{Paleo + Primal} Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Katelyn Block on December 9, 2012 · 30 comments

Sometimes when I’m sitting around gloomy Syracuse, I start listening to Christmas music that makes me want nothing but cookies. Or maybe it’s that whole thing about winter that tricks your body into believing you’re a hibernating polar bear.

One of the two.

When I start wanting cookies, I naturally start to think about the kind your grandma makes around the holidays. Pops them out of the oven and hands to you still piping hot, with a glass of milk.

Or, the Break & Bake cookies I used to eat when I was in high school. My girlfriends and I would get a couple of packages, break them up, and while we were putting them on the cookie sheet, we’d steal some to take back to the living room since we “weren’t supposed to eat raw cookie dough”.

Well, all I have to say about that, is rules are meant to be broken.

We were so scandalous I can’t even handle it.

These days, I still taste the dough, but I feel a little bit better about the lack of “naughty” ingredients in my baking. Tasting is essential. Sharing is even better.

With these cookies, I’ve brought the smell of chocolate chip cookies, the irresistible gooeyness of a freshly baked batch, back to my home. But this time, there’s no refined sugar, no unpronounceable ingredients, and most of all, there’s the feeling of less guilt and little bit more happiness.


Sweet + Salty Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Katelyn Block

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack gluten-free low-carb paleo soy-free vegetarian cookie

Ingredients (20 cookies)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 heaping tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 6 tbsp. salted butter (or unsalted for a milder flavor)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (grade B)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Add your almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt to a large mixing bowl and whisk.
  3. In a small bowl, add your butter and melt (stovetop, or microwave for 15 seconds).
  4. Add your maple syrup, vanilla extract, and egg. Whisk until fully incorporated.
  5. Add wet mixture to dry, and mix until a dough forms.
  6. Fold in your chocolate chips, and scoop dough onto cookie sheet with a tablespoon measure or melon baller.
  7. Flatten dough with the palm of your hand.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes, and serve warm.
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These cookies are a little bit sweet and a little bit salty.

For those of you that will ask, you can use coconut oil… but butter is better.


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah December 9, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Yummm these look so good! Thanks for a great recipe! I’ll have to try it :)


Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer December 9, 2012 at 8:45 PM

butter is always better. ha. these look awesome.


Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife December 9, 2012 at 8:49 PM

yum! that picture looks delicious! Pinning these! Thanks girl!


Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 9, 2012 at 9:06 PM

These look fantastic! I was experimenting with almond flour choc chip cookies last week, but yours look better. :) I didn’t know you were in Syracuse… one of my best friends lives there, and we spent the last 6 years in Ithaca!


Katelyn Block December 9, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Let me know if you try them!! And wow, small world! Ithaca is beautiful. If you ever get the chance to come up to Syracuse, shoot me an email!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

We used to buy pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a roll of cookie dough for sleep overs in high school. No cooking necessary. I’m still in awe that we didn’t die from salmonella or become extremely obese. LOL!

These cookies look fabulous. I always use salted butter for baking – the sweet and salty combo is to die for. :)


hillary | nutrition nut on the run December 9, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I made GF almond flour choco chip cookies with unsweetened coconut this morning, too. They’re delicious!


kim@hungryhealthygirl December 9, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Yum…..looks like a “must try” recipe!


Spencer December 10, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Looks delicious! I love a good cookie and these look great.


Sarah Jane @ The Fit Cookie December 10, 2012 at 8:01 AM

These look so yummy! I pinned these to try later : )


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness December 10, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Love this recipe Katelyn! Cannot wait to try them! Something about the winter makes me crave comfort too!


Siobhan McCarthy.ca December 10, 2012 at 10:31 AM

YUM! I’m going to have to find some coconut flour to make this one!

I bake the most in the winter. The holidays just make me want delicious treats!


Katie @ KatieEnPursuit December 10, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Oh, these are going to get made & stuffed in my face this week! Yum! Thanks for the recipe lady :)


Vanessa December 10, 2012 at 1:32 PM

MMM these look like the perfect comfort food! Maybe a good study break today! Love em :)


Paige December 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Wow…these actually look very delicious! I think I’ll make them tonight:)


Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 10, 2012 at 9:50 PM

YUM! These look great!


Lisa December 11, 2012 at 1:18 PM

That’s like the theme of my kitchen life…. butter is better!

These look super yummy… and you’re so right about warm grandma cookies!

Side note: I know it’s cold there… but I can’t even remember what cold feels like! However my point is, I’ll be eating plenty of cookies even for warm-christmas this year :-)

Chat soon my dear!


Elle December 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM

These are baking in my oven right now… mint chocolate chips… and I had just enough coconut flour on hand to do it! Thanks!


Elle December 16, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Hi – just wanted you to know that we LOVE these cookies… I did a little blog post about them on my running blog last night and linked to your post for the recipe and instructions, Katelyn. I think you can find the trackback link if you want to take a look… otherwise email me and I can give it to you. I can see so many possibilities for other addins here that this will be a keeper!


Rocio G. January 29, 2013 at 5:21 PM

These cookies are amazing! I made a batch last night and I probably could have eaten them all in one sitting, but I didn’t – I had one. My 3 year old twins and the hubby loved them too.

Quick question: can I substitute the maple syrup with Just Like Table Top Natural Chicory Root Sweetener? If so, would I need to adjust for liquid?


Katelyn Block January 31, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Hi Rocio! So glad you loved them!! I just Google’d the sweetener and it appears that it is comparable to regular sugar sweetness-wise. I would add the equivalent amount listed in the recipe, add liquid/milk as you see fit, and then add more sweetener to taste (if necessary). Liquid sweeteners are typically a bit more concentrated than granulated ones, so you might have to add more.


Mrissa February 3, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Just like gloomy Syracuse, these cookies are perfect for rainy Portland. Thanks for the recipe!


Amy Ayers May 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Are you talking about gloomy Syracuse, NY? If so, I can sympathize. I grew up there, but am now in Boston. And yes, warm chocolate chip cookies can help deal.


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