These almond flour cookies will blow your mind! They have light golden edges, a soft gooey center, and they are loaded with chocolate chips. This recipe only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. Do not miss these grain free, Paleo friendly almond flour chocolate chip cookies!

Almond flour cookies with chocolate chips

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These almond flour cookies take only 20 minutes to make.
  • This recipe requires only 7 ingredients.
  • These cookies are soft and gooey.
  • The almond flour adds protein and nutrients.
  • Almond flour is the only flour used!
  • They are made in one mixing bowl.
  • No dough chilling required.
  • This recipe is Paleo friendly, grain free, gluten free, and easily made dairy free.
  • Check out these Almond Flour Oatmeal Cookies for another delicious treat!

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

Use cold butter straight from the fridge. Cut into small cubes. This helps the butter fully cream together with the brown sugar. For dairy free, use solid coconut oil.

Tightly packed light brown sugar or coconut sugar add the sweetness. For Paleo and refined sugar free, use coconut sugar.

The egg helps bind the dough together. I have not tried this specific recipe with a Vegan egg replacement. However, I have had much success wit substituting ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce for 1 egg. See these Eggless Cookies for more tips and tricks for egg free baking.

Vanilla extract adds a great classic cookie flavor.

Use finely blanched almond flour for best results. I love Bob’s Red Mill finely blanched almond flour. Almond meal is not a viable substitute. See both sections below for more about almond flour.

Baking soda is the leavening agent.

Any chocolate chips will work. I love dark chocolate chips for deeper and richer flavor.

Add a pinch of sea salt if using unsalted butter.

Nut flour, butter and chocolate in small white bowls

Baking with Almond Flour

Almond flour is a common low carb, grain free flour. It is also Keto and gluten free. This flour is made from ground up almonds.

Almond flour is much less absorbent and less dense than traditional flour. It does not crisp up or harden while baking. For these reasons, almond flour typically yields softer baked goods.

There is no perfect substitute for almond flour. In addition, do not use almond flour in place of regular flour.

Almond Flour Versus Almond Meal

Blanched almond flour is ground up almonds whose skins have been removed. It is a popular Paleo and grain free flour. In addition, this flour is significantly lighter in color than almond meal. Due to the peeled skins, blanched almond flour is much less coarse than almond.

Blanched almond flour is highly recommended for baking. Check out these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies and Almond Flour Banana Muffins which both use almond flour.

On the other hand, almond meal is made from ground up almonds with their skin on. Almond meal is darker in color and more coarse than blanched almond flour.

To be clear, almond flour and almond meal are very different from regular flour. Additionally, they are also vastly different from gluten free 1 to 1 flour. For these reasons, I do not recommend trying this recipe with regular flour, wheat flour, or even gluten free 1 to 1 flour.

Taste & Texture

These almond flour cookies are just sweet enough, buttery and so delicious! They taste like classic chocolate chip cookies.

The texture is soft baked and light. They are not crispy, hard, bland or dry.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

In a stand mixer, beat together cold butter and brown sugar. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until no clumps of butter remain.

Butter creamed with brown sugar in bowl

Step 3

Add in egg and vanilla. Beat until combined.

Thin cookie batter in bowl

Step 4

Then, add in almond flour, baking soda and pinch of sea salt. Stir to combine.

Light colored dough in big bowl

Step 5

Fold in chocolate chips.

Dark chocolate chip cookie dough

Step 6

Use ice cream scoop or cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto lined pan.

Ball of dough on pan

Step 7

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are golden along the edges and middles are barely set.

Soft baked cookie on pan

Step 8

Finally, remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 10 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.

Expert Tips & Tricks

Use cold butter for this recipe. Slice into small cubes before creaming together with brown sugar.

Beat butter and brown sugar until no clumps of butter remain.

Use ice cream scoop or cookie scoop. This produces evenly sized, perfectly round balls of cookie dough.

Do not over bake! Remove from oven when cookies are barely set in the middle.

Cookies with almond flour and chocolate chips

Variations & Add Ins

These almond flour cookies are great with chocolate chips! Consider adding these mix ins to the dough.

Mini chocolate chips

White chocolate chips

Chopped walnuts

Chopped pecans

Sesame seeds

Dried cranberries

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

How to Serve & Store

Serve almond flour cookies warm from the oven! Allow them to cool for 10 minutes before digging in. Serve with a tall glass of milk or with a smear of peanut butter on top.

Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Freeze for up to 2 months.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does almond flour do to cookies?

Almond flour is much less absorbent and less dense than regular flour. It will yield softer, more gooey cookies.

Can I substitute almond flour for regular flour in cookies?

No. Almond flour and regular flour are very different and cannot be substituted for each other.

Is almond flour healthier than regular flour?

Yes, almond flour is healthier than regular flour. It is less processed and contains higher amounts of protein and healthy fats.

What do they taste like?

These taste like classic cookies!

Where can I buy almond flour?

Almond flour is sold in every grocery store and on Amazon.

Can I make them Paleo?

Sure! Use coconut oil instead of butter and coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.

Soft baked almond flour cookies on pan

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Almond flour cookies with chocolate chips

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These almond flour cookies have soft golden edges and gooey centers. They taste like soft baked bakery cookies! They are quick and easy to make and the only flour used is almond flour!
5 from 11 votes

Ingredients

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer, beat together cold butter and brown sugar. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until no clumps of butter remain.
  • Add in egg and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  • Then, add in almond flour, baking soda and pinch of sea salt. Stir to combine.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Use ice cream scoop or cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto lined pan.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are golden along the edges and middles are barely set.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 10 minutes before placing on a cooling rack.

Notes

  • Butter must be cold.  Use butter straight from the fridge.
  • Beat butter and brown sugar until no clumps of butter remain.
  • For dairy free, substitute butter with solid coconut oil.
  • For Paleo, use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar.
  • Use an ice cream scoop or cookie scoop for evenly sized, round balls of dough.
  • Bake only until edges are slightly golden and the middles of cookies are set.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze for up to 2 months if desired.
Calories: 320kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 116mg, Potassium: 25mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 222IU, Calcium: 74mg, Iron: 2mg

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