I can eat any kind of gluten free cookie, and so can my gluten free son. I don’t have to eat Paleo, and I don’t even eat mostly Paleo.
But ever since I started messing around with Paleo-style recipes about a year ago (remember my Wheat Belly bread review?) I have been positively dogged by the idea of two things: (1) good Paleo bread, and (2) crunchy Paleo chocolate chip cookies. Not crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. That’s pretty easy.
I’m talking about crispy, crunchy cookies that you can crush to make a no-bake pie crust or just nibble on in bed and leave behind some crumbs. You know the type.
Now I’m sure you’ll notice that there are starches in this recipe. Both arrowroot and tapioca starches are Paleo-approved. But yes, they are starches.
These cookies are a treat, not dinner (well, unless you decide that they should be since you’re a grown up, right?). And believe me I tried, but you’re just not going to get a crispy, crunchy Paleo chocolate chip cookie without some starch.
I used a blend of arrowroot and tapioca starches and I think it works best. But if you don’t have both and want to use all of one or all of the other, give it a shot and let us know how it goes!
Once you get over the idea of using some starch (and let’s be real – if you’re using sugar, even in the form of coconut sugar, you’re not talking about totally guilt-less health food), you’re going to love these crispy little darlings.
The dough is super easy to make (just a bowl and a spoon, thankyouverymuch), but please be sure to chill it before you bake it or you’ll be dealing with some flat cookies.
See the crumbs? That’s what happens when you have juuuuust the right blend of flours (and everything is balanced, too, of course) and you bake low (300°F) and slow (about 18 minutes in the oven). These are cookie jar cookies. My favorite!
Crunchy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup (112 g) blanched almond flour (I use either nuts.com or Honeyville)
1/2 cup (60 g) tapioca starch/flour (I use nuts.com – many other brands have a metallic taste)
1/4 cup (32 g) arrowroot starch (again, nuts.com)*
2 tablespoons (16 g) coconut flour (nuts.com)*
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (120 g) coconut sugar, ground into a fine powder
6 ounces miniature dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life Brand)
3 tablespoons (42 g) virgin coconut oil, melted and cooled
2 eggs (120 g out of shell) at room temperature, beaten
*NOTE: Arrowroot and tapioca starches have different properties, and I found that a blend of these two worked best in these cookies. If you don’t have both, and would like to use all of one or all of the other, give it a shot and let us know how it goes!
Preheat your oven to 300°F. Line rimmed baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set them aside.
In a large bowl, place the almond flour, tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, coconut flour, salt, baking soda and finely ground coconut sugar, and whisk to combine well. Remove 1 tablespoon of the blended dry ingredients, place in a small bowl and toss with the chocolate chips. Set the chips aside.
Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add the coconut oil and eggs and mix to combine. The dough will be thick and soft. Add the chips and reserved dry ingredients, and mix to evenly distribute the chips throughout the cookie dough. Roll the dough tightly into balls about 1-inch in diameter and flatten each into a disk. Place the dough in the freezer until chilled.
Once the dough has chilled, place the disks of dough on the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart (they will spread to about double their size during baking). Place in the center of the preheated oven and bake for about 18 minutes, or until lightly golden brown all over and dry to the touch. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets until firm (about 5 minutes).