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Double Chocolate Cookies (Paleo-friendly and Gluten-free)

These double chocolate chip cookies are paleo-friendly, gluten-free and grain-free and kid-approved!
Nov 14, 2019 | Joy McCarthy

Your day is about to get a little more joyous with my new recipe for Double Chocolate Cookies!

latte and cookies

The other night Walker was out with his buddy, so Vienna and I had a girl date. About 20 minutes before bed she decided she wanted to make cookies, so she twisted my arm and we decided to make them together! I explained to her that because there is so much chocolate in these, she can only eat half a cookie otherwise she will be UP ALL NIGHT — especially since she’s like her mama, chocolate is like a shot of espresso straight to the veins for me.

Double chocolate cookies

We had so much fun baking together! She definitely had her fill with chocolate, as did I. Not surprisingly, it took me a little longer to fall asleep. So if you're like me, maybe don't eat these right before bed! 

Honestly, I had no clue if these would work out since it was a total shot in the dark. I’ve baked enough though so I usually know the ratios of wet to dry and magically they turned out soft, chewy and oh so dang amazing!!! I wasn’t even planning on putting these on the blog, but because they were so good I asked Walker to shoot them for me yesterday morning — not that he didn’t already have enough on his plate, but he happily obliged.

These cookies are:

  • Paleo-friendly
  • Gluten-free and grain-free
  • Kid-approved (and hubby approved!)
  • Easy peasy to make 
  •  Soft and chewy
  • Very chocolatey!
  • Even better the next day when they've been chilling in the fridge all night!

I think this would be a wonderful host or hostess gift if you've got any holiday parties to attend this year. Hint, hint - I would definitely appreciate them being made for me!

stack of cookies

Here's the recipe that Vienna and I created for you - Double Chocolate Cookies.

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  • 1 cup almond flour*
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 eggs, whisked (see notes for flax egg)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, raw cacao powder, coconut sugar, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, combine eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil and water.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chunks.
  5. Form into 3 inches cookies with you hands. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. They are crumbly when very hot so just be patient with them! :)
  6. Let cool completely and then store in the fridge. OMG they taste amazing when they are chilled too!


Makes 16-18 cookies.

You may wish to adjust the sweetness but I found they needed coconut sugar and maple syrup or the bitterness of the raw cacao comes out. If you reduce the maple syrup you'll need to add more water because coconut flour is very dry.

*If you want to make this nut-free try 1 cup of oat flour.

Update May 17: I increased the raw cacao powder from 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup I like them more chocolatey!

If you want to make these egg-free, use flax eggs instead. 1 tbsp flax + 2.5 tbsp water = 1 egg, so you'll need to double that since there are 2 eggs.

Just in case you missed the note in the recipe card, be sure to let them cool otherwise they will fall apart very easily when they are hot because of the coconut oil. Once that oil solidifies up they hold together perfectly. 

Vienna and I love baking together and if you've got kids I highly encourage you to do this as often as possible because it's a great way to teach children about food and nutrition. I talk a lot about this in my free guide: Little Food Lovers Healthy Snackers


I can't wait to hear what you guys think of these yummy cookies! I had one this morning with my Rise & Shine Latte.

stack of paleo chocolate chip cookies

Just a little fyi -- these cookies are much darker than these photos appear. I think it was just the lighting in the office when Walker shot them for me. So if yours come out looking like dark chocolate cookies, that's how they should look!

Joy xo

Christine D.   •   November 14, 2019

I made these yesterday and they are absolutely amazing!!! I love how they are soft and chewy :)

Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2019

Leanne   •   November 14, 2019

YUM! These look amazing! Just wondering what you’ve read about coconut sugar? I don’t know too much about it!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 14, 2019

Katelyn S.   •   November 16, 2019

You have a note about coconut oil at the bottom of the recipe, but there is no oil in the list of ingredients. Is there supposed to be coconut oil in these cookies? Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 17, 2019

Ruth   •   November 16, 2019

These are fabulous! I threw in a handful of walnuts and it worked great. Thanks Joy for another great recipe!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 17, 2019

Elena   •   November 19, 2019

These cookies look so delicious! Would I be able to substitute the almond flour? We have a nut allergy in the house.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 19, 2019

Amy   •   November 19, 2019

I don’t eat sugar anymore, but have been using Stevia. Is there any way to use Stevia in replace of the sugar and maple syrup in this recipe?

Joy McCarthy   •   November 19, 2019

Alison D   •   November 19, 2019

I have an almond allergy in my house! What would you recommend I sub for the almond flour? I know that making it all coconut flour might not render the right consistency. Thoughts??

Joy McCarthy   •   November 19, 2019
LeeAnneGelfand   •   April 2, 2023
Joy McCarthy   •   April 3, 2023

Anne   •   November 19, 2019

can i use almond meal instead of almond flour? only because that is what i have at home right now, thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 19, 2019

LeeAnne Gelfand   •   November 21, 2019

A delicious, delicate, chocolatey little bite for when the mid-morning or midday slump happens. A quick easy to put together recipe and a definite make again recipe. However, I did not add the water. As the dough seemed sticky without the water, in my case, it would have turned the cookie dough to cake batter. Next time, I might use butter instead of coconut oil. Thanks for continually inspiring me.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 21, 2019

Kelly M.   •   November 24, 2019

We made these...well...a version of these! I didn't have coconut flour, so I subbed in some buckwheat flour. Knowing this would affect the wet to dry ratio, I added more almond flour and buckwheat flour until I had a cookie dough-like batter. The resulting cookies were more brownie-like, and oh-so-good! Thanks for the inspiration!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 25, 2019

Jessica   •   November 27, 2019

I just made these cookies and they are amazing!!! Soft chewy i loved them!!!

Joy McCarthy   •   November 27, 2019

Cindy C.   •   December 17, 2019

Best cookies ever! We couldn’t wait for them to cool down and they definitely fall apart when warm but who cares. Delicious!

Joy McCarthy   •   December 18, 2019

Laura C.   •   December 21, 2019

These were so yummy and moist! Distinct coconut flavour from the coconut flour which I like, but my husband doesn't unfortunately! I guess these could be made with regular flour? Is there any other flour that can be substituted for coconut flour? Does non-coconut tasting coconut flour exist? Coconut oil doesn't really taste like coconut depending on the one you get.

Joy McCarthy   •   December 22, 2019

Kait   •   January 30, 2020

How many cookies is this recipe suppose to yield? Thanks!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 3, 2020

Roz   •   March 1, 2020

Hi Joy. Theses cookies are amazing. The whole batch was eaten in one day. I added a teaspoon of vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon salt to the recipe. I didn’t flatten the cookies when I put them on the tray so they baked up slightly domed. It was like eating muffin tops. So delicious. Thank you for the recipe.

Joy McCarthy   •   March 1, 2020

Jen   •   April 15, 2020

Hello, mine were super wet. As such I couldn't form them and the cookies are mushy and fall completely apart. I did let them cool. Any ideas? Also how many cookies is it supposed to make? Thanks

Joy McCarthy   •   April 16, 2020

Jen   •   April 16, 2020

Hello, no subscriptions. I did do 2 flax eggs, but you mentioned that as an option.

Joy McCarthy   •   April 17, 2020

Dara   •   April 23, 2020

I just made a version of these, but instead of cacao powder I used the spice blend from your Soft and Chewy Pumpkin Spice Cookies (which I wanted to make originally, but I was out of pumpkin puree). They turned out awesome!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 24, 2020

Helen T   •   July 24, 2020

Hi! I really wanted to try this recipe today but ended up adapting from your recipe instead, because I haven't gone gluten-free (and used regular flour) and didn't have enough maple syrup. But my first attempt baking chocolate (coconut) cookies with raw cacao was a delicious success! Thanks for the inspiration! I'm intrigued by the flax egg. Do I use flax seed meal (not flax seeds) to mix with water? Why does this recipe call for both baking powder and baking soda, when some other recipes may only call for one but not both?

Joy McCarthy   •   July 27, 2020

Janis   •   November 7, 2020

Thank you so much Joy for sharing this absolutely chocolatey delicious coo

Joy McCarthy   •   November 9, 2020

Monica   •   November 20, 2020

Has anyone used flax eggs and did they work? I can't eat eggs.


Lina Gallo   •   June 4, 2021

Hi Joy Any replacement for coconut flour? Lina

Joy McCarthy   •   June 4, 2021

Sharon   •   November 9, 2021

Looking forward to making these...chocolate is my fifth food group! Can I please have the nutritional status breakdown for your recipes? Thank you so much.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 9, 2021

Sheri   •   November 13, 2021

We made these tonight using oat flour and my son loved them. He can't wait to have them in his lunch this week.

Joy McCarthy   •   November 16, 2021

MC   •   February 22, 2022

They are phenomenal and a quick easy recipe!

Joy McCarthy   •   February 25, 2022

LeeAnne Gelfand   •   March 8, 2022

I made these about three times now. Today, I used coloured mini M

Joy McCarthy   •   March 9, 2022

LeeAnne Gelfand   •   March 9, 2022

My comment was cut off. Hehe. Coloured M

Joy McCarthy   •   March 10, 2022

LeeAnneGelfand   •   April 2, 2023

Just made a double batch for a friend and her family. What a delightful soft moist brownie like morsel. I noted the updated version, I see here, in my Joyous Health cook book. Also made almond butter cookies today from the same book. Mmmmmmm.

Joy McCarthy   •   April 3, 2023

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