May 27

Chewy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies (Gluten-free and Paleo!)

in Chocolate, Dairy-free, Dessert, Gluten-free, Paleo, Refined sugar-free

Chewy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

I think this may be my favorite recipe that came of my cookie cooking binge! Chewy chocolate chip hazelnut…how can you resist?!?  The addition of mini chocolate chips and chopped toasted hazelnuts to my chewy almond cookie base makes a cookie that is slightly thicker, soft, and chewy. The mini chocolate chips give a fantastic dispersion of chocolate throughout the entire cookie, and the toasted hazelnuts add a bit of crunch and wonderful flavor. I think about half of my neighborhood has tasted them so far and no one guessed that they were gluten-free, and when they found out they were really surprised!  One of my testers says it’s her “favorite chocolate chip cookie ever.” I have to admit, I think it’s mine as well.  And…drum roll please…you may have already guessed that these beauties are gluten-free and Paleo (if you are in the Paleo camp that uses allergen-free mini chocolate chips that is)!

My kids were all over these,

Enjoying Chewy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

and I quickly learned that they bring out the crazy in Miss Bug.

Pirates love chocolate chip cookies

But hey, I won big-time brownie points from the Fujilings, so I think I can handle a bit of crazy from time to time.

Chocolate chip cookies may make your children crazy

So grab your ingredients my friends, it’s time for some chocolate chip cookie therapy!

Gluten Free Chewy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies

Makes 25 cookies (3.25-inches in diameter)

3 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 1/2 cups tapioca flour
1 cup coconut palm sugar (or granulated sugar)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/3 cup palm shortening
1/3 cup honey
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (for Paleo: add the seeds from one vanilla bean instead)
1 (10 ounce) bag allergen-free mini chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips)
1 cup roughly chopped hazelnuts, toasted

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a baking sheet or line with silicone baking mat or sheet of parchment paper. Set aside.

2. Place the dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the remaining wet ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated and a thick dough forms.

3. Scrape the dough into a large bowl, add the chocolate chips and chopped hazelnuts, and mix them into the dough.

4. Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet (I use a 3 tablespoon (2-inch diameter) scoop, but you can roll the dough into golf ball-sized balls of dough by hand as well). Using the palm of your hand, gently flatten the cookies slightly until they are slightly more than 1/2-inch thick.

5. Bake the cookies in the oven for 9 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes, then move them from the baking sheet to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

*Recipe Notes: Store the finished cookies in an airtight container.  They stay moist and chewy for a good 48 hours, though they start to lose some of their crispiness after a day or so.  They start to get a bit stale after 2 days.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Betsy Altaire May 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease 8 months ago. Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite food, and I have been really disappointed with the gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried. When I saw these I immediately went to the store because I didn’t have any of that palm shortening. I’ve already made a batch and I want to cry because I’m so happy. Thank you for giving me my favorite treat back!!!!!!!!!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 4, 2015 at 4:29 pm

I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis Betsy, but I am so glad you found me and that you love the recipe so much! It’s already a family favorite at our house!


Kate @ Eat Recycle Repeat May 29, 2015 at 8:54 pm

Yum! I love chocolate and hazelnut. Love Pirate Bug too :)


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Thanks Kate! She’s a character, that’s for sure!


Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen June 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

Loving this almond flour, hazelnut, chocolate combination – I bet these cookies are incredibly flavorful.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Chocolate and nuts just go so well together, don’t they?


Kacey @ The Cookie Writer June 3, 2015 at 9:26 am

What a great sounding recipe and I love the pictures! Such happiness all around!


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm

Happiness and cookies should go together, shouldn’t they? :-)


Erin June 3, 2015 at 12:26 pm

Love, love, love. I try to make other cookies but really, all my kids want are chocolate chip. This recipe looks right up our alley – AND gluten-free? Yup. Perfection! Your recipe testers look similar to my recipe testers… ;-)


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 4, 2015 at 4:31 pm

I hear ya Erin! I love making all sorts of cookies, but the ones that always disappear the fastest at my house are the chocolate chip ones. You can’t argue with a classic, right? I’m lucky to have a neighborhood filled with willing taste testers (I think about half of them ended up tasting these!), but my favorites are the two in this post. :-)


Patty Gale June 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

Oh yum! I would have never guessed by looking at them that they are gluten-free. They look delicious! And I love a softer chocolate chip cookie, too. I’ll definitely be trying these.


Fuji Mama (Rachael) June 4, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Thanks Patty! Yep, I have yet to have a taster who has guessed they were gluten-free, and when they find out they are, they are shocked! I think half my neighborhood has tried them now, so I figure the texture is right on!


anna rijk February 26, 2019 at 3:47 pm

Hi there,
I saw your blog, including a number of great pictures of kids eating chocolate chips cookies. Im a volunteer putting together a newsletter of a 100% volunteer run lake association, in Ontario, Canada, close to Westport. I have this friendly request: would you please allow me to copy one of your pictures to be printed with a recipe of cookies?
The lake association has over 100 members and members pay $30 annually to support the association. Our updated newsletter (which is free for members)is an important tool to stay connected to all cottagers/residents/members.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Kindest regards,


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