Thick and Crispy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick and Crispy Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick and crispy gluten free chocolate chip cookies that taste just like Chips Ahoy! cookies. The kind that you thought you’d never ever have again!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chips Ahoy! style

If you came here looking for an ordinary gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe, I’ve got plenty of those and I love them all as if they were my own. But this?

This is no ordinary gluten-free chocolate chip cookie. This is a copycat recipe for Chips Ahoy! cookies. Only the best chocolate chip cookie ever made. And you thought you couldn’t have them any more, now that you’re gluten free.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chips Ahoy! style

After shaping this cookie dough into a log and chilling it, be sure to slice it nice and thick. It won’t spread much at all, so thick slices get you that nice, even edge.

The ingredients aren’t earth-shatteringly different than most any chocolate chip cookie recipe, but the exact proportions in these plus the method used to bake them means they even smell like a bag of Chips Ahoy! Just like mom used to buy.

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: Chips Ahoy! style

I want that crispy and crunchy, thickly cut chocolate cookie that crumbles just enough, and smells just like I remember each and every bag did.

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 24 cookies


2 cups (280 g) all purpose gluten free flour (I like Better Batter here)

1 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

10 tablespoons (125 g) granulated sugar

1/4 cup (55 g) packed light brown sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 tablespoons vegetable shortening, melted and cooled

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 extra-large egg at room temperature, beaten

9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.

  • In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, salt and granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the brown sugar and whisk, working out any lumps in the brown sugar. Add the butter and shortening, then the vanilla and egg, and mix to combine. The dough will be thick.

  • In a separate small bowl, toss the chocolate chips with the cornstarch to coat. Add the chips and cornstarch to the cookie dough in the large bowl. Mix until the chips are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

  • Scrape the dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. Shape it into a log about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and close the plastic wrap tightly over the log. Place the dough log in the freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.

  • Remove the cookie dough from the freezer, unwrap, and slice with a large serrated or very sharp chef’s knife thickly in cross-section into rounds that are nearly 3/4-inch thick. Place the rounds about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet, and bake, rotating once during baking, until the cookies are lightly golden brown and set, about 12 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet until firm. Store any leftovers in the freezer, in a freezer-safe container or wrap.


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  • Sarah
    October 5, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    These were so good and so easy. My non-gluten free guests gobbleaed them up. Yay! Thanks for making me look good… as usual. :-)

    • gfshoestring
      October 5, 2012 at 7:35 AM

      That’s my job, Sarah, to make you look good! Cheers to that. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Nonie
    October 2, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Okay, so I looked at Costco last weekend for the plastic wrap you referred to.  And at our only grocery store in town.  I don’t see any that is specifically for the freezer.  Can you post what it is?  By the way, I plan on trying this recipe tonight!  I made the ones from your book recently and they were great!!  Your book is my favorite gf book so far!

    • gfshoestring
      October 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

      Okay, Nonie, but only if you promise not to tell anyone. It’s called “freeze-tite brand plastic freezer wrap.” I think it’s made by the same people who make stretch-tite, the super clingy big-box-Costco-style plastic wrap.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Mrs. GF
    October 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Oh, oh, oh! My first batch just finished baking and if I could reach through the screen and hug you I would! I used a new “mix your own” master flour blend with Orgran gluten substitute and nobody would ever know these weren’t Chips Ahoy cookies! (Well, my family certainly won’t as I’m stashing ’em for me..I’ll bake more later to share.) Thank you!!!!

  • October 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    My mouth fell open when I saw the title of this post!  Yay for us!  You are my hero (and let’s be honest…my son’s too).  We love your recipes- we made the chocolate pop tarts this weekend and I did a tiny victory dance in the kitchen when I pulled them out of the oven because they looked and smelled like a piece of chocolate heaven (of course- would it be heaven WITHOUT chocolate?  I think not)!  

    Tomorrow is a baking day and I am pretty sure I have to add these to the list!  Thanks friend!

    love jess

    • gfshoestring
      October 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Only a tiny victory dance? Every time I so much as think of those chocolate pop tarts I victory dance. They are a dead.ringer. And make no mistake – I just post the recipes. You’re your little boy’s hero. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • October 1, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Oh yum! I’m making these asap. I think they look way better than chips ahoy, btw. I love how thick they are! And I totally hear you about exorbitant cable prices. I’ve ordered showtime just for Dexter and then canceled when the season ended. Totally worth it :) I’d totally watch Homeland if I didn’t have to go to bed at 9pm to keep up with my crazy sleepless kids.

    • gfshoestring
      October 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      Dexter started again on Sunday, Dana! I had only seen the early episodes that they repeated on regular cable a number of years ago, and it was so good. I’m thinking it’s gone a little off the rails, though. You have to record Homeland! I’m no night owl, baby. And I have no crazy sleepless kids. :/
      xoxo Nicole

  • October 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    YUMMMMM  + i have all of those ingredients! so perhaps tonight is a baking night!

    • gfshoestring
      October 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      Instant gratification is where it’s at, Aimee!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Heather Ordover
    October 1, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Big score! They’re in the oven now and HO. LY. CRUMB. do they smell good. And you read my mind. It’s the ChipsAhoy I (embarrassingly) have missed.
    Thank you so much!
    Off to get your cookbooks!
    Heather @CraftLit:twitter

    • gfshoestring
      October 2, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      No shame, Heather! I’ve always loved to bake everything from the mundane to the fantastic, but for eating, I’m biased toward the mundane. Big time. Love that you made them right away. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Kate Hein
    October 1, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    I have pre-ordered your new book from my local bookstore! So excited! I’m planning to make mixes for cake and other goodies as Christmas gifts this year. :D These cookies are definitely going on my list, with homemade chocolate chips in them.

    • gfshoestring
      October 1, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Thank you so much for preordering, Kate! Are you mentioning making mixes as Christmas gifts because you know that there is a whole chapter in the new book with all recipes for GF Baking Mixes? If not, we are cosmically connected, you & me.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Maddie
    October 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Your book arrived this weekend and I love it already. Thank God news got to Portugal of all places :-) Can’t wait for the next one!

  • Jessica Cain Fielding
    October 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    I’m soooo going to make these! 

    • gfshoestring
      October 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      You’d be crazy not to, Jessica!
      xoxo Nicole

  • kclark
    October 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Home with a sick kid.  Not sick sick. Hurt back sick. Xrays soon but I want to make these today! J was just asking me about Chips Ahoy. You are always in step with us Nik. How do you do that? It’s a crazy gift.
    Cable TV is a racket but one we must indulge in if we are going to have girl crushes on Claire Danes!  My kids freak out that we used to put cassette tapes (let’s not even mention the 8 track tapes)  into a car stereo and that we didn’t have computers. Ahhh, the Olden Days. 

    • gfshoestring
      October 1, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Oh my gosh I totally had car with an 8-track, Kristi! I think we bought some contraption to jury-rig it so that it could play … cassette tapes. Another relic! I remember listening to Billy Joel on 8-tracks. And I’m not ashamed that I remember it fondly. ;)
      xoxo Nik

  • Kande73
    October 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    You read my mind! I was looking all over just the other day for a gf chips ahoy cookie, and I couldn’t find one anywhere. I think you’ve got the first one on the internet.

    • gfshoestring
      October 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      Oooh first is exciting. If I’m the first, then there’s been a black hole until now, Kande. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Jennifer Larsen
    October 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I have just enough time to make these before the kids get home – I’m going to set some aside for tomorrow’s lunch boxes right away!

    • gfshoestring
      October 1, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Be sure to set some aside for yourself, too, Jennifer. Gotta take care of the cook!
      xoxo Nicole

  • cynthia
    October 1, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Yummy..I can almost smell them now!  Guess I know what I will be making this afternoon before the boys get home….just hope there are some left for them :-)

    • cynthia
      October 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

       Nicole- My dough is in the freezer right now! My question for you is this…my dough did nto seem as wet as in your picture, it was more dry but all the ingredients were worked in well, measure and melted or brought to room temp. How dry was your dough?

      • gfshoestring
        October 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        I wouldn’t worry too much about the dough not being wet enough as long as it holds together. But if your ingredients were at room temperature, then the only other guess I can venture is that you had a heavy hand with measuring flour?
        xoxo Nicole

        • cynthia
          October 1, 2012 at 3:43 PM

           Here I sit with a big glass of milk and some cookies! I am trying not to get chocolate on the keyboard as I type. Nicole these are incredible. I think my issue may have been not  getting the chocolate chips incorporated all the way. Can I use the stand mixer to do that if I continue to have issues? Also, do you think this is a dough I could make and freeze and then just pull out logs when I want to make some quickly?

          Thank you once again! I can’t wait till the kids get home…hope there is some left!

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