Soft, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe - Dr. Axe

Are you ready for a chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe that is out of this world delicious yet also gluten-free and healthier than most chocolate chip cookie recipes? I think I just heard you say, “Yes!”

Don’t worry, it won’t take long to make these dark chocolate delights a reality; These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies can be made in just 30 minutes.

The Perfect Cookie Texture

What makes a chewy chocolate chip cookie?  How do you make cookies soft and chewy? How do you make cookies chewy not cakey? How can you make a hard cookie soft? These are just some of the many questions people ask when on their quest to create the perfect cookie texture.

Of course, the perfect texture is a matter of personal opinion, but let’s talk about some of the ways to create your ideal cookie results. Think of this as a mini baking lesson.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe - Dr. Axe

If your end goal is to make your homemade cookies…

  • Thicker: There are a few things that can help to make cookies thicker as well as softer. First, combine a higher temperature with a shorter baking time to create thicker as well as softer cookies. Creating round dough balls (rather than flat) also helps bakers to obtain softer, thicker cookies. (1)
  • Thinner: Adding more sugar typically makes cookies thinner, but skip the refined sugar and opt for a healthier option like the coconut sugar used in this recipe. Of course, I always recommend adding as little of any sugar as possible. Another thing that helps to create thinner cookies is to flatten the cookie dough balls before they go into the oven.
  • Fluffier: If fluffy is your goal, opt for baking powder in place of baking soda in a recipe. Both contribute to fluffiness, but baking powder trumps baking soda here. Keep in mind that a quarter teaspoon of baking soda is equivalent to one teaspoon of baking powder. Both baking soda and baking powder also contribute to a lighter colored cookie in the end.
  • Softer/Chewier: Including a melted fat like butter or coconut oil makes for wetter batter, and it also generates more holes in the dough that are smaller which results in a softer, chewier cookie texture.
  • Cakier: For a cakey texture, keep the fatty ingredient (like butter or coconut oil) cold because this will result in a cookie with larger holes and hence a cakier texture. (2)

What if you end up with hard cookies and you really didn’t want them to be hard? You can try putting the cookies into an airtight container and add several slices of a water-rich fruit such as a fresh apple. Wait a few hours … In theory, the cookies will soak up the moisture from the apples and be a bit softer. If all tricks fail, I’ve never met a hard cookie that a glass of milk didn’t soften.

Recipe Nutrition Facts

One serving of this chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe contains about: (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

Chewy chocolate chip cookies ingredients - Dr. Axe
  • 197 calories
  • 3.7 grams protein
  • 12.8 grams fat
  • 13.9 grams carbohydrates
  • 1.6 grams fiber
  • 7.7 grams sugars
  • 244 milligrams sodium
  • 2.6 milligrams iron (14.4 percent DV)
  • 3.2 milligrams vitamin C (3.6 percent DV)

How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, but after you try this one, you just might consider it the best chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. I’m happy to say that you can actually use healthier ingredients, ditch the gluten-heavy flour and still create incredible cookies.

How to make chewy chocolate chip cookies starts out with combining the wetter ingredients. Next, you add the dry ingredients into the mix. Don’t forget you can also make the Paleo flour blend yourself (recipe linked in ingredients list)! Now it’s time for the delicious dark chocolate chips to get folded in.

At this point, you have your final cookie dough, and you can form it into balls before putting them onto your baking sheet.

Let’s get started on making these. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 1 - Dr. Axe

In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, almond butter and vanilla extract.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 2 - Dr. Axe

Whisk together and set aside.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 3 - Dr. Axe

In a small bowl, add in the remaining ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, and mix until well-combined.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 4 - Dr. Axe

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 5 - Dr. Axe

Mix until well-incorporated.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 6 - Dr. Axe

Add the dark chocolate chips.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 7 - Dr. Axe

Fold the chocolate chips into the mix.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 8 - Dr. Axe

Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and form into a cookie shape. Place each cookie on a 9×11 baking sheet, spaced 1–2 inches apart.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe - Dr. Axe

Bake for 10 to 11 minutes.

Chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe - Dr. Axe

Enjoy your homemade soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies!

Chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe - Dr. Axe

Prep Time

5 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes


8-10 cookies


  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon Paleo flour blend
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (70% or darker)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, almond butter and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, add in the remaining dry ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and mix until well-combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well-incorporated, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Cover dough and let chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes to make it easier to work with. (Optional)
  6. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and form into a cookie shape. Place each cookie on a 9x11 baking sheet, spaced 1–2 inches a part.
  7. Bake for 10–11 minutes.

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  1. Mori Oana on

    Because I didn’t have almond butter, I used macadamia butter and also , not chocolate chips, because also I didn’t have it,I used black chocolate, I crush it in small pieces and it was great. Just maybe too much salt, because I felt a bit salty sweety cookies.

    • Wendy on

      Today we used this recipe as a roll out cookie dough with cookie cutters (without chocolate chips) and it worked well for that also! We used tapioca starch to dust our surface and make the dough more workable. Decreased bake time to 5 minutes and they turned out wonderfully! Thanks for a great, versatile recipe, Dr. Axe!

  2. Joyce Coulton on

    I have been wanting to make a healthy, great tasting cookie in forever. Never knowing whether coconut or almond flour would be a better base. Who knew there could be such a thing as Paleo Flour Blend. 🍪 Genius. Really also wanting to use a erythritol, stevia blend to cut down on sugar. Any chance of that? ❤️

  3. Josephine on

    Loved the color, shape, and texture of the cookies! Instead of 70% dark chocolate chips, I used 100% dark chocolate chips. This, however, obviously made the cookie more like a “cookie bread” than a real cookie. Also, I did find the cookies a bit too salty. I’m going to make another batch that contains only a pinch of salt, add a dunk of Stevia to the cookie batter, and make some with 70% and 100% dark chocolate chips and see how they turn out. Thank you soooo much for this recipe, Dr. Axe! It’s such a healthy treat!


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