Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Paleo chocolate chip cookies are thick, soft, flavorful, and tasty! This quick and easy recipe takes only 20 minutes in total. They are made with healthy and wholesome ingredients. These grain-free cookies are great for any occasion!
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These are the best paleo chocolate chip cookies ever! They have golden chewy edges, a soft gooey center, and huge chunks of dark chocolate. This quick and easy recipe takes just 20 minutes in total. Everything is mixed in one bowl. These grain-free chocolate chip cookies are great for birthdays, holidays, special occasions, and more!

Paleo chocolate chip cookies.

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

There are many reasons why you will love this recipe for paleo chocolate chip cookies.

  • They are easy to make.
  • This is a simple recipe that can be whipped up in no time.
  • They are healthier than traditional chocolate chip cookies.
  • Paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with whole, unprocessed ingredients and are free of gluten, dairy, and grains.
  • They are delicious! You will also love these Almond Flour Blondies!
  • The cookies are soft and chewy, with a rich chocolate chip flavor.
  • Customize the recipe to your liking by adding different flavors of chocolate chips or nuts.
  • They are perfect for any occasion.
  • Paleo cookies are a great dessert for potlucks, parties, or simply a weeknight treat.
  • This recipe is Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.
  • Check out these Almond Flour Cookies or these Oat Flour Cookies for another delicious treat!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutions for these Paleo chocolate chip cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe.

Use finely blanched almond flour. Do not use almond meal. In addition, do not try to make homemade almond flour.

Coconut flour is an absorbent flour. When combined with almond flour, it gives these cookies the perfect texture.

Two eggs help hold these cookies together. We have not tried using an egg substitute, but typically unsweetened applesauce works well. For each egg, use 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce instead. So, for this recipe, use 1/2 cup of applesauce.

Coconut oil is a healthy baking fat. Use slightly softened coconut oil. Do not melt.

Baking soda helps these cookies remain thick and tall.

Vanilla extract adds a cozy homemade flavor.

Coconut sugar helps naturally sweeten these cookies. Brown sugar is a viable substitute, but we try to limit processed sugars. In addition, brown sugar is not considered Paleo.

Lastly, dark chocolate chips or chunks add the best flavor! Look for naturally sweetened chocolate.

Sprinkle sea salt on top after baking if desired.

Ingredients for Paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Taste & Texture

These Paleo chocolate chip cookies are thick and soft! They are more soft than traditional cookies.

They are slightly less sweet than traditional cookies.

The almond flour gives them a slightly nutty flavor.

Overall, these Paleo cookies are so delicious!

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

Add the softened coconut oil and coconut sugar to your mixing bowl or KitchenAid. Beat to combine, until no lumps of coconut oil remain.

Coconut oil with coconut sugar.

Step 3

Then, add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.

Eggs with coconut oil.

Step 4

Next, add in all of the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate chips.

Almond flour and coconut flour in bowl.

Step 5

Once mixed, fold in the chocolate chips.

Chocolate chunk cookie dough.

Step 6

Next, use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough. Place the balls of dough at least 2 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheet.

Ball of dough.

Step 7

Gently press down on each cookie to form a cookie shape.

Cookie pan with dough.

Step 8

Next, bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven. Let cookies cool for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack.

Baked chocolate chip cookies.

Step 9

Finally, garnish the Paleo chocolate chip cookies with sea salt if desired.

Expert Tips for Success

Follow these tips to make the best Paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Beat the coconut oil and coconut sugar until completely smooth and creamy.

When it comes to baking, accurate measurements are key. Use a kitchen scale if possible.

Use high-quality dark chocolate chips and pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.

Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough. This creates evenly sized cookies.

Press down slightly on each ball of dough before baking. These cookies barely spread while baking.

Keep an eye on the cookies as they bake in the oven. It is better for them to be slightly underdone than overcooked.

Pan with paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

You can easily customize this Paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe to your liking. Here are a few ideas.

Dark chocolate chips

Chopped nuts



Dried cranberries


How to Serve & Store

Serve these Paleo chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven! They are delicious and soft when freshly baked.

Serve with your choice of milk (almond or cashew milk for Paleo). These cookies also pair well with tea or coffee. This Paleo Ice Cream is delicious too! For another little sweet treat, make these Chocolate Turtles!

Store them in an airtight container for up to one week in the fridge.

To make ahead of time, make the cookie dough. Scoop into balls. Freeze the dough balls on a cookie pan. Then, place the frozen balls in a Ziplock bag in the freezer. Thaw the dough before baking.

Freeze the baked cookies for up to 2 months.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use another type of flour?

Almond flour and coconut flour work best for this recipe to keep it paleo-friendly. Do not use another flour.

How long can I store these cookies?

Stored in an airtight container, these cookies will keep well for up to a week.

Can you have chocolate chips on Paleo?

Use naturally sweetened or unsweetened chocolate chips for Paleo. Usual sugar sweetened chocolate chips are not Paleo.

Can you make these cookies egg free or Vegan?

You may be able to substitute the 2 eggs for 1/2 cup total of unsweetened applesauce.

What makes them healthier?

These Paleo chocolate chip cookies are made with healthier and less processed ingredients. They are Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened.

Bite of paleo chocolate chip cookie.

Equipment Needed

Parchment Paper Sheets: Use parchment paper to prevent the Paleo chocolate chip cookies from sticking to the pan.

Pyrex 3 Glass Mixing Bowls: These are our favorite mixing bowls for baking.

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups: These are great for measuring out the ingredients.

Hand Mixer: This hand mixer is easy to use.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer: For a more powerful appliance, this stand mixer works well.

USA Pan 3 Piece Cookie Sheet Set: This cookie sheet set is great for baking.

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