Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are the latest addition to my healthy cookie recipe collection. Yes, it's true, I have a bazillion gluten-free, grain-free chocolate chip cookie recipes. There are three primary reasons for this.

First, I've been writing grain-free recipes since my son was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2001, which, lucky for those of you on the Paleo diet means that all of those chocolate chip cookie recipes are not only gluten-free, they're grain-free too. Second, even though I too went on the grain-free diet in 2001, my eating plan has continued to evolve. I started out using grapeseed oil, then switched to palm oil, and now I'm a big believer in grass fed butter (which Sally Fallon discusses in the video below). Finally, I've never met a recipe I couldn't improve upon, even my own.

I have collected all of these Paleo cookie recipes that use a variety of grain-free ingredients on my Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes page. If you are faced with a bunch of different dietary restrictions, be sure to check out my collection of grain-free chocolate chip cookie recipes! As I mentioned, all of them are gluten-free, grain-free, and for the most part Paleo –though Paleo is such a loaded word since so many people define it so differently.

I know folks that consider rice a Paleo food, and although it's certainly gluten-free, that's an item I haven't eaten since I started the grain-free diet in 2001. Most people on the Paleo diet eat potatoes, another food that makes me incredibly ill, and that I strictly avoid. All in all, many people now view the Paleo diet with some flexibility and as a customizable personal eating plan –I know I do.

To put it simply, I eat food that makes me feel good, it just so happens that all of that food is grain-free. We're all bio-chemical individuals and need to listen to our own bodies. That's why I have a variety of healthy chocolate chip cookie recipes, something for everyone. For more Paleo dessert recipes, check out my Paleo Desserts page, of course all of the recipes over there are gluten-free desserts as well!

This version of my homemade chocolate chip cookies is my husband's favorite. Whenever I make cookies now, as he grabs one, he'll ask, “are these the ones with butter?” Well, by golly, yes, they are! So if you're wondering how to make Paleo chocolate chip cookies, give these a go. Your guests will never know they're anything but melt in your mouth delicious.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  1. In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
  2. Pulse in butter, vanilla, and maple syrup 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 gently
  6. Bake at 350°F for 7-10 minutes
  7. Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  8. Serve
Wow these taste awesome! I now have my go-to recipe for chocolate chip cookies!

We had a fantastic party earlier this week in order to celebrate the end of my son's baseball season. The team came in second in the state of Colorado, and are an incredibly determined, passionate, lovely group of guys. Strange, now that my son is almost 17, I can no longer say “group of boys.” These young men have tremendous character and I was thrilled to host them all, along with their families in our beautiful new home. The night of the party I chronicled some of the festivities over on Instagram.

I was happy to find that these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies were the hit of the party, and not just a hit with my husband. I served them with organic vanilla ice cream, and they were enjoyed by the adults and players alike.

I also served my sugar-free Strawberry Lemonade, which was a surprise hit. I didn't think people on regular diets would appreciate it as much as I do, but it was guzzled by one and all. Other than the amazing people we had over, my favorite part of this summer party was the “beverage stand” that I created. I used one of my old antique tables and set it up with all kinds of fun rustic items. Here's a photo of the drink station, in case you'd like to take a peek at it. If I get enough requests, I'll do a full post on how to set up an ecologically sound drink station at a summer gathering or barbecue.

In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy these homemade chocolate chip cookies as much as we do! Just the smell of them baking will fill your house with cheer.


172 responses to “Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. These cookies are AMAZING! I added chopped pecans to them. My boyfriend (who is a ‘choc chip cookie snob’) loves them :) Any recipe that I make of yours is always soooo good. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Today is my first day eating paleo and I decided that dessert was going to be my first NEW thing to try since I LOVE sweets so much. I followed the recipe exactly how you wrote it but did have to melt my butter in the microwave since I forgot to take it out. These are AMAZING! They taste exactly like my moms unhealthy homemade chocolate chip cookies lol thank you!

    • Amanda, I’m so happy to help you with your transition to paleo! Thanks for letting me know these are AMAZING :-)

  3. I just made this cookies and they come out just like the picture. I used Wellbee’s brand super fine almond flour.
    I did substitute the maple syrup because I am on doctor ordered special diet for candida and SIBO where only a few sweeteners are allowed. Instead of the maple syrup I used 1/4 cup of Walden Farms sugar free pancake syrup (yes, I know its full of icky ingredients & chemicals, but only used for a rare treat like these cookies) and 1/4 of Swerve sweetener. I did chill the dough for a few minutes in the refrigerator while the oven heated. Perfection!

  4. I just tried this recipe. I do not know why but my baking time is way over 14 minutes. They are still a little doughy in the middle. I live in MN and I ended up microwaving the butter. I used the recipe to the T. They browned but were soft to the touch when I took them out. They did not spread out much at all. I like the recipe. Has this ever been tried with chia seeds? I figure maybe they will stick together better. Did I do anything wrong at all?

  5. These were fantastic! How should I store them though…we can’t eat them all in one day, and I found that they stick together and fall apart when stored room temp in a closed container. Store in the fridge?? Is this dough freezable? Thanks in advance!

    • Amy, if you can believe it I haven’t ever stored these, they get eaten so fast by the boys and their friends. You might experiment with wrapping them in parchment and refrigerating in a container. I’m so happy you thought they were fantastic!

  6. Hi Elana,
    I tried to read some of the other comments left to see if this question was asked. Can I use another substitute for butter in this recipe?


  7. Wow! This is an awesome recipe! Thank you soooo much :)

    I didn’t have enough honey, so I used xylitol and a bit of swerve!

  8. Thank you thank you thank you!
    My husband and I just started paleo from new years and we both love love loveeee desserts. So, it was getting to us that we werent able to eat any desserts. I tried some dessert I found on google couple of days back and it was a disaster:(..I gave up and started looking for more paleo recipes in general(not desserts) and thats how I stumbled onto your site. My sweet tooth got me to the desserts section and after seeing all the comments I wanted to give a paleo dessert one more shot…and boy, was it worth the try:) it was totally yummy and half my tray was eaten right off the oven. My son and my husband didnt even wait for them to completely cool off…haha
    By the way, this was my first ever try at making cookies in general…all credit goes to u…u r a life saver…love you and god bless you??

  9. AAAMMMAAAZZZINGGGG!!!!! I am not exclusively paleo, but these cookies are still so delicious ! I am so glad I found this recipe !

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