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The Softest Chocolate Chip Cookie

We've found a treasure in this Softest Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. These cookies are amazing--soft, mouthwatering, and full of so much chocolate.

This recipe yields cookies that turn out perfectly every single time.

A baking sheet full chocolate chip cookie dough waiting to be baked next to a medium size cookie dough scoop.

The struggle to eat gluten and dairy free is more prominent with some foods. Like pizza... hard as we try gluten and dairy free pizza is just not the same. Though I've been coming very close!

And cookies... that's been a struggle. But, anymore, I don't even remember what a traditional chocolate chip cookie tastes like.

the making of this cookie recipe

Who else follows food blogger, Pinch of Yum? Undoubtedly, in my mind, she is the ultimate food blogger. Unfortunately, her content isn't necessarily gluten and dairy free. However I do enjoy the creativity of her recipes and find some of them can be adapted gluten and dairy free, such as her "The Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies" recipe.

As a matter of fact, her cookie recipe inspired me to create this gluten and dairy free version.

Let me introduce you to the softest chocolate chip cookie that happens to be gluten and dairy free. #rejoicing

what others like you are saying about this recipe

  • Kelsey on Instagram says, "I've made this recipe 3 times now and they are truly the BEST chocolate chip cookies."
  • Rebecca on Instagram messaged, "These are soft and full of chocolate chips."
  • Sandy on Facebook, "I wanted to eat all the cookie batter. Love this recipe."
Warm chocolate chip cookies

Y'all, this recipe is worth swooning over for us gluten and dairy free folks. It's soft, rich, tastes a bit buttery, and there's so much chocolate.

The worst part about these homemade cookies is how painfully difficult it is not to eat the entire batch... straight out of the oven. I'm warning you now; you can't eat just one.

Cookie dough on a baking sheet

Here are the ingredients for this gluten and dairy free cookie recipe:

Now wouldn't you agree that's an incredibly easy cookie ingredient list?

Cookie batter in a bowl

tips for the Softest Chocolate Chip Cookie are:

  • have all your ingredients on hand because this recipe moves quick
  • you only need one large mixing bowl, hallelujah
  • Pinch of Yum stresses in her recipe to semi-melt the butter. I melt mine in the microwave for 20 seconds.
  • measure your gluten free flour by spooning the flour into the measuring cup and evening the top with a flat knife. Don't scoop the flour into the measuring cup inside the bag... like I've been guilty of so.many.times.before.♥
  • lastly Pinch of Yum emphasizes not overbaking this soft chocolate chip cookie. She is spot on! Set a timer for 10 minutes and take them out. The cookies probably won't look done, at least mine don't. You leave the cookies on the pan for thirty minutes after they've been taken out of the oven. The cookies continue baking on the pan. I promise you won't want these cookies if they're overbaked. Set a timer.
  • This recipe makes 15 cookies. I almost always make a double batch.

Not to mention you can easily freeze these... as if you needed another reason to bake a double batch. But just in case you do, they're perfect for roadtrips, school parties, or any celebration. Pull what you need out of the freezer and allow them to thaw. Or take them straight from the freezer and make ice cream sandwiches.

more gluten + dairy free recipes

  • lemon streusel bars-- these are absolutely amazing! Tangy lemon filling sandwiches between the most delicious streusel topping.
  • chocolate cream pie-- this decadent pie is your summer must.
  • homemade brownie bites-- wow, this dessert is so easy, chocolaty, and creamy. Yet it looks like you spent hours in the kitchen.
Warm cookies on a baking sheet

Pin this softest chocolate chip recipe now. You can't go wrong with this recipe.

These gluten and dairy free cookies will satisfy your chocolate chip cookie needs.

And if you're looking for a giant chocolate chip cookie-- check out this Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake post here. We use the same cookie recipe to bake this delicious cake.

You can bake and decorate it for birthdays, anniversaries, work parties, or family night.

You'll find more cookie and dessert recipes on our website.

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Warm chocolate chip cookies

Softest Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Course: Dessert
Servings: 15 cookies
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


  • 8 tablespoon dairy free butter semi-melted suggestion in post
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • ¼ c brown sugar packed and leveled
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ c gluten free all-purpose flour see post for suggestions, spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum omit if your flour blend contains this
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt plus a tinge more
  • c dairy free chocolate chips suggestions in post


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place parchment paper on 2 cookie sheets.
  • Place the butter in a small bowl and microwave for 20 seconds. You want it to be slightly melted.
  • With electric beaters or stand mixer, in a large bowl beat butter and both sugars.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla. Beat on low just until incorporated, 10-15 seconds. Don't overbeat the eggs.
  • Add in the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Mix again. The dough will be very wet.
  • Then add in the chocolate chips. Mix well by hand.
  • Drop by hand or spoon onto a cookie sheet.
  • Place into the oven and set a timer for 10 minutes.
  • When timer goes off, remove cookie sheet from oven and allow to cool for 30 minutes. These cookies will keep in an airtight container and they freeze well.

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Eating Gluten and Dairy Free” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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Saturday 17th of October 2020

Question: Do these taste good the next day? Whenever I bake (gluten and dairy free) I find I have to eat them the day I made them. They never taste very good the next day.


Sunday 18th of October 2020

Hi Ashley! I am so glad you reached out. I know exactly what you are talking about, and this exact thing has happened to me before too. For this specific cookie recipe I feel is best right out of the oven because I like them warm and melty, however my family has no problems or complaints enjoying them the next day. A few followers on Instagram have specifically commented these taste just as good the next day. Jill