Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with homemade chocolate chips.

First off, to my dear friend who is eliminating all sugar this week (except fruit), you may not want to read or look at this. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to wave temptation in front of you, and it’s total coincidence that I’m posting this the day after your sugar elimination was defined! Just know, this recipe will be here down the road and it’s not going anywhere. There’s plenty of time to try it later on!

Anyway, I realized I hadn’t posted a treat recipe in a while and had actually been hanging on to this one. I’ve tried to cut back on the amount of treats I post because, well, I don’t always like having this stuff around either. It doesn’t matter that it’s paleo-friendly folks…it’s still a treat and still contains sugar (honey, in my case). As my friend, Laura, quoted, “treats are sometimes foods.” Bingo.

The thing that makes these cookies particularly special is the HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE CHIPS! Yes, you read that right…homemade chocolate chips! I don’t eat store-bought chocolate chips, even the Enjoy Life brand, because they contain sugar other than honey. I’ve learned that my system does fine with cocoa powder and unsweetened chocolate in moderation, but I’m not interested in testing other SCD-illegal things, like sugars (honey is the only SCD-legal sweetener). I don’t need or want it, and it probably wouldn’t make me feel very good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 eggs, preferably pasture-raised
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp melted grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup homemade chocolate chips (see below)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonslip baking mat.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together (except chocolate chips) in a large bowl. Set aside
  3. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs, honey, butter and vanilla. Stir wet ingredients into dry, mixing well.
  4. Add chocolate chips and mix to incorporate into the dough.
  5. Drop dough onto baking sheet with a tablespoon (mine were heaping tablespoon-sized). Space appropriately and if need be, split batter between two baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until light brown. Let cool on a wire rack once done.
  7. Enjoy with a glass of almond or coconut milk, if desired.

Yields: ~ 16 cookies

Breaking up the block of chocolate.
Breaking up the block of homemade chocolate.
Mixing the homemade chocolate chips into the batter.
Mixing the homemade chocolate chips into the batter.

For the homemade chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate (or you can omit and use 1/2 cup cocoa powder)
  • 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 Tbsp raw honey
  1. Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Mix together with a whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Line an 8×8 pan (or baking sheet) with parchment paper. Pour mixture onto parchment paper and place pan in the freezer to set.
  3. Freeze for 2-3 hours or until completely hard. Once set, break into chunks with a knife. Store chocolate chips in the freezer, until ready to use. These can be used just like regular chocolate chips.
Fresh baked cookies.
Fresh baked cookies.
These cookies are soft and cake-like, and not too sweet.
These cookies are soft and cake-like, and not too sweet.
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31 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Rhiarti January 29, 2013 / 10:10 am

    Oh my word, those look like heaven!

    • paleoinpdx January 29, 2013 / 1:57 pm

      That’s a pretty accurate description 😉

  2. kiyafirespirit January 29, 2013 / 10:54 am

    Thank you for this. I have really missed having chocolate chips for my sweets and I am going to make this tonight! Yum!

    Kristy

    ~~~~~~~~~ bmdesigns@gmail.com

    • paleoinpdx January 29, 2013 / 1:57 pm

      Wonderful! Thanks and I hope you enjoy the chocolate chips! They’re better than any store bought version I’ve ever had!

  3. Megan January 29, 2013 / 11:09 am

    I love the homemade chocolate recipe!! I’m definitely bookmarking this one.

  4. Cinnamoneats January 29, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    Am trying to lay off the treats for a while…. indulged a little, make that a lot over the weekend so putting the breaks on the treats but will definitely be bookmarking this one for later 🙂

    • paleoinpdx January 29, 2013 / 1:56 pm

      I hear ya…I try not to make them a regular thing too. Sometimes, I blame it on my blog because treat recipes are pretty easy to come up with, but really it falls back on me!

      • Cinnamoneats January 29, 2013 / 2:44 pm

        That’s true! I just have zero self control when it comes to these things!

  5. paleoinpdx January 29, 2013 / 3:03 pm

    Ditto! I eat one or two and keep wanting more.

  6. Luv What You Do January 29, 2013 / 7:24 pm

    I cna’t believe you made your own chocolate chips. I love the idea and can’t wait to try it! I’d also love to make homemade chocolate almond milk without the added sugars. Yum!

    • paleoinpdx January 29, 2013 / 9:53 pm

      If there’s a will, there’s a way 😉 Making homemade chocolate almond milk would be super easy! Do you ever make homemade plain almond milk? If so, just blend some unsweetened cocoa powder with your nuts and water, and maybe a little pure vanilla extract. If needed, sweeten with some dates or a little honey. If you don’t make your own almond milk, I recommend giving it a shot, as long as you have a high-powered blender.

      • Luv What You Do January 30, 2013 / 5:58 pm

        Thanks! I have never made my own but am interested in giving it a try. I have a new blender (although not the vitamix that I want) and a food processor so one should work…right?! Do you ever use Cacao powder? I use it in smoothies and love it but didn’t know if I could use that instead of cocoa in the chcolate or chocolate milk recipe. Thanks for taking the time to reply! Have a great night!

      • paleoinpdx January 30, 2013 / 6:09 pm

        Use your blender, not the food processor! You’ll end up with a liquidy mess in the food processor. Yes, I sometimes use raw cacao powder, but most often, just use regular unsweetened cocoa powder. Either will work, but cacao tastes a bit stronger, at least to me. It also keeps me from falling asleep if I consume it in the evening, but I don’t notice that problem with regular cocoa powder.

        To make your own, just soak 1 cup of almonds for 24 hours. Then, drain and rinse thoroughly. Add to your blender with 3 cups of filtered water. Now is the time to add any vanilla, cocoa powder, dates or sweetener. Blend on high for several minutes. Then pour into a nut milk bag and drain over a bowl. Once done, pour into a jar/pitcher and store in the fridge.

  7. Shonnie January 30, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Those look and sound amazing and I am without sugar -period- for a month. Man.

    • paleoinpdx January 30, 2013 / 3:03 pm

      The recipe will be here when you’re done 😉

      • Shonnie February 6, 2013 / 8:10 am

        yea!!

  8. Julie Hansen Intuitive February 7, 2013 / 7:21 am

    Wow these look amazing! So glad I found this recipe. Thanks and best wishes!-Julie

  9. maggiesuits April 16, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    How did you get your chocolate chips not to melt all over the place like mine did just now? I kept them frozen until I was ready to use them and then worked quickly, but a ton of them melted out of the cookies and all over the parchment paper. 😦

    • paleoinpdx April 16, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Hmmm…not really sure what happened, but I’m sorry that they didn’t turn out. You didn’t change anything in the recipe, did you? Did any of the cookies turn out?

      • maggiesuits April 18, 2015 / 6:54 am

        I didn’t! I didn’t flatten them on the sheet at all, just left them as balls as I usually do, so I have 12 little balls but hardly any chocolate! hehe. I’m just getting used to serious baking without grains. Should I have flattened them or would it not have made a difference? Thanks for your help! Baking is always tricky!

      • paleoinpdx April 18, 2015 / 8:04 am

        If you followed the directions and ingredients to a T, then I really don’t know! But, sometimes these things happen, unfortunately. Some of my chocolate got a little melty into the cookie, but most of my chocolate stayed in-tact in this recipe. Also, no, you don’t want to flatten the cookies for this recipe, which is why I don’t mention flattening them in the directions. Maybe you’ll have better luck next time! I hope they still tasted good, despite their appearance!

    • Michael July 29, 2015 / 4:50 pm

      Only thing I can think of is the fat that you used. Did you use coconut oil and was it refined or not? The refined is liquid at room temp and so your chocolate base will also start to liquefy at room temp. Make sure to use regular coconut oil.

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