These delicious homemade gluten free chocolate chip hazelnut cookies are slightly crisp on the edges and chewy in the middle. They practically melt in your mouth. If you have been looking to take your chocolate chip cookies to the next level, I highly recommend using hazelnuts! I also include a dairy-free option.

Six baked chocolate chip hazelnut cookies on a cookie sheet.

You are going to love this new hazelnut and chocolate chip cookie recipe. Even my picky one who hates nuts loves this recipe! If you have been looking for that extra special cookie to make, this is it!

Bonus: If you are looking for more protein, you can safely put 2 scoops of unflavored collagen protein into these cookies and it will not affect the flavor or texture! It is a great stealthy way to get more protein into kids!

Why I love these cookies:

These cookies are extra special because they are like eating a crunchy Nutella cookie without using Nutella. I used hazelnuts that were chopped into tiny bits, which gave these cookies a bit of a crunch.

They are easy to make and bake in about 20 minutes! If you are a cookie-holic like me, you will want to check out all of my easy gluten free cookie recipes.

Allergen Information:

This easy cookie recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, and oat-free. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter and use dairy-free chocolate chips like the Enjoy Life brand.

Photos of the chocolate hazelnut cookies ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

For the full list of ingredients and amounts, please go to the recipe card below.

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe using Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I just have not tested other flours.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain a binder like xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 3/4 teaspoon.
  • Eggs – Use size large eggs.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Hazelnuts – I bought pre-chopped hazelnuts in the baking section of the grocery store.
  • Chocolate Chips – Feel free to use dark, bittersweet, or milk chocolate chips. If you prefer an allergy-free chip, the Enjoy Life brand is free of the top 8 allergens.

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Are you ready to make these delicious homemade cookies? Grab your ingredients and preheat your oven to 350º F.

Photos of the hazelnut chocolate chip cookies steps 1 and 3.

Step 1: Add your dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to blend. You can add the hazelnuts for this step or add them with the chocolate chips. If you are using a standing mixer, add the wet ingredients to the mixer and gradually add the dry ingredients.

Step 2: In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to blend.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and hazelnuts if you haven’t, and mix. Mix into a thick cookie batter.

CAUTION: Do not eat raw cookie dough if you make this with eggs. If you like to eat cookie dough, you can make my egg-free gluten free edible cookie dough.

📢 Sandi says: Every gluten-free flour blend has a different starch-to-grain ratio. The brand of gluten-free flour you use will affect the moisture of the batter. If your cake batter is too runny, add more flour, and if it is too thick, add more liquids.
Read Why Gluten-Free Flour Blends Vary to learn more about this.

The cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet ready to bake.

Step 4: Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough balls onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can spray the cookie sheet with gluten free baking spray.

👀 Sandi Says: Note that PAM Baking Spray is NOT gluten free!

HINT: Gently press down on each cookie dough ball so they spread easier!

If you prefer to make slice-and-bake cookies, place the dough on plastic wrap. Use clean hands to roll the dough into a roll gently. Wrap it and place it in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes to chill.

Baked cookies on the baking sheet.

Step 5: Bake the cookies at 350º F for 10 minutes. For a crispier cookie, bake 12-13 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack.

Change up the flavor with these ideas:

  • Use different kinds of nuts like chopped peanuts or pecans
  • Try peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips
  • My kids love using M&Ms instead of chocolate chips like in my Gluten Free M&M Cookies

Storage/Freezing Instructions:

Store the cookies in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. These cookies can easily be frozen in a ziplock freezer bag. Make sure they are completely cooled before freezing. You can freeze them for up to 4 months.

Why are my cookies flat, aka spread too much?

This is one of the most common questions I get from my readers. There are several reasons for flat cookies, including:

  • Check to see how long you chilled your cookie dough. If you use partially melted or softened butter, you must chill it to prevent spreading.
  • How did you measure your flour? Measuring your flour accurately is important. I don’t often weigh my ingredients because every flour blend has a different weight, and my readers all use different gluten-free flour blends. I recommend using either the Spoon Method by using a spoon to add flour to the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour. Leveling Method by putting the measuring scoop into the flour and filling it with flour. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.

Why do my gluten-free cookies taste gritty?

This grit you experience is from the rice flour in the gluten-free flour blend. Not all companies mill their flour extra fine. To eliminate the grit, I recommend letting the cookie dough rest for 15 minutes. This extra time will allow the rice flour to soften, eliminating the grit.

How do you make cookies the same size?

The best way to ensure your cookies are the same size and look uniform is to use a cookie scoop. I really like my XOXO brand medium-sized cookie scoop. It is the only scoop I have used that has lasted a long time and hasn’t broken. Check out all of my favorite gluten-free cookie tools.

For more cookie troubleshooting, read my Gluten-Free Cookie Troubleshooting Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is butter or shortening better to make these chocolate chip hazelnut cookies?

You can use either, though I prefer the creaminess of using butter.

What makes cookies chewy?

When your cookies have a high moisture content, they are soft and slightly chewy. If you have less moisture, they are more crunchy and hard.

How long will these cookies keep fresh?

These cookies will keep fresh for up to 4 days. Store them in an airtight container.

A stack of four chocolate chip hazelnut cookies.

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This will help others know this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

baked chocolate chip hazelnut cookies on a cookie sheet

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Sandi Gaertner
Slightly crisp and chewy homemade gluten free chocolate chip hazelnut cookies. They are easy to make in just 20 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
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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 24 cookies
Calories 172 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 eggs large
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips
  • cup hazelnuts chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  • Add your dry ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk to blend. You can add the hazelnuts for this step or add them with the chocolate chips. If you are using a standing mixer, add the wet ingredients to the mixer and gradually add the dry ingredients.
  • In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and whisk to blend.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and hazelnuts if you haven't and mix. Mix into a thick cookie batter.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough balls onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
  • HINT: Gently press down on each cookie dough ball so they spread easier!
  • If you prefer to make these slice and bake cookies, place the dough on plastic wrap. Use clean hands to gently roll the dough into a roll. Wrap it and place in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes to chill.
  • Bake the cookies at 350º F for 10 minutes. For a crispier cookie, bake 12-13 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack.

Notes

  1. I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn’t mean others will not work; I just have not tested other flours.
  2. NOTE: Every gluten free flour blend has a different grain-to-starch ratio. This will affect the moisture level of your cookie dough. If your batter is runny or too hard, you need to add more liquid or more flour.
  3. Xanthan gum – If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
  4. To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
  5. These cookies will keep up to 3 days in an airtight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.
CAUTION: Do not eat raw cookie dough if it is made with eggs. If you like to eat cookie dough, you can make my egg-free gluten free edible cookie dough.
Fun ways to vary this recipe:
  • Use different kinds of nuts like chopped peanuts or pecans
  • Try peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips
  • My kids love using M&Ms instead of chocolate chips like in my Gluten Free M&M Cookies

SPECIAL NOTE

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 125mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 187IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg
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