Try this delicious gluten-free edible cookie dough that’s perfect for eating by the spoonful. It’s also dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan!
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If you can’t resist the idea of eating cookie dough every time you go to make a batch of cookies, you are not alone! Every time I make cookies, I want to lick the spoon, the bowl, and every other thing that the cookie dough touches in the kitchen before it makes its way to the oven.
But if you’ve been around a while, you know that eating raw cookie dough is a no-no for a few reasons – the most important of which is that it’s not safe and you can get sick. Womp womp.
So we whip up a batch of cookie dough without eggs and we’re good to go? Sort of.
If you’re like me, you can’t just make cookie dough without eggs. I also avoid gluten and dairy in my diet, so I need a cookie dough that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, AND egg-free. All that together, I’ve got a need for gluten-free vegan cookie dough that I can scoop or freeze and pop in my mouth when the mood strikes!
I set out to make this gluten-free edible cookie dough after I had one too many bites of my favorite gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough. I realized that while that dough was perfectly good to eat on its own (and safe to eat raw!), the recipe could use a little tinkering before I wanted to scoop it with a spoon and eat it straight.
After a few tweaks, I’ve got a recipe I’m proud of, my family can’t get enough of, and one that you’re going to be super happy that you don’t have to do any extra steps with.
In this post, we’re going over the basics of making this cookie dough and how to make it gluten-free with the right ingredients, plus what changes you can make for a dairy-free and egg-free edible cookie dough.
We’ll answer some pressing questions about making this gluten-free cookie dough, what ingredients you need, and I’ll even share some ideas on how to make it your own with some ingredient swaps and ways to use it in other recipes.
If you’ve been looking for a gluten-free edible cookie dough recipe that’s also going to keep you on your dairy-free, egg-free, or vegan diet, you won’t want to miss this post!
Is cookie dough gluten-free?
Most cookie dough is not gluten-free, because it is made with enriched flour. This type of flour is made from wheat, the most common culprit of gluten.
If you love the idea of enjoying cookie dough, either on its own or adding it to other recipes and you’re trying to stick with a gluten-free diet, you’ll want to give this recipe a try.
What flour should you use in gluten-free cookie dough?
You can use any gluten-free flour blend in this recipe, but because the flour is untreated, it’s not intended to be eaten raw.
The CDC recommends heat-treating any flour you use, even gluten-free flour, to cook off any germs that can cause food poisoning. E. coli is the big one that you’ll want to avoid.
You can make any gluten-free edible cookie dough safe with a gluten-free flour blend by heating the flour before using it in your recipe if you plan to enjoy it without baking.
The best way that I have found to get around that need for heating up flour to use in cookie dough is to use a flour that isn’t really a flour at all – I use almond flour. An ingredient that is perfectly safe to enjoy without needing to add any heat to it to kill off bacteria.
How to make cookie dough gluten-free
To make homemade edible cookie dough that’s gluten-free, your first step is to choose ingredients that are gluten-free. Obvious, right?
The most important ingredient in your cookie dough is the flour, so be sure to choose a gluten-free flour that you intend on heating to kill off bacteria or another option, like almond flour or oat flour that doesn’t require heating to enjoy on its own.
Other ingredients you may want to look for that are gluten-free are chocolate chips, baking powder, and vanilla extract. Most of these are naturally gluten-free, but if you are celiac, it’s important to choose ingredients that will help you stick with your gluten-free diet.
The ingredients you use in gluten-free cookie dough will be the same as what you’d already have on hand for baking cookies. No need to go out and find anything new and fancy just for this recipe.
How to make gluten-free cookie dough dairy-free
To make gluten-free cookie dough dairy-free, you’ll want to choose ingredients with no dairy. Most specifically in this recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough, you’d want to reach for an allergy-friendly chocolate chip option.
Look for dairy-free chocolate chips or allergy-friendly options that are both gluten and dairy-free for this recipe.
Read on: Brands of dairy-free chocolate chips
How to make gluten-free cookie dough egg-free
The two biggest reasons for avoiding eating raw cookie dough are flour and the eggs. In both cases, you shouldn’t consume either of them without being cooked.
To make a gluten-free cookie dough without eggs, all you need to do is…. Not add any eggs! Brilliant, right?
In this case, the recipe that I’ve adjusted to create cookie dough is my already egg-free cookie recipe, so it’s a natural fit for making this recipe.
How to make gluten-free cookie dough vegan
To make vegan gluten-free cookie dough, you’ll want to make sure you use vegan chocolate chips. This is generally pretty easy if you’ve found a dairy-free option you like.
The other way to make sure your cookie dough is to omit the eggs from a normal cookie recipe – which we’re doing.
Finally, any sweetener you use in your cookie dough should be vegan-friendly, whether it’s honey or sugar. Choose a sweetener option that you approve of on your vegan diet.
Ingredients for gluten-free cookie dough
The ingredients you’ll need for gluten-free edible cookie dough are simple – and you probably already have most of them on hand in your pantry already.
Almonds are naturally gluten-free, meaning almond flour is as well. I chose almond flour for this recipe, because it’s easy to find, has some decent health benefits like protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
I also love using almond flour in my gluten-free edible cookie dough recipe, because unlike other recipes you’ll find online, you don’t have to worry about heating the flour before making your cookie dough. You can eat it raw without having to be concerned about bacteria or getting sick.
Read on: Is almond flour gluten-free?
Cookie dough almost always calls for butter, so in this case, we’re using vegan butter to keep this gluten-free cookie dough dairy-free. You can use any dairy-free butter here, but I usually keep Earth Balance on hand.
White sugar and brown sugar
The white sugar and brown sugar provide a sweetness and a depth of flavor that gives the cookie dough a homemade taste. There’s something about eating cookie dough with some of the grit of sugar in it that makes it taste truly like cookie dough.
Read on: Is Sugar Gluten-free?
Read on: Is Brown Sugar Gluten-free?
The salt in this recipe just brings out the flavor of the chocolate and provides a nice salty balance to the sweetness of the cookie dough.
Vanilla extract gives any cookie it’s homemade flavor, and it gives a ton of flavor to the almond flour cookie dough in this recipe.
Read on: Is vanilla extract gluten-free?
Dairy-free chocolate chips
To make this gluten free cookie dough recipe dairy free, one of the ingredients you’ll want to use are dairy-free chocolate chips. If you aren’t following a dairy-free diet, you can use any brand and type of chocolate chips that you wish.
There are a few brands that offer dairy-free chocolate chips, ranging from more expensive (Enjoy Life brand) to lower priced (Trader Joe’s or Kirkland Signature).
Check ingredients lists before buying just to be sure what you purchase is in fact dairy-free.
Mini chocolate chips work especially well for cookie dough, and I’ve only been able to find them from the Enjoy Life brand at my local grocery store. I wasn’t able to use the mini chips this time I made them, but they are a good option if you have them or are going out to buy ingredients for this recipe.
Read on: Are chocolate chips gluten-free?
Read on: Are chocolate chips dairy-free?
How to make gluten-free edible cookie dough
Making gluten-free edible cookie dough could not be simpler – you’re basically making cookies without baking them! Here are the steps you’ll want to follow to make your own gluten-free cookie dough.
Combine the dry ingredients
In a bowl, combine the almond flour, brown sugar, white sugar, and salt.
Add the wet ingredients
Add the melted vegan butter and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
Add the mix-ins
Stir in the dairy-free chocolate chips or other mix-ins you’ve chosen to use.
Scoop the gluten-free cookie dough
Using a rounded tablespoon or cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough out onto a prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Or transfer to bowls
Optionally, if you don’t want to enjoy your cookie dough as bites, you can transfer it to a few bowls and serve with a spoon.
Enjoy the decadence of gluten-free cookie dough that’s made in just minutes. Eat it on its own or add to your favorite recipes.
Store it in the fridge if you don’t get around to eating it right away.
Variations on gluten-free cookie dough
If you want to make this base recipe of a gluten-free cookie dough your own, here are a few fun ideas to mix it up and make different flavors!
- Omit the chocolate chips for a gluten-free sugar cookie dough
- Use dairy-free white chocolate chips in place of chocolate chips (or other flavor of baking chips)
- Add shredded coconut for a chocolate coconut cookie dough
- Use freeze-dried fruit for a strawberry, mango, or banana cookie dough
- Add cinnamon, oats, and raisins for a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough
- Add or replace chocolate chips with sprinkles for a fun and festive cookie dough perfect for celebrations and birthdays
- Add crushed up gluten-free Oreos for a cookie-in-cookie dough
- Add 1 to 2 tbsp peanut butter for a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough
Ways to enjoy gluten free edible cookie dough
If you love cookie dough and have been dreaming of how to incorporate it into some of your other favorite recipes, here’s a few bits of inspiration for you to make the most of this recipe.
- With a spoon!
- Roll into small balls for mini cookie dough bites
- Add chunks into dairy-free ice cream for a chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream
- Make cookie dough truffles by coating them in melted chocolate before refrigerating
- Add to a ice cream sundae bar where guests can create their own sundaes with ingredients of their choice
- Stuff in between a gluten-free Oreo cookie for a mega cookie dessert
- Roll into a ball and serve as a dip for other cookies, crackers, or pretzels
Read on: Gluten-free ice cream brands
How to store gluten-free edible cookie dough
Store gluten-free cookie dough in the refrigerator for up to one week in an airtight container.
If you want to freeze it for later, be sure to put it in an airtight container. It will last in the freezer for up to six months.
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
Yes! You can freeze it for later or enjoy it straight out of the freezer if you like it! It’s great to be made into mini bites and served cold.
Can I bake cookies with this gluten-free cookie dough?
Unfortunately not. Since we don’t add any baking powder or any other leavening agent to this recipe, the cookies won’t do anything but turn to mush in the oven. This recipe is best served as-is without any heat.
Can I add this cookie dough to ice cream?
Absolutely! It would be great cut or rolled into small balls then served with dairy-free vanilla ice cream or any of your favorite dairy-free flavors you make at home or buy from the store.
Is it safe to eat raw gluten-free cookie dough?
In general, no. You’d need to be sure that any flour used in a cookie dough is heated for it to be safe. That’s why with this recipe, we’ve used almond flour. An ingredient that doesn’t need to be heated, so that it’s safe without having to treat it in any way before consuming.
Do I have to use almond flour in this recipe?
You don’t HAVE to, but if you use other gluten-free flours, you will likely need to heat them to kill off any bacteria that’s present in these products.
Since almond flour is safe to eat raw on its own, this was an easy choice for me to include it in this recipe.
If you want to try this recipe out with another gluten-free flour or flour blend, feel free, but be sure to follow the CDC guidelines for safety to keep yourself from getting sick.
- 2 cups almond flour
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- ¼ cup vegan butter, melted
- ⅛ tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- In a bowl, combine the almond flour, brown sugar, white sugar, and salt.
- Add the melted vegan butter and vanilla extract to the bowl. Stir to combine.
- Stir in the dairy-free chocolate chips or other mix-ins you've chosen to use.
- Using a rounded tablespoon or cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough out onto a prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Optionally, if you don't want to enjoy your cookie dough as bites, you can transfer it to a few bowls and serve with a spoon.
- Enjoy the decadence of gluten-free cookie dough that's made in just minutes. Eat it on its own or add to your favorite recipes.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week or in the freezer for up to six months.