10 July 2012

Years ago, Mum would make cookies from the recipe on the back of Toll House’s Chocolate Chip bag. We would spread the dough out in a pan, and lick the leftover dough from spoons while waiting for the oven to do its masterful work.

After the cookie had cooled (okay, rarely did we wait that long), we would cut it into squares. What fond memories I have of sitting with my sister, napkins in hand, eating warm, melty chocolate chip cookies!

Having been gluten-free for over two years and dairy-free for several months now, those favorite food-related childhood memories still linger in the back of my mind.

Thanks to a friend and her lovely pinboards, I came across a recipe… and it reminds me of those Toll House cookie-eating days from years ago.

(Below is our revised version of Michele’s recipe, who had revised Elana’s recipe.)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares

2 ½ cups almond flour (we use Honeyville)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons coconut sugar (we use Madhava)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup Enjoy Life (dairy-free) chocolate chips

In a bowl, combine dry ingredients. In a second bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Place dough on parchment paper atop a baking sheet or stone. Form dough with your hands into a circle or square.

Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let the large cookie cool for about 10-15 minutes (great time to practice patience!) and cut into squares.


  1. 43 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookie Squares (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free)”

  2. Cassaundra S. on Jul 10, 2012 said:

    I am glad you were able to try them! They are quite popular in our home. I almost want to re-pin these to my pinterest – the pictures are much better on your blog. :)

  3. amanda on Jul 10, 2012 said:

    These look great!

  4. amanda on Jul 10, 2012 said:

    I just found this link for “homemade chocolate chips.” I’m not sure I have time to make choc. chips, but thought you might like to look at the recipe: http://www.mygutsy.com/2012/07/08/gaps-chocolate-drops/

  5. Julia on Jul 10, 2012 said:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! I have been looking for a chocolate chip cookie recipe for awhile now!! My son has wheat allergies, so we’ve been eating gluten free for a few months. I appreciate this so much! Thanks again, and God bless!!!

  6. Miss Rachel on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    Wow they look amazing Emily Rose! :D So glad you all were able to make a version of an old favorite recipe! :)

  7. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    These look delicious! We’re always on the lookout for (edible) desserts. I haven’t tried almond flour yet, but I’ve collected several recipes that call for it. Time to find some… Thanks for sharing! (The pictures are gorgeous!)

  8. Davina Lilley on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    So happy to have found your blog via Pinterest! I too have had to be gluten-free for almost two years now. You should come on over and check out some of my gluten-free recipes.
    Here is my ‘old time’ chocolate chip cookies!

  9. Emily Rose on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    Davina Lilley, thank you for sharing the recipe for your “old time” chocolate chip cookies – they look good!

  10. Christa on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    As I read this post, we have a pan of these in the oven! They are so yummy.

  11. Megan on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    Those cookies look delicious Emily! We like using almond flour and butter in our home . :)

  12. Jenna K. on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    That looks delicious!!

  13. Brittany Alexander on Jul 11, 2012 said:

    This looks like a wonderful recipe! We are doing gluten free for Dad right now, so we might have to try these! Wonderful pictures as usual:-) Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  14. Gabriella on Jul 12, 2012 said:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, Emily! We didn’t have any almond flour, but I couldn’t wait to try making the cookies, so I looked up how to make it and found this. :)


  15. Emily Rose on Jul 12, 2012 said:

    Gabriella, enjoy making – and eating – the cookies! For grinding almonds into flour, you can use whole or blanched almonds. And, like she said in the instructions, make sure you blend it for only a short amount of time… otherwise you’ll end up with almond butter! (If you are strictly gluten-free, you might check to make sure your almonds have not been processed alongside wheat/gluten.)

  16. Raeann on Jul 12, 2012 said:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve been gluten-free for the past several months, and have yet to find a good chocolate chip recipe. I can’t wait to try this one out.

  17. Emily Rose on Jul 12, 2012 said:

    Raeann, my pleasure – I hope you enjoy them! You can find another one of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes here… and then there’s always the brownie bites. Delicious!

  18. Emma on Jul 13, 2012 said:

    Yummy I want to try that!

  19. Mary on Aug 4, 2012 said:

    I have Almond Meal. I use it to make vanilla (not gluten free) biscuits. I would like to try your recipe. Can you tell me if Almond Meal is the same as Almond Flour? ps, not sure if you know or not but your recipe has been Freshly Pressed on the WordPress blog ‘For Goodness Sake’ but I thought I would link through to your site for the advice.

  20. queenoffamilosity on Aug 5, 2012 said:

    I was beginning to think I would never taste another chocolate chips cookie in my life. I have been gluten-free for about a year. This looks too good to pass up. Thank you.

  21. Chrisi on Aug 18, 2012 said:

    I just made these but I used some brown sugar and xylitol in place of coconut sugar and honey. These are REALLY GOOD! They didn’t crisp like I was hoping, my hubby likes crunchy cookies. They are so good though, thank you for sharing!

  22. Emily Rose on Aug 21, 2012 said:

    Mary, we have used almond meal (coarse) and almond flour (fine) interchangeably in a few recipes, but haven’t tried almond meal with this recipe yet. If you try it, I’d be glad to know how it turns out!

  23. Vida on Aug 27, 2012 said:

    These look yummy! How long have you been gluten free? I prefer to eat gluten free but my husband loves his gluten!:) I’m looking for ways to incorporate more gluten free recipes. He loves chocolate chip cookies, so I hope he enjoys this recipe! Have a great day Emily~

  24. Emily Rose on Aug 27, 2012 said:

    Vida, thank you! We have been gluten-free for over two years now (since April 2010). It has been wonderful to see many health improvements as we have changed and continue to reform our diet. The benefits of healthy, nourishing food are a blessing and completely worth the effort!

  25. Amy on Oct 22, 2012 said:

    These are fantastic!!! They ought to have a warning label on them!

  26. Jen | my BIG FAT grain free life on Mar 4, 2013 said:

    These look divine! I must try the recipe this week. Thank you for posting.

  27. C.Morales on Oct 10, 2013 said:

    This sounds great! I was wondering though, is there anything I can replace the coconut items for? I’m allergic to coconut.


  28. Danielle on Feb 19, 2014 said:

    My son was just diagnosed with Celiacs Disease so for now he is Gluten free Dairy Free Grain Free but also egg free. Is there possibly a substitute option for the eggs? He would love these!

  29. Kayla on Dec 16, 2014 said:

    These are GOOD

  30. Karen on Dec 23, 2014 said:

    Tried these last week and they are SOOO good, I am baking them for Paleo/clean eating Son & DIL visiting tonight. Do you know how difficult it is to find good tasting Paleo recipes for cookies? I have tried several this holiday time and this is the best.

  31. stephanie on Feb 15, 2015 said:

    can i replace almond flour with gluten free ap flour instead my local stores don’t carry almond flour?

  32. Bianca on Oct 8, 2015 said:

    How can I change the eggs???

  33. Allison Ferro on Dec 31, 2015 said:

    Love this recipe! I added 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut and it was perfection!

  34. Sarah R. on Feb 20, 2017 said:

    WOW! I was a little skeptical since there were a few key differences between this recipe and other grain-free cookie recipes I’ve tried. But, I’m SO pleased with the result. They’re light & fluffy and not overly sweet, perfect with a cup of tea. They baked up pretty dark, so I was afraid they’d be dry, but they have the perfect texture! I’m even more pleased that my kids don’t like them — more for me! The only thing I changed (which is technique rather than ingredients, so I don’t really count it) was to measure the almond flour by weight rather than volume. Another recipe has 1 cup = 100 grams, so I used that conversion. Thank you!

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