Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Today is my last Monday.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

And if feels incredible.  Ever since I gave my two-weeks notice at work, that heavy feeling that has haunted me for so many Sunday nights and Monday mornings over the past several months has been gone.  No more anxieties about what crazy work politics or project stresses might come up that week.  No worrying about today’s priorities and if they will get done.  Really, it is incredible.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Now, that isn’t to say that I’m not feeling a new sort of anxiety.  As I get closer to the launch of my new site and dare I say it, new life, things in that world seem scarier and more intimidating.  Right now I’m set to launch two weeks from today and as that day gets closer new thoughts of self-doubt form every day.  Maybe my cookies aren’t as good as I think.  Maybe this shipping plan is completely wrong.  Maybe my brownies are too fudgy to make it to California.  Maybe I am just completely insanely nuts for leaving my day job and embarking on this new world.  And that is only a small portion if it.

Leaving the corporate world to start my own business and work on something I am 100% passionate about is absolutely exciting, but it has its own nerve-racking elements that just come with the territory. And as much as they like to keep me up at night just a bit, I think that is a good thing.  Because honestly, what better motivation is there to succeed than the fear of failure?

This Monday is the end of an old world and the beginning of a new me.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

On a completely unrelated note, I made these cookies for my sister’s birthday a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to make a few gluten-free recipes that didn’t include any crazy ingredients.  This recipe calls for almond meal which you can actually make yourself by grinding raw almonds in a food processor.  Almond flour is finer and might even improve the consistency, but either way you should end up with a chewy cookie oozing with chocolate and how can that be bad?

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes 26 cookies

2 1/2 cups almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup dark chocolate chunks

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Whisk together almond meal, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl
In a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, vanilla, and and brown sugar
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until combined
Stir in chocolate chunks
Scoop cookie dough balls with a cookie dough scoop (2 tablespoons each) onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper 1-2 inches apart
Bake ~8 minutes or until cookies are firm
Allow to cool before serving
Adapted from Une Gamine dans La Cuisine who adapted the recipe from Elena’s Pantry

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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38 Responses to “Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies”

  1. Kathryn March 12, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    I love this recipe! I’m always a bit suspicious of gluten free recipes that have a ridiculously long ingredient list because I just don’t think it’s practical so these look simple and delicious.

    Have a happy last Monday at work!

  2. Jen at The Three Little Piglets March 12, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    My you have a spectacular last Monday!!

  3. Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 12, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    These look yummy!!

  4. thelittleloaf March 12, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    This is SO exciting! You have to be slightly insane to quit your job and start up a business, but in a good way. The insanity will translate into passion and passion is what will make your business a huge success (that and the amazing cakes, you rock at that).

    These look delicious. I often find ground almonds add a lovely moistness to cakes and cookies and if it makes them gluten free, even better :-)

  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite March 12, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    these look fantastic! I can’t wait to hear more about your business as it launches :)

  6. ileana March 12, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    These cookies are flooded with chocolate!

  7. Madison @ Espresso and Cream March 12, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    Sending you lots of love and encouragement as you enter this new stage in your career. It’s going to go great, I just have a feeling. All your hard work and dedication will be well worth it!

  8. DessertForTwo March 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    1. Your stress & nervousness is totally normal. I know you’ll be fine. You’ll be successful and happy and wonderful in no time. A little worrying just shows how much you care.
    2. I love that you made a GF recipe without using funky ingredients. I have a friend who’s GF, but I don’t like to go to the store just for xantham gum & whatever else weird stuff they put in their baked goods. Thanks! :)

  9. Choc Chip Uru March 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    Have a wonderful wonderful last Monday – do not worry :)
    Just smile and eat this gooey cookies! Seriously :D

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Rich Sticky Date Pudding w/ Butterscotch Sauce

  10. Victoria (District Chocoholic) March 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    My other go-to homemade gluten-free flour is chickpea flour. Same deal as almond flour, just run dried chickpeas through a food processor. It works well in combination with almond flour.

  11. Kiri W. March 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

    Oh man, that looks amazing – molten chocolate is the *best* thing ever.

  12. Erin @ Texanerin Baking March 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I’m so excited for you! You might have a new type of anxiety, but aren’t baking related anxieties better than corporate world anxieties? :)

    I love that these don’t use any crazy ingredients. I’ve been trying some grain free recipes recently and hate getting all excited over something, only to see that it includes something crazy. These I can do!

  13. Cassie March 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    I can’t believe these are gluten free, the texture looks divine! And happy last Monday, I’m so happy for you!

  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Changes of any kind like what you’re doing are nerve-wracking!

    Just pour a glass of wine and have more cookies like these :)

  15. Cuisinart TOB-40 March 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    These look delicious. Totally in love with these cookies! :)

  16. Krissy's Creations March 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    SO excited for your last Monday! Take it as the end to a wonderful beginning :). These pictures of the cookies oozing out is incredible! I want to take a bite!

  17. Emily @ Life on Food March 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    These look like some wonderful ooey gooey cookies. Just think now the stresses are things you can control (for the most part) and you will certainly be able to come up with solutions for whatever comes up.

  18. Casey March 12, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I think it’s awesome that you are taking a risk and doing what you are passionate about. Even though I’m young and all, and maybe a bit naive, I believe that you should always do what you are passionate about and the rest will follow. My parents have always told me to do something I am passionate about, that way I will put my best work into it. I can’t wait to order goodies from you! Your stuff always looks so incredible and I’m sure you will do amazing. These cookies look awesome, can’t believe they’re GF. You have an incredibly lucky sister :)

  19. Kim - Liv Life March 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    MMM!!! The melty chocolate on these guys is just so tempting.
    Congratulations on your last week! Funny, I still have dreams about my accounting/corporate life and it’s been 15 years. Lately it’s been about a program that I wrote and I’m looking at it and I can’t remember the formulas… I think I’ve finally truly forgotten them!! Woo Hoo!!
    Congratulations again, I really can’t express how happy I am for you!

  20. the food dude March 12, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    These cookies look amazing! And all the best on your new project, I know it will be successful!

  21. Baking Serendipity March 13, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    You are going to rock at this new world, I totally know it!

  22. Joanne March 13, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Let’s make a deal? I’ll do all the worrying for you, so that you can just be excited. K?


    Is your sister gluten-intolerant?? I’ve never seen GF cookies look so good!

  23. Linda Carmical March 13, 2012 at 8:41 am #

    These looks so good they make you want to take them right off the page and eat them! Can’t wait to try these!

  24. Kristina March 13, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    That ooey gooey chocolate looks too good! I love your ingredient list :) I started trying out some GF recipes and its so hard to find half the ingredients at the store, I love your recipe!

  25. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels March 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Oh my word these cookies look incredible. Love the chocolate oozing out of the cookies. I think I just drooled. :) YUM!!!

  26. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen March 13, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    How exciting!! Good luck on your new endeavor! BTW, These cookies look great, as always! ;)

  27. vanillasugarblog March 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    oh I need to try using almond meal.
    what a great idea.
    good luck on your next adventure in life. exciting for sure!

  28. Sandra March 14, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Hooray for you being in the Top 9, and hooray for no crazy ingredients!

  29. Meg @ Sweet Twist March 14, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I would love to take that leap one day. Good for you. It is always wise to follow your passion.

    I am going to have to try these cookies.

  30. Hallie84 March 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    Those cookies look amazing. I love the melted chocolate there!

  31. Eve March 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Ooooo I am so envious of you! I am thankfully at the very start of my work-life (as in just got my AA) and after two years of knowing I won’t be passionate about what I was getting into I finally decided to go to pastry school. I can’t imagine how nerve wracking it would be to be a few long years into a job and finally throw up my hands!

    But I know just from looking at your lovely bakes that you will most definitely be successful. :) Best of luck and ditto to all of those saying to sit down to a nice glass of wine (or champagne! What an occasion to celebrate!) and some cookies and look forward to the wonderful, and joyous, days ahead of you.

    Best of luck!


    - Eve

  32. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Look at all that glorious melty chocolate oozing out! Yum!

  33. Carolina March 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

    These look AMAZING!!! I’m going to bake these this weekend!!

  34. Alicia @bakeaholic March 15, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    um YUM!! These look incredibly delicous and easy! Will definitely be making these!

  35. Julie March 16, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    You GO!! Be excited! Sometimes fear and excitement feel like the same thing….best to enjoy them both!

  36. susan March 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    it is going to be the perfect rainy weekend to make these cookies – cannot wait!

  37. Shelly March 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    These look so yummy! We’re having friends over this weekend and they recently went GF and I’d love to make these for dessert but I am unfamiliar with GF things. Are any other ingredients listed things that I need to make sure say gluten free or are they already gluten free ingredients (did that make sense)?

    • KeepItSweet March 20, 2012 at 8:50 am #

      I’m not an expert but I think the only thing you need to check is the chocolate. Most chocolate is gluten-free but there is a chance that some can be made in a facility with gluten. Let me know if you make them!