Double Take: Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies


One of my most popular recipes on this site is the almond flour chocolate chip cookies. I never understood why it was so popular; sure, it’s a good recipe. But it didn’t get too much attention when I posted it and the pictures weren’t that great. It all made sense one day when I realized it was the #1 google search result for “almond flour cookies” and “almond flour chocolate chip cookies”. Well I felt humbled.


Ever since I found that out, I’ve been wanting to make these again and take better photos. I mean, if people I don’t know are visiting this website, it’s good to make the best first impression you can, right?

It also so happens that this week was one of my good friend’s birthday, and homemade baked goods sounded like a great gift from someone whose home is 2000 miles away from campus. So cookies it was, with about twice as many chocolate chips as the recipe calls for because who wouldn’t love that for their birthday?


A funny thing happened when I made these this time around: They didn’t spread out nearly as much as I expected, making more of a doughball than a cookie. The taste and texture was nearly the same cooked either way: Crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. As long as they taste good, I don’t mind so much how they came out.


And then I held on to them just long enough to get these photographs + more before I gift wrapped them and handed them off to the birthday girl. If you want to see more photographs and the recipe, click over to the original recipe page. These make great birthday cookies or just anytime cookies. Of course they’re gluten-free, and also fairly low in sugar for a cookie(since almond flour is naturally sweet) and grain-free, too.

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39 Responses to Double Take: Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
  1. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    November 4, 2011 | 9:32 am

    I was going to say how similar they looked to dough balls and then you said it! I’ve got no reason to do the gluten free thing and usually avoid baking things that way just b/c I don’t have to but these look pretty darn amazing!

  2. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    November 4, 2011 | 9:32 am

    congrats on being the #1 google search for those cookies and nice job on these pics!

  3. Jackie @ That Deep Breath
    November 4, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    These look great! I’ve never baked with almond flour before but I may try it out with these cookies!

  4. Paige
    November 4, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    I post at a fitness message board frequently, and saw someone posted this recipe as a “paleo choco chip cookie recipe.” I was like, Oh Evan!! I know him!!! 😀 haha

    • Wannabe Chef
      November 4, 2011 | 1:50 pm

      Haha, that’s really cool! I follow a couple paleo blogs just to see how they come up with desserts. Always sound better than “traditional” recipes.

  5. Kristina @ spabettie
    November 4, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    always good to revisit – almond flour remains one of my favorites!

    photos look great, I actually saw these on foodgawker before I got to your blog! 😀

  6. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit
    November 4, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    Good call on the redo! I had no idea that almond flour cookies were so huge! I guess it makes sense, almond flour makes baked good so moist and delicious! Love the new images 🙂

  7. Pure2raw twins
    November 4, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    oh boy we have soooo many recipes that we really need to revisit to take better pictures it is scary haha
    though we grow with time right?
    anyways congrats on being #1 search!! and the photos you took today for the post are great! now I just wish I had one of those cookies right now!

  8. Hannah
    November 4, 2011 | 11:31 pm

    These photos are truly gorgeous! But the proof is always in the pudding, and your pudding-cookies are always amazing.

  9. Vanessa
    November 5, 2011 | 8:38 am

    These look ammmmmazing. Gorgeous photos too. =)

  10. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog
    November 5, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    Almond flour in cookies? I really need to try that. 🙂

  11. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List
    November 6, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    Holey Moley – it’s intermission at my Oz show and now all I want are these damn cookies!

  12. Jen
    November 6, 2011 | 10:55 pm

    I haven’t baked with almond flour in so long! I wonder sometimes if I eat too much almond between almond milk and almond butter and am going to be on almond overload 😉 But your right – it does lend a naturally sweet, nutty taste. These look a little too ‘hard’ on the outside, and I prefer a soft cookie, but I’ll give them a go!

    Are you mostly motivated by page hits and views on your blog? You seem to mention it quite a few times. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, just curious.

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    November 7, 2011 | 4:15 pm

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  14. Sophie
    November 8, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Georgous & very tasty cookies! I have made them a couple of times & they were fab & easy to make too!

    Thanks again! 😉

    • Wannabe Chef
      November 8, 2011 | 6:38 pm

      Glad to hear you liked it!

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  17. bridgetbbakes
    January 6, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    My husband’s favorite sweet treat is the classic chocolate chip cookie. I tried this recipe out on him to see if it would pass the cookie test and it was a huge success! We both prefer these to the usual Nestle cookie recipe. I’ve made them twice now in the last two weeks. Have you ever tried using Agave with these instead of sugar? I’m just curious if they would hold up. Thank you for sharing!

    • Wannabe Chef
      January 6, 2012 | 11:07 pm

      I’ve never tried the recipe with agave, but I’d love to hear how they come out if you do try them that way.

  18. Christine
    February 8, 2012 | 12:57 am

    These are GREAT!

    I tried a variation, by using only 1 cup of almond flour, with 1/2 cup of rolled oats.

    I also did not use any sugar at all–these are soooo good. Thanks for the super recipe!

    • Holly
      March 19, 2012 | 9:03 pm

      Christina, no sugar at all?? Were they still sweet?

  19. Meridith
    March 14, 2012 | 4:27 pm

    I just found out that I am allergic to wheat among other things. I thought I would never have another chocolate chip cookie. These are amazing and I feel great. Thank you so much!

  20. Christie ORoark
    March 20, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    These are amazing made as written with the substitute of 1/4 cup Ideal for baking, instead of sugar. I am on a low carbohydrate diet and this delicious recipe has kept me on the wagon many a day. I know you are blogging for people with gluten allergy, but for folks like me on a low carb diet your recipes are just wonderful!!! Thanks for the great job!

  21. rosepaugh
    May 8, 2012 | 7:44 pm

    My friend and I have made them many many times. They taste fantastic. The only change is I use a low carb sugar replacement I pass this receipe on to a lot of low carbers at work.

  22. Laurie
    June 9, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    We are an entire family trying to be gluten, sugar & soy free for many reasons. We thought we would never be able to have cookies again, then I stumbled on this site. My kids and I just made these this morning. They are amazing!! 🙂 Next time we will try with Stevia.

  23. Amy
    July 31, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    I have friends who have gluten and dairy allergies, and I have tried doing gluten free baking before using rice flour and others things, and nothing turned out to my liking. These, however, are AMAZING. Almond flour is my new go-to gluten free! And, I made them dairy-free by subbing coconut oil for the butter-delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Barb
    September 25, 2012 | 4:29 pm

    I just want to say that these cookies are amazing!! I’m eating healthy these days (south beach diet style) so i subbed the sugar with splenda and omg! To die for! It’s my new go to chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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    September 29, 2012 | 7:47 pm

    I’m trying to get off wheat and sugar, so I’ve been looking for a starter recipe using almond flour, this one turned out pretty well, despite a lot of substitutions — I used half chickpea flour, I added cocoa instead of chocolate chips, subbed earth balance for the fat and sweetened with a little coconut sugar and stevia. Still pretty delicious, so thanks – great recipe, really simple and flexible!

  29. Cori
    December 5, 2012 | 5:56 pm

    Did I miss the recipe? I looked again and couldn’t find it. Can someone give me the recipe for these “Almond flour choc/chip cookies”?

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  34. Ashly Sloan-Brinkley
    February 23, 2015 | 6:45 pm

    I adore making these cookies. They are simply and turn out fabulously every time. I have taken to adding some dried unsweetened coconut which makes them a bit lighter and is a lovely additional flavor. Have also added some flaxseed meal sometimes when trying to justify eating cookies by making them healthier! Thank you for the recipes!