Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Amaranth, Brown Sugar and Sea Salt (Gluten-Free)

This recipe  for chewy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies is from the marvelous food blog Cannelle et Vanile and it is so perfect, so delicious I have nothing to offer in the way of personalization or improvement…and I say that as a self-professed crispy chocolate chip cookie loving snob.  These cookies are not crispy but they are special.  They are made with Brown Sugar (Muscavado if you can get it), flaky Sea Salt (like fleur de sel or Maldone) and nutty delicious amaranth flour.  I adore the flavour of amaranth flour, aside from this recipe I only use it to make pancakes….but these cookies are inspiring me to cook with this wonderful flour more often!


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  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed light muscovado or light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup natural cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup amaranth flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon maldone salt or fleur de sel, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks or chips
  1. Cream the butter, muscovado sugar, natural cane sugar and vanilla extract together.
  2.  Add the egg and mix until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, amaranth flour, tapioca starch, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix on medium speed until the dough comes together.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  6. Scoop the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. With the help of the parchment, roll the dough into a log that is approximately 2 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. Wrap the log with the parchment and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  7. In this time, preheat the oven to 350F. Cut the log into 24, 1/2-inch disks. Place them on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone mats leaving 2 inches in between the cookies.
  8. Sprinkle the tops with a bit of salt (I forgot to do this both times that I made these cookies, but it is a very good idea). Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until edges set and start to turn golden. They might look a bit underdone, but this is fine. They will harden as they cool and slightly under-baking them will keep them chewy and moist. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before trying to lift them.


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Please, leave this recipe on our site for our gluten free readers and those interested in corn syrup free recipes. As you know Aspergers, Autism and Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis etc all suffer from common allergies and most are gluten allergic.

  2. Hi there – these cookies look awesome, and I need to do something with the amaranth I found at a great price! The only thing is, I don’t have any rice flour or tapioca starch – or problems with gluten. Can I somehow substitute wheat (or buckwheat?!) flour for these and still get a good cookie? Thanks!

    1. Yes! You can substitute the rice flour and tapioca starch with an equal amount of wheat flour and you will get a good cookie. The rice flour/ tapioca combination is an attempt to make a gluten-free mix that has similar properties to a typical baking flour. Also, if you have more amaranth flour to use, try using it to make pancakes (use half wheat and half amaranth). Amaranth Pancakes are tasty with some diced apple thrown in the batter. Happy baking!


      1. What a good idea on the pancakes, Erin! Thanks!!

  3. Aura S Bijou-Plotkin says:

    I didn’t have rice flour so I used ground oatmeal (no gluten issues) instead without the tapioca starch, and used coconut oil instead of butter, coconut sugar instead of light brown, stevia instead of regular sugar. In other words, I changed a lot of ingredients but the cookies are heavenly! I just wanted to use the amaranth flour so badly in cookies, and SUCCESS! Just a word of caution: be light handed with the sprinkle of salt on top if you have kids who will be eating them. My son said “TOO SALTY!” I, of course, love it!

    1. Thank you for sharing how your experimentations worked out. It’s good to know that dairy and sugar substitutes worked well! Maybe I’ll try a dairy free version of these for my mum. I suspect that the popularity of salted desserts in due in part to the fact that it curbs consumption in children, leaving more for the grown ups!

  4. Sarah Wilson says:

    All I had on hand for flour was amaranth and a bob’s red mill gluten free mix. This recipe still came out amazing! Thank you!!!

    1. That is great to know! Thank you for sharing Sarah. Hmmm…I have both of those flours on hand right now….

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