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Dharma Kitchen


Half-Assed Gluten Free Cookies


half GF choc oat unbaked
half GF choc oat unbaked

I can never leave well enough alone in the kitchen. This is a constant, a truism with things like the standard chocolate chip cookie recipe, which like many cooks and bakers, I know by heart. I've messed with 50 ways to Sunday, but never like this before. Last year, when I was participating in Warm Sugar's Artisan Kitchen Project, I worked out a killer recipe for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, using both rolled oats and oat flour in addition to all-purpose flour. Oat flour is typically gluten-free (I use Bob's Red Mill but there are others) and it adds a subtle nuttiness to the final product; some people swore there was peanut butter in the cookies.

This time, I took it a step further by adding sorghum flour.

In my ongoing quest limit gluten, as ingesting too much of it makes me feel kinda crazy and foggy (among other things), I wanted to see what would happen with half GF and AP flours. The first time I made them, they spread too much, so I took out an egg; I'd forgotten how sorghum flour is much finer than regular AP flour—you need either more of that or less liquid. I didn't want to make them too cakey and hard, so out went an egg. Then I added some rolled oats in this go around for texture and a bit more liquid absorption, and finally got my answer: A cookie that's nutty and hearty but still sweet. These cookies are half-in and half-out; a half-gluten free option that's wholly delicious.

Half-Assed Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1  1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups oat flour
  • 1/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (or dark, doesn't matter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 12 ounce-bag of chocolate chips of your choice


1. Whisk together the flours, rolled oats, salt and baking soda together in a medium bowl.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and set to medium speed, cream together the butter and sugars until lightened in color and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low, and add the egg, beating well. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.

3. On low speed, carefully add the flours, mixing until just combined, and then add the chips and stir those by hand with a wooden spoon. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil or a kitchen towel and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. The dough should be firm when you remove it from the fridge and seem like it will be tricky to scoop out.

4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Scoop out by heaping tablespoons (I use the mid-sized Oxo cookie scoop, which is about 1 1/2 T.) onto a sheet covered with parchment or Silpat. Bake for a total of 8-9 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

baked gf chip oat 2
baked gf chip oat 2

Yield: 4-5 dozen