Posted by Amy Andrews

Categories Cookies & Treats, Tips: Wheat Free Baking

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Your New “All Purpose” Flour Mix (Gluten Free, but you don’t need to tell anyone)


“Is it gluten free?”  An innocent, yet cuttingly honest inquiry I was getting from my kids before they would reach into the cookie jar.  Sigh.  Even if I lied, (“Gosh, I don’t know.”), the disappointment in their faces after taking a bite crushed me.  Deep breath.  They’re right.  Why bother with a ho-hum cookie just because “it’s gluten free”?


Enter a flour mix that will change the game for you and your baking.  No more disclaimers.  Anything you make with this flour will taste great!  My best chocolate chip cookies are now made with this flour – everyone likes them, and I don’t have to check if anyone has a rice intolerance before serving them.  Enter the new “all purpose” flour.


The Cup 4 Cup flour blend developed by bakers at the French Laundry got me tinkering with my flour mix.  I didn’t want to use cornstarch (their main ingredient), but I did like the idea of adding milk powder, which seems to improve the texture of bakery goodies dramatically.  I use Bob’s Red Mill flours and a scale – much faster (and more accurate) than measuring multiple flours with cups.  Make a big canister and get baking!


Your New “All Purpose” Flour (Gluten Free, but you don’t need to tell anyone)


  • 20 oz. white rice flour
  • 14 oz. brown rice flour
  • 10 oz. tapioca flour
  • 8 oz. potato starch/potato starch flour
  • 8 oz. buttermilk powder


  1. Whisk together all flours in a large bowl then transfer to a canister.
  2. When baking, add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum for every approximate 3 cups of flour in your recipe.




4 comments on “Your New “All Purpose” Flour Mix (Gluten Free, but you don’t need to tell anyone)”

    • Patty

      Thanks for the recipe to make your own combination of an all purpose gluten free flour mix. Off I go to the Co-op!!!!!

  1. Louise

    Hi Amy,
    This recipe calls for Potato FLOUR. But your photo of the ingredients is of Potato STARCH. Which one is preferable for this flour mix?
    Thanks so much! I really enjoy using your wonderful recipes and reading your helpful comments! They always turn out great!

    • Amy Andrews
      Amy Andrews

      Hi Louise! Good catch. You made me do a bit of research and guess what. Potato starch and potato flour are not the same thing, as I was probably thinking back when I posted this flour mix. Check out this discussion on Food52 if you’re curious.


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