A pizza box with a gluten free Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza.

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This Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza is a casual party dessert and also a fun edible gift. Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies so I think everyone should learn how to make them. Turning that recipe into a Cookie Pizza isn’t necessary, it’s just a fun thing to do.

Baking cookies gluten free requires learning some new baking tips. Simply substituting a gluten free flour mix for the wheat flour in an old tried-and-true family recipe often results in problems. Bakers know that gluten free cookies often spread and end up like a mass of greasy, not quite cooked dough. But don’t let that stop you from learning to bake gluten free cookies, keep cooking and learning. Eat your way to success.

A Single Flour Replacement

Before you get too excited there really is no single flour replacement for gluten free baking. There are more flours and blends that you can imagine but flour plays different roles in different recipes.

In this recipe I use quinoa flour which is an excellent single flour substitute for some recipes. I was extremely happy to learn how it worked early on in my gluten free baking journey. I made perfect peanut butter cookies and my cookie pizza worked, not every time but it worked. This pizza idea is a long time favourite recipe that I enjoy taking to parties and sending to school so I really wanted a gluten free version.

But, and there’s always a but, quinoa flour is relatively expensive compared to other gluten free flours and mixes plus some people can’t tolerate quinoa. Over time I learned that people can be allergic to quinoa while it causes others tummy trouble. So once again, gluten free baking is not that straightforward.

I continue to try different chocolate chip cookie recipes because one can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes, right? And, gluten free baking is always about learning.

How To Use Quinoa Flour

For more on quinoa flour check out this post from my yearlong blog post series on different gluten free flours; How To Use Almond Flour and Quinoa Flour.

How To Use Almond and Quinoa Flour
How To Use Almond and Quinoa Flour -photo credit Jim Little

Variations for Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza

One of my so called secrets about baking is that I make the same recipes over and over. You just need a small list of reliable favourites and vary the recipes and their presentation to suit the occasion. This Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza is a perfect example of how to vary this basic cookie recipe. Here is the list I have printed in my dessert recipe binder.

Halloween version:

  • 2-3 types of mini GF chocolate bars, chopped
  • M&Ms – orange, yellow, brown or purple
  • Drizzle with melted dark chocolate or black chocolate candy

Valentine version:

  • Chopped white chocolate
  • M&Ms or cut up gumdrops – red, pink, mauve or white
  • Drizzle with melted white chocolate

Christmas version:

  • Chopped white chocolate
  • M&Ms or cut up gumdrops – red and green
  • Crushed candy canes
  • Drizzle with melted white chocolate

Serving a Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza

Whether I cut my cookie pizza in wedges or squares I love serving it in a pizza box. It is ideal for travelling and to me it goes with the name. Adding a sign on the outside of the box and inside the lid is perfect to include a birthday or thank you message and allergy information. Children love to participate so include their drawing when you can.

Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies

Baking is part science and part art and requires following some basic rules. Gluten free baking has new rules and the trick is to learn which ones are important. If this cookie pizza idea appeals to you I’d love to hear what you tried in your kitchen. In this post, Tips for Making Gluten Free Cookies, I share what I’ve been learning.

Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies
Tips For Making Gluten Free Cookies -photo credit Jim Little

I’d love to hear in the comments below if you made a cookie pizza and how you decorated and served it.


More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Ingredients

2¼ cups quinoa flour
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, room temperature
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1¼ cups chocolate chips
TOPPINGS
¼-½ cup miniature marshmallows
¼-½ cup chopped chocolate
¼-½ cup GF M&Ms
FINISHING
melted chocolate for drizzling on top
VARIATIONS
chopped GF chocolate bars, toasted coconut, chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, cut up gum drops etc.

Directions

1
Preheat oven to 350°F.
2
In a small bowl mix flour and baking soda. Set aside.
3
In an electric mixer beat butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy.
4
Add salt, vanilla and eggs. Mix until combined.
5
With mixer on lowest setting add the flour.
6
Add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
7
Press the cookie dough into the pan of your choice (2-8 inch round baking pan or a large 12-14 inch flan pan with removable bottom). It will puff up during cooking so only fill the pan about half way. Make cookies with any left over cookie dough.
8
Bake in oven for 13-15 minutes. Remove and add marshmallows and other toppings.
9
Place back in the oven and continue baking for 8-10 minutes until brown around the edges.
10
Let cool completely.
11
Drizzle with melted chocolate if using. Let chocolate set before cutting.
12
Cut into wedges or squares. Serve on a platter or in a pizza box.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • 2¼ cups quinoa flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ cups chocolate chips
  • TOPPINGS
  • ¼-½ cup miniature marshmallows
  • ¼-½ cup chopped chocolate
  • ¼-½ cup GF M&Ms
  • FINISHING
  • melted chocolate for drizzling on top
  • VARIATIONS
  • chopped GF chocolate bars, toasted coconut, chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, cut up gum drops etc.
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl mix flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In an electric mixer beat butter and sugars until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Add salt, vanilla and eggs. Mix until combined.
  5. With mixer on lowest setting add the flour.
  6. Add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  7. Press the cookie dough into the pan of your choice (2-8 inch round baking pan or a large 12-14 inch flan pan with removable bottom). It will puff up during cooking so only fill the pan about half way. Make cookies with any left over cookie dough.
  8. Bake in oven for 13-15 minutes. Remove and add marshmallows and other toppings.
  9. Place back in the oven and continue baking for 8-10 minutes until brown around the edges.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. Drizzle with melted chocolate if using. Let chocolate set before cutting.
  12. Cut into wedges or squares. Serve on a platter or in a pizza box.