Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies {Grain-Free}

January 21st, 2014 at 6:06 am

Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies (Daily Bites)

I know, I know. I’m posting a cookie recipe in the middle of my sugar detox. What what?!

The thing is, I’ve been sitting on this recipe for a good month now. I’m a planner, so sometimes the recipes you see here are ones that I’ve made weeks in advance. I didn’t intend to hold these cookies back from you for so long, but the holiday season got away from me and my big plans to share them with you just never happened.

Since many of you aren’t sugar detoxing right now, I thought it’d be fine and dandy if I gave you the recipe despite my cleanse…because let’s face it. January is just kind of blah and could totally stand a little sweetening up now and then. (I’m being kind, really. January is a beast! I’m this close to calling it quits in Wisconsin and moving to the beach. Okay not really, but sometimes I dream of it.)

Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies (Daily Bites)

Confession time: have you ever eaten these? I have, years ago, and oh how I loved them. Looking at the ingredients now makes me cringe. Macadamia nuts? Good. Whole eggs? Good. But cottonseed oil? Soybean oil? Skim milk powder? Yikes, yikes, and yikes.

Back in December when I had a cookie craving, I used the Pepperidge Farm cookies as the inspiration for this recipe…only I cut out the junk and packed in high quality, natural, organic ingredients instead! The resulting cookies were just the sweet treat I was after without all the overly processed who-knows-what ingredients found in packages of store bought cookies.

Sugar cleanse or not, it’s always okay to dream about cookies in my opinion. I’m not anti-sweets, I’m just all about sweet things in small amounts and not every day. So if you’re not detoxing and you’re up for a little baking to pass the winter days, then tie on that apron and fire up your oven because this recipe is a total winner.

Mac Chocolate Chip Cookies (Daily Bites)

In my cookie book you’ll find 50 more recipes for delicious and nutritious treats, all without gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and soy. This one stands out from the crowd, though, because anything with both macadamia nuts and chocolate deserves a post all to itself!


Macadamia Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: Makes 18-20 cookies

Indulge your sweet tooth with these grain-free cookies! Enjoy the crunch of macadamia nuts and chocolate chips in every bite.


1-1/2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/3 cup organic non-hydrogenated palm shortening or organic butter at room temperature

1/3 cup coconut sugar (or use 1/2 cup for sweeter cookies)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup raw macadamia nuts, chopped

1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and coconut sugar with an electric mixer. Add the egg and vanilla. Beat to combine. Add the flour mixture and beat to form a thick dough. Stir in the nuts and chocolate chips by hand.

Roll tablespoons of the dough into balls. Place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Flatten gently with your fingertips to about 1/2-inch thick cookie shapes.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze for longer storage.


  1. Stephanie M said on January 21, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Looks yummy! Thank you Hallie!

  2. You are a super strong woman to post these yummy sounding cookies when you’re on a sugar detox. Oooh, these look good. Thanks for sharing, Hallie.

  3. I’m drooling thinking about these. Thanks for healthy cookies:)

  4. You know me, I am a total cookie monster! I’ve never thought of using macdamia nuts, I love it! I am going to look around for palm shortening too. What are the benefits? Thanks Hallie!

    • Maggie: Thanks! Not that many benefits to palm shortening healthwise, other than the fact that it’s a much healthier alternative to hydrogenated shortening. It gives the cookies a bit more of a buttery flavor than coconut oil, although I think that would work here too.

  5. Hello
    Love this recipe. I would love to try it! But…….
    I have celiac disease and allergies to Sulphur so finding nuts that are safe for me has been impossible. I was wondering about a safe place for me to buy nuts? I saw on another Web site? Please let me know where to buy nuts for this recipe.
    Thank you

    • Kathie: Yes, check with Even if you give their customer service dept a call, I know they could answer questions and determine if their products are safe for you.

  6. O Wow!!! These look delicious, we LOVE cookies :)

  7. Sounds great!! I’m allergic to macadamia nuts, so I would probably substitute with something else.

  8. Jennifer A said on January 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    My 3 year old and I just made a version of these…I had pistachios but no macadamia nuts. Just chopped them finely (in processor) and they turned out delicious! I love ALL your recipes and follow them exactly but wanted you to know this version was also delicious. Thanks for always creating such wonderful recipes. I could cook and bake and create all day with you :))

  9. I made these this afternoon and they are SO good! Thanks for the great recipe!!!


  10. These were/are so good! I have been making gluten free cookies for nearly three years now, trying to find ones that are ‘great’ and do not make me think ‘ah. gluten free again’…and these were FINALLY them! These are sooo good–even the guys my husband works with loved them!

    Thank you!

Leave a Reply

The Pure Kitchen Books

In Hallie’s cookbooks you’ll find gluten-free, dairy-free recipes made with whole, natural foods.

The Pure Kitchen: Amazon | Hallie's eStore

Super Healthy Cookies: Amazon | Hallie's e-store

Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free: A Whole Food Starter Guide and Cookbook

About me

I'm Hallie Klecker, a professional recipe developer, author, and passionate gluten-free foodie. As a certified holistic nutrition educator, my goal is to inspire others to live a balanced, nourished life through eating well and living pure—one bite at a time. Learn more.