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Paleo Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Dark chocolate? Check.

Nutty goodness? Check.

Paleo? Check. (…well, depends on who you ask. I put dark chocolate and honey into the “acceptable with moderate use” category)

Ooey gooey deliciousness that takes you back to childhood cookie heaven? CHECK.

This past weekend, I had the distinct honor and privilege of observing the wedding of one of my very best friends as her bridesmaid.

Before I departed for the extended weekend of pre-wedding pampering and slave labor (totes kidding), I took the bride’s favorite cookie and turned it into a guiltless treat.

Julie, the beautiful bride, LOVES Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

I got to work.

What I wound up with is one of the tastiest paleo conversions E.V.E.R. This recipe is foolproof and I promise you’ll put it on repeat. I did … not a week has gone by and I’ve made it twice. Whoopsie.

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The wedding was absolutely beautiful. Champagne flowed like water; blessings were numerous, heartfelt, and hilarious; and the bride couldn’t have been more radiant.

Even though at the last minute Julie asked: “can Xanax be my something blue?” everything was seamless.

We toasted!

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We took pictures of her gorgeous little girl, Bina.

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We connected with old friends.

{That’s me in the bright blue, the bride in cream, our bestie Morgan in navy, and the hilarious and precious Missy in front.}

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We posed for more pictures than you can shake a stick at.

It was a blast.

I wish Bryan and Julie all the happiness in the world. You both deserve it. Thank you for making me a part of your special day.

Okay, back to the cookies …

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Paleo Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Yield: ~24 cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Sifted Almond Meal
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
  • ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 2 Tbl Virgin Coconut Oil (melted)
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or aluminum foil).
  3. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the dry ingredients together with a fork. Includes: almond meal, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts to the dry mixture and stir evenly.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together (honey, oil, vanilla extract, and egg).
  6. You may need to heat the honey and oil in order to liquefy them. 30 seconds in the microwave will do. Be sure to heat BEFORE you add the egg.
  7. Make a crater in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the whisked wet ingredients.
  8. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until evenly mixed.
  9. Using a 1 Tbl scoop or a spoon, spoon out balls of the dough and align them on the baking sheet.
  10. Using either the palm of your hand or the back of a spoon greased with a little coconut oil, smash the balls of cookie dough down. Because the cookies don’t expand much during baking, the shape you make will stick.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes then let cool for at least 5 minutes.
  12. The cookies will not come off the parchment paper (or aluminum foil) very easily if they’re too warm.

Cheers to Bryan, Julie, and Paleo Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

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59 Responses to “Paleo Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies”

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    Julie SANSONE!posted January 30, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    It was an honor to have you, my love and an honor to eat the H out of those cookies!!! Cannot wait to make these for my new hubby and for our next gathering, which will be sooner than later – cheers!!

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    GiGi Eats Celebritiesposted February 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I really adore the fact that paleo is catching on with EVERYONE these days!! :D

    • fedandfit replied: — February 2nd, 2013 @ 11:48 am

      Me too, pretty lady! I’m spreading the paleo love one batch of cookies at a time :)

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    saraposted March 5, 2013 at 12:15 am

    those cookies look amazing…pretty sure when my whole 30 is up on march 8th this is going to be first on my to cheat list…

    • fedandfit replied: — March 5th, 2013 @ 8:20 am

      Thanks, Sara! Good luck with the rest of your Whole 30. That’s the next challenge on my list :)

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    Cecilieposted July 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    So I made these yesterday, and I had problems. When it came to mixing wet with dry, it seemed that I didn’t had wet enough at ALL. I ended up putting in an extra egg, but still it looked nothing like the dough in the picture…..what did I do wrong??

    • fedandfit replied: — July 29th, 2013 @ 9:28 am

      Hi Cecilie! Thanks for your comment. Not being in the kitchen with you, it’s difficult to say where it went wrong. These cookies have been made hundreds of times by myself and other readers, so I know the ingredients are correct. It’s possible that if you didn’t liquify the coconut oil and honey {a short spell in the microwave will do this …~20 sec}, than it wouldn’t have mixed well with the dry ingredients. They definitely don’t need an extra egg though. Remember, also, that paleo batter is much thicker than regular/gluten cookie batter. I hope that helps some and that they work out better next time!

      • Cassandra Grabowski replied: — September 20th, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

        This also just happened to me! I feel like it should be 2 cups of flour instead of three or something. The batter just looks crumbly. :(

        • fedandfit replied: — September 23rd, 2013 @ 9:47 am

          Hi Cassandra! I’m sorry the batter didn’t work out for you. Make sure all your wet ingredients are melted before you add them to the dry. That may help!

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    Tracyposted September 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I would like to try this recipe but I’m deathly allergic to walnuts. Can I just omit them without having to replace with anything else or should I use more almond flour in their place?

    • fedandfit replied: — September 3rd, 2013 @ 11:06 am

      Hi Tracy! You can just leave the walnuts out. I’ve made them many times with just the chocolate chips. Hope you love ‘em!

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    Suzanneposted September 17, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Oh my goodness, these cookies are the BEST!!! I made them yesterday for the first time, my husband walks in the door & says awe you made me cookies. I smiled and said of course honey. He took 2 cookies & then came back and asked if he could have 4 more. Then later that evening he says, where are MY COOKIES, I need a snack!! Let me tell you this man is a cookie man and knows his cookies, well so he thought he did!! LOL If these cookies can fool my husband into thinking they are his Toll House Chocolate Chip homemade cookies, no one else will be able to tell any difference & they are H E A L T H Y. Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing recipe!!!

    • fedandfit replied: — September 17th, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

      That’s hilarious! Thanks for sharing, Suzanne. I’m so glad you guys liked them.

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    Taraposted September 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Made these today! So good I had a hard time not eating them all!! Do you have a calorie count per serving? THANK YOU

    • fedandfit replied: — September 29th, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

      Hi Tara! I’m so glad you liked the cookies! I don’t have a calorie count handy but I can try to figure an approximate up. I’ll be back in touch!

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    Jo Ashwinposted October 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I dont have any baking soda! Does it matter? New to baking so please excuse my lack of knowledge! Also, just wanted to mention I have been doing the paleo diet for a little over a month now and used a lot of your recipies…I feel great and can’t ever imagine going back to my old diet. So thank you for the inspiration! Jo x

    • fedandfit replied: — October 12th, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

      Your comment just made my day. Stories like yours are the reason I started my blog in the first place. Can’t thank you enough for your comment! The baking soda is pretty important to the cookies – it helps keep them fluffy instead of flat and dense. Do you have any baking powder? If so, try using 3/4 tsp to substitute. Not that I’ve tried this before, but that would be my first step for an experiment. Please let me know how they come out! And if you stop by the store for some baking soda, I’m sure they’ll come out perfectly. Congratulations on your lifestyle change and keep up the great work!

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    Jennifer Donohueposted October 13, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    How important is it to sift the almond flour? It took forever and killed my sifter last time I tried it.

    • fedandfit replied: — October 13th, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

      You can sift with a whisk in a bowl! New trick I learned. I think it’s important because it helps keep the cookies fluffy.

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    Katherin.keddingtonposted October 13, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Food paleo cookies- kids loved!

    • fedandfit replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 7:36 am

      That’s awesome feedback!! Thanks, Katherine.

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    Jan Sappington Wright Jonesposted October 14, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    I was on the way to bed when I found this on Pinterest Guess now I will be up baking for awhile…

    • fedandfit replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 7:36 am

      Haha I hope you love ‘em Jan!

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    Tania Lundposted October 22, 2013 at 6:10 am

    I just completed the inaugural Oxfam Trailwalker 100 km event in Perth Western Australia this weekend. My team and I completed this very challenging event in one go and these cookies where such a highlight – especially at 1:30 am and about to hike a very challenging section. Thanks so much for sharing. Love your site.

    • Tania Lund replied: — October 22nd, 2013 @ 6:38 am

      Sorry, “were such a highlight”

    • fedandfit replied: — October 22nd, 2013 @ 7:49 am

      Hi Tania! Wow! That is the neatest story. Congratulations to you and your friends for completing the 100 km event! I haven’t been to Australia, but it’s on my list. I’m so glad you all liked the cookies. Warms my heart to know that a little tasty Paleo love made its way across the globe. Thanks so much for your comment. Made my day.

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    Julie Sposted November 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I know your recipe calls for Almond MEAL, but looking at your pictures it definitely looks like Almond FLOUR to me. I think some people use these terms interchangeably, but they really are two different things and give food different consistencies. I’m going to make them now with the FLOUR, but if you wouldn’t mind clarifying, that would be great! Thanks!

    • fedandfit replied: — November 10th, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

      You’re right! The more fine almond flour is what I usually use, though either will result in a tasty cookie :)

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    Terranposted November 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    So, I’ve made these delicious cookies a few times now (thank you!), but I’ve added an extra egg every time… I’m using Red Mill almond flour, which might not be as fine as what you have been using and therefore needs a little more moisture? Regardless, it’s been a great recipe for me. The only real problem is that you end up eating so many of these cookies it kind of defeats the purpose of a paleo treat:)

    • fedandfit replied: — November 25th, 2013 @ 9:16 am

      Hi Terran! Thank you for your feedback! I’m glad you found a modification that works for you. I have the same problem with these cookies – they vanish! Happy you like them :)

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    Tinaposted December 3, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    You are a genius. These are by far the BEST chocolate chip cookies paleo/primal/gluten free or otherwise. I used the Red Mill almond flour (a little more course than most) and followed your recipe to the T and they came out amazing. I’ve already made two batches and shared them and nobody had any clue they were made without wheat flour or processed sugar. Thank you so much for the great recipe!!

    • fedandfit replied: — December 3rd, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

      What awesome feedback!! Thanks, Tina! I’m thrilled that you liked them. Happy baking :)

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    jenniferposted December 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    OMG!!!! Cookies haven’t come out of the oven yet but the batter is yummy!! Totally making these for our paleo holiday treat exchange. Thanks

    • Cassandra replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

      Haha the batter is my favorite part!

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    Lindaposted December 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    The cookies just came out of the oven, they look amazing!! I said to my daughter they probably wont taste amazing, but they do!!!!!! Such an easy recipe, followed everything to a tee, next time I would cut back on the choc chips (a little too chocolatety for me) Thanks for posting the recipe!!

    • Cassandra replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them, Linda!!

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    Krystle Jaskoposted January 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I just made these, and OMG they are AMAZING! My four year old and two year old daughters just can’t get enough if them! They are the perfect treat to crave any sweet tooth! And so guilt free!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

    • Cassandra replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

      It’s my pleasure! Sharing the grain-free cookie love :)

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    Ashleyposted January 27, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Made these tonight and they were awesome. Will be a regular new addition to the weekly desserts. Thanks!

    • Cassandra replied: — February 19th, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

      Awesome! So glad you liked them, Ashley!

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    Michelleposted April 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Great Read!! Thanks!! Amazing pictures!!! I just recently wrote a blog post on my favorite paleo chocolate cookie recipe, a easy one and super yummy!! Thought I would share:)

    http://myjourneyrx.com/2014/04/06/amazing-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookie-recipe/

    Thanks Michelle

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    Daniela Ragusaposted April 10, 2014 at 2:37 am

    I ran out of almond flour, so I used cashew meal which I randomly had on hand for 1/3 of the recipe. The mixture did seem dry as other posters have noted, but I used a good rubber spatula and some elbow grease and filled everything together in no time. Final product. .. amazing! !! Doubled the vanilla, too, and my kitchen smelled like heaven. I bet people who didn’t know these were paleo would never guess this wasn’t a regular chocolate chip cookie. Actually, I would even say they are better than the average chocolate chip cookie! Thanks for posting this recipe!

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    Diposted April 19, 2014 at 12:13 am

    Seriously FABULOUS!!!!! And soooo easy! I didn’t have walnuts, so I used some organic shredded coconut—deelish! I can’t
    to wait to try with walnuts! Thanks for sharing your great recipe!

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    Diposted April 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Okay, so I just had to come back and tell you that these are even BETTER the next day! I had one this morning with my coffee…Oo lala they are so yummy!

    Also, I forgot to mention that I added a dash of cinnamon to my batter…

    These will be a regular feature in our grain-free home!

    • Cassy replied: — April 28th, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

      Cinnamon sounds delicious!

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    Lynneposted July 7, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Oh my goodness! I loved these cookies! I made them for a family camping trip because everyone would get sweets but even camping I try to stick to the daily grind! Everyone ate them and loved them – the grain free and non grain free peeps alike. I replaced the walnuts with pecans because it was what I had in my fridge. They were fantastic. I WILL be making these again. Thanks! I was wondering…does anyone have nutritional facts about them though?

    • Cassy replied: — July 10th, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

      That’s wonderful, Lynne! I’m so glad everyone liked them. I have also made them a number of times with pecans :)

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