Soft, Chewy, and Gooey Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, chewy, gooey paleo chocolate chip cookies that have a nice crispy outside and that delicious molten inside. You’d never know these cookies are grain-free and refined sugar-free!

The BEST gooey Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! These grain-free cookies taste just like classic homemade chocolate chip cookies.

I had zero intention of giving you all yet another cookie recipe, but then something happened: a ginormous hankering for gooey, chewy, ultra chocolatey chocolate chip cookies struck me in my stomach chakra and before I knew it, I was conjuring up ways of improving my original recipe for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies to come out with a version 2.0. Sometimes you just need an ultra comforting cookie, and so…

Version 2.0 is here, and let me just tell you…



The BEST Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft, chewy, gooey, perfectly sweet and delicious! You'd never know these are grain-free and naturally sweetened

I wanted to title these The BEST Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies In all the Land, but then I figured at some point in the future I would add one more tablespoon of ghee (for instance) or an additional tablespoon of pure maple syrup only to find out these cookies could be improved by yet another subtle adjustment…you catch my drift? ..That said, it’s hard for me to imagine them getting any better!

I made a few subtle changes to the same recipe I’ve been making for years, and those subtle changes made all the difference. I added tapioca flour for fluffy texture, some almond butter, and I used ghee instead of coconut oil. PLUS, I sprinkled the cookies with Himalayan Pink Salt when they came out of the oven, because: fancy and because: salt + sweet = epic mind meld.

The salty-sweet combo, the goo, the soft and chewy yet exterior crisp (it’s ALL ABOUT the crinkle top, can we agree?!) of these cookies makes them nearly indistinguishable from a regular chocolate chip cookie. My guess is if you handed one to a friend, he or she would never be able to tell the difference.

So if you’re tired of all the holiday hubbub, take a therapeutic baking moment for yourself and whip up a batch of (sorry ->) THE BEST paleo chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had the pleasure to consume.

But pace yourself. Don’t do as I did and eat 4 off the bat…they’re definitely sultry little temptresses, but you’ll want to save some for breakfast and of course share one or two them with your beloved humans.

12/23 UPDATE!: After posting this recipe, I had a number of people ask if they could substitute coconut oil for ghee. I whipped up the same recipe using 1/3 cup softened coconut oil instead of 1/3 cup ghee, and the result was also fabulous!

Now lettuce discuss how we go about baking the cookie dough.

There comes a time in everyone’s baking life when he or she questions if the dough should be rolled into a ball or not. Really, that’s a matter of preference. Here is what the cookies look like when you roll the dough into a ball prior to baking it:



Soft, Chewy, Gooey Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies - THE BEST grain-free, refined sugar-free paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe!

Both baking methodologies yield insanely delicious results, HOWEVER!:

My preference from a texture standpoint is to not dough roll. Simply dropping spoonfuls of dough onto the baking sheet yields that crispy crinkle top. They seem to be gooey-er this way, too!

The BEST Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft, chewy, gooey, perfectly sweet and delicious! You'd never know these are grain-free and naturally sweetened

You can also use dark chocolate chunks (as seen in the photo above) instead of chocolate chips. I chopped up a Lindt Lindor 60% Chocolate Bar for these cookies and was blown away by how amazing the cookies turned out. Of course adding a chocolate bar made with dairy and cane sugar makes this recipe un-paleo, but you guys…WE NEED THIS!

Happy cookie baking!

The BEST gooey Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! These grain-free cookies taste just like classic homemade chocolate chip cookies.

The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, dairy free, gluten free, grain free, vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15 cookies
Calories: 236 kcal
Author: Julia

Grain-free chocolate chip cookies made with almond flour




  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Add the egg, ghee, pure maple syrup, almond butter, and vanilla extract to a stand mixer. Fit the stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until mixture is completely creamy and there are no visible chunks of ghee.

  3. Add the almond flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, and sea salt and mix until combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.

  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough on a baking sheet according to the size of cookies you like. I enjoy making mine fairly large.

  5. Bake for 8 to 15 minutes, depending on your desired level of chewiness or crunch. For me, 11 to 12 minutes is the sweet spot of ultimate goo-to-crunch. Allow cookies to sit 5 minutes before using a spatula to remove them from the baking sheet.

Recipe Notes

*You can also chop up a dark chocolate bar, which in my opinion makes the cookies even more over-the-top delicious

Nutrition Facts
The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Total Carbohydrates 18g 6%
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The BEST Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! Soft, chewy, gooey, perfectly sweet and delicious! You'd never know these are grain-free and naturally sweetened

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  1. Shirley

    We are out of Christmas cookies. I am not sure where 500 cookies went! I need to make some cookies tonight, so I will give these a whirl. They look delicious!

      1. Julia Post author

        Hi Grace! UPDATE! I just baked the cookies using coconut oil and they turned out great. I baked them for 12 minutes instead of 10 because they were under-done at 10, but other than that, there were no changes to the recipe. Enjoy! xo

        1. Grace

          AMAZINGGG!!! Thank you! Will 100% be making them tonight. Can’t stand watching my family eat Gma’s cookies and bread without me😫 You ROCK!!!

          1. Julia Post author

            Yaaaay I’m so happy to hear it! I feel ya on not wanting to miss out on treats! I hope you love these cookies as much as I do!! xoxo

  2. Luisa

    Hi, sorry if I’m being a pedant, but some folks follow instructions to the letter – are the chocolate chips lightly mixed / kneaded in at the of the preparation. in the mixer they would likely lose their chunkiness?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Luisa, No problem at all! I mix the chocolate chips into the dough with my mixer until they’re well-incorporated into the dough. The chips don’t lose their chunkiness 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xo

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Lisa, Butter will work too! The cookies won’t technically be paleo if you use regular butter, but so long as you’re okay with that, they should turn out great!

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  5. Lynnie

    This recipe is amazing. I use the 69% cacao chips from Enjoy Life, maintaining a no dairy concept. Thank you!

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  7. chloe

    I tried this today… with coconut oil and I can say this is an AMAZING recipe!! Something I will definitely be keeping in my recipe book. I did have a question about how you store this? Do you keep it out in an airtight container or should it be in the fridge? How long do they keep?

    thank you!

    1. Julia Post author

      I’m so glad you like them, Chloe! I store them in a zip lock bag (tupperware container works great too!) and keep them in the freezer only so that I’m not tempted to eat one every time I walk in the kitchen. You can definitely keep them in the refrigerator, though 😉 In the freezer, they will last up to 2 months, and in the refrigerator, they will last up to 10 days (although I’d say they’re best within the 7-day window). xo

  8. Vickie B.

    According to the info provided it says that each serving is 235 calories. Does that mean 235 per cookie?…….or is a “serving” 15 cookies? Ha ha!! I know this sounds rather silly to ask, but how big is each cookie?? I am planning on making a double recipe.

    I have just put my “homemade” chocolate chips (chunks) into the fridge to harden. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I hope each cookie is not 235 calories, otherwise I will have to really watch it!! The do look so delicious.

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Vickie!

      That calorie count is per cookie, lol…but I did make mine pretty large – they were about 3 inches across, so you can definitely make them smaller 😀 Hope you enjoy!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Kayt,

      Yes, you can replace the tapioca flour with more almond flour. I would add an additional 2 tablespoons of almond flour (total for 4 Tbsp) since tapioca is a better binder than almond 😀

  13. Tara

    What can I use instead of tapioca flour? I have marine collagen peptides, unflovored whey protein powder, cassava flour, arrow root and guar gum. TIA

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