour (that’s right you don’t need 3 for this recipe!) and can be whipped up in less than an hour with prep and freeze time!
We’ve all been there, you have a craving for a few warm sweet and salty cookies, but lack the desire to make a whole batch. Recently, I’ve really been into baking more small-batch or single-serve desserts (like my Gallete for one). Something about the variety of a different treat every day has a certain appeal that tends to beat out normal batch-style recipes as of late.
What You Need To Make These Gluten Free Fudgy Brownies:
All Purpose Gluten free flour (I used King Arthur’s as Xanthan gum is already in it)
Butter (salted or unsalted, I used Earth Balance’s dairy free butter as that’s what I had on hand)
Light brown sugar
Your Favorite Chocolate bar (I used Lilly’s Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar)
The Importance of freezing the dough
As with many Gluten-Free recipes, it is essential that you freeze the dough for at least 30 minutes. By freezing the dough it limits the spread of the cookie to the ideal-typical cookie size we all know.
Looking for more small-batch and single-serve recipes? Check out my other recipes below:
The perfect sweet and salty small-batch gluten-free cookies!
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp All-purpose gluten-free flour (I used King Arthur’s)
1/4 tsp baking soda
Heaping 1/4 tsp of sea salt
1/4 cup light brown sugar packed
2 Tbsps of cane sugar/granulated sugar
1 room-temperature egg yolk beaten
1/4 cup unsalted softened butter
Heaping 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
1/3 cup of your favorite chocolate bar cut into chunks ( I used this one by Lilly’s to add a hint of salted caramel flavor to the mix)
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Once complete, set aside
Add the sugars and softened butter in a medium-sized bowl, and mix them until they are fully combined. This will take about 2-3 minutes to mix by hand.
Add the beaten egg yolk, vanilla extract and salt to the medium-sized bowl until the dough has been fully combined.
Add the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chunks into the mixing bowl and stir until combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and that no clumps of flour are present.
Fold in the chocolate chunks.
Store the cookie dough in the freezer for 30-35 minutes.
Take out of the freezer and let the cookies sit out for 5 minutes. Then, using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving enough room for the cookies to spread. you don’t need to flatten these cookies so the scooped form is ideal.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. If you prefer these cookies slightly under-baked I recommend the shorter end.
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them to cool on the baking sheet for 6-7 minutes. Then, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack for an additional 10 minutes and enjoy!
You can enjoy these cookies for up to 5 days if stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Nutrition is roughly calculated using Lily’s chocolate
I’m not playing when it comes to these chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie bars! These are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and easily Vegan by swapping out just one ingredient!
The Main Reasons I Love These Bars
Now, as a Gluten Free Gal I can say that making any type of cookies makes me nervous and I am sure you all know what I am talking about…
That’s right! The crumby, dry, and borderline un-bakeable texture that usually are accompanied by gluten free cookies.
But you can have peace of mind when baking these because they are 100% chewy, moist, and most of all a bit melty in the middle, which pairs greatly with ice cream!
You may be wondering, what makes these not crumble like a nature valley bar as soon as you touch it? That would be starch my friends! This includes all starches, like corn starch, potato starch, and arrowroot starch. When adding a starch it acts as the main binder and basically makes that crumble situation disappear.
This is what you’ll need to make these Magical Bars:
Almond butter and peanut butter (the drippier the better)
Plant based butter
Honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
Non-dairy mini chocolate chips
It may seem long, but every ingredient has a place and contributes to a chewy chocolate chip cookie bar. As mentioned before, the potato starch will act as the main binder.
You can also feel free to substitute the potato starch with arrowroot starch or cornstarch, you will just have to adjust the amount you add. For every Tablespoon of potato starch you should substitute with 2 tsp of arrowroot starch and cornstarch can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio. I admit I didn’t try substituting these in the recipe, but from my research and general knowledge of baking with starches these substitutions should be very similar since they are all starches.
These are a Triple Threat! They are:
Vegan (with one swap)
So, that means when you bring these to a party or a potluck, everyone can enjoy the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar deliciousness!
Also, when looking at the nutritional information remember the key here is Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie bars as these are a healthier alternative to the leading cookie usually has more than 20 grams of sugar and less than 2 grams of fiber.
These chewy, moist, and flavorful chocolate chip cookie bars are gluten free, dairy free, easily made vegan, and are lower in sugar than your average bars! Make this the ultimate dessert to top off your day!
6 Tbsp peanut butter
6 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp plant-based butter
6 Tbsp non-dairy milk
2 Tbsp Honey (maple-syrup if vegan)
1 Tbsp Flaxseed
1 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
8 tsp potato starch
2 tbsp almond flour
2 Tbsp coconut flour
1/2 sifted oat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup non-dairy mini chocolate chips
In a microwave-safe medium-sized bowl add in the nut butters, butter, and milk and microwave for 20-30 seconds.
Add in the remaining wet ingredients, stir, and set aside.
Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.
Add the wet to the dry. You should have a thick and moldable dough at this point.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Spray an 8×8 pan (also feel free to use parchment paper here) and bake for 23-25 minutes. If you would prefer a doughier texture than I would recommend baking more around 20 minutes.
Take out and let cool for 10 minutes.
This goes great with ice cream so feel free to serve these yummy bars with it and enjoy!