A family tradition, revisited

When my mom was a kid, she coveted these homemade chocolate chip cookies her friend’s mom made regularly. My mom, being a young cookie connoisseur at 7 years, asked for the recipe. Her friend’s mom happily gave it to her, no doubt expecting the young child to lose it within the hour. You can probably see where this is going….

…my mom, in fact, didn’t lose the recipe. Some would probably say that this was just luck, a roll of the dice, that my mom holding onto the recipe just happened by chance. However, I would argue that at a young age, my mom knew that there was something special about these cookies. My mom held onto the special cookie until adulthood, and made the recipe over and over. That cookie recipe became a recipe that we often went through together when I was a young child. She started me young, I suppose, making sure that we made that recipe so much that I had it memorized by the time I started high school. In college, I would bake these cookies eagerly (milkshakes are not what brings all the boys to the yard) for my friends, who were impressed that I was making homemade cookies instead of the break and bake variety so popular among my fellow millennials.  Even now, that cookie recipe is still my favorite, and it has turned into a family classic. Once, my uncle and I stayed up all night together baking a triple batch of these chocolate chip cookies so he could take them home to California with him on his 5am flight. We finished baking them all moments before he had to catch a fast cab to the airport. The cookies were shoved into a bag, still hot, and he when he finally opened the bag on the plane, heads turned and people stared trying to figure out who had captured the delicious aroma of baking cookies on a 5 hour, 5am flight. I’ll take that as a win.

Now, you’re right in assuming that those cookies are not paleo, and are definitely not filled with ingredients that are even remotely healthy. They are filled with all the bad things that we are programmed to love, but are definitely terrible for health, longevity, and our waistlines. This isn’t to say that I don’t make these cookies for myself still as an occasional treat, but I don’t  enjoy them now as much as I used to knowing that these cookies might as well be called grain-bombs for the havoc the wreak on my stomach.

So this is why, I have finally developed a chocolate chip cookie recipe that is not only paleo and primal friendly, but rivals the recipe that my mom and I both lovingly obsessed over as children. (And adults!) It took me over a year to figure out, but guess what? This time, there are no grains, refined sugars, or Crisco allowed. 


Best Ever Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 1 dozen large cookies

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup coconut oil, measured at room temperature (solid)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ¼ tsp. Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups white rice flour *
  • 1 cup finely ground cashew flour OR 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup rounded dark chocolate chips (Enjoy life are dairy free)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream eggs, butter, coconut sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl with a mixer.
  3. Melt solid coconut oil, being careful not to burn or scald. Add to wet ingredient mixture and blend until well incorporated.
  4. Add ¼ cup of the white rice flour and mix well. Add ¼ a cup of nut flour while continuing to mix. Alternate between rice flour and nut flour until full amounts have been added to the mixture. Add in baking soda and baking powder and stir well.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Grease baking sheet and place balls of cookie dough, about 4 inches across, evenly on sheets.
  7. Place cookies on the top rack and bake for approximately 12 minutes, or until golden.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool before eating.

*White rice is technically a grain, but is the only grain that is sometimes accepted in the paleo community. Although it does have a higher carbohydrate content and does not contain much nutritional value, white rice is accepted within the community as a “sometimes food” because it doesn’t contain the negative compounds that other grains do. (#teamwhiterice) Including white rice in a diet is completely up to the individual, but here are some good articles that explain this concept much better than I do:

White rice explained by Primal Toad 

White rice explained by Mark's Daily Apple