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.


176 responses to “Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I just recently became gluten and dairy free so haven’t tried cookies yet. Do these turn out crunchy or soft and chewy?

  2. Hi could you possibly give me the amounts in grams/ounces/ml. I’m emailing you from Ireland and not sure what size cup to use and would prefer to weigh out the ingredients. Many thanks

    • Maria, I haven’t measured that out so not sure. If you do I hope you’ll stop back by and share that with us :-)

  3. These are definitely our favorite paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe! I know you don’t use Erythritol, but I gave it a try and the cookies turned out beautifully. I replaced the maple syrup with 1/4 cup of Swerve. We are trying to follow a more keto diet, so the substitution helped bring these treats in line with that goal.
    Many thanks for your work! I love that your recipes are so reliable, which I am certain is a result of the time and hard work you put into them.

    • Claire, I’m so happy to hear this is your family’s favorite paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe! And thanks also for acknowledging all the hard work I put into my recipes to make them so reliable :-)

  4. I’ve made a few different choc chip cookies w/ almond flour, this by far is the BEST one! Tastes the closest to the flour laden kind, and aren’t dry like other almond/coconut flour cookies are. I even halved the syrup(completely by accident) and they were still delicious and sweet enough for my kids!
    As always, THANK YOU for the amazing recipes! I know I can’t go wrong visiting your site.

    • Raichael, thanks for your comment and for letting me know this is by far the BEST healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  5. Hello, Elana!

    I have a question regarding sweeteners. In truth, I do NOT like the taste of artificial sweetners, including Stevia. I don’t even think that they are particularly good for us. Nevertheless, in my search for something palatable, I came across Erythritol, which for me doesn’t seem to have that after taste. I would like to know if you have every used it, and if so, what are your thoughts? Thank you so much!

    • Stacy, thanks for your comment. Stevia comes from an herbal plant and is not an artificial sweetener. Erythritol is made from corn, usually GMO, and a sugar alcohol so it is something I steer clear of :-)

  6. Thank you for this recipe! I prepared these cookies for guests with dietary issues. We all enjoyed them!!
    -I waited 20 minutes after the oven beeped at 350 degrees to make sure I had a hot oven.
    – in addition to chocolate chips I sprinkied some toffee bits into the mix
    -refrigerated for about one hour making them easier to handle. I think the fridge time was the key to making a pretty cookie that holds together. After scooping each batch, dough went back in fridge.
    -sprinkled the tops with a little kosher salt
    -as you suggested, let sit on the cookie sheet for exactly 15 min after baking
    -I used almond flour that I had on hand (did not have the one recommended)
    Thank you! Mary W

    • Mary, thanks for your comment. These cookies will hold together perfectly without that extra step, but happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

  7. I make these amazing cookies all the time. However this time I made them with a newborn and accidentally left the food processor running while tending to my baby. When I came back to it there was a pile of liquid in the food processor and the consistency was not like anything I have ever seen before. Is this batch ruined? Any way to salvage it?

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