This smart cookie recipe is simply the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookie out there. It’s chewy, vegan, and safe for a gluten-free diet. It’s also affordable — I prove it’s cheaper to make your own cookies!

I’s true, I love chocolate chip cookies. But because gluten is off the menu for me (and for others with celiac disease) I’ve had to feed my cookie addiction with store bought gluten-free chocolate chip cookie alternatives, which are often far more expensive.

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My favourite gluten-free bakery is a place in Toronto’s Junction called Bunner’s. It’s a tiny hole in the wall but they make this delicious thing called The Supersonic Cookie which contains oats, chocolate chips, cranberries, pumpkin, sunflower, and flax seeds.

The cookie is awesome. What’s not awesome for gluten-free chocolate chip cookie addicts (like me) is the price — Bunner’s Supersonic sells for $2.83 per cookie. Doesn’t sound like much, but at three bucks a hit my cookie fix was costing me.

That’s the way the cookie crumbles! Or so I thought. When Bunner’s published their amazing cookbook, Bunner’s Simple & Delicious Gluten-Free Vegan Treats, I thought I had my pricey addiction licked ’cause it’s cheaper to make your own cookies at home.

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Not so fast. Those sneaky sneakers packed that recipe book with everything BUT their famous Supersonic. Since those smart cookies must make a lot of dough off their secret Supersonic recipe, I decided to build my own version — and so The Squawksonic was born!

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I started my adventure by eating gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. Then weighing my smart cookie recipe. Then researching more gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

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By the time I was done I was baked. The biggest difference is cost — despite the ridiculous price of gluten-free recipe ingredients you’ll pay around 55-cents per cookie — an 80 per cent savings over the bakery version. YES, it’s cheaper to make your own cookies at home!

Is it cheaper to make your own cookies?

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The Cookie Calculator Spreadsheet: Squawksonic Cost Calculation

Bottom Line: Based on ingredient cost, you’ll pay around $8.85 for a 16-count batch of my smart cookie recipe, the Squawksonics.

Other differences include: The Smart Cookie Recipe (Squawksonic) has no added sugar/sweetener, contains less molasses so it’s lighter in taste and colour, contains a lot of coconut, and uses full-sized chocolate chips.

The Enjoy Life Semi Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips are great because they are vegan, but the cost is insane so I use the Kirkland brand of chips sold at Costco.

Smart Cookie Recipe: Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

This recipe makes 16 cookies at 330 calories a piece. To cut the cost or calories, reduce the size of the cookie (’cause they’re big) or reduce the cup size of chips or nuts or raisins. The only thing you cannot cut from this recipe is the xanthan gum — that’s the binding ingredient holding the whole thing together!

Smart Cookie Recipe Ingredients:

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Ingredient list:

6 Steps: The Smart Cookie Recipe

I’ve probably eaten this smart cookie recipe (myself) 125 times since last year. Heck, sometimes I even bake the dough.

STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 350F. Line cookie sheets with a Silpat Silicone Baking Mat, (this set of Silicon Baking Mats branded by Amazon is a better value) or simple parchment paper.

STEP TWO: In a large bowl, mix together your dry ingredients: oats, flour, flaxseed, coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, raisins, chocolate chips, salt, cinnamon, and xanthan gum.

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gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe
STEP THREE: In a medium bowl, whisk together the oil, coconut milk, and fancy molasses. I like to make a spiral, because I’m weird.

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STEP FOUR: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Try not to eat the dough.

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STEP FIVE: Using a cookie scoop or a 1/4 cup measure, scoop 16 balls of dough and place on cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie to about 1/4 inch thick and 3 1/2 inches in diameter. I like mine a little crunchier so I press out my balls to 4 inches. Yes, I just wrote about my balls. Sigh. Anyways, keep those cookies spaced around 1/2 inch apart.

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Gluten Free Cookies Recipe
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STEP SIX: Bake for 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 20 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack. To be honest, mine never make it to a cooling rack. Sigh.

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Enjoy my smart cookie recipe! It’s the best gluten free chocolate chip cookie out there. Plus, it’s cheaper to make your own cookies at home.

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