Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These perfectly chewy cookies with delightfully crisp edges are so divine you won’t even know they are grain-free! This almond flour chocolate chip cookie recipe yields sweet, buttery cookies with a healthy twist.

almond flour chocolate chip cookies stacked on a white plate.

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • TASTY – The cookies bake up soft and chewy centers with crispy edges. They are perfect of dunking in a cold glass of milk!
  • HEALTHY – We love this cookie recipe because they’re grain free (gluten-free cookies) and a much healthier alternative to store bought cookies. Almond flour cookies are a great gluten-free baking alternative to wheat flour cookies because almond flour is a great source of protein and fiber. 
  • EASY – You will love how easy this cookie recipe is to whip up!
holding an almond flour cookie broken in half to see the soft center of the cookie.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need for these almond flour cookies:

  • salted butter
  • light brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • large egg
  • vanilla extract
  • blanched ultra-fine almond flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • chocolate chips
ingredients for almond flour chocolate chip cookies in white ceramic bowls.

Ingredient Notes & Possible Substitutions

Almond flour – This is an almond flour recipe. I don’t recommend replacing the almond flour with other ingredients as this will change the recipe too much. Be sure to select blanched almond flour. Specifically, look for almond flour labeled fine or ultra-fine. Ultra-fine will provide the best texture. Avoid almond meal.

Salted butter – Salted butter balances the sweet and nutty flavors in these cookies so well, but unsalted butter works great too. If you are sensitive to salt, unsalted butter is a great alternative. I have not tested vegan butter or coconut oil in this recipe. 

Brown sugar – This recipe calls for light brown sugar. Dark brown sugar can also work, but keep in mind that the color of the cookies will be darker so it may be harder to tell when they are done baking. Coconut sugar was tested as a 1:1 replacement for brown sugar and worked great.

Sugar – I used organic cane sugar in this recipe (which has a slightly darker color and a larger granule); however, regular granulated sugar is fine to use as well! I do not recommend substituting a liquid alternative like honey or maple syrup.

Chocolate chips – Any type will do! I used dark chocolate chips but traditional semi-sweet or milk will work in this recipe.

stack of chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk to the side.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter with brown sugar and regular sugar. Cream the sugar into the butter using a handheld electric mixer until it is well incorporated, light, and airy. 

softened butter on top of sugar in a large mixing bowl.
creaming the butter with the sugars in a large mixing bowl with handheld mixer.
large mixing bowl with creamed butter and sugar.

Add the egg and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and beat until well combined. Avoid over-mixing.

In a separate bowl, combine the blanched almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together ensuring there are no lumps.

egg and vanilla extract added to the creamed butter sugar mixture.
mixing the egg into the butter and sugar mixture.
almond flour with dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.

Pour dry ingredients into the bowl with wet ingredients. Mix with the electric mixer until a dough forms and there are no longer any streaks or lumps. 

Fold in chocolate chips using a rubber spatula. If cookie dough is very soft after the chocolate chips are mixed in, chill in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.

combining the dry ingredients with the creamed butter mixture.
folding the chocolate chips into the cookie dough.
cookie dough in a large glass mixing bowl.

Using a 1-ounce cookie scoop (or rounded tablespoon), scoop out 18 even scoops of dough and place them on the cookie sheet spacing them at least 2 inches apart.

Work in batches or use two baking sheets if needed because the cookies will spread some. If you prefer thinner cookies, you can roll the scoops of dough between your hands to form a ball and then lightly flatten them to about ¾ inch thick. 

cookie dough balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
baked almond flour chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet.
almond flour cookies on a wire rack.

Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack or plate. Store any extra cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 

Tips

  • Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl to help ensure that the leavening agent gets evenly distributed.
  • Sift almond flour or fluff with a fork if you have any large clumps.
  • Measure full but level scoops. For flour (even almond flour), it is best to spoon the ingredient into a measuring cup and level it rather than scooping it directly from the bag using the measuring cup as this method tends to pack the flour.
  • For crispy edges but a chewy middle, bake the cookies until the edges are beautifully golden brown but the center looks just slightly underdone. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool fully on the pan.
  • If you prefer crispy cookies, be sure to flatten the cookies to ½ to ¾ inch thickness before baking and bake closer to the end of the time range (about 12 minutes). Keep an eye on them because you want them to be a medium golden brown but not burnt!
chocolate chip cookies stacked on a wire rack.

How to store these almond flour chocolate chip cookies

Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. These cookies get softer the longer they are stored so avoid storing them in areas where there is excess moisture. 

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FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What is blanched almond flour?

Blanched almond flour is made from ground almonds. Unlike almond meal, blanched almond flour is made from almonds that have had their skin removed making it a lighter color and fluffier texture. Blanched almond flour is one of the best alternative flours to use for baking because it is closer to traditional flour in texture compared to most alternative flours.

Is almond flour healthy?

Almond flour is a great way to lower the glycemic effect of a baked good. It is packed with fiber and is very low in carbohydrates, making it more blood sugar-friendly than traditional flour. It also contains fats which can help to stabilize blood sugar when eaten in conjunction with carbohydrate sources.

What kind of chocolate chips should I use?

Any type of chocolate chips will work in this recipe. Milk, dark or semi-sweet are all good options. You can even try white chocolate for something different or sugar-free chocolate chips for a lower-carb option!

Can I make this recipe vegan?

I have not tested vegan substitutions in this recipe. Generally, it is best to try vegan substitutions in a recipe made with conventional ingredients (like regular flour) or find an almond flour chocolate chip cookie recipe that is specifically for a vegan diet.

Why are my cookies spreading out so much?

Usually, if your cookies are spreading out more than is expected, this is because your butter was too soft. Butter should be placed out at room temperature for 24 hours to soften. Never microwave or melt butter because this can ruin the structure of your cookies. If your dough is really soft and you suspect your butter may have been too warm, try chilling your dough for at least 30 minutes before baking the cookies.

My butter isn’t softening, what can I do?

If your house is kept too cold, this can prevent the butter from softening fully. Try filling a glass cup with boiling water and letting it sit for 30 seconds. Place a stick of butter standing vertically on a ceramic plate. Drain the water, dry the cup, and place the warmed cup over the stick of butter (making sure it doesn’t come in contact with the glass). Let the cup work its magic for 5 minutes and your butter should be soft once removed. Repeat once more if needed.

Can I freeze this recipe?

Absolutely! Almond flour cookies fresh from the oven are best but freezing can be a great way to save the cookies you don’t plan on eating right away. Freeze extra cookies in an airtight container and store them for 2-3 months in the freezer. Thaw at room temperature for 12 hours before enjoying. You can also scoop the cookie dough into balls on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, remove the cookie dough balls from the baking sheet and place them in a resealable Ziploc bag. For a fresh cookie at any time, simply pull as many dough balls as you want, place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes.

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stack of almond flour chocolate chip cookies with glass of milk behind it.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies made with almond flour are a chewy and crispy cookie. Almond flour cookies are a great gluten-free baking alternative to wheat flour cookies 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cool Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Serving Size 6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter with brown sugar and regular sugar. Cream the sugar into the butter using a handheld electric mixer until it is well incorporated, light, and airy. 
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract to the mixing bowl and beat until well combined. Avoid over-mixing.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the blanched almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir together ensuring there are no lumps.
  • Pour dry ingredients into the bowl with wet ingredients. Mix with the electric mixer until a dough forms and there are no longer any streaks or lumps. 
  • Fold in chocolate chips using a rubber spatula. If cookie dough is very soft after the chocolate chips are mixed in, chill in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
  • Using a 1-ounce cookie scoop (or rounded tablespoon), scoop out 18 even scoops of dough and place them on the cookie sheet spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Work in batches or use two baking sheets if needed because the cookies will spread some. If you prefer thinner cookies, you can roll the scoops of dough between your hands to form a ball and then lightly flatten them to about ¾ inch thick. 
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring them onto a cooling rack or plate. Store any extra cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. 

Notes

  • Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl to help ensure that the leavening agent gets evenly distributed.
  • Sift almond flour or fluff with a fork if you have any large clumps.
  • Measure full but level scoops. For flour (even almond flour), it is best to spoon the ingredient into a measuring cup and level it rather than scooping it directly from the bag using the measuring cup as this method tends to pack the flour.
  • For crispy edges but a chewy middle, bake the cookies until the edges are beautifully golden brown but the center looks just slightly underdone. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool fully on the pan.
  • If you prefer crispy cookies, be sure to flatten the cookies to ½ to ¾ inch thickness before baking and bake closer to the end of the time range (about 12 minutes). Keep an eye on them because you want them to be a medium golden brown but not burnt!

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