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These Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth! Made with nourishing almond flour, they take just minutes to stir together and will quickly become one of your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes.

Paleo chocolate chip cookies stacked on a baking sheet.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Paleo cookie ingredients labeled in clear glass bowls.

This gluten-free cookie recipe is made with blanched almond flour, which means the skin has been removed from the nuts before they were ground into flour. 

Your cookies will have a crispy, buttery texture when you use this type of grain-free flour, but you can use almond meal (made with whole ground almonds) if that’s what you have. Desserts made with almond meal tend to be denser and not quite as crisp, so just keep that in mind.

Maple syrup and coconut oil help to bind this recipe without using an egg or flax egg, but if you prefer to use coconut sugar as the sweetener, check out my classic almond flour cookie recipe instead. They taste like the Tollhouse cookies, only made with almond flour! 

Using coconut oil keeps this recipe dairy-free, but if you’d prefer to avoid any coconut flavor, look for refined or expeller-pressed coconut oil which has zero coconut taste. You can also use your favorite vegan butter, or real butter if you don’t need a dairy-free cookie. 

Use dark chocolate chips to keep this recipe lower in sugar, or try adding dried fruit for another variation. I like to use mini chocolate chips to distribute the chocolate flavor even more.

How to Make the Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Mix. 

In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt. Stir well until a thick cookie dough is formed. (Because this recipe is not made with traditional flour, there’s no need to whisk the dry ingredients together before adding in the liquid ingredients.)

Fold in the chocolate chips, being careful not to stir too much. Almond flour cookie dough can become oily when overmixed.

almond flour cookie dough mixed in a bowl with chocolate chips added.

2. Bake. 

Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use a 1-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop the dough onto the prepared pan, about 2 inches apart from each other. You should get roughly 19 to 20 cookies from this batch. 

Use your hands to gently flatten each cookie mound, as they won’t spread much on their own. Sprinkle a little sea salt on top, if you’d like a sweet and salty cookie, then bake at 350ºF for 9 to 10 minutes, until the edges look lightly golden. 

Paleo cookie dough dropped and flattened on a baking sheet.

3. Cool. 

Once the cookies are done baking, let them cool on the pan for at least 10 minutes. They will firm up as they cool. 

The finished cookies will have a crispy edge and a slightly chewy center, reminiscent of a shortbread cookie studded with chocolate chunks.

Paleo cookies baked and cooled with one split in half on the pan.

Serve these paleo cookies warm or let them cool completely on a wire rack. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 3 days in an airtight container, but they do become softer and less crispy in that case. 

For crispier results and longer shelf life, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use coconut flour instead of almond flour?

Nope! Coconut flour is unlike any other flour on the market and needs a totally different ratio of ingredients. Check out my coconut flour cookie recipe for guidance. 

What is the best Paleo chocolate?

I love Hu brand, which is naturally sweetened if you can find it at your local store. Otherwise, dark chocolate chips make a great lower-sugar option, or you can chop up your favorite chocolate bar. For a sugar-free option, try using crunchy cacao nibs instead.

Looking for more paleo cookie recipes? Try Almond Butter Cookies, Almond Flour Sugar Cookies, or the Healthiest Cookies Ever

Paleo chocolate chip cookies stacked on a baking sheet.

The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.75 from 166 votes
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies have a crisp, buttery texture and come together quickly in one bowl! They are perfect for those who need to avoid eggs, gluten, or dairy.
prep10 mins cook8 mins total18 mins
Servings:19 cookies



  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, salt, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Stir well, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Use a 1-ounce cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Use your fingers to flatten and shape the cookies to your liking; they will NOT spread when baked, so make them the shape you want.
  • Bake at 350ºF for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. The darker they get, the crispier they will be.
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then serve warm or at room temperature. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. They will soften if stored at room temperature, so for the crispiest results, store them chilled.



Nutrition information is for 1 of 19 small cookies. This information is automatically calculated and is just an estimate, not a guarantee.
If you don’t love the flavor of coconut, use refined or expeller-pressed coconut oil, which will add zero coconut flavor to your cookies. Butter can also be used if you don’t need a dairy-free option.
Note: These cookies will remind you of a shortbread cookie studded with chocolate chips. For a more classic chocolate chip cookie, try Almond Flour Cookies which are made with coconut sugar and egg and have a more classic texture.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo chocolate chip cookies

If you try this paleo chocolate chip cookies recipe, please leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how you like them.

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Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned best-selling cookbook author. I create healthy recipes made with simple ingredients to make your life easier.

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  1. Stellar recipe. I love it, and I feel good after I eat.. and feel good about eating it. It gives me good energy.. refuel me. Keeps me going. Thank you! I’ve been following you for over a decade. I always come back to your recipes! The best, in “my” book!

  2. Wow! I just made these for the first time, and they are easily my most favorite cookies. They don’t even taste paleo! AND, we can eat the raw dough! With teenage boys in the house, that’s a big win. Sooooooo good. Thank you!

  3. This has been my favorite cookie recipe for years. I always double or triple and freeze the extras. My husband and in laws love them. I usually make them as is but sometimes I half the chocolate chips and add chopped walnuts.

  4. Wow! I have just made these cookies, so incredibly easy. I am not too keen on coconut flavored food, but the taste is not too strong. Absolutely delicious and very moreish! I followed the recipe to the t, no tweaks necessary. I live in the UK and there is the option to change the measurements to Metric which is very handy. I will be buying the ingredients in bulk now, as these are too delicious not too make again. Thank you

  5. this is my go-to chocolate chop cookie recipe!! I’m allergic to dairy and sensitive to gluten, and this recipe is my all time favorite. I often find vegan recipes too elaborate and since I can eat eggs I really enjoying baking with them. I love this recipe’s short ingredient list, and how simple and perfect these cookies are. The nutty flavor of the almond flour is delightful. I’ve been making them for at least 4 years now (I found this when I was in college, and now im out of grad school- wild!) and for the first time I accidentally grabbed the orange extract instead of vanilla! The difference was immediately obvious, so I pivoted to adding pistachios and it really saved the day! (I think cranberries would have been good, too, if anyone else ever makes the same mistake.) The liqueur flavor of the orange extract was a little strong but the cookies tasted wonderful the next day 🙂 These cookies are genuinely fool proof!

  6. This is my go to recipe for postpartum mamas! I sub a 1/2 cup of the almond flour with 1/4 cup flax seed and 1/4 cup milled oats. I also love the recipe as is. I double the salt and add flaky salt to the top.