Jess’s Signature Oatmeal Cookies Recipe – Gluten Free

*This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and soy free)* Substitution ideas below*

Jess’s Signature Oatmeal Cookies

©Jessica Caracciolo

Yields: 2 baker’s dozen (26 cookies)

Active Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6oz unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup 100% cranberry juice (or other 100% juice)
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 package chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shaved coconut
  • 2 1/2cups old Fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Measure out and mix together all dry ingredients first. (Brown sugar, chocolate chips, coconut, oats, brown rice flour, cinnamon and baking soda) Mix dry ingredients together well.
  • Measure out all wet ingredients: applesauce mixture, oil, and vanilla. Mix wet ingredients together.
  • Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and thoroughly mix the ingredients together to make a moist cookie mixture. (Do not blend: hand mix only)
  • Prepare a cookie sheet, spraying with non-stick spray. Measure out each cookie to be about 1 tablespoon in size each. Press cookie down on sheet to flatten.
  • Cook to desired doneness. Make sure they are well cooked/browned to prevent crumbling. Bake 10-25 minutes.
  • Check bottom of cookies with a spatula to check “doneness” level. Cookies should be browned on the bottom and on the top. The more browned they are the more crisp they will be. If you want them moister, cook them a minute or two less.
  • Let cookies settle for about 20 minutes before plating and/or preserving. Do not place them in a pile on top of each other right away or they will clump together.

Note: These cookies don’t stay together very well but they taste delightful.


  • If you need a soy free non-stick spray, I think Pam for Grilling is still soy free. It doesn’t have any grilling flavor or anything.
  • Light brown sugar for dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar can sub for 1/4 cup white sugar (less sweet) or 1/4 cup honey or a mixture of an extra 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar to make the 1/2 cup.
  • Chocolate chips: From what I have found Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are free of the 8 most common allergens, including soy. Always check labels to make sure a product is free of allergens.

If you have any questions please contact me. I know what it is like to be free of many allergens and how hard it can be baking and cooking this way. I am happy to help you if I can.