A recipe for paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free edible cookie dough. This healthier version of the classic chocolate chip cookie can be safely consumed raw and only takes a few minutes to make!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough - vegan, refined sugar-free, paleo, gluten free, grain free, and healthy dessert recipe!

Edible cookie dough! Have you had it??

If you’re like me and you’re uber late to scene, the basic run-down is edible cookie dough is an eggless, safe-to-consume, highly mouth-watering substance, which you can whip up in mere seconds in your food processor. When I was growing up, half the reason my family baked cookies together was so that we could eat the dough together, not minding the risk for salmonella. Let’s just face it: sometimes you need a big ball of dough.

…And that is all.

I’m a complete fiend for anything chocolate chip cookie related, and while I’ve seen recipes on the internet for edible cookie dough for a number of years, I was never really sold on it…until now. I can’t say where the skepticism was coming from (probably stemming from my inner stubborn-as-a-mule cookie dough purist), but the second I made this lump, my thoughts, feelings, and opinions on the matter immediately changed. I made this edible cookie dough on my Instagram story last week, and many of you expressed a deep-seated interest in it, so here we are: full faith and love for the edible cookie dough!

This is where you and your wildest dreams collide.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough - vegan, refined sugar-free, paleo, gluten free, grain free, and healthy dessert recipe!You can go about this edible cookie dough a number of ways – for instance, you can use any nut butter of your choosing – cashew butter works great, because it has a super mild and creamy flavor and the texture is also very silky, similar to sunflower seed butter. You can use all ghee instead of sunflower seed butter (or whatever nut butter you’re using), or vice versa. Just note if you replace the ghee with a nut butter, the flavor will be a little less buttery, and the texture will come out a bit more crumbly.

A tirade about ghee versus butter: By now, you’re probably all familiar with the different between butter and ghee, but JUST IN CASE, here’s a quick rundown. Ghee is clarified butter, wherein butter is cooked on the stovetop until the milk solids separate from the fat. The milk solids are then strained and discarded so that what you’re left with is 99% casein and lactose-free pure fat. You can either make it yourself or buy it online. I’m a bit lazy, so I purchase mine on Amazon from  4th & Heart.

If you are not a regular carrier of ghee, are not lactose intolerant, vegan, or follow the paleo diet, you can absolutely use chilled grass-fed butter. Just know that if you go this route, you’ll need to chill or freeze the dough just after preparing it so that it sets up and isn’t overly oily. While the recipe as written is good to go fresh out of the food processor, and in order to get there using regular butter, you’d need to add a bit more tapioca flour (no big deal).  

If you do use grass-fed butter instead of ghee, you will end up with a cookie dough that tastes more authentic. Ghee does have a buttery flavor, but in a different way than actual butter, you feel? What I’m trying to say, is you can choose your adventure when it comes to the fat portion of this recipe, as certain fats (butter) will give the dough more authenticity, whereas certain fats (nut butter) will make the dough healthier and stick together better.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough - vegan, refined sugar-free, paleo, gluten free, grain free, and healthy dessert recipe!

When it comes to the chocolate portion of this recipe, you can choose your passion – I used dark chocolate chips, which do contain dairy and cane sugar, but you can chop up a naturally sweetened and/or dairy-free chocolate bar. I keep my edible cookie dough only lightly sweet, because that’s how I prefer my treats – you can absolutely adjust the pure maple syrup to your liking! Just note if you add a ton more pure maple syrup, you’ll need to add more tapioca flour to compensate for the additional liquid.


Get that dough!

Paleo Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough - vegan, refined sugar-free, paleo, gluten free, grain free, and healthy dessert recipe!

Edible Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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Egg-free edible paleo cookie dough is a delicious treat that takes no more than 15 minutes to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Add all ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a food processor and process until a dough forms. You'll need to stop the food processor and scrape the sides a couple times. First, the mixture will appear crumbly, but keep processing until it comes together in a lump of dough.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips. Eat immediately, or store dough in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to 10 days. Note: Dough can be stored in a plastic bag in the freezer.


*Use coconut butter for vegan


Serving: 1of 4 · Calories: 541kcal · Carbohydrates: 34g · Protein: 11g · Fat: 44g · Saturated Fat: 13g · Sugar: 17g
Author: Julia
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked gluten free apple fritter, dairy free, dairy free recipes, easy healthy recipes, gluten free recipes, gut healthy recipes
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Paleo Chocolate Chip Edible Cookie Dough - vegan, refined sugar-free, paleo, gluten free, grain free, and healthy dessert recipe!
Julia Mueller
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I would rather eat raw cookie dough than actual cookies A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE TIME! It’s a problem. Kind of. Generally, I’ll take the salmonella risk but I also love the egg-free stuff. It’s so stress free!

    1. Hi Deb, You could definitely give it a try! The dough should still hold together fairly well, but may be a bit crumbly. If you find the dough to be too sticky, add more almond flour until the right consistency is achieved! Let us know how it goes!! xo

  2. I wish there was some safe way to try ghee to find out if it would not trigger my cow milk allergy but I won’t risk it – the result could be nasty..In small amounts I can use goat and sheep cheeses and yogurts, but even goat milk will trigger me if I use it more than one day, so ghee is just not happening. I guess I could use coconut oil, or even my homemade turmeric butter instead. All the other ingredients are on hand – wahoo! It has been years since I indulged in cookie dough – I am so overdue 😉

    1. Ah yes, I’d say it’s best not to chance it with the ghee. I think using 1 or 2 tbl softened coconut oil should work great – I wouldn’t go the full 3 tbl, since ghee is solid at room temp and coconut oil is not. You may need to chill the dough for an hour or so before it solidifies as well. Let us know how it turns out!! xo

  3. Wow this looks delicious! Reminds me of the old days when my mom and I would buy a container of cookie dough and eat it by the spoonful ????

  4. Curious as i would love a good vegan cookie dough, but Is there something you could use besides ghee or coconut oil? This post is labeled vegan but ghee is not vegan right?

    1. Ah, that’s a great catch..my apologies, AJ! You’re correct, ghee is definitely not vegan. I’ve added a note in the recipe to replace the ghee with coconut butter to make it vegan. As an alternative, if you aren’t a fan of coconut products, you can add a little bit of almond milk or even water (I’d start with a tablespoon and see what the consistency is like before adding more). Hope this helps!

  5. Ummmm… I just made this and it’s one of the best “healthier version” things I’ve ever made. Or maybe just one of the best things I’ve ever made, period. You literally can’t tell that it’s not regular cookie dough. I have visions of rolling it into balls, coating with chocolate and making truffles/cookie dough bites. My only fear is that it’s so easy to make I might make it way too often!