Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies {Paleo}

01 January 2014



I know. I know. I don't call, I don't write. I'm sorry. In my defense, I've been really really busy (okay, that's a lame excuse, but it doesn't make it any less true). I've got important things coming up. But we'll get to that later. On to the good stuff. 

"C" is for cookie. I put this picture at the top of the post for a reason. Stare at those cookies for moment, will you? Just lying there, in all their chocolate and crispy glory.... My ideal version of a chocolate chip cookie is actually a slightly burnt one. Strange, I know. 

When I was a kid, I would purposely ask for everything well done. I liked my eggs scrambled over hard, I baked my chicken nuggets till they were dark brown and had the potential to break teeth, and I always add the crusty part of bread, discarding the center. So, I guess my inherent love of crispy things carried over into my sweet tooth, as well. Go figure, huh?




Obviously, my paleo-ified version of the real deal may be slightly disappointing if you're expecting something on Duncan Hines' level, but as far as Paleo versions go, these come pretty close to cookie nirvana. Just saying.

In other news, welcome to 2014 everyone! I think it's shaping up to be a pretty great year. I can just feel it. My birthday is in a couple of days, which makes me pretty darn excited. (I'm still young enough that I actually look forward to turn a year older, but I'm sure that'll pass in a couple of years, or when I hit 30 -- whichever comes first). 

J is coming in town to celebrate, and I'm busy looking up Paleo cake recipes. (I don't want to be that girl who makes her own birthday cake, but since non of my friends here in Columbus are Paleo.... a girl's gotta do what girl's gotta do.) So if any of you have a great Paleo cake and frosting recipe (it's all about the frosting), please send it my way. Thanks!




Anyway, back to the cookies. They're oozy, gooey, and totally delicious. I really don't know what more I can say! So if you've got a hankering for something sweet, go ahead and make a batch of these delicious treats. And go ahead and eat two or three  or ten  in one sitting. No judgement here.




Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies


1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life)
1/2 cup melted coconut oil or palm shortening
3/4 cup coconut palm sugar (I like this brand)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut milk (full fat)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, sift the coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and sea salt.

In a separate bowl, beat the egg well. Add the coconut oil and palm sugar and continue mixing. Add the vanilla extract and the coconut milk and stir until combined. Add the wet ingredients slowly to the dry ingredients, taking care not to over-mix. Add a half cup of chocolate chips (or the whole bag).

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a melon ball scooper or ice cream scoop, place rounded circles of the cookie dough at 2-3 inch intervals on the parchment paper. Using your fingers, flatten out the balls until the dough resembles thin circles. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until desired crispiness is reached. Enjoy!


34 comments:

  1. happy new year! You need to make the birthday cake I made last week - somehow you can probably paleotize it. The frosting is totally worth it!

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  2. You're so right! Cookie dough in chocolate cake? I'm ALL over that.

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  3. Crispy cookies? yep please! These look delicious D

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  4. These crispy cookies sound so good. I am going to make them for my kids!

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  5. And with non-processed ingredients, you can feel great about it too! You'll love them, trust me.

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  6. Lexi @ Lexiscleankitchen.comJanuary 2, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    These look amazing!!!!

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  7. Drool... Dripping... Down.... MY FACE!!!!

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  8. You always have the best pictures! I have never seen such flat yummy looking paleo cookies. (I don't like thick cookies) these look great!

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  9. Thank you, Ashley! I try to bake mine a little longer than the recommended time & I also flatten them out prior to baking them so that they crisp out a little more.

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  10. Tell me about it. It's taking serious will power to not eat the entire batch. Let me tell you.

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  11. Thank you, Lexi! They taste pretty amazing too!

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  12. Love that you used coconut milk!

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  13. Ba h ha ha! I wouldn't be able to restrain myself!

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  14. Made them today, they tasted great (I ate too many, my bad), but they did not flatten out at all. Not sure how you accomplished the cookies in your photos, mine stayed in the exact shape that they were when I dropped them on the sheet, they look nothing like yours.

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  15. I flattened mine out using my fingers until they were really thin once I dropped the balls on the cookie sheet. The thinner you flatten them out, the crispier they will be! :)

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  16. I always have a can or so on hand. Trader Joe's has one of the best!

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  17. Hello, Any idea on the calorie count??

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  18. I know it says organic palm oil, but any palm oil (including organic/certified) is bad. Please stick to coconut :)

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  19. I completely agree with you. And the MCT's in coconut oil make it even better. I tend to stick with coconut oil, but for some people, it's easier to find palm shortening, so I like to give options for every recipe.

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  20. These look delicious! How many calories are in one cookie?

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  21. These are delicious! Just beware of the amount of calories you're ingesting, don't eat the whole batch (or half like I did) just because they're made of all natural ingredients. The batch itself will be about 2,444 calories. So depending on how many cookies you make out of it, you can determine how many calories per cookie!

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  22. But if you're not counting calories or carbs, bon apetit!

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  23. But if you're not counting calories, bon appetit!

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  24. "must try"!
    wondering if there would be any substitute to almond flour? allergies to almonds/nuts are the bane of my baking existence.

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  25. Using your sources, one batch of these cookies costs about $15.00. A non-paleo batch of Nestle TollHouse recipe cookies (for reference only) is about about $4.50. Given the weights of your items vs the TollHouse recipe, it yields about about double what the Paleo batch does. So that's really $15.00 in comparison to $2.25.


    If you don't like the TollHouse recipe, I make an extraordinary non-paleo chocolate chip cookie using very good ingredients that would knock your socks off for about $5.00 in comparison to the paleo $15.00.


    I am interested in trying out this recipe, but the original cost of procurement for the ingredients is, what, $25 to $30? That's a bit much for an experiment.


    Only providing for reference and discussion and not for judgement. It's something that needs to be addressed with these kinds of diets and why they can't be the saving grace for the world that we might like them to be. It's too expensive.

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  26. Oh my goodness these look like the real deal. Well done! Pinning and the next time I make c.c. cookies, THESE will be it :)

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  27. Lesley, do you think that it is bad because you've heard that orangutans are harmed in the process of harvesting it? There are a number of brands that practice sustainable harvesting and do not disturb orangutan habitat in the process -- Nutiva, for example. You do have to watch out for brands that source from southeast Asia, though. Unrefined red palm oil is an incredibly nutrient dense and healthy fat.

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  28. I just tried this recipe and the cookies turned out as dry as the Sahara. I followed the recipe exactly, correct ingredients and measurements and they looked no where near your pictures. There must be a mistake in the recipe. They are awful.

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  29. If you aren't allergic to sunflower seeds, you can by sunflower seed meal, which could work, but you'll get a totally different flavor.


    And unfortunately, you can't totally replace the almond flour with the coconut flour because coconut flour is very absorbent, and you'll end up with terrible results.


    Alternatively, if you aren't strictly "grain-free" you can definitely try using brown rice flour instead of the almond flour.

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  30. I agree that the cookies are definitely on the more expensive side because of the ingredients. Because of this, I make them as a special treat, not daily or weekly.

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  31. I had the exact same experience with these! So dry and crumbly. More like a healthy bar than a gooey cookie. I'm wondering if the almond flour that I used (red mill) was not ground finely enough even though it says "finely ground". Could be too much flour so I'm going to try grinding it more myself and see how that works.

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