These gluten free chestnut cookies take advantage of that rich chestnut flavor. If you have ever wondered what to do with roasted chestnuts, why not try a fun roasted chestnuts recipe?

Winter is all about warm fires and roasting chestnuts. I can hear that chestnut roasting song in my mind. If you love the winter and holidays as much as we do, you will want to check out my best gluten free holiday cookie recipes!!

Chestnuts are one of the least used ingredients in baking. I am not sure why; they add a sweet, nutty flavor to baked goods like these cookies. They have a distinctive sweet flavor that is hard to forget. Note you don’t want to eat them raw because they are somewhat bitter!

If you want to explore another delicious chestnut recipe, here is another recipe to try using chestnut flour: Gluten Free Chestnut Apple Bacon Scones.

Where to find roasted chestnuts:

I am so happy to have found the little boxes of roasted chestnuts at our local Trader Joe’s. Have you seen them in the refrigerated section? Trust me, these are so much easier than roasting your own chestnuts. Trader Joe’s also sells unroasted chestnuts in their produce section.

A local Japanese grocery store, Mitsuwa, sells fresh and roasted chestnuts. (Just in case you like your chestnuts freshly roasted and don’t want to do the work.)

Two hands holding fresh chestnuts.

How to roast chestnuts in an oven:

If you decide you do want to roast your chestnuts, this is the easiest way:

  • Preheat your oven to 400º F.
  • Get your chestnuts out of the bag.
  • Take a sharp knife and slice a + at the top of each chestnut. This is SUPER important so that the steam can be released during cooking. Exploding chestnuts can be dangerous and messy!
  • Bake with the + side up on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes.
Hot chestnuts roasting in a pan.

How to roast chestnuts over a fire:

This is for the brave at heart. You will need a special basket to roast your chestnuts in. I have this vegetable grilling basket that I like to use.

  • Preheat your grill (or start a campfire, fire in a fire pit, or another safe fire.)
  • You will want to use a sharp knife and slice a + at the top of each chestnut, as described above.
  • Put the chestnuts into the grill basket.
  • Cook until the chestnuts start to open around the + sign.

Here is what the packaging looks like if you want to buy the pre-roasted chestnuts at Trader Joe’s:

Honestly, the chestnuts are pretty ugly in their little vacuum-packed bag…so I didn’t photograph them closely. (Okay, they look like poop :-), but they taste like a delicious freshly roasted chestnut!)

I first became addicted to roasted chestnuts at our local Japanese grocery, Mistuwa. A small stand is in front of the store to buy freshly roasted chestnuts. The line was always long, but it was worth the wait.

The beauty of these gluten free chestnut cookies is their flavor. These cookies are delicious, or dip the bottoms in some dark chocolate!

Ingredient notes:

  • Roasted chestnuts – shells removed.
  • Gluten free flour blend – I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF Blend in this recipe, but many other brands should work.
  • Xanthan Gum – add if your gluten free flour blend does not contain this ingredient.
  • Butter – use vegan butter if you would like these cookies to be dairy-free
  • Pure vanilla extract – I do not recommend imitation vanilla.

Recipe step-by-step directions:

Step 1: Prepare your chestnuts with one of the methods above. Next, you will want to grind your chestnuts into small pieces.

Cuisinart immersion blender grinding up the chestnuts.

You can see the ground texture I used for the chestnuts in these cookies:

The ground chestnuts in the grinder.

HINT: It is fine to have some larger chunks of chestnut…it gives the cookies a little texture.

Chestnut cookie wet and dry ingredient.

Step 2: Put the dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to blend.

Step 3: In a smaller bowl, add your wet ingredients and mix well. Add your liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Chestnut cookie dough in a bowl.

Step 4: Mix the wet and dry ingredients into a dough mixture like the photo above. Sorry for the dark photo, but I wanted to show you what the dough looks like. As you can see, the dough is on the stiff side.

Step 5: Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough balls onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350º F for 10 minutes. Allow cooling on a cooling rack.

Chestnut cookies stacks on a cooling rack.

Step 6: Optional – Feel free to dip your roasted chestnut cookies in dark chocolate. To do this, melt dark chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. Dip the bottoms of the baked cookies and set them onto wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

How to grind roasted chestnuts:

I used my Cuisinart Immersion Blender attachment to grind the chestnuts into a coarse mixture. (This is one of my favorite and most used kitchen gadgets. It whips, grinds, blends, and is easy to clean up!)

You can also use a food processor if you have that. A Vitamix might work; I haven’t tried this method. If you use a Vitamix, you must be careful not to over-grind your chestnuts into a paste.

Can you make these chestnut cookies dairy-free?

You can easily make this chestnut cookie recipe dairy-free by substituting vegan butter.

How long will these cookies keep fresh?

These cookies will be kept for up to 4 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

How do you freeze chestnut cookies?

Place the cooled cookies into a zip-style freezer bag and place them in the freezer.

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Reader Review:

This morning we went for a walk and found chestnuts across street. Came back home, roast them, found this recipe and voila! Learned xanthan gum’s sub is an egg white. Also melted a sneaker bar for the chocolate.

Nancy L. Pinterest User

Gluten Free Chestnut Cookies

Sandi Gaertner
Easy roasted chestnut gluten free cookies
4.86 from 27 votes
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soy free allergy icon
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Gluten Free Cookies and Bar Recipes, Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 16 cookies
Calories 118 kcal


  • ¾ cup ground roasted chestnuts
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour *see note
  • ½ cup sugar feel free to use less if you plan to dip these in chocolate
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • In a grinder or food processor, grind chestnuts to medium texture blend.
  • Add all dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk to blend.
  • In a small bowl, add butter, vanilla and egg.
  • Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Drop by scoop onto a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until done.
  • Remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  • Optional, dip the bottom into chocolate. I used this Wilton chocolate.


  1. If your flour blend has xanthan gum included great. If the blend you are using doesn’t have it, add 1 teaspoon.
  2. Use a cuisinart, food processor, or Vitamix to grind up your roasted chestnuts into a fine grind.
  3. These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 55mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 192IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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(*This post was updated from a 12/2015 post)

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  1. 4 stars
    The flavor of these was good, but the texture was strange. I think I needed less butter with my gluten-free flour mixture. I’ll try again.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a second try for me. last time they were a bit dry and land. This time I used French vacuum packed whole chestnuts. Made a world of difference. Very tasty….quick and easy to do. Used King Arthur Measure For Measure.

  3. 5 stars
    I made these cookies to use up some roasted chestnuts we had from Christmas. They are quite good, and go together quickly. I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate to dip them in which complemented the flavor of the cookie very well.

    1. Hi Alene, I am not sure that chestnut flour would work the same as ground chestnuts because the ground chestnuts are moist and the flour is dry and absorbs more liquid. I do have a delicious chestnut flour scone recipe. If you try the flour in cookies, please let us know how it turns out.

  4. 5 stars
    These cookies look AMAZING! I would have never thought to use chestnuts in a cookie – what a lovely recipe!

    1. Hi Laura, when I make this recipe, I get 16 cookies. It will depend on how big you like to make your cookies 🙂 Have a great weekend. Sandi

      1. 5 stars
        Hi Sandi,
        I made these a few times now because my family and friends love them so much!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe

      2. Wow Laura, thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. My family loves them too!

  5. 5 stars
    These were delicious. i always try a new Christmas cookie every year hope my friends love them as much as me.

    1. I am so glad you liked these Charly. I also love new cookies and when I saw the roasted chestnuts, I had to try something new. Thank you so much for your kind words. Sandi