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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Paleo chocolate chip cookies are a delightful treat that combines the indulgence of traditional cookies with the health benefits of paleo-friendly ingredients. This recipe is quick and easy, yielding delicious cookies that are perfect for any occasion. Let’s delve into the advantages of these ingredients and some tips to ensure your cookies turn out perfectly every time.

Benefits of Using Paleo Ingredients

Paleo diets focus on natural, unprocessed foods that our ancestors might have consumed. This cookie recipe adheres to those principles, using ingredients that not only enhance flavor but also offer numerous health benefits.

Grass-Fed Butter, Ghee, or Coconut Oil: These fats are a staple in paleo baking. Grass-fed butter and ghee provide a rich, creamy texture and are high in vitamins A, D, and K2. Coconut oil, on the other hand, offers a subtle coconut flavor and contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that can boost metabolism and support heart health.

Maple Syrup and Coconut Sugar: These natural sweeteners are preferable to refined sugar. Maple syrup contains antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and manganese, while coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index, which helps maintain stable blood sugar levels.

Arrowroot Starch, Coconut Flour, and Tapioca Flour: These gluten-free flours provide the structure and texture needed for perfect cookies. Arrowroot starch helps bind the ingredients, coconut flour adds a subtle sweetness and a high fiber content, and tapioca flour gives the cookies a chewy texture.

Grass-Fed Gelatin: This ingredient is a fantastic addition to paleo baking. Gelatin helps bind the dough and gives the cookies a chewy texture. It’s also great for joint health, skin, and hair due to its high collagen content.

Chocolate Chips: Using dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips ensures the cookies remain paleo-friendly. These chips still provide the rich, decadent chocolate flavor we all love without the additives found in many commercial brands.

Tips for Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Achieving the ideal texture and flavor in paleo chocolate chip cookies requires a few key techniques:

Mixing the Ingredients

Start by whisking the dry ingredients together to ensure they are well combined. This step helps distribute the baking soda and salt evenly throughout the dough, resulting in consistent cookies.

Combining Wet and Dry Ingredients

When mixing the wet ingredients, make sure they are fully incorporated before adding them to the dry mixture. This helps form a smooth dough. Letting the dough sit for a couple of minutes before shaping the cookies allows the flours to absorb the moisture properly.

Shaping the Cookies

The way you shape the cookies can affect their texture. For soft, chewy cookies, roll the dough into balls and slightly flatten the tops. For a mix of chewy and crispy, flatten the dough to about 1.5 inches in diameter. For crispy cookies, flatten them to around 2 inches.

Baking Time

Baking at 350°F for 10-12 minutes will yield perfectly baked cookies. Be sure to cool them on a wire rack to prevent them from becoming too soft.

Health Benefits of Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Paleo chocolate chip cookies are a healthier alternative to traditional cookies. They are free from refined sugars, grains, and dairy, making them suitable for those with dietary restrictions. The high-quality fats and natural sweeteners provide sustained energy without the sugar crash. Additionally, the use of coconut flour and arrowroot starch increases the fiber content, promoting better digestion.

Perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies are not just a treat; they are a nutritious snack that aligns with a healthier lifestyle. By using high-quality, paleo-friendly ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious dessert without compromising on health benefits. Whether you’re adhering to a paleo diet or simply looking for a healthier cookie option, this recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Enjoy baking and indulging in these scrumptious cookies!

Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies by Merit + Fork for Our Paleo Life

Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1/2 cup grass-fed butter, ghee, OR coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour, if using any brand other than Honeyville Coconut Flour, use a slightly scant 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tbsp grass-fed gelatin, we use Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, use Enjoy Life brand for a dairy-free, soy-free option


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F & line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk dry ingredients (except coconut sugar & chocolate chips) together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk butter/oil, sweeteners, & vanilla together until a brown syrup forms. Slowly pour & whisk into flour mixture until dough forms.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips with a spatula and let dough sit for 1-2 mins before forming cookies, using a tablespoon for consistent sizing.
    • For soft, chewy cookies - simply roll out dough balls, just barely flatten the tops, and place on baking sheet.
    • For chewy-inside & crispy-outside cookies - roll dough balls, then slightly flatten to 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 inch diameter.
    • For crispy cookies - Roll dough balls, then, flatten to 2 inch diameter.
  5. Bake for 10-12 mins and let cool on a wire rack before serving.
Nutrition Information
Yield 20 Serving Size 1 cookies
Amount Per Serving Calories 160Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 18mgSodium 166mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 3g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

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Monday 1st of April 2019

These cookies are AMAZING!!! Absolutely amazing!! I have tried and tried to make cookies that are gluten, nut and white sugar free and I haven't found a recipe yet that comes out nearly as delicious as this one! They are crunchy and crispy and soft all at the same time! Everyone in my family gives these a five star review! I used 1/4 cup coconut oil, 1/4 cup butter and used maple sugar in place of the coconut sugar and they were perfect! I don't ever leave reviews but these cookies are just SOOOO good! :)


Saturday 10th of November 2018

Made these today..turned out perfect..I used monk fruit as my sweeter instead of coconut palm sugar...let the dough set a little longer than a couple of min...they turned out great..


Monday 15th of October 2018

I'd like to make a version of this for my mother however she is allergic to Coconut, Almonds, and white rice. Any chance I could do all tapioca?


Tuesday 23rd of January 2018

Hi! Do you think I could use collagen peptides instead of the gelatin?


Tuesday 7th of November 2017

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