Chocolate chip cookies are king in our house. Are they in yours? If you are looking for a gluten-free option, let me share this Oat Flour Cookies- Chocolate Chip with you. These are also nut-free cookies, and so delicious! This is a dessert you need to add to your baking list soon.
If you are looking for other chocolate chip cookies, let me share some others I love. These brown butter spelt cookies are where it is at!! Einkorn chocolate chip cookies are a cookie made with an ancient grain that I love. Salted chocolate chip rye cookies are another favorite of mine.
What Makes This Recipe Work?
Oats and chocolate chips just work. I am not sure why, but I will never turn down a baked good with this dynamic duo. These cookies showcase both ingredients to their fullest!
These cookies are simple to make. Most people can knock these out within about 30 minutes. I will say, they are best chilled before baking, but the work is pretty easy.
These freeze well. I like to make this recipe ahead of time, scoop them into balls, and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once they are frozen, transfer them to a ziplock bag or container. They will hold in the freezer for up to a month. When you are ready, thaw and bake.
- Butter- Make sure the butter is at room temperature. The cookie dough will blend together so much better.
- Brown sugar- I love the flavor of dark brown sugar in these cookies and recommend this.
- Granulated sugar- the blend of granulated and brown sugar for the perfect flavor and texture!
- Egg- Make sure this is a large egg.
- Vanilla- Pure vanilla is what I prefer.
- Oat Flour- I grind my own flour with my Nutrimill grain mill, but you can also buy oat flour. With the surge in gluten-free baking, it is really simple to find. You can also make oat flour at home without a grain mill. Keep reading and I will show you how below.
- Baking soda- This will act as our leavener and give the cookies the rise you are looking for.
- Salt- I always use Kosher salt in my baking.
- Chocolate chips- dark chocolate is preferred for me, but you can also semi-sweet or milk chocolate.
How To Make
- Start by adding your soft butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to a stand mixer or bowl for mixing with a hand mixer. This can be mixed by hand if you like a good arm workout. If you are using a stand mixer, make sure and use paddles. You don't want to use the whisks if you can, they incorporate too much air.
- In a small bowl, mix the oat flour, baking soda, and salt. Set this aside until you need it.
- Cream these together on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be lighter and a little fluffy. Next, add the egg and vanilla. Mix only until they are incorporated.
- Next in is the oat flour mixture. Just like the egg and vanilla, make sure this is only mixed until it is incorporated. Last, add in the chocolate chips and mix.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. You can either chill the dough whole, or you can scoop as I like to do and chill the cookie balls for 30 minutes.
- Towards the end, preheat your oven. Once it is up to temperature, add the cookie sheet. I like to only bake one at a time. I know this is a little time-consuming, but I get better results when I do.
- Bake until the edges are golden brown on the edges. Remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least 7-10 minutes. The cookies are VERY soft when they are hot, so give them a little time to cool before trying to move them.
- Then you can move them to a cooling rack or enjoy them right now. That's it! Done!
What Is Oat Flour?
Oat flour is a whole grain flour that is gluten-free. It is a delicious mildly nutty-flavored flour.
It is also gaining in popularity with the awareness of gluten intolerances and gluten allergies. But, even if you don't suffer from this, know that these cookies are ones that everyone will love.
How To Make Oat Flour
Oat groats are the whole oat grain. This is what I use to make my oat flour. If you don't have a grain mill, don't stress, you can also make this in a food processor or blender.
I would recommend using regular oats, they will grind up pretty quick in a good blender or food processor. 1 cup of regular oats will yield about 1 cup of oat flour.
Add them to your food processor or blender and pulse on high for at least 3-4 minutes. The time needed will depend on your blender or food processor and the power they have. If it takes longer than 4 minutes, don't stress. It might take a little longer.
Is Oat Flour Gluten-Free
Naturally, oat flour is gluten-free. This is what makes it so popular right now. However, I recommend you always purchase oats that are certified gluten-free.
This will ensure that they were not packaged or processed in a location with gluten. It will also ensure that in the field and when they are grown they are not cross-contaminated.
Tips For Making These Oat Flour Cookies
- These can also be made vegan/dairy-free with a swap of the butter for plant-based butter. You will use the same amount, ½ cup plant-based for regular butter.
- You could also add coconut to these cookies. In our house, coconut is controversial, so I prefer to generally leave it out unless it is just the hubby and I eating them. If you like coconut, add in ½ cup flaked coconut.
- I used chocolate chips in these cookies, but chocolate chunks are also an option. Or you can even chop up a semi-sweet baking bar for the chocolate. I love to do this.
- This cookie dough can be frozen for up to one month.
- Once the cookies are baked, they will hold well at room temperature for 3 days. Or you can even bake the cookies, cool them, and freeze them for up to a month. Just make sure they are a ziplock bag or container.
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It works just like regular flour does in these cookies. That means it adds flavors, helps the cookies hold their shape, and adds structure.
Oat flour is a very low protein whole grain flour. It is tricky to sub it out in most recipes for this reason. If you are planning on baking with oat flour, I recommend you find recipes, like this one, that are specific to oat flour.
Oat Flour Cookies- Chocolate Chip
- 2 cups + 2 tablespoons oat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup softened butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½-1 cup chocolate chips
- Start by combining the oat flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Mix well and set it aside.
- In your mixing bowl, add the softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix this on medium speed for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is fluffy and lighter. This can also be done by hand as well.
- Add in the egg and vanilla and mix these to combine them. Next is the flour mixture. Again, only mix this in to combine.
- Last, add in the chocolate chips and mix until it all comes together. Cover and chill the dough for at least an hour. I actually prefer to scoop my cookies onto the baking sheets first then chill.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake each pan, I like to do one pan at a time, for 12-15 minutes.
- Remove them from the oven and let them cool on the pan for at least 5 minutes, they are VERY soft when they are hot.
- Once they have cooled slightly, they are ready to be eaten, or moved to a cooling rack.