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Finding the Perfect Paleo Cookie, Take One

Thursday, August 23, 2012

This past Monday, there was nothing in the world that I needed more than a chocolate chip cookie. You know what I mean? So, after daydreaming about cookies all afternoon, I did a search for "Paleo chocolate chip cookies" in the old Google machine and found a recipe, which looked awesome.

They really looked amazing, and I couldn't wait to make them. I followed the recipe and was rewarded with what looked and felt like chocolate chip sand. Is there really no liquid in this recipe? I wondered as a cloud of coconut flour dust floated through the air. The "batter" wouldn't stick together when I rolled it, but I was fully committed, so I finally just threw some almond milk in the bowl, gave it a stir, and hoped for the best. That helped.

In the oven, they smelled like cookies. That was a good sign. I have to say that in the kitchen, I'm pretty damn good. So by this time I was frustrated. It's not hard to follow a recipe, and it's annoying when you do and it doesn't work. I started to wonder if the blogger behind the recipe I had found just made a batch of cookies from one of those sausage-looking rolls of pre-made batter and then told us all that they were Paleo. Probably.

They finished baking and I tasted one to decide that I think they're pretty good. My mom, however, hates them. I proclaimed excitedly (because I'm always excited when I discover something new that's Paleo--you should have seen me when I realized what the hell a Larabar was), "I'm going to call them shortbread!" (because they're not cookies),  to which she very quickly responded, "Ew--no--I wish they were shortbread. They're more like crab cakes."

I don't know what she's talking about, because at least a crab cake is moist. I guess they kind of look like crab cakes. They are a little on the thick side, if that's what it really takes to be a crab cake. They're pretty decent dipped in coffee, though.

I understand that there are some things that coconut flour and honey just can't do. I get it. Paleo people don't get to eat cookies anytime like normal people. I'm okay with it, but some days I'm going to need a cookie.

So yeah, they look a little like crab cakes. But they taste a little like chocolate chip cookies.

And the search continues.


  1. Those look delicious. I have to learn how to make vegan chocolate chip cookies - will surely be an adventure.

  2. i know exactly what you mean...i was like that the other day but i really just wanted a brownie! I just popped some paleo choco chip cookies in the oven, i got the recipe from delightedmomma.com. she said they would be moist and chewy...we shall see!!

  3. dude, have you tried the ones on Jenna's blog that I also ripped off and have on my blog??? they pretty damn good!!! Made with dates, almond butter, and coconut milk (among other things)?? They're actually a very good replacement for the real thing and they are DEFINITELY not dry. Here's my recipe: http://cupcakesomg.blogspot.com/2011/05/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies-freedom.html

  4. I just (like 5 seconds ago) found your blog (via Across the Pond) so, first of all, hello!
    Secondly, I have an AMAZING recipe for choc chip scones that I pretty much pretend are cookies. They are gluten and white-sugar free, so I think they are paleo? They are the opposite of dry and sandy! Here they are:
    She (Elana) also has a cookie recipe, which I haven't tried, but judging from how great all her other recipes have worked for me, I'm going to guess it's great.
    Good luck!

  5. I'm definitely going to try this recipe out! Thanks for posting!!!!


  6. Hmmmm...maybe you could call them biscotti. That legitimizes the dunking part. When I need a gluten free snack I grab a Kind Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt bar. My husband refers to them as candy bars, but they are a little more healthy. I will never be able to just grab a cookie again in my lifetime. At Starbucks I gaze longingly into the pastry case knowing there is never anything in there I can eat without poisoning myself. I feel your cookie pain.

  7. I'm surprised that they weren't a hit because they look so much like yummy chocolate chip cookies that I want to grab one right off that picture! Maybe if you keep looking there will be some more recipes for you to try out. I hope you can try a great cookie in paleo form soon! :)

  8. Then have a cookie! I get the whole paleo thing, but life is too short to restrict yourself all the time :).

  9. At least you tried! They actually don't look too bad to me! I'm sure you will find a better recipe out there that works for your tastes.


  10. I'm a bit late to the discussion, and I'm a very picky eater and I LOVE LOVE LOVE these:


    Even my non-primal friends really liked them :)


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