Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies


This recipe can be found on page 258 of my book

From the Paleo Parents: “You know that golden brown Toll House style cookie you want that’s just soft enough not to feel stiff and dry but not so soft that it falls apart? I don’t know how she did it, but Danielle made it happen! We were completely wowed by them and made them our movie snack one night. We left with 10 and returned with one. They were that good!”

If you frequently succumb to looking at food-porn (hate that name), on sites like Pinterest, ChowStalker, or FoodGawker, then you know that a simple image can have you salivating and daydreaming about the dish in an instant. Sadly a lot of grain-free foods are deceiving to the eye. They can look like the real thing but can be disapointing when you take your first bite.

I can assure you that these cookies are not grain-free imposters that only look appetizing. They exceed all taste and texture expectations as well. Remember in my grain-free waffle post how I mentioned that my husband thought they were the closest thing to “real” food I’ve ever made? Well these chocolate chip cookies take the cake. Or take the cookie, so to speak. He says they are actually better than the original. When he first tasted them, he thought they were the real-deal. White flour, sugar, butter – the works. We also had a house full of college students that night that thought the same. And they’re used to eating the break-and-bake Tollhouse kind! As I always say, if I can pass my food off to people who eat a regular diet and have them love it more than the original, mission accomplished!

I’m so obsessed with these cookies that I had to put the breaks on making them. I have no will-power. I even put the extras in the freezer one time hoping that it would deter me finishing off the batch, but the plan failed miserably as I found myself gnawing through a frozen cookie one afternoon and actually enjoyed the frozen texture! Seriously, when it comes to self-control with chocolate chip cookies, I have none.

We’ve been using them for ice-cream sandwiches all Summer and I made them into mini cookies for Asher’s 2nd birthday a few weeks ago. I perfected this recipe for you about 2-dozen times, and now they’re on my black-list. They will only be make for special occasions where I will be giving them ALL away!

*These keep best in an air-tight container in the fridge.


* If you don’t have a food processor, put a couple of cups of your almond flour in a blender or coffee grinder and give it a few pulses. Careful not to go too far or you will have almond butter.  Then make the dough in a stand-mixer or bowl with electric beaters. *Measure the 1½ cups almond flour after you’ve ground it.

* If you plan to double this recipe, reduce the coconut flour by 1 teaspoon (so you would use 3tbs+2tsp).

* I do not like these with coconut oil. Palm shortening makes them chewy. If you’re going to sub it out, my first suggestion would be grass-fed butter.

* I like the flavor complexity with using 2 different types of chocolate, but you’re welcome to use whatever you’d like.

* The palm sugar gives the cookies a “brown-sugar” like taste that the original CCC has. You can try using all honey, but because it is liquid, the texture and flavor will change slightly.


Freeze-and-Bake Instructions

  1. Make the dough as described above
  2. Gather it into a large ball and roll it into a log
  3. Tightly wrap the log in parchment paper, then twist the ends to secure
  4. Freeze for up to 6 months
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees then slice off desired amount of cookies
  6. Place dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes

*cookies will hold their small round shape when baked this way

Give this dough as a gift! 

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Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 1 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, cream the palm shortening, coconut sugar, honey, egg, and vanilla for about 15 seconds until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sea salt and mix again until combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed in order to incorporate all of the flour. Pulse once or twice more.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Place golf-ball sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or a SilPat. Using another sheet of parchment on top of the dough, flatten them slightly with the palm or your hand or a spatula. The cookies don’t spread much so create the size and thickness you want prior to baking them.
  6. Bake for 9-12 minutes, until slightly golden around the edges.
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  • Erica Denise

    WOW. I made these and they were amazing. I didn’t use food processor, forgot to make almond meal finer. Still amazing. Next time using food processor. I used butter, worked GREAT. YUM – I need to hide them from teenage son and myself!!

  • http://www.sproutedwellness.com Amanda Strong

    Just made these and they are ah-maz-ing! I needed a dessert for church and being a health coach I wanted to bring something that I could stand behind AND tasted great – these definitely fit the bill. Thank you so much!

    (I used Spectrum Shortening, Nutiva Coconut Flour, and Honeyville Almond Flour)

  • Teresa

    Can I use another flour rather than Almond?

    • http://againstallgrain.com/ Danielle

      The best subs for almond flour are cashew and macadamia flour, or sunflower seed flour for nut free. My FAQ has more information on this. http://againstallgrain.com/f-a-q/

  • Leslie

    I have to say, having a husband with Ankylosing Spondylitis, it’s been tough finding recipes that are, processed sugar free, soy free, starch free, and grain free. I found this recipe after MUCH research. I can’t thank you ENOUGH!!! He LOVVVVES them!!! He prefers these to ANY other chocolate chip cookie he’s EVER had!! 😀 I feel BLESSED to be able to bake for my Prince Charming and KNOW he’s eating something that’s NOT going to cause a flare up 😀

  • SarahCoupons

    Made these with my kids and they were a huge hit!! We don’t have any allergies or specific health conditions but we are trying to eat healthier, less refined/processed foods as a family. It’s a blessing to find a recipe you feel good about serving your kids and they actually enjoy. Thanks!