Gluten-Free Tuesday: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

[Photograph: Elizabeth Barbone]

I once feared homemade chocolate chip cookies. When I was a kid, someone assured me that, no, theirs did not contain nuts. (I'm allergic.) They were wrong. One trip to the emergency room later, I never looked at a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies the same way again.

Remembering this incident inspired me to create an allergen-free chocolate chip cookie recipe. There would be no nuts (or soy or wheat or eggs or dairy) hiding in this recipe!

Thanks to a blend of whole grain flours, ground flax, brown sugar, and vanilla, these cookies have a caramel-like flavor. "I love how buttery they are!" said one taster. Not a pat of butter goes near the mixing bowl! Instead, I used dairy-free/soy-free shortening. This makes for crunchy-edged cookies with chewy centers.

While I developed this recipe for anyone with multiple food allergies or who follows a vegan diet, these chocolate chip cookies can be enjoyed by anyone whose diet includes cookies!

About the author: Elizabeth Barbone of joins us every Tuesday with a new gluten-free recipe. Elizabeth is an alumna of the Culinary Institute of America and Mount Mary College. With her solid professional baking background, Elizabeth is known for creating gluten-free recipes that taste just like their wheat counterparts. She is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking.

Gluten-Free Tuesday: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes approximately two dozen cookies
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour and 20 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • ΒΌ cup hot water
  • 5 ounces (1 1/4 cups) sorghum flour
  • 4 ounces (3/4 cup) brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup soy-free shortening or coconut oil
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) dark brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces vegan and/or allergen free chocolate chips


  1. 1

    Center oven racks in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. 2

    In small bowl, whisk together ground flax and hot water. Set aside.

  3. 3

    In medium bowl, whisk together sorghum flour, brown rice flour, baking soda, and salt.

  4. 4

    In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment(or large bowl), cream together shortening and sugars on medium high speed. Cream until a thick paste forms, about 30 seconds. Add flax mixture and vanilla. Cream until mixture is light and fluffy, about 45 seconds.

  5. 5

    Stop mixer and scrape down bottom and sides of bowl. Add dry ingredients. Turn mixer on to medium speed. Mix until dough forms, about 30 seconds. Turn off mixer and add chocolate chips. Turn mixer on to low speed. Mix until chips are combined, about 15 seconds.

  6. 6

    Drop dough, about one tablespoon each, onto prepared baking sheet, about two inches apart. Bake until cookies are golden brown and aromatic, about 14 minutes.

  7. 7

    Remove pan from oven and allow cookies to cool on pan for two minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to four days.


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