Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My mother-in-law (aka Grandma Marylyn) is obsessed with all things crispy, crunchy, and Paleo. Like me, she has celiac disease and has followed a strict gluten-free diet for years. I created this Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe just for her. Grandma Marylyn is a huge fan of my Cranberry Chocolate Biscotti, as well as my Chocolate Orange Scones, and presents me with freshly made batches of each of these every time we have a visit.

While Grandma loves everything I make and cooks from my latest book Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry religiously, she is passionate about making my Paleo desserts for our large Jewish family.

Grandma has been asking me for years to develop a thin and crispy cookie recipe. She has no idea that I’ve created these Paleo chocolate chip cookies for her!

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  1. Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda in a food processor
  2. Pulse in shortening, coconut sugar, egg, and vanilla until dough forms
  3. Remove blade from processor and stir in chocolate chips by hand
  4. Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  5. Press balls of dough down so they are very flat, wetting your hand if dough is sticky
  6. Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes
  7. Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  8. Serve

When I made these Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies my husband and children devoured numerous batches. The boys’ friends also gobbled up my Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies so quickly that I couldn’t keep enough on the counter for them. I had one very busy week of baking gluten-free chocolate chip cookies for the hungry teenagers that fill my home. These cookies have the teenage seal of approval many times over.

In addition to inspiration from Grandma, I also enjoyed seeing that the adorable Kosher Cavegirl had come up with a Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. It was her post that gave me the idea to create this new recipe which differs only slightly from my Primal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe –the changes include using coconut sugar in place of honey, and doubling the amount of shortening and adding an egg. That’s how you get to crispy cookie heaven. So if you’re tired of complex gluten-free recipes with long lists of ingredients, this is another recipe of mine that solves this vexing problem!

I have other chocolate chip cookie recipes on my website in addition to the ones above:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies -an oldie but goodie that I still make for the boys and their dairy eating friends; I created this, my first chocolate chip cookie recipe back in 2007 –it uses butter as the fat and honey or agave for the sweetener; slightly crispy around the edges, and chewy in the middle.
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies -a vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses grapeseed oil for the fat and agave as sweetener… for the vegans in my life.
  • Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies -my most recent chocolate chip cookie recipe (prior to the one featured in this post for a crispy cookie) uses shortening and honey; a classic, moist, chewy chocolate chip cookie, and a great post workout snack for the CrossFit crowd.

What are your needs and desires for a classic chocolate chip cookie? Are they dietary, or flavor-based? Leave a comment and let me know which of the above recipes you plan on using and how you will customize them to your personal preferences.


149 responses to “Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. Hi from Puerto Rico!! Can I substitute the palm shortening or grapeseed oil with another oil like coconut oil? And can I substitute celtic sea salt to himalayan salt? Thank you!!

  2. I just made these and added a little cinnamon! Sooo good. Next time I may just omit the chocolate chips and add a little lemon zest. Love the texture of these cookies.

  3. These were very good. I like my cookies very sweet so I increased the sweetener (I used maple sugar) to 1/3 cup and may actually try the next batch with 1/2 cup. Also used less chips but added chopped macadamia nuts. The cookie in the back left was broken into cause I couldn’t wait the whole 15 minutes for them to cool. Thanks, will make again

  4. I made these for hubs with brown sugar, subbed equal amounts.
    The cookies is as he says “very good” for him!
    The next batch for me will be a stout 100% unsweetened chocolate chipits(Canadian, yes a real word and a real product) lol
    Thanks E!


  5. Hi there, have just joined. I must say I’ve spent hours on your pages – love them all! I’m trying two recipes tomorrow, probably more (I’m hooked) and have been going over the Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie ingredients – we don’t have palm shortening here, so I was thinking to substitute either butter or coconut oil. What would you suggest please?

    Thank you so much for all your hard work – just loving reading your stories and recipes!
    Kind regards, Susan

  6. These are delicious! And absolutely hit the spot :-)
    Don’t have coconut sugar, so just removed it altogether, and added a wee bit more on the chocolate chips (about 3 tablespoons extra).
    The shortening I subbed with coconut oil as it was positively mentioned in the comments, as we don’t hold shortening in the house.

    • Lior, first, I love your name! Second, so glad you enjoyed these cookies and thanks for letting me know they are delicious and absolutely hit the spot :-)

  7. Hi Elana. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. I am not dairy free so I subbed Palm shortening for grass fed Irish butter at room temperature, same quantity – half a cup. Cookies came out perfect!

  8. Elana – I love the crispiness of this recipe but can’t use coconut oil. Can I substitute butter instead? And if so, how much butter?

    Thank you for all you do!

  9. Elana, I tried these on the weekend and used coconut oil. I did not think they were going to turn out but, WOW! they are amazing. I will be making them again and again.
    Love your website!

  10. They look fantastic, many thanks for sharing your recipe! Cant wait to try them.
    Do you think it might work if I replace Palm Sortening an use Ghee instead?
    How do you think that would affect the crispness of the cookie?
    I love using Ghee in baking.

    Thanks again!

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