Chocolate Chip Cookies

We wanted to kick off our treats and cheats section with the quintessential treat, chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are irresistible—soft, chewy, and best served fresh out of the oven. Try them with a fresh glass of coconut milk!
10 minutes
15 minutes
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This is our estimate based on online research.
Fat:16 g
Carbohydrates:17 g
Protein:5 g
Calculated per serving.

Serves: 24

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine dry ingredients.
  3. In a small mixing bowl beat eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat with hand mixer until combined.
  5. Melt coconut oil, pour into batter, and continue to blend until combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, drop balls of cookie dough, about a tablespoon in size.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool and serve with coconut milk.

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  1. March 13, 2012

    I tried these tonight and they were great! I did make one change to the recipe though. I put them in an 11 x 7 Pyrex dish and baked them for 30 minutes (could have been about 32-34 in my oven) Excellent bar cookies <– I'm too lazy to spoon all of the cookies out onto a cookie sheet 🙂

  2. jehovasfitness
    April 26, 2012

    amazing recipe. Make these weekly to satisfy my cookie habit without going the wheat route. Thanks so much. 14-15 mins in the oven at 375* is plenty, not sure what temp the one reviewer had the oven at but 30 mins and they’d be toast

  3. R.Mason02
    May 3, 2012

    Love this cookie recipe! It’s always my go to recipe when I have to make a treat. Way better than any chocolate chip cookies with flour and sugar, for sure!

  4. ChristinaApp
    May 10, 2012

    LOVE! I’m new to paleo, and this is a great way to get a treat without totally blowing it. VERY filling too – I assume because of the protein in the almond flour. Won’t get that from regular four and sugar! 🙂

  5. GreenMaMa
    May 19, 2012

    These are great and so good. I love how fluffy they are and don’t sit like a bomb in your stomach. And they’re super easy to make. Yum!

  6. Nan @ Playful Decor
    May 29, 2012

    I just found you and love the site! What would you suggest to replace the almond flour? I’m having a hard time finding it.

    1. AudreyE
      May 30, 2012

      In this recipe, it is an essential ingredient. You can buy it in 5lb bags on amazon here: http://amzn.to/Kyo2vC

  7. Melissa_M
    June 13, 2012

    I have made this recipe quite a few times now, and every time they come out wonderful! I love how the cookies hold their shape so well, and they always end up being much lighter than you might expect. However, the first time I made them I followed the recipe exactly, using all unrefined coconut oil. I found the end product a bit too “coconutty” for my taste. This last time I made them I decided to substitute butter in place of the coconut oil (I used the same measurements and followed the directions the same), and they turned out great! Exactly the same, minus the coconut flavor. Thanks for the great recipe, I will definitely make them again.

  8. Melissa_M
    June 21, 2012

    I have made these at least 100 times! If your site traffic spiked a few months ago, it’s likely because I sent this URL to tons of my friends after the first time I made them. They are a HUGE hit with everyone, paleo or not paleo. Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  9. dlbmd
    July 10, 2012

    They are delicious…but 246 calories per serving…..per cookie if you get 24 out of the batch????

  10. Kimkv
    July 12, 2012

    WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!!!!

  11. mcal
    July 22, 2012

    What can I use in place of almond flour? I am allergic to all nuts. Can coconut flour be used?

  12. Lainey
    September 20, 2012

    Another great recipe! The family loved them.

  13. September 25, 2012

    Awesome! First Paleo dessert I’ve made that didn’t taste like I was on a diet. These things taste exactly like the cookie bars my mom used to make. Delicious!

  14. SamOhKay
    October 21, 2012

    Thanks for this recipe, it’s excellent!

    However, I’ve come up with 2 modifications:

    Replace maple syrup with about 3 tablespoons of raw honey and 4 scoops of pure stevia extract powder (168 mg; I use KAL brand)

    Replace coconut oil with same amount of light coconut milk (the kind in a can, not the beverage kind). This has 3 benefits: (1) I had issues with coconut oil hardening when it came in contact with cold eggs if I wasn’t careful about the order I added things, no such problems, obviously. (2) Batter is a lot more fluid and easier to mix/work with. (3) Takes out about 1050 calories and replaces with just 80!

    The cookies are VERY good. They’re much lighter and fluffier than the original recipe. I have yet to see how they stand the test of time, as I just made the second modification today and by accident. Fresh from the oven, they’re great, we’ll see how they are tomorrow.

  15. SamOhKay
    October 21, 2012

    Oh, and with my modifications, each cookie (if you made 24) has 140 calories. The whole batch has 3,365. Personally, I got 13 cookies at about 260 calories each. Still far from healthy, but they’re meant to be a treat. Oh yes, and I use 70% cacao chocolate chips.

  16. SamOhKay
    October 21, 2012

    dlbmd: Not sure where you got 246 calories per cookie. By my calculation, it’s 190 calories.

  17. October 24, 2012

    I’m allergic to nuts and coconut-any feedback on using a different kind of flour?

  18. ktc913
    November 24, 2012

    SamOhKay ~ Thank you for your health conscience modifications. These cookies were amazing as is, but I will try your tips next time.
    The great thing about these cookies was that my kids couldn’t even tell that I’d “tricked them” into eating gluten free. This is a huge victory for me as they usually suspect I’m up to something too healthy and thus unappetizing.

  19. A1mandalee
    December 28, 2012

    I am allergic to nuts. Can I substitute coconut flour???

  20. lizzy M.
    March 11, 2013

    These cookies are so good. Better than a traditional choc. chip cookie. As is with most Paleo receipes. Food just tastes better and healthy for you 🙂

  21. rebeccaking
    March 25, 2013

    These are WONDERFUL!

  22. llloryj
    April 28, 2013

    I make them all the time. It’s my favorite “treat” recipe. Not overly sweet, just yuuuummy!

  23. adria_ellen
    May 8, 2013

    These are EXCELLENT cookies! What a great alternative! However, my first attempt I followed the recipe and my batch came out very very dark and burnt on the bottom (I was using a dark non-stick cookie sheet). So I had to change my oven temp to 350 degrees and bake them for 10 minutes for them to come out perfectly.

  24. canonshooter
    June 1, 2013

    Can you use almond meal instead of blanched almond flour?

  25. bmcminn08
    June 14, 2013

    @canonshooter – almond meal is the same as blanched almond flour! The bag I bought actually said “Almond meal/blanched almond flour”.

  26. August 7, 2013

    yeah you definitley cannot use coconut flour as a replacement. I had to throw out my entire batch because no matter how much oil, or coconut milk I added it still crumbles to pieces.

  27. SarahElisabeth
    March 6, 2014

    I had a hankering for these cookies, but none of the correct ingredients. I gave it a go anyway. I subbed ground pumpkin & sunflower seeds (gave them a quick spin the magic bullet) in place of the almond flour, and subbed honey for the maple syrup. They only needed to bake for about 6 minutes, but they turned out perfectly! Not as rich and buttery as they are with almond flour, but perfectly chewy and delicious. And totally nut free! I’ve used this recipe with slight variations numerous times. As long as you watch them in the oven, they are pretty forgiving.

  28. marybv
    March 6, 2014

    I LOVE these cookies! In case anyone is interested, I make these without eggs (I’m allergic to ’em) by using ground flax seed (2 Tbsp ground flax, 6 Tbsp very hot/boiling water). I’ve made them with eggs for my family and think that there is no discernible difference between the recipe with eggs or the ground flax egg replacer. So glad to have a go-to cookie recipe that my whole family can eat. They never last more than a day in my house.

  29. Alliwo
    October 29, 2014

    I LOVED these!! I made them for my non-paleo family to bring home when I visited this past weekend, and it finally proved to them that paleo eaters can have “fun and tasty” food, too! 😉

  30. twinkle
    March 4, 2015

    This is my favorite cookie recipe–I’ve made them countless times and they’re always perfect! The double chocolate cookies in your new cookbook are just as easy and delicious.

  31. Eden
    April 22, 2015

    I made these for a weekend class, I used butter instead of coconut oil but otherwise followed the recipe as is. My recipe only made 16 cookies, not 24 and perhaps I ate a couple before they got to the class 🙂 Anyway, I was so surprised when I had about 12 of the women come up to me to tell me how great they were. Mind you, it’s not a group that knows me except by name. I have never had such a big response to a recipe before. Will be making them for the class again next weekend and doubling the recipe. Thank you!


  32. genn0006
    May 28, 2016

    I LOVE this recipe! I make these cookies all the time and I’m lucky if they last 2 days! I follow the recipe exactly and they turn out great each time! Even my non-paleo friends and family love them:)

  33. hunkydunky
    September 1, 2016

    WOW!!! Just made these tonight. I can’t believe how heavenly they tasted! Even my “picky” eater loved them!! The only thing I did different was I had 73% cacao chips. They were still extremely good! Will be doing this again when that “sweet” fix hits again. Bonus part: They are actually better for you!!!

  34. mimorichelle
    December 27, 2016

    Can I substitute all of the honey for stevia?

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