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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They’ll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!

Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!

Since everything Paleo is gluten free, if you’re baking gluten free, you should try baking Paleo. What do you have to lose? It could open up a whole new world of baking for you!

Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!

Maybe you’re not convinced yet that it’s worth shelling out the money for more gluten free flours. More flours! Don’t we already have enough? Well, yes … and no. Blanched almond flour and coconut flour are really healthy, don’t trigger carb cravings (true story), and a little coconut flour goes a long, long way.

Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!

And not for nothing, but I just really love these cookies. Not too sweet, they’re also thick, soft and chewy, and completely satisfying. Just two cookies and I’m a happy woman. In fact, they’re one of the very, very few things that I will bake mostly for myself (only other food in that category: granola). Imagine that! Not necessarily for the children, not for my husband and not for the neighbors. For myself.

Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!

A few helpful details about baking with almond flour and coconut flour:

  • Almond meal is not the same as almond flour. Almond meal is much more coarsely ground, and the almonds still have their skins on (so you’ll see flecks of dark brown). I never use almond meal. It not only has a different mouth feel, but it does not behave the same in baking as almond flour.
  • I always use finely ground blanched almond flour when I bake with Paleo flours. The brands I recommend most are Honeyville and the blanched almond flour from nuts.com. They’re both very finely ground, and can be purchased for the best price online.
  • Almond flour has a tendency to burn during baking, so I usually bake it in a 325°F oven, no higher. If you bake these cookies at a higher temperature, the bottoms will likely turn a bit black but it shouldn’t affect the taste too much.
  • Even the small amount of coconut flour in these cookies creates quite a lot of structure in the cookies, and gives them that familiar “chew.” It is really essential to Paleo baking—and is packed with fiber, low in calorie and incredibly healthful.
Perfect Paleo chocolate chip cookies, made with almond flour and a bit of coconut flour for structure. They'll satisfy your sweet tooth and your appetite, too!
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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 16 cookies

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups (196 g) blanched finely ground almond flour (I like Honeyville brand or nuts.com brand)

3 tablespoons (24 g) coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup (120 g) granulated coconut palm sugar

1/4 cup (56 g) virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled

2 eggs (100 g, weighed out of shell) at room temperature, beaten

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

6 ounces dark chocolate chips, tossed in 1/4 teaspoon coconut flour

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F. Line rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set them aside.

  • In a large bowl, place the almond flour, coconut flour, salt and baking soda, and whisk to combine well. Add the palm sugar, and whisk again to combine, working out any lumps in the sugar. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the coconut oil, eggs and vanilla, mixing to combine after each addition. Add the chocolate chips tossed in coconut flour to the cookie dough, and mix to combine. The dough will be quite soft.

  • Drop the dough by portions each about 2-tablespoons in volume on the prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart from one another. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and chill for about 10 minutes or until firm. Remove from the freezer, roll each into a ball between your palms and flatten into a disk about 1/2-inch thick.

  • Place the cookies in the center of the preheated oven and bake until lightly golden brown all over and set all the way to the center (about 14 minutes). Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet until firm (at least 10 minutes) before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Originally published on the blog in 2013. Recipe ingredients unchanged, method modified, photos all new. 

Love,
Nicole

  • Donia Robinson

    You might be a little out of control with the chocolate chip cookies… ;)

    • Jennifer Sasse

      Nicole – You go girl and be out of control with CCCs (chocolate chip cookies) – they rock and so do you! :)

  • JillT

    Thank the stars! A cookie recipe using the two flours I already own! :)

  • Jennifer Sasse

    Yeah! – I have these flours too and these look fab. Question: Does coconut oil go rancid? I’ve had mine around for a while….

  • Jennifer S.

    Yeah! – I have these flours too and these look fab. Question: Does coconut oil go rancid? I’ve had mine around for a while….
    And yes, I got my notification from Amazon. Sad camper here. Sad.

  • Mare Masterson

    Wow I have been so busy at work this week that I have not been able to check in and I come to see all these marvelous things you have worked on this week!

    I, too, got my delay notice from Amazon. Heavy sigh. Doesn’t your publisher know we are chomping at the bit here?

  • GG

    Wow thanks!
    Your next book Gluten Free, Paleo? ;-)

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, GG, but my next book will definitely not be Paleo! ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • valerie

    Do you have any idea about the carb and sugar content of these cookies? I’m diabetic but I do love me some cookies!! Paleo bread is perfect for a diabetic but at $10/loaf forget it. Tks

    • Hi, Valerie, I don’t provide that sort of information. It’s just me here, so I don’t have the resources to research nutritional content for all of my recipes. There are lots of online calculators, though!

  • valerie

    Do you have any idea about the carb and sugar content of these cookies? I’m diabetic but I do love me some cookies!! Paleo bread is perfect for a diabetic but at $10/loaf forget it. Tks

  • Heather Collins

    Those look yummy!

  • Lisa Whitaker

    I have been a follower of yours for a VERY long time as well as Paleo for 2 years now. I have Iost 50 pounds and way more inches I can account for. I went from a fluffy size 16 to a very thin size 4. I feel incredible. Better than going GF alone. I think to myself, I must have had intolerances to other grains and not realized it. I truly appreciate your sharing your dabbling in Paleo. I can relate to needing a cookie just for mom every once and a while. True, made me giggle. Make sure your Paleo readers get the lowest sugar content chocolate chips possible. We get the bars and chop them up.

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  • Mare Masterson

    This reminder of this recipe came at such a good time! I have really been having a rough time of it lately and this morning I decided that I need some good comfort food and this recipe fits the bill perfectly! All I need to get is the dark chocolate chips to make it happen this weekend!

    • I’m sorry things have been hard lately, Mare. These cookies will definitely help! 😘

  • Candace Pappas

    Can I substitute the sugar with Stevia? My husband is diabetic.

    • I’m afraid not, Candace.
      Sorry!

    • Karla Gossen

      your husband should be fine with the coconut sugar my dad is diabetic and can use coconut sugar with no problems

      • Edith D Thurman

        NO! Coconut sugar acts just like sugar in your body! Plus palm coconut sugar actually kills the trees which is why I refuse to use it, just like I would palm oil if it wasn’t in EVERYTHING!

        • Edith, there are sustainably raised palm oils and other products. I’d really like to let everyone make their own choices here, and leave it at that.

    • Edith D Thurman

      There are plenty of sugar alcohols that do not bother blood sugar that will work just as good if not better! Do a search for Paleo chocolate chip cookies you’ll find lots of recipes some better than this!

  • Jan B

    I can’t have regular chocolate but am going to try with the white chocolate chips. I need these!

    • Beverly

      I enjoy using Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips. Allergy friendly ingredients…

      • Jan B

        Thanks Beverly. I can’t have any chocolate because of the caffeine.

  • RN

    Oh you posted these before! They are absolutely the best!! Everyone in my family is hooked on these and they all have the recipe. We call them THE cookies!!! They are fabulous! A+ from me!

  • Jennifer S.

    Three years later and I’m still commenting that these look awesome!!!!!

    • The question is, Jennifer, will you ever make them? You won’t be sorry!! 👌🏻

  • Joanne

    These cookies look awesome and I like your photo’s too. I love baking with almond flour and coconut flour.

  • Beverly

    I love the Paleo recipes, especially for baked goods. However, I have a tree nut allergy. What would you suggest as a substitute for almond flour?

    • Hi, Beverly. The only nut-free substitute I know of for blanched almond flour is sunflower seed flour. I would try that! And I have a nut-free recipe for Paleo blueberry muffins here on the blog that you might like. It’s made with coconut flour, but no almond flour.

  • Daniela

    I love these. I make mine with regular almond meal and the result is delicious :)

  • Leslie

    Hi Nicole! I love your recipes, especially the part where you provide exact weight measurements alongside ingredients (where they matter). Problem for me is swopping out the sugars for erythritol /stevia powder/stevia liquid. Any suggestions?

    • The only thing I can suggest is that you use Swerve sweetener in place of any granulated sugars. Hope that helps!

  • Efrat

    Hi Nicole!
    Thank you for sharing your recipe!
    Is there a substitute for the coconut flour? I really don’t like coconat..
    And can i use brown/white suger instead the granulated coconut palm sugar?

    • No, I’m afraid there isn’t. It sounds like maybe a traditional gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe would suit your needs better. There are plenty here on the blog. Just use the search function.

  • Mare Masterson

    Nicole, can these be made and then frozen?

    • They sure can, Mare! They freeze really, really well in fact.

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