Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

These grain free, paleo chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and taste just like the real deal!

It’s been a week. Like one of those that despite your best intentions, all you can eat think of is chocolate, dessert, pasta, cheese… Basically, all the bad stuff. I blame the stupid weather which, according to, was supposed to be sunny and 60s every day when I checked on Sunday and then somehow ended up a cloudy, drizzly mess for 3 of those days. My cousin just graduated with a degree in meteorology and took his first job which is accompanied by a disgustingly low salary. I now understand why. I’m convinced they all just sit around throwing darts at a selection of weather patterns and pick whichever one they hit for the forecast. (Chris- I’m kidding)

This is why I hate winter. It makes me crave bad things. And before someone gets all sassy in the comments, no, I’m not calling cheese and pasta inherently bad, but when you crave copious amounts of each every day because it looks like armageddon outside, it’s not the healthiest choice. I can usually hold myself off for the first half of the day but that 2-3pm blah time gets me. Every. Single. Time. It’s about the time I want a nap, lose all motivation to work and want to eat every single piece of chocolate and/or carby goodness in my house. This doesn’t happen in the summer. Reason #345987456 why we should’ve never moved back to NY from Florida.

Paleo chocolate chip cookies

So since we have approximately 6 more months of this craptastic weather coming our way, I decided I needed a go to 2-3pm fix.

Paleo chocolate chunk cookies



Tastes legit. Not some “healthified,” “high proteinified” version of a classic that uses prunes or dates or protein powder. Guys- there’s some crazy ass shit out there in the form of “recipes” for stuff like that. I just so happened to have picked about 5 of them for recent breakfasts. Wednesday’s ended up in a batter explosion and a black waffle with great flavor but the texture of an air puff. Um, wtf? Do people not taste their creations before posting for the world?  I digress.

I can eat like 5 of them without feeling bad.

Paleo cookies

I’m giving myself an A on this assignment.

Chocolate chunks, legit chocolate chip cookie flavor and somehow they’re miraculously dairy, grain free and paleo. Holla.

Chocolate chunk paleo cookies

Also, I somehow only ate 3 straight out of the oven. Make that an A+.

4.7 from 63 reviews
Chocolate chunk {paleo} cookies
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Dairy, gluten and grain free chocolate chunk cookies that taste just like the real deal.
Recipe type: cookies
Serves: 10 cookies
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (*update: make sure to measure oil after melting so that you’re not inadvertently using too much. This can cause cookies to flatten)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon almond milk
  • ¼ cup chopped dark chocolate pieces (I used Ghirardelli Sea Salt Soiree-highly recommended although not paleo. Use whatever dark chocolate you want based on preferences/diet. Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips are a great paleo option.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Whisk together wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Add wet to dry and mix together.
  5. Fill a tablespoon measure with batter and press down to form a half-circle. Tap batter out onto baking sheet and lightly press down in the center.
  6. Bake for 10-11 minutes until bottoms just start to turn brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. They will be soft when removed from oven but firm up in a couple of minutes.


  1. 165

    Hope says

    WOW! I didn’t quite believe the ‘best choc chip cookies I’ve had period’ part but I just made them and I have to say I agree!! and so easy to make! (now if only almond meal cost the same as regular flour :P)

    thank you!

  2. 166

    Mspickle says

    I don’t have almond milk. Do you think this would work if I thinned out my coconut milk with a little water?

    • 167

      Gina Matsoukas says

      Any milk should work. If you’re using the liquid part of the coconut milk, I wouldn’t thin it. If you’re talking about using the cream part, then yes, dilute a bit.

  3. 168

    Nadia says

    I made them and it the real deal it’s so yummmmy that I can’t believe I am not consuming a lot of carbs. try them you we’ll not be disappointed. Thank you

  4. 169

    Marianne says

    Gina, these are DELICIOUS, and a perfect PMS cure. ;) I hope you don’t mind these tips for those keto readers… looking forward to trying more of your ideas!

    KETO help / update for this recipe:
    I substituted 1 teaspoon of liquid stevia for the honey
    I used half carob chips and half chopped dark chocolate (1/8 cup of each to total 1/4 cup)

    Nutrition info with these modifications per cookie for a total of 9 cookies:
    105 calories
    10.2 grams total fat
    1.1 grams net carbs (2.4 total, 1.3 fiber)
    2.3 grams protein

    • 171

      Erin says

      I love you.

      What had stopped me from trying these was the chore of figuring out how to ketofy them.

      Thank you!

  5. 172

    Amy says

    This sounds great. And sorry if this has already been asked but the Ghiradelli make dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips? I am completely dairy/soy free and struggle to find the right chocolate (especially since I live in German). I used to buy Enjoy Life, but can’t get that brand shipped here. But if Ghiradelli is dairy free I’ll have to explore that realm. Thanks!

    • 173

      Running to the Kitchen says

      They don’t. In fact, the ghiradelli chocolate mentioned in this post (the sea salt one) isn’t really considered paleo. Enjoy Life, like you mentioned, is the most commonly used paleo one I know of. I believe Lindt has a 90% dark chocolate that is at least soy free, not sure about the dairy part though.

  6. 175

    Roya says

    I made last night and loved them! The prep was quick and the cookies with soft and chewy with crispy bottoms. Amazing!

  7. 176

    PaleoPascale says

    Wow! These were my first attempt at any sort of paleo cookie and I love them! The taste reminds me of the Hello Dolly squares my mom used to make when I was a kid. Thank you!!

  8. 177

    CTLB Willingham says

    BEST chocolate “chip” cookies ever! These are so good even my ten year old said they were better than “regular” chocolate chip cookies. The Ghirardelli Sea Salt Soiree is totally the way to go. Yummmmers. Thank you for sharing! Five stars from Lookout Mountain GA!

  9. 178

    Gabriella says

    I don’t know what to say. I just have to add to the litany. These were *perfect*. I added a bit of unsweetened coconut, and about 1/2 cup more almond flour because they were quite wet. Honestly, the texture, the taste, everything is great. Thank you!! – from Toronto :)

  10. 179

    Ali says

    I’ve made these twice now, they are delicious!!! I had to double the recipe the second time around! I added just a little more almond flour as well, may help w/the flattening that some experienced.

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    Love this recipe! I only had almond extract when I first tried making these cookies in Feb and they were a hit at our superbowl party. I tried it once with the vanilla extract and wasn’t as pleased so now I just intentionally replace it with the almond extract. yummee!

  12. 181

    nadine says

    Oh yeah. very good. I was skeptical, I doubted these could be good, at the very least I knew I wouldn’t be able to get my 3 year old to eat them. I was very wrong – these rock. My 3 year old is happy and so am I.

  13. 183

    Heather says

    These are my absolute favorite cookies and so simple…way better than the traditional cookies! Thank you for the recipe!

  14. 184

    Laurie says

    These little suckers are deadly! They are bite size so I want to eat the entire batch! We have been Paleo for a year and my husband has never liked any cookie I have baked. UNTIL NOW! He was so surprised. I followed your directions exactly.
    I did use Enjoy Life chocolate chips to keep it Dairy free. Thank you!

  15. 185

    Stacey C says

    I found this recipe weeks ago and have made them countless times already. The first time I made them, I didn’t have enough almond meal/flour so I topped it off with coconut flour and flax meal. Turned out to be about 3/4 cup almond meal, 1/8 cup coconut flour and 1/8 cup flax meal. I have since made them just as this recipe calls for and while I love them both ways, I think I like the addition of coconut and flax best. It’s a great alternative if you like a little cakiness to your cookie. The dough was not as formable in this alternate version, as it has a tendency to fall apart, but it’s manageable and once it’s baked it holds together nicely.

    I LOVE this recipe- it is a godsend for me and has played a crucial role in helping me stay on my path to eating better. I have a ridiculous sweet tooth. Just 2 of these usually satisfy me, although I have had nights where I eat nearly all of them. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this recipe!

    p.s. I have used the ‘net for hundreds of recipes, many of which I have enjoyed. Yet, this is my first time commenting on a recipe- that’s how much I love these!!

  16. 187

    Rachel says

    These are delicious! Just wish they made more…need to double the batch next time! These will be gone too soon :)

  17. 188

    cecily says

    I made these cookies and they were a good sweet treat. However, next time i make these i will use a finer almond flour…mine was more or less a consistency of grits, i might have used a tad to much coconut oil as well.

  18. 189

    Maribel says

    I added 1/2 tbsp of stevia to the recipe and they came out HELLA GOOD!! I’m obsessed! Thanks for sharing :)

  19. 190

    Lacy D says

    These cookies are delicious!! Made them over the weekend with my five year old and they turned out exactly as pictured. Bookmarked!! Do you know if they hold up okay in the freezer? Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

  20. 192

    @BodyandMindDoc says

    These are delicious. I just made them and think they are better than traditional chocolate chip cookies. I was out of coconut oil so replaced with canola oil for this time. I also doubled the recipe without any troubles. Thank you for the great recipe!

  21. 193

    Christine says

    These are very good and very flexible. The first time I made them, they came out flat and browned at the bottom and were delicious that way! Determined to make them as illustrated here, I tried again. I cut the honey to 1tbs (both times, I left out the almond milk) and adjusted the amount of almonds to get a thicker dough. This time, they stayed round and were crunchy throughout (I blame my thin cookie sheet). The first flat batch was better and I will make them that way again.

    Almond flour is difficult to work with. Every brand gives different results, even with the same recipe. I wonder if the weight of the flour was used instead of cups, perhaps results would be more uniform. It might be worth a try.

  22. 194

    Bob says

    Perfect and delicious. I subbed almond butter for the coconut oil because I wanted a peanut butter/chocolate chip variety, and just used half-and-half for the 1tbsp of almond milk because I didn’t have any on hand, and half-and-half in our morning coffee is one of our few allowed indulgences.

    Anyway, the recipe worked flawlessly in every respect. Thank you!


  23. 197

    BaltimoreMama says

    Delicious. Just made 5 batches as part of my spread of holiday cookies that my 5 year old daughter and I (gluten-free) can enjoy (oh, and, um, yes … the other people that we made them for!) This is an easy recipe so it was not a stressful process to have my daughter “help” – LOL.

  24. 198

    amyhc says

    I just baked these cookies and they were surprisingly good! Instead of honey, I used 1 tbs of coconut (palm) sugar. They didn’t flatten and came out just like your picture. I will definitely share this recipe! Thanks! :)

  25. 199


    I just made these with the following exceptions:

    •Doubled the ingredients list.
    •Substituted heavy whipping cream for almond milk

    They came out splendidly. Wonderful.

    • 200

      Running to the Kitchen says

      So glad you liked them! Good to know heavy cream works well, I bet it makes them nice and rich :)

  26. 201

    melanie says

    awww, shoot.
    5 of these cookies were my dinner #noshame
    great recipe, and THANK YOU for making them normal… none of this ” add 3 boiled indonesian dates (halved and individually chewed) to the mixture of hand churned wild Nordic nut butter, flax meal (in a semi liquid state) and the 14 other ingredients you haven’t heard of, and don’t exist in real life.”


    • 203

      Running to the Kitchen says

      they harden up after a few minutes out of the oven so if you took a bite immediately that might be why. Otherwise, just bake them a minute or two longer.

  27. 206

    Diana says

    These are AMAZING! We took these to a friends house and all of us loved them!! We just made our second batch two days later. SOOO YUMMY!!!

  28. 208


    Ah you are the best for sharing these!!! I have been craving a good cookie and I’m following the GAPS diet (very close to paleo, just has an emphasis on probiotic foods like fermented veggies). These I can eat! Yeah!! Gonna try them this week. Thanks again!

  29. 209

    Michelle says

    Great Read!! Thanks!! I just recently wrote a blog post on my favorite paleo chocolate cookie recipe, a easy one and super yummy!!



  30. 210

    Donna Webster says

    I just made these for the second time and they were even better!!! I sifted the almond meal/flower and chopped pecans and chocolate chips . .wow. . .they are so so good! A new trick is to measure out the honey in the same tablespoon you just did the coconut oil as it will slide right on out! I doubled the recipe and it made 12 nice size cookies .. next time I’ll triple . .everyone I’ve shared with love them and even my hubby who doesn’t eat my type of Paleo-style of eatin’ .. good eats peeps!

    • 211

      Running to the Kitchen says

      so glad you liked them! and yeah, I’ve done the oil first then the sticky stuff in a measuring spoon before too, such a good little kitchen trick!

  31. 213

    Jan says

    Great recipe!
    How can something eggless, sugarless, grainless taste so good?
    It was really hot here today, so I didn’t want to run the big oven and baked these in the convection oven instead. As a consequence, my first half of the batch was getting too toasty on the outside and unfinished on the inside, so I turned the temp down to 300 and baked for 15 minutes so the middle would set better. Worked out great, and didn’t over heat my house. I had about 4 tablespoons batter left, and tried adding a teaspoon of cocoa to that bit to make a double chocolate cookie –> pretty darn good, and didn’t change the texture. I now have two cookie flavors from your recipe. I will also try adding coconut flakes someday, and the chopped toasted pecans on another day as was mentioned in other comments.
    Thank you for a simple, healthier, and interchangeable recipe that is SO yummy!

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    I’m just beginning to try out various paleo recipes and I have to say, these are ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. I’m not much of a cook myself, but they were super quick and easy to make, and they tasted unbelievably good. The only suggestion I’d make is to perhaps go a little lighter on the honey next time.

  33. 215

    Danielle says

    I have tried a lot of recipes lately where the blog author raves about his or her creation and I can’t even finish it once I make it myself. Gina, you have restored my faith in humanity and the blogosphere. Thank you! These are AMAZING!

      • 217

        Danielle says

        Ah! I’ve never won anything before! ;) Thank you! And btw, I’m making these again tomorrow. It’s the weekend…

  34. 218

    Mandy says

    Love this recipe! Quick question I want to make them again and I’m out of coconut oil, would it be alright to use olive oil instead?

    • 219

      Running to the Kitchen says

      I’ve never tried it and would probably do butter instead of olive oil if I had to pick a sub, but I’m sure it would work.

  35. 220

    Jacky says

    So I didn’t have almond flour and thought I could substitute 1/2 c coconut flour & 1/2 c of tapioca flour. Needless to say I couldnt even roll them into balls. The dough would not stay together. So I added an egg and about a tbsp more almond milk. The dough finally looked normal, but after pressing onto a cookie sheet and baked for 10 minutes, I took them out and they dry and tasteless.

    • 221

      Running to the Kitchen says

      Yeah, unfortunately those substitutions aren’t really 1 for 1 with almond flour. If you’re going to use subs, any other regular nut flour (not coconut) would probably be your best bet.

  36. 223

    Meg says

    Awesome! My husband said they are some of the best cookies he’d ever tasted, and he is not Paleo friendly :) My husband, 2 kiddos and I thank you!


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