|Each paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe is represented above in succession beginning with Recipe 1 and ending with Recipe 6.|
Recipe 1: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Paleo ProjectFlavor: After hearing me list the ingredients and then taking a bite, one taster commented with surprise: "I don't dislike it!" Not too sweet, but not bland, the other tasters described it as a "less sweet chocolate chip cookie." All of us thought it was sweet enough to be palatable, without being as sweet as a standard cookie. I balked, though, at the recipe's lack of salt. According to my taste, a hint of salt is one of the key characteristics of a classic chocolate chip cookie.
Texture: These cookies are surprisingly lightweight - maybe half the weight of a similar sized standard chocolate chip cookie - and not very durable. My tasters described the texture as "okay," "muffiny," and "grainy." One taster likened it to a "cupcake cookie" similar to the cookies that can be made using funfetti cake mix. I thought the inside of the cookie had a kind of pasty, wet texture (maybe from coconut milk?) that I didn't care for.
Appearance: They look rugged, like they're made out of processed granola. The first few batches held their shape like biscuits, so I flattened the last batch before baking to make them look more normal. You would not mistakenly reach for one thinking it was a normal chocolate chip cookie.
Overall: I was skeptical about the lack of sugar (sweetness comes only from dates, chocolate chips, and 1/2 Tbs honey), but this was plenty sweet and pretty good! I didn't care, though, for the light texture. Still, at least one taster preferred this recipe to recipe 5, which yields a cookie that is more standard in taste and texture.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe from The Paleo Project
Notes: for the coconut milk beverage, I used SO Delicious brand
I omitted the cinnamon called for, because it isn't a standard flavor in choco chip cookies
I couldn't find medjool dates, so I used 6 deglet dates
For me, this made ~24 cookies that took 15 minutes to bake
Recipe 2: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Lovers' Primal Palate
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from The Food Lovers' Primal Palate
Notes: For almond flour, see notes under recipes 5 and 6 on the best brands to use.
I used 1 tsp salt as the recipe called for, but one reader suggests upping this to a total of 1.5 tsp.
I baked for 12 min, this made about 36 cookies.
Recipe 3: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Regina on the Elana's Pantry ForumFlavor: Taster comments included: "smells and tastes like there are oats in it," "does not taste like a chocolate chip cookie." I thought this tasted pretty good, but was maybe just a little too sweet.
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Regina on the Elana's Pantry Forum
Notes: The recipe calls for 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut flour. Just use 1/2 cup...way easier and no big difference.
I added 1/2 tsp salt, since the recipe mentions adding salt in the instructions, but not in the ingredient list. The recipe also calls for 8 tablespoons refined coconut oil. That is equivalent to 1/2 cup, incase you don't want to measure each tablespoon out individually!
For me, these took only 8-10 min to bake, not the 13 min called for. Watch closely! The recipe made ~24 cookies.
Recipe 4: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies from Fitness Fail
Paleo(ish) Chocolate Chip Cookies from Fitness Fail
Recipe 5: Paleo Cookies Based on Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Elana's Pantry
Flavor: All tasters, myself included, were put off by the taste imparted by the oil that I used (walnut). While the original recipe called for grapeseed oil, most paleo experts are rabidly opposed to using grapeseed oil, so I was trying to use a paleo-friendly oil that wouldn't impart cookie-unfriendly flavors. Walnut oil might actually work fine...I think I just need to use less of it. Otherwise, there were no negative comments on the taste.
Based on Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Elana's Pantry
Note: I changed this recipe from the Elana's Pantry version by using a different fat, which may have resulted in a less tasty cookie than if you follow it to the word. Instead of butter, I used walnut oil (1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs), a more paleo-friendly oil, as I had hoped it wouldn't impart strong flavors like olive oil and coconut oil do. This made about 36 cookies.
As for almond flours, don't use Bob's Red Mill brand...it's too coarse. Use one of Elana's recommended brands: http://www.elanaspantry.com/ingredients/blanched-almond-flour/
Also, if you have a scale, measure this by ingredient weight for best accuracy. 1 cup blanched almond flour = 4 oz by weight, so 2.5 cups = 10 oz by weight.)
Recipe 6: Paleo Cookies Based on Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Elana's Pantry
Flavor: Salt was doubled in this recipe compared to Recipe 5, and most tasters thought it was an improvement. One taster thought these were a great variant on a traditional soft chocolate chip cookie. However, some tasters thought that the walnut oil imparted a flavor that just didn't work. I would suggest a different type of oil, or less oil. While the original recipe called for grapeseed oil, most paleo experts are rabidly opposed to using grapeseed oil, so I was trying to use a paleo-friendly oil that wouldn't impart cookie-unfriendly flavors. Otherwise, there were no negative comments on the taste.
Based on Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies from Elana's Pantry
Also, if you have a scale, measure this by ingredient weight for best accuracy. 1 cup blanched almond flour = 4 oz by weight, so 2.5 cups = 10 oz by weight)
The recipe calls for grapeseed oil. I used walnut, a more paleo-friendly oil, as I had hoped it wouldn't impart strong flavors like other paleo friendly oils (olive oil and coconut oil) do.
This recipe made ~36 cookies.
Recipe 7: My own recipe using what I learned from the above recipes!Here it is! http://www.bakergal.com/2011/12/delicious-paleo-chocolate-chip-cookie.html
I used what I learned about the ingredients and outcomes of these recipes to make a final paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe that best approximates the standard chocolate chip cookie we all know and love!
I hope some of you find these reviews of paleo cookie recipes helpful in your own search for the best paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe.