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Easy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Thick and soft, these Easy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are our favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This one-bowl recipe can be made with just a handful of ingredients and does not even require an electric mixer.

A stack of 4 of My favorite gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

*This recipe was first published in the month of June, 2015. It has been updated and is being republished today.

Ever since I first posted these cookies on Food Fanatic, my daughter and I have made and remade these cookies more times than I can remember.

These are hands down our favorite oatmeal cookies!

We love these cookies because they are:

• They are so thick and comforting.
• They are so tasty with undertones of cinnamon and vanilla
• They are gluten-free
• And, they are overflowing with chocolate chips!

As I mentioned a few sentences ago, these cookies are made a lot in our home.

Recently though I wanted to see if I could make this recipe without an electric mixer and get the same results. So, armed with one bowl, a microwave, and a spoon, I got to mixing, chilling, and baking.

If you are wondering why I would want to try this recipe without an electric mixer, well, my daughter is heading out of town to work on her Master’s. She plans on flying to her destination with only basic necessities.

As she will be coming back to Atlanta for the summer, she does not want to lug too many things back and forth. An electric mixer is one of those things she is hoping not to have to lug back and forth – at least for the next couple of years, while she is a grad student.

So that is why I had to try making these oatmeal cookies without an electric mixer.

Even though I didn’t use an electric mixer, these cookies turned out delightfully delicious. We love these cookies so much, that we even made an eggless version (recipe coming soon).

These cookies are flavored with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. The cinnamon and vanilla enhance the chocolate chips and add so much taste to these cookies.

I used old-fashioned oats and rice flour to keep these cookies gluten-free, much like these Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies. I have found that rice flour is one of the most budget-friendly gluten-free flours that work well for me when I need a flour to use as a binder with oats. Now, you can easily make these with all-purpose flour and oats instead of rice flour if you are not concerned with gluten.

All in all, these cookies are made with only 12 ingredients.

12 ingredients to make oatmeal cookies gluten-free on a cutting board.

What are the 12 ingredients needed to make these gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies?

These cookies are made with:

  1. Butter (I used Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks)
  2. Old fashioned oats
  3. Rice flour
  4. Brown sugar
  5. Sugar
  6. Baking soda
  7. Baking powder
  8. Egg
  9. Cinnamon
  10. Vanilla extract
  11. Chocolate chips
  12. Salt

When I first started making oatmeal chocolate chip cookies (many years before I started this blog), I had a lot of “spreadage”! That might not be the technical term, so let me explain…

The very first time I made a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I rolled them into circular pieces of cookie dough that were roughly a little less than an inch in diameter. I placed them on a baking tray and placed that in the oven. And…10 minutes later out came a batch of cookies that were about 4 inches in diameter and so totally flat! While it wasn’t a failure in the taste department – it just spread into the cookies surrounding it – almost making up a jagged cookie cake of sorts!

But, after several attempts, I’m so glad to say we have a winner here!

easy gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

How do you make these cookies?

  1. I started off by placing the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaving it until it was melted, which took about 20 seconds. Just make sure to not let it get too hot.
  2. Then whisk in the brown sugar and white sugar.
  3. Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and whisk well.
  4. Add in the rice flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix well with a spoon.
  5. Finally, add in the chocolate chips and mix well.
  6. Gather up 2-3 tbsp of cookie dough and shape into a ball – repeat until all the cookie dough is used up. Then place the balls in an airtight container and place them in the fridge for 4-8 hours.
  7. Then bake at 375 for 12 minutes. If you would like your cookies a bit crunchier, then bake them for 15 minutes. I usually make the cookie dough in the night and bake it the next day when I get home after work.
a stack of 3 of My favorite flourless oatmeal chocolate chip cookies - with a bite taken out of the top one.

Love Oat Cookies?

Then make sure to click on the links to check out these Candied Ginger Oatmeal Cookies, these Easy Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies, and these Gluten-Free Oat Banana Chip Cookies!


If you make these cookies, please do let me know by leaving a comment below. If you make these cookies and share a photo of them on social media, please tag @savoryspin on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.

This Recipe First Appeared on Food Fanatic.

A stack of 4 of My favorite gluten-free oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Easy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 22 minutes
Servings: 9
Author: Shashi
Thick and soft, these Easy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are our favorite oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This one-bowl recipe can be made with just a handful of ingredients and does not even require an electric mixer.

Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp Butter I used Earth Balance Vegan Butter Sticks
  • 1 1/4 cup Old fashioned oats not instant oats
  • 1 cup Rice flour
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Chocolate chips

Instructions

  • I started off by placing the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwaving it until it was melted, which took about 20 seconds. Just make sure to not let it get too hot.
  • Then whisk in the brown sugar and white sugar.
  • Then add in the egg and vanilla extract and whisk well.
  • Add in the rice flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix well with a spoon.
  • Finally, add in the chocolate chips and mix well.Gather up 2-3 tbsp of cookie dough and shape into a ball – repeat until all the cookie dough is used up. Then place the balls in an airtight container and place them in the fridge for 4-8 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Then bake at 375 for 12 minutes. If you would like your cookies a bit crunchier, then bake them for 15 minutes. I usually make the cookie dough in the night and bake it the next day when I get home after work.

Notes

*As ovens and conditions differ grately, make sure to check your cookies as they bake so they do not burn.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 263mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 32g
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  1. […] Now, there’s no need to chill this dough as it will retain its shape when baked. Yes, that’s right – you don’t have to worry about spreading with these cookies unlike my favorite oatmeal chocolate chip ones. […]

  2. Ben | Havocinthekitchen says:

    Wow – 6 years have passed since you posted the recipe and since my first comment. It’s so crazy how fast time flies, right? But that’s not a problem for some good cookies, and these ones look and sound wonderful, like 6 years ago (Or maybe even better hehe!)

  3. […] out!I’d have jumped up on that belt to make sure I got one – even if I had dined on a batch of Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies or chocolate cranberry cookies.Yes, I carry a stash of gluten-free cookies with me on flights. […]

  4. ashley says:

    This is so great! Nice job on these cookies! There’s nothing worse than a flat cookie. My husband jokes and says “did you make me flapjacks?” haha.

  5. The texture of these looks absolutely perfect, Shashi! And I love how simple the ingredient list is!

  6. Katie @ 24 Carrot Life says:

    I can’t believe these only have a few ingredients and they look soo good! Pinned!

  7. These look wonderful Shashi and I love you adaptation to make them “legal” for breakfast!

  8. Farrah says:

    This is a magical combination–it looks so darn tasty! <3 I would totally have these for breakfast! :D!

  9. Those are insanely HEARTY LOOKING Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies! I totally miss oatmeal, for sure! I have so many amazing ideas I could do with it… ALAS, I cannot! STUPID STUPID.

  10. thenutritiouskitchen says:

    So simple yet so tasty…just my style! Love these and will definitley be on the lis to make for my gluten free friends!

  11. I love how they look and sound, absolutely yummy. I agree, after baking for years, we learn a little here and there, small things make such a difference.
    My boys are home now and I’m constantly baking with them, this would be a good one. In fact, I like gluten free ones, they are so much more healthier and filling.
    Great one Sashi.

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Asha! My daughter and I have been baking a lot, too! What a great way to pass on memories and nuggets of wisdom – right? 🙂 Hope y’all are enjoying your summer..

  12. these look really yum, can never have enough of chocolate chips!!

  13. Chocolate chips are my favorite cookie around… these have my stamp of approval. Now hand one over! 🙂

  14. I was always so distrustful of oatmeal raisin cookies for looking like chocolate chip cookies… but now I love oatmeal! I haven’t had an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie in so long but love how healthy these guys are… Luckily it isn’t too hot in SF to turn on the oven!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – those darn raisins! Why do they have to look like chocolate eh? 🙂
      Cassie – it’s in the high 90’s here and I am still baking – nothing like a homemade cookie!

  15. hipfoodiemom says:

    Shashi, these cookies look sooooooooo good!!!! love that they are GF!!! I think when I come off of the Whole30, I am definitely going to do less gluten when I incorporate foods back into my diet. . love these cookies! Wish I could have one now!

  16. These look fantastic! I love oatmeal cookies, they are a favorite!

  17. What a great idea to use oats (something most people have on hand) instead of a gluten free flour mix. Pinning to make!

  18. You aren’t that far off, the technical term is “pan spread.” Love these cookies Shashi, and I can’t believe they are flour free!

  19. Delicious! And I couldn’t agree with you more Shashi. The whole fun part of cooking is to keep on trying until you get that recipe exactly the way you want it! 🙂

  20. It’s such an amazing feeling when you get something to work out perfectly!

  21. Mira says:

    Love oatmeal cookies ! These are perfect, easy to make and I need to make them very soon 🙂 pinned!

  22. Not only do they sound as the perfect oatmeal cookies, but they look this way too! There is only one thing you could do to make them even better – add some nuts, then dip in chocolate, and finally crumble them over ice cream (but it’s essential to follow all these steps!). The only one step left is to send all them to me (okay you can leave a few for your breakfast – I’m not a greedy guy). Nice work, Shashi!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha! Thanks Ben! I don’t have any of these cookies left – but your description makes me wanna go make some more – WITH nuts – and DIP them in chocolate and get some froYo to crumble them over – with a side of coffee!

  23. Wow! These look incredible, cannot wait to make them! I am a huge oatmeal cookie fan and you can never go wrong with chocolate 🙂

  24. The texture of these cookies looks so good and I love that color nail polish. 🙂

  25. Howie Fox @ HurryTheFoodUp says:

    Wow, these cookies look excellent! And they’re even gluten-free. I also saw that you used a new recipe form! Do you like it so far? 🙂

  26. You seriously can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies! these look fantastic 🙂

  27. Ashley says:

    Oh gosh I hate it when cookies spread like mad in the oven! haha The worst!

    These cookies look fantastic! I would totally eat a few of these for breakfast 🙂

  28. Joanne says:

    I prefer a thick and chewy cookie, so any tricks you have to make that happen sound good to me! Plus oatmeal cookies are the best. Just saying.

  29. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Shashi, these look absolutely perfect! Definitely no extra “spreadage” going on with these beauties! There are definitely worse things than sometimes having to eat our failed attempts in the kitchen 😉

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – I love eating my failed attempts! Even if they don’t look ugly, they sure taste good – especially when chocolate and oats are involved! Thanks so much Sonali!

  30. I love oatmeal cookies, these look great! All that gooey chocolate 🙂

  31. There’s nothing better than finally nailing a recipe! Especially when cookies are involved, because I swear — those suckers are extra tricky. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve ended up with one giant cookie mass as a result of too much spreading, or little hockey pucks as a result of too little spreading 😆 But these look delicious, Shashi. And I love that they’re just made with oats!

    • Shashi says:

      I think that’s gotta be the first time I’ve heard “hockey pucks” used to describe cookies – burgers yes – but not cookies! I love it! I bet if I told my daughter they tasted like hockey pucks, she wouldnt even attempt to taste them! 🙂

  32. I can see why they’re a favourite! Look at how much chocolate is in them! 😀

  33. You’re so right about the failed attempts… I just keep trying because once I get it right it’s just that much more satisfying! These look delicioussssss!

  34. Emanuele @ guyslovecooking says:

    Let’s say you have definitely learnt from your ‘mistakes’!
    I agree, sometimes we just need to take some risks in the kitchen, especially when baking.
    Sometimes it goes wrong, but often, a star is born. But it takes time and perseverance!

  35. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Oatmeal and chocolate are always great together. I love your healthy version with coconut palm sugar and oil.