Gluten Free, Egg Free & Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Gluten Free Cookies

Until recently I had not tried my hands on gluten free baking because I thought that gluten free and egg free baking is quite a challenging one. I have a book called Vegetarian, which I got from Barnes and Nobles and there is one recipe for gluten free chocolate chip cookies using cornmeal and rice flour, but of course with egg. Since I’m hosting the Corn event this month, I thought that I should give that cookie recipe a try using an egg substitute.

I have already baked eggless chocolate chip cookies using EnerG egg replacer powder and was floored by the result. So I decided to use EnerG in this recipe too. I also had some brown rice flour along with whole cornmeal and that’s what I have used in this recipe. I was really surprised (this is an understatement) that these gluten free cookies tasted as good as any other chocolate chip cookies. You have to actually try this recipe to believe me.


Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
15 Mins15 Mins16 cookies
Gluten Free, Egg Free & Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies
5.0 from 2 reviews
Gluten free and egg free chocolate chip cookies using whole cornmeal and brown rice flour.
  • 6 tablespoons Vegetable Oil Spread/Margarine
  • 1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
  • 3 tablespoons Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Brown Rice Flour
  • 3/4 cup Whole Cornmeal (use fine grind)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • A pinch Salt
  • 2/3 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup Coarsely Chopped Walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F/190C for 15 minutes. Grease 2 baking sheets.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine and sugars until light and fluffy.
  3. In a blender blend together the EnerG and warm water until its frothy. Add this and vanilla extract to the creamed sugar mixture and beat it well.
  4. Fold in the brown rice flour, whole cornmeal, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips and nuts (if using).
  5. Drop tablespoonfuls of dough on the baking sheets leaving space between each cookie. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned. I took out mine after 13 minutes. If you are using a dark coating non stick pan, be alert as the bottoms tend to brown very quickly. I used an aluminum pan, so mine took 13 minutes.
  6. Place the baking sheets on cooling racks. Let the cookies stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the wire rack using a spatula. Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
  1. Take my word on this and bake these cookies as soon as you can. You won’t believe that these are egg free and gluten free cookies also made with whole grain flours. It tasted just like the usual chocolate chip cookies, crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Since I couldn’t find fine grind whole cornmeal, I had to powder and sieve the medium grind cornmeal a couple of times before using. Even then it was little gritty. Otherwise there were no issues at all with this recipe. I’m definitely making this again and again at least with the regular fine grind cornmeal available in the supermarket.
My Notes:
  1. Be sure to check that all the ingredients you are using is gluten free if you are baking these for gluten allergic people.
  2. The original recipe uses regular cornmeal and white rice flour. I have used whole cornmeal and brown rice flour to incorporate whole grains.
  3. The ratio of EnerG and water given in the pack is 1 and 1/2 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons of water. The EnerG egg replacer powder I’m having is almost a year old. So I wasn’t sure if it was good enough, so I increased it to 2 teaspoons and 3 tablespoons of water and this did not affect the cookies. In fact the cookies came out very good, the shape, texture and taste was awesome.
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  1. MaryLou Giuliano

    I subbed a flax egg like some others. I did not have rice flour, so I used oat flour. They came out great! I love the slightly “corny” flavor. I do think I will reduce the white sugar just a bit as they are a bit sweeter than need be for my taste. I shaped them with my hands into the balls and baked for 14 minutes.

    • Madhuram

      That’s awesome, MaryLou! Thanks for sharing your feedback.

  2. Geetanjali Katyal

    Hello mam,
    I tried this recipe, used flaxseed gel instead of egg replacer, cookies were crispy and baked well. Only problem is that taste is slight bitter, is it due to cornmeal. Also in this recipe u used baking powder and in oats n brown rice cookie recipe baking soda is used. Both give different result. What is the reason for using baking soda in that recipe if you can guide.

    • Madhuram

      Hi Geetanjali, thank you for trying the recipe. Baking powder or baking soda doesn’t usually matter in most of the cookie recipes since it doesn’t require much of raise or airy texture. The bitterness could be due to the staleness of any of the ingredients used. Was the flaxseed meal old? Sometimes such seeds and nuts because it has oil in it, it will turn rancid and would lend a bitter/unpleasant taste and smell. Also, check the expiry of the baking powder used. Hope this helps.

  3. moondragon007

    The fine ground cornmeal – is that anything like masa? That’s what tamales are made out of.

    • Madhuram

      Yes. I guess it’s called that too.

  4. Shelley

    These were great! We just used olive oil for the margarine and a real egg. I loved the corn and rice flour idea. Thank you! I’m so glad I found this site!!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Shelley.

  5. Libby

    Wow! these look great! It’s getting so hard to bake with my six little kids (ranging in age from 20 months to 10 years) since my oldest daughter is allergic to dairy, nuts, and gluten and my son is allergic to eggs and nuts (among other things). Add in a few picky eaters, dye sensitivities and that my family has been vegetarian for almost 20 years and cooking and baking with these kiddos is getting near impossible!
    I love how easy these recipes are and that my whole family loves them!

    • Madhuram

      Thanks for the compliments Libby. That’s a lot of people and needs to cater for. You must be having a lot of patience.

  6. asha

    hi madhuram,
    I hopped into your site today and im glad i found a gf cookie recipe… since i cant source out the EnerG powder what can i replace it with and pls mention the qty for this recipe too.. my son is gluten allergic and im baking for the first time… plz post in some more of gf recipies… i would be glad.. Thanks.

    Where do you live Asha? If you live in US, I think EnerG is pretty easy to find, you just have to look in the right place. See if this link is of use to you:

    I have another GF cookie recipe here, do try it:
    I’ll try to bake gluten free goods and post it here.

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  8. sowjanya


    These cookies look tempting. I have cooked and baked without gluten and yours look good. I didnt notice the difference with the rice flour but they dont plump up so much,(obviously, no gluten to do the plumping up part). The rice flour also works for a home made pizza.

  9. Sadhana

    That is very delicious. Gluten free & eggless is a tricky comibnation but brown rice flour is a sure saviour.

  10. Mtn. Grandma

    As I am also wheat intolerant, I really appreciate great gluten free recipes. Can’t wait to try this. I made your Christmas Fruitcake recipe a couple of days ago, using a combination of rice flour, buckwheat flour and tapioca flour. I also replaced some of the applesauce with orange juice and added a couple of tablespoons of orange peel. Quite yummy. Hope the grandkids think so too. I’m delighted to find your blog. Happy Holidays.

    Thank you very much Mtn. Grandma. Happy Holidays to you too.

  11. Sunshinemom

    He he! Just when I found organic barley flour today:). These cookies look good:)

  12. Priya

    Such a wonderful cookies..looks gorgeous..

  13. Cilantro

    Definitely a good recipe for people with gluten allergies. Looks lovely.
    Happy Holidays to you and your family Madhu!

  14. soumya Arun

    Nice recipe.Cookies r my son’s favorite snack.I sure need to try this.

  15. Champa

    Very nice recipe. A must try.