Chief Mike’s Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies

Two weeks ago I hit a milestone on Facebook for my blog page. 500 “likes”. I was STOKED. My friend Jen shared the love on her page, Thrive, to help me achieve this and one of her fans turned out to be my 500th like. So he said because of that I should make cookies in his honor. Absolutely. So I asked him what kind. This was his request:

“As the “500th” like, my request for cookies is: Chocolate Chip Cookies with TWO types of chocolate chips. The concept shouldn’t be “1/2 portion of each type of chocolate”. The concept should be “3/4ths to FULL portions of BOTH kinds of chocolate. I’m a firm believer that the purpose of “dough” is only to act as a type of mortar to hold all the chocolate together! This magical creation should be called “Chief’s Chocolate Chip” Cookies! (I’m a Police Chief) Some chunks of real peanuts would be good, too! Feel free to use crazy chips, like peanut butter ones, if you’d like, or whatever else would be cool. I look forward to the awesomeness!”

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So now I give you the awesomeness that is the cookie I call “Chief Mike’s loaded chocolate chip cookies”

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Mike must have heard about my cookie reputation since I fully agree about the “cookie dough mortar” theory.  I actually used 3 kinds of chocolate chips and peanuts. Semi-sweet chips, huge milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chunks. ( I didn’t have any peanut butter chips on hand) and dry roasted peanuts got added in as well.  These cookies are loaded baby!!

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I made these two ways. One with coconut oil instead of butter and the other with butter. I had forgotten to add in peanuts the first time so when I made them again I wanted to see the difference in making with butter. The butter made cookies spread out a little more, but still tasted just as good. I also used the new Gluten Free flour mix from Trader Joe’s. It is close to the homemade gluten free flour blend I came up with (plus I hadn’t made up my mix in a while and I was at Trader Joe’s and saw it and thought hey this is convenient) so I grabbed a couple bags.

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The mix is really good, a little different than mine ( this uses brown rice flour and I use millet) but the rest of the ingredients are similar and this substitutes easily cup-for-cup with any all purpose flour. I would definitely use again.

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The only think Mike didn’t specify was how he liked to eat chocolate chip cookies. So I took some guesses.  How do you eat your chocolate chip cookies? Just take from a pile?  How about stack ’em up really high ?

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Do you need a glass of milk with your cookies?  Do you go for the even milk:cookie ratio? Or are you more “sophisticated” and need a plate for your cookies?

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Clearly I was having way too much fun taking pics of these cookies stacked up. Well, Chief Mike, I hope these live up to your expectations. We certainly enjoyed them

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Chief Mike's Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
Cuisine: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 36
Chief’s Mike’s Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies Prep time 10 min Bake time 10-13 min a batch Makes 3 dozen
  • ¾ c coconut oil (soft, not melted but still solid) or butter (1 ½ sticks, 170 g)
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • ⅔ c brown sugar, well packed
  • ⅓ c coconut sugar (or regular granulated sugar)
  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten free flour blend (or regular AP flour)
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup EACH:
  • Milk chocolate chips, Semi-sweet chips, Dark Chocolate chips (you can also use peanut butter chips, white chocolate whatever. Just make sure its 3 cups total)
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, salted or unsalted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 deg f. Prepare baking sheets with either parchment or silicone bake mats.
  2. Sift together in a small bowl and set aside: flour, arrowroot starch, baking soda and salt. Set aside
  3. In a bowl of a stand mixer cream coconut oil or butter with sugars until light and fluffy, about 3-4 min. Add in the egg and vanilla and mix again well for another minute until all is combined. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined, don’t over mix. Stir in the chocolate chips and peanuts with a spatula. You may have to actually have to mix with your hands to get them all mixed in.
  4. Scoop dough into heaping tablespoon sized balls placed 2” apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-13 min until the edges are starting to turn brown. Cool for 5 min on sheets, then transfer to wire cooling racks to cool completely.
You can make these either with butter, regular all purpose flour and corn starch instead of the coconut oil, gluten free flour and arrowroot starch I like the flavor of using the coconut sugar - gives it a more caramel taste, if you can't find it date sugar would work so would organic dehydrated cane juice (organic sugar) I slightly under bake my cookies - gives them a more chewy inside. Arrowroot starch is a thickener similar to corn starch. I just prefer using corn starch. Its sort of a "secret" ingredient in cookies that makes them a little softer and chewier. Totally an optional ingredient and you can use corn starch instead if you can't find arrowroot. I use Bob's Redmill brand of arrowroot starch


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Mike, I would send you some, but we sort of ate them all….

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  1. What a great story! Congrats on 500 as well. That’s so awesome. Now to the business at hand: these cookies look to die for! Yummmm. And I had never thought to use coconut oil.
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    • I use coconut oil a lot as a butter sub – not for health or dietary reasons (although it makes it a great option for vegans and vegetarians that way) but because I love how it works in baked goods and the taste is awesome

  2. Umm…hello perfection!!!!! YES!!! And congrats on 500!!!
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  3. Yummm! I can’t even believe they’re gluten free! They look just like the classic! :)
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  4. I like my chocolate chip cookies by the handful and barring that, by the plateful :) These look wonderful and love that you used GF flour!

    • handful is another option – but I had no extra hands to help me with those pics – aside from my kids and having them hold a pile of cookies AND hold still for pics would have been a tall order ha ha (and not eat them at the same time)

  5. I am so dying for chocolate chip cookies right now! I need to make some SOON. :)
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  6. This is like the cutest thing ever, and you certainly met all his requests! :) Congrats on the 500!
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  7. Congrats on the 500 Likes! I’m nowhere close. These cookies look amazing.
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    • Thanks! I really have no idea why my page has so many likes all of a sudden – aside from my friend Jen promoting it the one day. I only post my latest recipes to it, don’t do much else with it. But hey, I’ll take it!!

  8. Mmmm…looks absolutely decadent and chewy, my favorite qualities in a cookie. Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Shanna, these chocolate chip cookies look crazy-good! The “Chief” must love you. I like the way you made them gluten free and cut down on the brown sugar with coconut palm sugar. I do the same when using Muscovado, too. It really helps using a blend…nice way to “meet in the middle” with glycemic index, carb counts and calories. Will be baking them soon. NOM! Thanks, m’lady! xo
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  10. Kathy | Sarangdipity says:

    I made these yesterday for a class party, and they were absolutely great! 3 of my friends said that they’re in love with them! The only changes I really did was replace a cup of the ap flour with we, reduce the chocolate to 1 cup of mini chips and added in some pretzels :)

    • Sounds great!! I think that’s so great about a chocolate chip cookie recipe is that its really a base for any type – I am all for different “add-ins” or exchanging different flours. I like the idea of adding in pretzels I am a big fan of the salty sweet!

    • Chief Lasnier says:

      AHEM! One does NOT “reduce the Chocolate Chips” in “Chief Mike’s Chocolate Chip Cookies”. That turns them into “Commie Cookies!”

  11. These are loaded with chips!! Love it

  12. What is arrowroot starch?

    • Its a starch that is used as a thickener very similar to corn starch. I just prefer using it over corn starch, since I can find organic brands and I find that it thickens way better like when I make homemade fruit syrups, its also a “secret” ingredient in making chocolate chip cookies a little softer and chewier. Totally an optional ingredient.

  13. I so wanted to love these, but I find them incredibly dry! No real spread with the coconut oil, very unlike your photos. Think I did something wrong?

    • Weird!! Mine spread a ton- almost too much. Was the coconut oil completely melted or just softened? Softened is key so you have enough. Its should be same consistency as soft/room temp butter. Maybe too much flour? 2 cups of all purpose flour is about 10 ounces (it really depends on the brand/type) I spoon measure my gluten free mix into cups and carefully level so I don’t pack it down and add too much. Trying to think what else.. I have made them 3 times now exactly as the recipe states and they have come out same way each time.

  14. Ooh, these cookies look absolutely perfect! I can’t believe they’re GF and dairy-free. I’m very much in the “dough as mortar” camp as well. :) Such a sweet story, and congrats on your 500 likes!!! I’m gonna go “like” your page right now.
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  15. totally making these today :) So excited about gf loaded chocolate chip cookies! I dont have the arrowroot starch, can i use reg cornstarch or totally omit it?

  16. Wow, finally a really good gluten free cookie! In fact, I wouldn’t change a thing. I used a stick of Smart Balance “butter” and 1/4 cup of coconut oil. It gave just the right amount of spread during baking, and the hint of coconut flavor with the mixed chips…oh, so yummy! I used the homemade gluten free flour mix with millet, and the mix of chips I used were Ghiradelli mini dark, Ghiradelli white, and Hershey’s Special Dark. I usually make changes to GF recipes, but not this time. This is a keeper just the way it is! Thank you!!!

  17. These are my all time favorite chocolate chip cookies! I use regular butter, sugar and flour. I also omit the nuts, as my hubby doesn’t like nuts in his cookies, but we LOVE these. My hubby has never liked my chocolate chip cookies until I stumbled upon this recipe. Now he does. I like to primarily use half dark chocolate and half semi-sweet, but do mix it with milk chocolate as well. Thanks for the fantastic recipe!

    • That is what is so great about a basic chocolate chip cookie – you can really make it into any variation that you want and it comes out great each time!!!

  18. I tried these today. They are AWESOME! I have been looking for a gluten free choc chip cookie that matches my regular ones that people rave over and this is it! I even waited to try one cold before I passed judgement. They are crispy at the edges and buttery tasting and just he gift amount of sweet. Yum! I used milk choc chopped up, semi sweet chips and white choc chopped up. I also added pecans as I didn’t have any peanuts. When I mixed the dough I was afraid it was going to be too dry but I kept mixing and it was perfect in the end. When I make them again I might use just a smidge less flour. I measured my flour as 2 cups=280g. I used the AP Gluten free flour sold by Thanks for the great recipe.


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