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The Final Oatmeal Cookie

"Gather a bouquet of nice things each day!"  - Wonderful advice that would surely include a perfect oatmeal cookie shared with someone you love!
Oatmeal cookies have always been my favourite cookie and although I have made and posted other gf oatmeal cookie recipes they were never quite good enough for me to stop trying to tweek a better recipe version.
This Final Oatmeal Cookie will satisfy that for me!   This cookie from mixing to eating has none of the undesirable characteristics that  a gluten free cookie can have.
While the recipe is a fairly large one,  extra cookies can be frozen or freeze some of the dough for future 'warm out of the oven'  cookies that leave a kitchen mess-free!

Final Oatmeal Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter - room temperature 
  • 1/4 cup shortening 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar 
  • 1/4 white sugar 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla 
  • 1/4 cup milk 
  • 1 (4 serving size)  box of instant vanilla pudding 
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup millet flour 
  • 1/4 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum 
  • 1 tsp. baking soda 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 3 1/2 cups gf oat flakes 
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries 
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces
  • OR  instead of the cranberries/walnuts , add your own variations -  raisins, chocolate chips. 
  1. Whip butter and sugar , then add eggs and vanilla and beat. 
  2. Add the instant vanilla pudding and the milk and  beat until perfectly smooth. 
  3. Add the blended dry ingredients all at once , mixing well. 
  4. Stir in the oat flakes and the cranberries and nuts.    
  5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (greased or lined with parchment paper)  - flatten slightly with fork. 
  6. Bake for 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven. 
  7. Try to eat just one ! 


  1. Instant Vanilla Pudding???? hmmm...interesting! I am not sensitive to gluten, could I just use all-purpose flour for the different flours and potato starch in this recipe?

    1. Hi Sharon .. you could try all-purpose wheat flour but you might need to adjust the amount - probably a little more and of course leave off the xanthan gum and maybe also the milk.

  2. Thank you, Julie! I am newly diagnosed with celiac disease and have been going through my recipe feeds unsubscribing. I won't be unsubscribing from Mennonite Girls Can Cook since I see you post gluten-free recipes once in awhile. Thank you!

  3. OH, Julie - these look GOOD!! I understand the constant need to tweak - guilty of that myself. :) Hope you are well!

  4. My aunt makes these all the time, just not gluten free - they are the best!! I'm anxious to try the GF version!!

    1. I just made these for the first time - they are DELICIOUS!! and it makes a lot. The only thing was I only had to bake them for 7 minutes instead of 12. I divided the dough in thirds, cooked one, and have the others in my refrigerator, wrapped in waxed paper, cooling. Once it cools down, I'm going to roll it into logs that I can freeze, slice and bake later.

      I believe I could sit down and eat the ones that I have just finished baking in one sitting!! Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. I never thought I'd be able to enjoy oatmeal cookies again!!

  5. i am not big on instant pudding mix-can that be left out? otherwise I love these ingredients

    1. If you wanted to work this recipe without the instant pudding mix -- you would have to adjust the recipe to compensate -- adding sugar/cornstarch/xanthan gum/vanilla to make up the 1/2 cup of pudding mix.

  6. My instant pudding has modified food starch (that is gluten). Check your pudding if gluten cannot be in your diet.


    1. Jell-o is gluten free ... Modified food starch is gluten free unless it is made from wheat which must be listed in the ingredients - all gluten must now be listed in products list of ingredients or warning.
      check this for Jell-O...

      But... we can never be too careful to keep an eye out for that nasty gluten !!

  7. Hello Julie, I have 2 questions about gluten free cooking. My first question is, where do you get these specialty flours and xanthum gum? Also, I'm wondering if gf recipes can be doubled?

    1. Hi.... some gluten free flours can be purchased now in reg. grocery stores as well as the xanthan gum. Your local health food store should carry gluten free flours or you can order them online ... a couple I have enjoyed ordering from are Kinnikinnick Foods (Canadian) or my fav. Authentic Foods (USA)
      If you happen to live in the Fraser Valley, you could shop where I get most of my flours, Sardis Health in Chilliwack or Alder Health in Aldergrove.

      Gluten free recipes can be doubled but my experience is that in gf yeast baking doubling does not yield satisfactory results - better to mix in two batches.

  8. In my house the term "extra cookies" is a fine example of an oxymoron. This looks like a great recipie & it will be nice to bake something everyone will enjoy, whether they require a GF diet or not. Thanks again

  9. I just made these, and I thought followed the recipe to the letter. I guess I followed your method to the letter and ended up forgetting the milk. When would you add that? I don't think the fat free vanilla pudding was the way to go either. :p

    1. I'm sorry, I missed the milk in the method, but I've corrected the recipe, added it with the instant pudding powder.

  10. Julie I am pretty excited to see an oatmeal cookie recipe from you. I have tried a few of the gf ones out there and, well, lets just say I was still looking, until now. I most definitely will add choc chips to these if they turn out!

  11. Julie: where do you buy your GF flours? i live in abbotsford.

    1. Hi Margaret ... When I lived in Abbotsford I went to the Alder Health food store in Aldergrove. Since I moved to Chilliwack, we have the best source of gf flours - Sardis Health Foods. I know its a bit of a drive for you but worth it !
      My white corn flour I still drive out to Aldergrove to get... no one else sells it -- I have ordered it online from Authentic Foods a good company to deal with!
      hope that helps !!

    2. Julie: i have successfully made these cookies. thank you for being a pioneer in GF baking. i went to the USA for flour today. i think i saved myself a little. love these cookies. thanks so much for sharing your recipe.


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