These Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and chewy eggless chocolate chip cookies that are loaded with cinnamon and chocolate chips! They are then rolled in cinnamon sugar and topped with more chocolate! A little woodsy spice mixed with sweet chocolate makes for such a cozy combination. Best yet, these cookies are gluten free, nut free, eggless and easily vegan!
This recipe of Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies makes 6 large or 12 small cookies and only requires 15 minutes of chill time, just like my Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies and my Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Reasons to Love these Cookies
- Allergy Friendly- These cookies are gluten free, nut free, egg free and can easily be dairy free (vegan)!
- Crip Outside- These cookies have a crispy exterior when right out of the oven.
- Soft & Gooey Inside- The cookies are chewy and oozing with chocolate inside!
- Chocolate Chips- They are loaded and topped with chocolate chips!
- Cinnamon- They're loaded with cinnamon in the dough and also rolled in cinnamon sugar prior to baking like in my Gluten Free Snickerdoodles!
- Gluten Free Flour- If you also have nut allergies, make sure to use a brand that’s made in a nut free facility. I really love to use this gluten free flour because it’s nut safe but it does contain dairy. It also contains xanthan gum which really helps give baked goods their bounce.
- Butter/ Vegan Baking Stick- Only use room temperature. If you use melted, the cookies will spread too much.
- Cornstarch and Water- These are eggless cookies so this mixture helps bind everything together.
- Dark Brown Sugar- I use this instead of granulated for added moisture like in my Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies.
- Milk- If there are no dairy allergies or if you’re not vegan, you can use regular whole milk. For non dairy, use a non dairy milk of your choosing.
- Chocolate Chips- To keep vegan, make sure to use gluten free/vegan chocolate chips. I love these allergy friendly chocolate chips.
- Cinnamon- Use 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon in the in the dough itself and a cinnamon sugar mixture to roll the cookies in. If you want a sugar cookie with chocolate and no cinnamon, check out my Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies.
See my recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.
Substitutions and Variations
How to Make these Vegan
- Use a gluten free flour that’s free from dairy.
- Make sure the brand of sugar you use is vegan.
- Instead of butter, use a vegan baking stick.
- Only use a non dairy milk.
- Read the label on your chocolate chips to ensure they’re gluten free, nut free and vegan. I really love to use this brand of allergy friendly chocolate chips.
For All Purpose Flour
- Use ¾ plus 2 tablespoons of packed AP Flour (126 grams plus 2 tablespoons).
- Use 1 Tablespoon of milk.
- You still need to chill the dough due to the lack of eggs.
This recipe has not been tested with these substitutions and/or variations due to celiac disease and food allergies. If you change any of the ingredients, please let us know how the recipe turned out in the comments below!
How to Make Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here are the step by step instructions to make these cookies!
Step 1: Whisk Together the Dry Ingredients
In a medium bowl, combine the gluten free flour, baking soda, salt and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Whisk to combine.
Step 2: Make the Cornstarch Water
In a small bowl, using a spoon, mix together the cornstarch and water until thin and watery. It will be thick and tacky at first.
Step 3: Cream the Sugar
Add the dark brown sugar and room temperature butter or vegan baking stick into the bowl of an electric mixer or use a hand held mixer to combine.
Step 4: Add in the Other Wet Ingredients
Beat in the cornstarch water, the milk and the vanilla until fully combined. It will appear chunky. That’s normal.
Step 5: Add in the Dry Ingredients
Beat in the gluten free flour mixture a third at a time until just combined. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides.
Step 6: Fold in the Chocolate Chips
Fold in ½ cup of chocolate chips using a spatula.
Step 7: Chill the Dough and Preheat the Oven
Pop the entire bowl of dough in the freezer for 15 min. Make sure the bowl is freezer safe.
While the dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 8: Scoop the Dough
For the cookies, use an ice cream scoop to scoop the dough.
There should be 6 scoops.
Step 9: Make the Cinnamon Sugar
In a small bowl, whisk together the ¼ cup granulated sugar with ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Step 10: Press Dough in Chocolate Chips and Roll in Sugar
Press the top of each dough ball into the extra ¼ cup of chocolate chips.
Then roll each dough ball in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
It must be in that order or else the chocolate chips will not stick to the dough.
Step 11: Bake
Place dough balls about 3-4 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake the cookies in the center rack of the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes until golden on the bottoms. You can carefully use a cookie spatula to check.
Step 12: Cool
Immediately reshape the cookies into a circle with a spatula when they come out of the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 min before transferring to a cooling rack.
If you don't let them cool on the baking sheet, the cookies will break apart into a giant mess.
Expert Baking Tips
- Use Packed Cups of Flour- Normally in baking we do not use packed cups however, when working with gluten free, I've found using packed cups works best to help the baked goods keep their shape. For this recipe use packed cups (126 grams plus 2 tablespoons).
- Use Room Temperature Butter/Vegan Baking Stick- Do not use melted butter. Since these cookies have no eggs, if you use melted butter the cookies will spread into a giant mess while baking.
- Chill the Dough- I know this seems like a step you could skip if you’re in a rush, but please don’t. Cookies without eggs spread way more than cookies with eggs. If you don’t pop the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes, the cookies will spread and be flat and thin.
- Reshape the Cookies- If you want your cookies nice and round, reshape them as soon as they come out of the oven. Use a spatula to push them back into a circle shape.
You can make the dough the night before. Keep it in a bowl and cover the top with plastic wrap in the fridge.
If doing this, there is no need to chill again prior to baking.
Or you can wrap the dough in plastic and freeze the dough for up to 30 days. Thaw the dough in the fridge the night prior to using.
Most gluten free baked goods are best made the same day, but you can make these cookies a day before!
I don’t recommend using a different sugar.
Eggless cookies can be very dry and the dark brown sugar adds lots of moisture.
Yes. Use a small cookie scoop to make 12 cookies. They will bake at the same temperature for 11-13 minutes.
Not at all! You can skip that step entirely but it truly gives the cookies a little something extra!
Once the cookies have cooled, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
If you want them warm and gooey, heat the cookie in the microwave for a few seconds prior to serving. Be careful not to burn your mouth.
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies
For the Dough
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten free flour (I use a 1:1 gf flour with xanthan gum)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup unsalted butter or vegan baking stick, room temperature
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon heaping tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 1.5 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, the baking soda, the kosher salt and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, using a spoon, mix together the cornstarch and water until thin and watery. It will be thick and tacky at first. Set aside.
- Using an electric mixer or a hand held mixer, beat the room temperature butter or vegan baking stick and the dark brown sugar until soft and creamy. About 2-3 minutes.
- With the mixer on low speed, beat in the cornstarch water mixture. Then beat in the milk and vanilla. The mixture will look chunky and that’s ok.
- Still on low speed, beat the gluten free flour mixture into the wet ingredients, a little at a time until just combined.
- Once combined, scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and using the spatula, fold in ½ cup chocolate chips.
- Pop the bowl of dough in the freezer for 15 minutes. Make sure the bowl is freezer safe.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Take the bowl of dough out of the freezer. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the dough out into 6 scoops.
- In a small bowl, using a tiny whisk, mix together the ¼ cup granulated sugar and the ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Set aside.
- Pour the extra ¼ cup chocolate chips into a small bowl. Press the top of each dough ball into the chocolate chips and gently press the chips down with your hand to make sure they stick to the dough.
- Then drop the dough balls, one at a time, into the cinnamon sugar and coat completely. It must be in that order or else the chocolate chips will not stick to the dough.
- Place the dough balls on the lined baking sheet. Make sure to space the dough balls at least 3 inches apart.
- Bake the cookies in the middle rack for 13-15 minutes until golden on the bottoms. You can check carefully with a cookie spatula.
- When the cookies come out of the oven, reshape. Immediately use a spatula to push the cookies back into a circle shape.
- Do not take the cookies off the baking sheet for 5 minutes. If you try, they will fall apart. After 5 minutes, transfer cookies to a cooling rack and enjoy!