Gluten-Free Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe


This recipe makes slightly soft chocolate chip cookies with a faint hint of caramel from the golden syrup. If you can't find golden syrup, also called cane syrup, use light corn syrup. The cookies won't have the slight caramel flavor but will be soft and slightly chewy.

Dairy-Free Replace butter with melted shortening or vegetable oil. Add two teaspoons vanilla extract.

Egg-Free Replace eggs with three tablespoons ground flax meal and 1/4 cup hot water. Combine ground flax meal and water. Allow to stand until thick. Add as you would the egg yolks.

Recipe Facts

Active: 35 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serves: 24 servings

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  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) butter
  • 5 ounces (about 1 1/4 cups) white rice flour
  • 2 3/4 ounces (about 1/2 cup) sweet rice flour
  • 1 ounce (about 1/4 cup) cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces (about 3/4 cup) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups gluten-free chocolate chips


  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 325°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In small pot over medium-low heat, melt butter. Stir occasionally. After foam subsides, watch butter until milk solids turn golden brown, about five minutes. Remove pot from heat and allow butter to cool. While butter cools, whisk together white rice flour, sweet rice flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder in medium bowl.

  3. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine brown sugar, golden syrup, and cooled brown butter. Mix on medium speed to combine. Stop mixer. Add dry ingredients. Turn mixer on to medium. Blend until a thick dough forms. Dough will be dry. Add egg yolks. Blend until smooth dough forms. Stop mixer. Add chocolate chips. Turn mixer to low. Mix until chocolate chips are incorporated.

  4. Drop dough, about one tablespoon each, onto prepared baking sheet. Space dough about two inches apart. Bake until edges are just set and cookies are faintly golden brown, about 13 minutes. (For softer and chewier cookies, bake until cookies are just set.) Remove cookies and allow to cool on baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.