Do you remember the episode of Friends where Phoebe tries to gift Monica her grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe because it’s the best recipe ever? The recipe was burned in Phoebe’s apartment fire and they spend the episode trying to recreate it from the sole remaining cookie. Then, after countless tries, Phoebe remembers that her grandma’s friend, Nestele Toulouse, gifted her the recipe. Yes, the recipe was from the back of the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip bag. Classic Friends.
For some reason I’ve always been skeptical of the recipes on the back of the bag (any bag). Perhaps it’s because I don’t want to trust “the man” or because I want it to come from some fancy cookbook or because—and most likely—I tried for years when I was little to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies from the back of the bag and they never turned out perfect, or the same, each time. #longestsentenceever
We started eating paleo a little over a year ago and ventured into the world of gluten-free baking. It was definitely hit or miss. Then, Jesse and E came to visit and brought paleo chocolate chip cookies that E had made. And they were AMAZING. They were moist and fluffy and the perfect thickness and absolutely amazing. I seriously ate 4 while we were sitting there after dinner. Somehow that’s ok, because they’re just made from eggs and almond flour and maple syrup #justificationrocks. And guess what? The recipe was from the back of the Bob’s Red Mill almond flour bag. #friendsforthewin***
Jesse tried to recreate them a few different times and every time they came out like crispy pancakes. We weren’t sure what the problem was, but I decided to make them on moving day … because I had nothing better to do. And, I figured out the secret. You ready?? …………. Don’t melt the coconut oil. It’s that simple. Using melted/liquid coconut oil seems to make the cookies too moist and they turn into pancakes.
These cookies are gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar free. Sounds awful right? But, they taste amazing, seriously. They do have eggs and nuts. To make them (somewhat) affordable I buy my almond flour and Good Life (allergen-free) chocolate chips through Thrive Market. Usually they don’t have regular chocolate chips, only chunks, so,
like a crazy person, I cut them up so they don’t take over the cookie.
Two things: first, don’t be afraid of Costco’s private label. I used to have a client in the food industry who produced a high end product and they relabeled it as Kirkland’s for Costco. They said Costco is really particular on what they private label. Second, this coconut oil label cracks me up. The farm on this label looks like it’s from the Pacific Northwest. Really??? Coconut oil from the PNW?? Let’s call a spade a spade people. #wheresthepalmtrees
Anyway, here’s the recipe from the back of Bob’s Red Mill almond flour. It’s super quick and easy (I made these last night while dinner was in the oven) and the cookies have come out amazing every time!
- 3 c. Bob's Red Mill almond meal/flour**
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 c. coconut oil (solid state)
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- 1 whole egg
- 2 egg whites***
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup Good Life chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375°F Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat.
- Combine almond meal, baking soda and sea salt in small bowl and set aside.
- Mix coconut oil and maple syrup in a mixer or by hand until creamy but not fully incorporated, about 5 minutes.
- Add whole egg, egg whites, and vanilla and mix for 2 additional minutes.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix until barely combined.
- Add chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
- Place large rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart. Flatten slightly, to approximately 1-inch thickness.
- Bake until golden, 12-15 minutes.
- * 10 minute prep time does not account for crazy chocolate chip chopping.
- ** I tried to save money by grinding my own almond flour in the blender, but it comes out too fine/mushy for these cookies.
- *** I save the egg yolks for TimTheFarmer's breakfast the next day.