These Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are my go-to recipe when I’m craving a cookie. The taste testers who tried these had no idea they were gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, and refined sugar-free! One of my most popular recipes. There is also a vegan option.
These Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are the BOMB, and one of my favorite/your favorite recipes on the site. You guys seriously LOVE this one, and I don’t blame you. They’re so good. But…they also needed a photo update, so I’m republishing the post with the new photos! Unfortunately, I’m long out of college, but leaving the original post written below for nostalgia’s sake. Enjoy!!
I’m less than six weeks from graduating from college. How in the world did that happen? It feels like last year that I was writing a post about brioche and my college decision (throwback alert) and whipping up treats in my freshman year dorm room microwave for my (short) series on Dorm Life Eats.
I’ve somehow managed to keep baking, and blogging, and photographing, and writing, through every year and step of college. In some ways, I think my college career would have been different if I hadn’t been committed to Bakerita. Bakerita is my totally my creative outlet, and without this outlet, and without being able to chat and connect with all of you…the past few years would’ve been pretty different.
Also, let’s be honest: I’d also probably have fewer friends because always having baked goods around makes people want to hang out with you.
The past four years have been some of the best of my life, and I’ve learned more, grown more, and evolved more from my experiences since stepping foot on the University of Puget Sound campus than I have in any other time in my life.
But, best of all, college gave me a group of people to feed my baked goods to. To give me honest feedback and constructive criticism. To give me descriptive quotes of cookies to share with you all, in hopes you don’t get tired of my same-old, same-old descriptive words. There are only so many ways you can say delicious, right?!
Now, let’s talk about these irresistible Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies!
We’ll start with a description from Mariah, who lived in the room next door to me freshman year. She does not seek out desserts that are healthy or gluten-free or Paleo or any of the other things that these cookies are. She just cares that they’re delicious.
Once you get past the crispy exterior, it’s so chewy and moist and wonderful. And OMG the chocolate chunks…they’re like fudge put in cookie form. I want these always and forever. They’re little pillows of happiness.
This was the common reaction to these cookies. These are based on my favorite Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’ve made these a few times over the past two weeks, first tweaking them to be dairy-free by using coconut oil in place of the butter.
I loved how much puffier the coconut oil cookies were than the ones I made using butter! Coconut oil was a definite success. A picture of the dairy-free, gluten-free version of these went up on my Instagram, and tons of people requested the recipe.
I was in the process of making these again, this time to photograph, and decided to use coconut sugar instead. To be honest…I couldn’t even tell the difference, and based on everyone’s reaction to these, neither could they.
These paleo chocolate chip cookies may be free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar, but they are also most definitely still awesome.
The real key to these is using chopped dark chocolate, which is always better than chocolate chips. It melts better because the wax in chocolate chips prevents them from getting melted and gooey – and chocolate chip cookies need to be melty and gooey. You can also control the percentage of cocoa in your chocolate by buying it in bars!
These paleo chocolate chip cookies had sort of giant chocolate chunks in them because I got lazy while chocolate chopping, but it totally made them better. No one complains that there were too many giant melty chocolate pockets in their cookie.
If soft, thick, just-a-little-doughy-in-the-middle, chocolate chunk loaded chocolate chip cookies are your thing, you’ll love these. And PSSSTT…a lot of people have told me they’ve successfully tricked their loved ones into thinking these were “normal” chocolate chip cookies. Always the sign of a good gluten-free, paleo recipe! :)
Remember to #bakerita if you try the recipe!
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ½ cup coconut oil softened, similar in texture to softened butter (use refined for no coconut flavor)
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature (can also use a flax egg to keep it vegan - 1 tablespoon flax meal + 2.5 tablespoons water, whisk together and let set for 10 minutes before using)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2¼ cups (9 oz.) blanched almond flour
- 1 cup (6 oz.) chopped dark chocolate see notes
- Flaky sea salt to sprinkle on top (optional)
Beat together the coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the egg (or flax egg) and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
Add the almond flour, salt, and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chopped chocolate. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (can prepare up to 48 hours ahead of time). You don't NEED to refrigerate the dough if you don't have time, but it's recommended for the best flavor and texture.
When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use a cookie scoop (using this size will give you 12 cookies, using this smaller size will give you about 20) to form cookies and place on a parchment lined baking sheet; press down slightly. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.
- To keep completely paleo, make your own chocolate or use Santa Barbara Chocolate's Coconut Sugar Sweetened Dark Chocolate (code BAKERITA will get you $10 off), Hu Kitchen Chocolate Bars, or Eating Evolved Chocolate Bars.
- I've reduced the amount of coconut sugar down to ⅔ and even ½ cup and it still tastes delicious! If you generally prefer things less sweet, feel free to reduce the amount of coconut sugar.