Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Chestnut Chocolate Chip CookieMy sweet seven-year-old was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a few years ago.  While initially, the thought of changing to a gluten-free lifestyle was daunting, we quickly got into a good groove, and my son has been thriving ever since!

I’ve done a ton of gluten-free baking, and I’ve also tried many gluten-free baked goods from markets and bakeries.  The result: I’ve become a total “gluten-free cookie snob!”

Here’s the deal, gluten-free or not, have you ever bitten into a “healthy” baked good, and right away you just know something’s off?  This happens quite often with gluten-free cookies.  So my goal is always to create a gluten-free cookie recipe that is super delicious, and not “super delicious for a gluten-free cookie.”   Just super delicious! Know what I mean?

Chestnut Chocolate Chip CookieMy lovely baker friend, Elizabeth from Bella’s Breadbox, gave me an extra bag of chestnut flour and I spent all Saturday afternoon going nuts (no pun intended), experimenting with it.

By Sunday morning, these Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookies were born. And they’re the opposite of “off” — they’re totally on! Spot on!  Their flavor is deep, rich and maple-like.

Chestnut Chocolate Chip CookieNeedless to say, these cookies are perfect to bring to a holiday cookie exchange!  Whether or not it’s specifically a gluten-free holiday cookie exchange!

Chestnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe {Gluten-Free}
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Makes about 3½ dozen
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup golden brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chestnut flour (see notes)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • About 3 whole roasted and peeled chestnuts (How To Roast And Peel Chestnuts)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter with the sugars, vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Add the egg and mix on a low speed for 1 minute. The batter should be smooth and light.
  3. Measure the chestnut flour and then sift it into the batter with the baking soda. Mix just until the flour is fully incorporated.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips and use a 1-inch ice-cream scoop to shape your cookies, placing them on the parchment-lined baking sheets as you go. There should be at least 2-inches between them.
  5. Slice the roasted chestnuts are super thinly and place about a half of a slice on top of each ball of cookie dough. (I like how this looks, however only add this step if you plan to eat/serve the cookies the day you bake them -- the texture of the nut isn't as good the next day.)
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the cookies are golden brown, about 9 minutes.
  7. Let them sit for about a minute on the baking sheet, and then carefully use a flat-bottomed, metal spatula to move them to a cooling rack. Serve at room temperature.
Chestnut flour has a short shelf life of about 1 month. Keep it stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. You can buy chestnut flour here.

Other than a small bag where I keep all-purpose for recipe testing, our kitchen is completely gluten-free. It's easier for all of us this way.

Up to 6 hours and at least 1 hour ahead:
Make the cookie dough and bake the cookies.
These cookies are simply better as fresh as possible!

Che check out my Top 10 Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes.


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  1. Erica says

    Hi- I came upon your blog and recipe awhile ago, but finally got a chance to try it! These are the first GF ones I’ve tried that have the perfect texture. They have a mellow sweetness from the chestnut (which I like). I put a bunch in the freezer. Sometimes frozen GF goodies can end up with a weird or pasty texture after being thawed, but these didn’t! I just popped a couple in the toaster oven on low heat and it came out tasting and feeling exactly like they did fresh out of the oven. Perfectly crispy on the outside, and soft and gooey on the inside. Had to write and thank you!

  2. Sophia says

    Hi Valentina, this recipe looks amazing! I’d really love to make it but I haven’t got any chestnuts…I have chestnut flour, dark chocolate, goji berries and the rest of the cookie ingredients. Do you think that goji berries would taste nice with the chestnut flour? And does it matter that I have no chestnuts?

    • valentina says

      Hi Sophia, I think it would be fun to try them the goji berries! Let me know how it turns out. Thanks for your interest in my recipes! 🙂

  3. Amy says

    Ciao Valentina, I’m a gluten-free American expat living in Italy, where chestnuts are like the national nut. I can’t throw a pizza without hitting a bag of chestnut flour, one of which has been sitting around my place since a failed experiment with banana bread many moons ago. I must say, these could be the very best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever, ever had. The nutty, creamy flavor from the flour takes this classic to a completely different place. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!

    • valentina says

      Thank you so much, Amy! Last year this recipe was featured in the American Chestnut Foundation’s magazine. 🙂 My gluten-free son LOVES them, too. How luck you are to be in a place a beautiful as Italy — with such delicious food!

  4. Dana says

    Hi Valentina,

    I love this recipe you’ve shared, I had 1.5kgs of chestnut flour and wasn’t sure what to do with it! I made one batch as a test run and loved them so now I’m making 3 batches for Thanksgiving this weekend. They are sooooo delicious! I am making them vegan and substituted the egg for 3tbsp’s ground flax mixed with 5tbsp’s water (I also tried out using oil instead of butter). They came out perfect and taste amazing- no one in my family would’ve guessed that they were gluten free & vegan. Thanks for the recipe!

    • valentina says

      Hi Dana, Thanks so much for the lovely comment! So happy you found a way to make them vegan, too. I was so excited when I discovered chestnut flour . . . so many possibilities! 🙂

  5. Jerri-Lynn DeGayner says


    Just stumbled across this recipe, trying to find an alternative to almond flour all the time.
    I’m trying to stay away from refined sugar, do you think it could be replaced with honey or maple syrup and if so, how much? Would it be still the 1/2 brown + 1/4 white so 3/4 total of honey or maple syrup? Thanks for any input.

    • valentina says

      Hi there — I would use honey rather than maple syrup, and I would use 3/4 cup. Lower the oven temp to 325 degrees F because honey browns faster. I haven’t ever done this, but its my best guess. (You could also try agave — if you do, use 2/3 cup as it’s slightly sweeter than honey.) Thanks for visiting my site! 🙂

  6. Gabriele says

    We have a rather large chestnut orchard here in middle TN and make our own chestnut flour. I followed the recipe word for word. Cookies taste great, but I think I’ll cut back on the chocolate a bit. My cookies looked a bit darker than your and seemed to flatten to semi-transparent. Wonder what I’m doing wrong. Thoughts

  7. valentina says

    Hi Gabriele,
    How fantastic to have a chestnut orchard. Love it. I’m so happy you tried this recipe. Some things to try . . .
    After you shape the balls of dough on the baking sheet – cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
    Make sure not to press the balls of dough down after you shape them — they should should be like a ball.
    If you still have problems with them being too thin, you could add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of xanthan gum to the recipe.
    Hope this helps! 😀

  8. Onur says

    Hi, I have chestnuts, picked them today from a forest 🙂 How can I use them to make this cookie? I have boiled them and now they are in the fridge.

    • valentina says

      How incredibly cool that you picked your own chestnuts! I love that! I’m not exactly sure, because I’ve never done this, but I think that you could roast the chestnuts (here’s how), you could grind them in a food processor to make the chestnut flour. Just be careful not to grind for too long, or it’ll become a “butter.” And the top slices for garnish, you could do the way it’s directed in the recipe instructions. I hope this helps. Have fun and thank you for checking out my recipe! 🙂

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