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Here they are folks, the most Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies! I have to say, it took me about 15 attempts and a lot of failures, but they are here and I absolutely cannot wait for you to make them. 

perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies

For me, warm chocolate chip cookies — with a touch of flakey sea salt — are my favorite dessert ever. Fresh out of the oven and still warm, it’s a classic staple that you just cannot beat! For me, I like a chocolate chip cookie that is not super chewy, and definitely not fully crunchy. I like it somewhere in the middle. You know, like the texture you get when you bake a batch of Tollhouse cookies! Golden brown edges with a perfectly soft, and only slightly chewy center.

That is exactly how these cookies turned out.  My own husband — a very tough critic when it comes to paleo baked goods — said they tasted like the ‘real deal.’ Cady, who works on my team, said they tasted so much like Tollhouse and it would be very hard to tell the difference. My kids devoured them and my neighbors sent rave review texts when I dropped them off on their doorstep. A total win!

perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies

Here are some of the key ingredients that are inside this cookie and why I chose them:

  • Coconut Sugar and Maple Syrup– these two together really help sweeten the dough and add that delicious caramelized flavor you want in a cookie. 
  • Liquid Coconut Oil– a great sub to butter here in this recipe to add fat. I like to use liquid coconut oil (as opposed to traditional melted and cooled coconut oil). I find it is more neutral in flavor and does not make the cookies taste like coconut. You can sub avocado oil here if you need to, and I am sure melted and slightly cooled butter would work, also, but I have found this works best. 
  • Almond Flour and Tapioca Flour– these two grain-free flours come together to really give these paleo cookies the perfect texture. With almond flour alone, they taste slightly grainy and have some grit to them which I know many people do not like. With the addition of tapioca flour, it softens the texture for a soft and chewy center and smooth texture that doesn’t taste grainy at all — just perfectly crumbly. 
perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies

Other helpful tips for baking the Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  1. Waiting for your dough to chill is quite frankly, the most frustrating part; however, it is essential in this recipe! Not only does it make the paleo dough easier to work with, but it also helps the flavors to mend.
  2. Paleo cookie dough is a bit more wet/sticky than traditional cookie dough. Using a cookie scoop helps tremendously when forming the cookies; however, if you don’t have one on hand and end up having to use your hands to help form the cookies prior to baking, damp hands work best! This way the dough will not stick to you.
  3. Just like all cookies, these are best served fresh out of the oven. I provided some tips below on freezing your cookie dough into pre-portioned balls so that you can have fresh cookie dough in your freezer at all times for a bake-as-you-want-it experience. Don’t worry, they still taste great for about 3 days…but as I said before, fresh. out of the oven cannot be beat!

Also, be sure to try my Brown Sugar “Pop-Tart” Cookies!

perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies
5 from 33 votes

Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 18 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies





  • In a large bowl, combine the vanilla extract, egg, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Whisk until very well combined.
  • Add the cinnamon, almond flour, tapioca, baking soda,and kosher salt. Using a rubber spatula, stir until just combined and smooth. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably 2 hours (I know it’s hard to wait, but it really helps the flavors mend and the grain-free dough to thicken/harden a bit, making it perfectly delicious and easy to work with!)
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. When the dough is ready, scoop dough by rounded 1 – 1.5 tablespoon onto the prepared baking sheet(s), placing at least 2 inches apart. I really recommend using a cookie scoop, since paleo dough is a bit more difficult to work with. If you don’t have a cookie scoop and you may need to use your hands to shape into balls, damp hands work best!
  • Transfer to the oven and bake until the cookies are golden brown on the edges, yet still soft in the centers, about 8 minutes. Don’t over-bake your cookies or they will be too hard!!
  • Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheets before serving.


Freezing tips- line a baking sheet with parchment or a Silpat. Prepare the dough as usual, then portion out the cookies onto the baking sheet using a cookie scoop. Since we are freezing and not baking the cookies, you can crowd the cookies close together, but do not let them touch. Transfer the entire baking sheet to the freezer, and freeze for 15 minutes. Then, using your hands, roll into perfect balls. Place back into the freezer and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until the dough is frozen completely. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer and transfer the dough balls to a storage bag.
To bake from frozen- just set the cookie dough out on the counter while your oven heats. Then place the dough on a baking sheet and bake for 1-2 minutes longer than the recipe directs, keeping an eye on the cookies during those last few minutes so that you can see when they are ready to go.


Serving: 24g, Calories: 148.12kcal, Carbohydrates: 17.97g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8.8g, Sodium: 23.69mg, Fiber: 1.44g, Sugar: 12.35g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 148.12

Photography by Eat Love Eats.

Welcome! I’m Alex.

I’m a food lover sharing healthy, simple, delicious, recipes from my kitchen to yours. Here you’ll find lots of Whole30, lots of healthy, and a little indulgence here and there because…it’s all about balance y’all!

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  1. 5 stars
    Okay this is not only the best paleo cookie I’ve ever had, it’s THE best cookie I’ve ever had!!! This is now my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. Thank you, Alex!

  2. 5 stars
    Mine turned out nothing like the picture for some reason but very delicious. I used brown sugar (all I had) and dropped off some of the almond flour so it was more of a 1:1 ratio w/the tapioca.

  3. 5 stars
    Do you think I could use this dough as one for paleo white chocolate macadamia nut cookies? They used to be my favorite, and I love this recipe for chocolate chip cookies so much. Curious, I’d like to try tomorrow…

    1. I think the base of this cookie works well with whatever flavors you enjoy!! 🙂 I love adding cranberries in there, too with white choc and macadamia!

  4. 5 stars
    These are delicious. The texture and smell are perfection. Plus this recipe is very easy making this the triple threat cookie I’ve been looking for. A lot of GF cookies add some sort of nut butter, so I specifically chose this one to avoid even a hint of nutty flavor.
    These are fantastic in every way. Thank you, Alex