Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies

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Looking for a delicious gluten-free chocolate cookie recipe? These cookies are soft, chewy and filled with a rich chocolate flavor that will satisfy any sweet tooth. With puddles of melted chocolate and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top, these gluten-free chocolate cookies are so decadent. With no chill time required, these gluten-free cookies are ready in under 30 minutes!
A closeup of a pile of gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies topped with flaky Maldon salt.
A closeup of a pile of gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies topped with flaky Maldon salt.

Why this recipe works

Chewy chocolate cookies are right there on the top of my favorite desserts list. Fudgy with big puddles of chocolate chunks? Yes please. These gluten-free chocolate cookies are just that. Crisp on the edges and super gooey and chewy in the center. Chopped chocolate gives these gluten-free cookies big puddles of chocolate on top! 

These cookies are so easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. Top with some flaky sea salt for a sweet and salty combination.

You’ll love this recipe because:

  • No chill time. You don’t have to chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator to make these cookies. Just make the dough, scoop it out into portions, and bake the cookies! So easy!
  • It’s quick. All you need is a bowl, an electric mixer and about 30 minutes total to get these delicious chocolate cookies on the table. Perfect for last minute desserts. 
  • It’s gluten-free! When I tell you no one will be able to tell these cookies are gluten-free, I mean it! They aren’t gritty or dry. Using a gluten-free flour blend makes it easy to make this gluten-free cookie recipe.

Ingredients

Small bowls of ingredients on a pink table to make gluten-free chocolate cookies, including chopped chocolate, gluten-free flour blend, cocoa powder, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, baking soda, and salt with text overlays over each ingredient.

Ingredient Notes

  • Gluten-free flour blend – I tested this recipe with both Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour and King Arthur Flour Measure for Measure Gluten Free Baking Flour. Both of these blends already contain xanthan gum and are meant to be a 1-for-1 swap with all-purpose flour.
  • Xanthan gum – If your gluten-free flour blend does not contain xanthan gum, you will need to add it. Xanthan gum is a corn-based ingredient that either provides elasticity or is used as a thickening agent in many foods. It’s used in gluten-free baking to keep baked goods from crumbling and falling apart. 
  • Cocoa powder – Use a regular unsweetened cocoa powder for this recipe. I used Hershey’s brand. I don’t recommend using Dutch-processed cocoa powder since this cookie recipe only uses baking soda and Dutch-process cocoa powder has its acid neutralized. Regular cocoa powder is the way to go here.
  • Unsalted butter – Make sure that your unsalted butter is softened to room temperature so it can easily be creamed together with the sugars. 
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar – For best flavor, I like to use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar. If you prefer, you can use all granulated sugar or all brown sugar easily in this recipe as well. 
  • Chocolate chunks – I personally prefer to use a dark chocolate bar that I’ve chopped into chunks. This gives you some irregularity of the chocolate sizes so that you get small flecks and big chunks of chocolate in every bite. Chopped chocolate chunks also gives the big puddles of chocolate on top of the cookies that are so delicious. While I used dark chocolate, you can also use semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or bittersweet chocolate if you prefer!
  • Flaky sea salt – I use Maldon salt for this recipe as a finishing salt after the cookies come out of the oven. The flaky sea salt intensifies the chocolate and there’s nothing like a sweet and salty combo in a cookie!

Step-by-Step instructions

These gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies are so simple to make – there’s no chill time required! Just make the dough, scoop it into balls, and bake! The step-by-step instructions with matching photos below are meant to help you see the cookie dough at various stages so you can make these chocolate cookies perfectly every time!

For the ingredient list with measurements, full instructions, printable recipe, and additional notes, please scroll down to the recipe card.

A glass mixing bowl with cocoa powder and flour mixture with a whisk in it.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set asisde.
A glass mixing bowl with a creamed butter and sugar in it.
In a separate mixing bowl, add the softened butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Cream together for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
A mixture of butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a glass mixing bowl after being mixed together with an electric mixer.
Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix together until smooth.
A gluten-free chocolate cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl with a blue spatula.
Gradually add in the cocoa and flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing in between each addition, until combined.
A gluten-free chocolate cookie dough topped with chopped chocolate in a glass mixing bowl with a blue spatula.
Add 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate chunks to the dough, reserving the other 1/2 cup for later. Mix until combined.
A cookie scoop filled with gluten-free chocolate chunk cookie dough over a bowl of more cookie dough.
Use a cookie scoop (2.5 tablespoons, #30 scoop) to scoop out the chocolate cookie dough.
A close up of a gluten-free chocolate cookie dough ball topped with two chunks of chopped chocolate.
Place the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, leaving 2-3 inches in between each one. Top the dough with the remaining chocolate chunks.
A silpat lined baking sheet topped with 6 gluten-free chocolate cookies topped with flaky sea salt.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the edges are set and the centers are still gooey. Sprinkle with the flaky sea salt immediately.

Recipe FAQs 

Are chocolate cookies gluten-free?

Typically, chocolate cookies are not gluten-free since they contain all-purpose flour. Instead, this recipe is created to specifically be gluten-free using a gluten-free flour blend. 

What gluten-flour blend is best for making gluten-free cookies?

I’ve tested this recipe with both Bob’s Red mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking flour (in the blue bag that already contains xanthan gum) and King Arthur Baking Measure-for-Measure Gluten Free Flour Blend. Both of these flour blends are meant to be a 1-for-1 swap with all-purpose flour and already contain xanthan gum in them. If you use a different flour blend than these two flours, I cannot verify how the recipe will turn out as all gluten-free flour blends are not created equal. 

Do I need to add xanthan gum to this recipe?

If you use one of the gluten-free flour blends I recommend, you do not need to add xanthan gum because those flour blends already contain it. If you are using a different blend, including a homemade gluten-free flour blend, you’ll need to add xanthan gum as stated in the recipe. Xanthan gum gives the cookies elasticity so that they don’t crumble and fall apart. 

How should I measure gluten-free flour?

While I’ve provided measurements in cups, I always recommend using the metric measurements provided in grams for better results. It will always be more accurate. If you must use American cups for this recipe, be sure to spoon the flour into your measuring cup and level it off with a flat surface. Do not scoop the measuring cup into the flour as it will pack the flour in and create really dense cookies. 

Can I use chocolate chips in this recipe?

While my preference is going to be chopped chocolate for its irregular size and big puddles of dark chocolate, you can use chocolate chips. I’d still reserve 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips and place them on top of the dough before baking so you can get some melty bits of chocolate on top of the cookies.

hints & tips

  • The secret to getting big puddles of chocolate on top of your chocolate cookies is to add chocolate chunks to the top of your cookie dough balls before baking.
  • Use a cookie scoop for perfect scoops of cookie dough that are uniform and will bake up at the same time and in a round shape! I like to use a #30 scoop, which is about 2.5 tablespoons of dough. 
  • These cookies spread, so be sure to leave enough space between each cookie! I like to bake my cookies on 2-3 baking sheets so that they have adequate room to spread.

Storage instructions

  • Storage: Store leftover gluten-free chocolate cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. 
  • Freezer Option: You can freeze cookie dough for long term storage. Place the balls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze until solid, about an hour. Then, place the dough balls in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months. You may need to add an extra minute of baking time for cookies baked from frozen dough. 

A cooling rack on a pink table filled with gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies topped with flaky sea salt with glasses of milk on the side.

The Sweetest Season + Cookies for Kids Cancer

This recipe is part of The Sweetest Season, an annual virtual cookie swap co-hosted by Erin of The Speckled Palate and Susannah of Feast + West. Every year, food bloggers get together to share new holiday cookie recipes to make and give.

This year we are raising money for Cookies 4 Kids’ Cancer, which is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to funding research for new, innovative and less-toxic treatments for childhood cancer.

Since 2008, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer has granted nearly $18 million to pediatric cancer research in the form of 100+ research grants to leading pediatric cancer centers across the country. From these grants have stemmed 35+ treatments available to kids battling cancer today.

Help us raise money for this important cause! Donate through our fundraising page.

Another exciting thing is that Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is in a matching window with their friends at OXO, meaning OXO will be matching every dollar raised through the end of 2022, up to $100,000. Whatever money we raise will automatically double on our fundraising page!

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A closeup of a pile of gluten-free chocolate chunk cookies topped with flaky Maldon salt.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies

Looking for a delicious gluten-free chocolate cookie recipe? These cookies are soft, chewy and filled with a rich chocolate flavor that will satisfy any sweet tooth. With puddles of melted chocolate and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top, these gluten-free chocolate cookies are so decadent. With no chill time required, these gluten-free cookies are ready in under 30 minutes!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Cooling Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Megan

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour (280g, use a blend that contains xanthan gum)
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder (65g)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cups unsalted butter (softened to room temperature (226g))
  • 1 cups granulated sugar (200g)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (150g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chunks or roughly chopped dark chocolate (divided (280g))
  • 1 tbsp flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F (177C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together gluten-free flour blend, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  • Add in dry ingredients, a little bit at a time, and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks, reserving ½ cup of chocolate chunks for later.
  • Scoop out the dough into 2.5 tablespoon sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each ball.
  • Top the dough balls with the remaining chocolate chunks.
  • Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes, until edges are set. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle the tops of the cookies with flaky sea salt. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the pan before placing on a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Notes

  • This recipe was tested with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour and King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour. Both of these flours already contain xanthan gum so there is no need to add it to the recipe. If your blend does not contain xanthan gum, you will need to add it to the recipe. I recommend adding ¾ teaspoon of xanthan gum to this recipe. 
  • For best results, follow the weight measurements instead of the volume measurements. Scooping the flour with a measuring cup can be very inconsistent and may result in too much flour, making your gluten-free gingerbread cookies very dense.
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  1. I am HERE for these stunning chocolate cookies, Meg! And I cannot wait to bake, try and share them with our gluten free friends and family members! I have a feeling everyone is going to ADORE these. How could we not?

    Thank you so much for participating in this year’s Sweetest Season! I am always blown away with the recipes shared and the generosity of its participants. Thank you for making this event such a success. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year!

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