My Chocolate Chip Cookie Search Has Ended

I have been searching and searching for a Paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe that I actually like for about a year now. It’s been a long, sad, tasteless process, but I want y’all to know…

I found one.

I started the Paleo diet last December just to help with my anxiety, and it ended up helping my body fight other health issues too. Although I don’t stick to the diet as much as I should, I believe healthy food can be a great medicine!

But I really missed chocolate chip cookies – I missed a lot of desserts for that matter! I had found several three-ingredient and supposedly easy cookie recipes on Pinterest and other sites, but in none of these recipes would the dough stick together, and none of them tasted quite right. What was worse was that some recipes called for 6 eggs and hardly made any cookies! I ended up sticking with this Paleo mug cake that’s a delicious and easy substitute – but sometimes you just want to make an entire batch of cookies.

For some reason during my search, I didn’t think to look in my Paleo cookbook. I bought  Make It Paleo (recipes from this book are also found here) sometime at the beginning of the year and planned on using it for lots of meals, but sometimes Pinterest makes me forget about that (oops). Eventually I gave up on my cookie search, but I’ve started trying to use the book more lately, and I came across a chocolate chip cookie recipe. Surprisingly I had all of the ingredients in my cabinets, so I went right to work because I was super-excited. Sadly, I didn’t hold out much hope for these after all of my failed Paleo cookie baking.

Boy, was I wrong not to believe in them. They ended up great – and look like the picture in the book!

These new cookies have changed my life (you’ve probably noticed a lot of things that have “changed my life” by now). They’re easy to whip up, and they taste fantastic. Almost a week later, I still have moist, sweet, and flavorful cookies that I don’t have to feel guilty eating. I’ve linked the recipe above, but in case you need it quickly, I’ll leave it here:


  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C semisweet chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
  • 1/2 C organic coconut oil, unrefined
  • 1/2 C pure maple syup
  • 2 whole pastured eggs
  • 3 C blanched almond flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)


  1. Preheat oven to 375*F
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs, maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a hand mixer.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and beat with hand mixer until combined.
  5. Melt coconut oil, pour into batter, and continue to blend until combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, drop balls of cookie dough, about a tablespoon in size.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Let cool and serve.




It’s Probably Because of Nonnie

Here I am around five years old.


It was cookie day at Nonnie’s. Every year, the week of Christmas, all of the grandchildren gathered at our grandparents’ house to bake cookies…or I should say, Christmas cookies. 🙂 We had fun rolling out the dough and tossing red and green sprinkles over the tops of sugar cookies. I don’t know about everyone else, but this was one of my very favorite parts of the holidays.

I mean, look at that face. I’m ready to completely plow you over if you come near my sprinkles or Christmas tree cookies. Not to mention, those red and green overalls and pigtails with matching ponytail holders (notice the white one has a gold star attached to it). I couldn’t get any more serious about baking if I tried.

I always say that my love for (read: obsession with) Christmas came from my Nonnie’s festiveness.

If you don’t know Nonnie, she’s a very small woman who has a big personality and an even bigger heart. She always manages to look fabulous – even if she’s wearing pajamas and a robe, shuffling around in her slippers. I think she even wore her slippers to my engagement party. Any less fabulous? I think not. Hats are her thing – if you sit behind her at church, you might need to scoot over because her hats are straight out of fashion magazines. Her wit is sharper than anyone else’s I know, so if you think she’s being serious, you’re probably wrong. She makes the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had and can make ice cream sandwiches into a sneaky whipped cream covered dessert casserole and no one will ever know it. She wears long sleeves in the summer because she’s always cold, and needless to say, she rocks that look. She eats ice cream or oatmeal almost every day, and you’ll never leave her house empty-handed.

And Nonnie loves Christmas.

Usually, by the beginning of December, holiday cheer is starting to envelop her house. She fills almost every room with Christmas trees, wreaths, candles, reindeer, little Christmas villages, bows, and Santas. When I say filled, I mean exactly that. Her table is decked out with Christmas china and German blown-glass trees. You know “Deck the Halls”? I think it was written about her house.

When I lived at home, my brother and I used to help her decorate her tree. By decorate, I mean “hang the ornaments evenly on every branch so that they dangle perfectly, reflect each tiny lightbulb with all of their might, and fill the inner depths of the tree with all the joy you have. And then place the Santa on top.”  There’s never a naked branch to be found or a bare spot under the tree. It looks like a Hallmark Christmas card that pictures don’t do justice. Let me give you a visual from an old phone camera:


Now, she doesn’t stop with extraordinary tree decorating. Oh, no. It doesn’t stop there. Nonnie probably has 100 collectible Santas lined across tabletops all over the house. If you visit her at Christmas-time and comment on her Santas, she will, without a doubt, show you the first Santa she ever had. This is the one that’s fading to orange and looks more loved than all the others. She’ll press a button and make battery-powered Santas sing and dance to Christmas songs, and she’ll sing and dance right along with him – probably one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen, continuing right on to Christmas day, when she never fails to wear a giant, glittery gift bow on her head, looking like a flapper in the 20’s. Remember what I said about her fabulous style?

She means business.
She means business.

And all of this comes in a whirlwhind the day after Thanksgiving. She turns on 96.9, the local radio station back home, and she gets excited. She knows the words to all of the songs and isn’t ashamed to sing or make us sing too (especially “The 12 Days of Christmas,” which used to be a terrifying, put-you-on-the-spot Christmas day tradition for the family). Since last Christmas, Nonnie has had a little dog. This year I don’t doubt sweaters will be involved – quite possibly even bells.

Most importantly, Nonnie loves to give and she loves her family. Her generous, hospitable spirit is probably what makes Christmas so wonderful for her. Even to this day, she makes Christmas goodies and takes them to her neighbors. Not a Christmas goes by (or a regular day for that matter) that she doesn’t think about someone else.

Two years ago, Christmas day
Two years ago, Christmas day

So, yeah, it’s November 6th. “It’s not even Thanksgiving yet,” says everyone. But I’m gonna listen to the Michael Buble Christmas album, watch those Christmas movies, and I’m gonna get excited.

It’s probably because of Nonnie.