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Chocolate Chip Cookies - Gluten Free Small Batch

This easy small batch recipe for Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies makes 6 bakery-style cookies.  The cookies are made with an almond flour blend and have chewy centers with perfectly crisp edges.  
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Easy, Gluten Free, Paleo Flour, Small Batch
Servings: 6 Cookies
Author: Erin Cernich


  • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch/flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch/flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon optional
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar I used Organic Cane Sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips any chips/chunks of choice


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small mixing bowl, add the almond flour, arrowroot starch/flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch/flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon (if using). Whisk to combine and set aside.
  • Mixing the dough (see Notes for using a stand mixer) - Use a hand held mixer fitted with the beater attachments. Add the butter and sugars to the bowl. Start on a lower speed to start mix (so you don't splatter sugar everywhere!) then turn up to high speed to cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and creamy.
  • Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract to the butter mix. Continue to mix on high speed until the mixture is pale, light, and fluffy - about 3 to 5 minutes. Note: Creaming the wet ingredients this long provides lift, taste, and texture to the cookies.
  • Turn the mixer to low speed and spoon the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix just until no dry streaks remain. Turn the mixer off and stir the chocolate chips into the batter with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Use a #40 cookie scoop (approx. 2 tablespoons), or spoon, and scoop the dough into 6 equal cookie dough balls. Place 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. You can add a few more chocolate chips to the tops of the cookies if you like.
  • Cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, or freeze for 30 minutes. The cookie batter can also be refrigerated overnight.
  • 10 to 15 minutes before the cookies are done chilling - Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and adjust the oven rack to the middle position.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the edges and tops are golden brown. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet set on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!


  • Mixing the Dough - 3-quart mixing bowls are available for tilt-head stand mixers.  You can also use a hand held mixer with the beater attachments.
    • If using a stand mixer (with 3-quart bowl) - I like to fit the stand mixer with the whisk attachment for this small batch recipe.  This makes sure the batter gets mixed without being pushed to the bottom of the bowl.  
  • Granulated Sugar - I use Organic Cane Sugar, however regular granulated white also works.
  • Chilling the Dough - This is a necessary step to ensure the cookies don't spread into little puddles when baked.
  • High Altitude - The cookies may not take as long to bake.  Start checking the cookies at 15 minutes.
  • Perfectly Round Cookie - A tip for getting a round cookie - when the cookies come out of the oven, and still warm:
    • Use the back of two spoons to shape the cookies
    • Or, my favorite - Use a biscuit cutter, large enough to get around the cookie completely, and swirl the biscuit cutter around the cookie.  
  • Cool Completely - I find gluten free cookies taste better when completely cool.