Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies With Walnuts

March 20, 2020
Rating: 5.00
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These gluten free chocolate cookies are stuffed with walnuts and chocolate chips for the ultimate cookie experience.

gluten free chocolate cookies

If you’re a cookie lover be sure to check out my other cookie recipes I know you’ll love!

Banana Bread Cookies (GF and Paleo)
45 Dairy Free Cookie Recipes
Easy Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

gluten free chocolate cookies

Gluten free cookies are often made with gluten free all purpose flour, but this particular chocolate cookie recipe is made with almond flour. Which means they’re paleo too!

gluten free chocolate cookies

In addition to being wheat free and paleo, they’re also dairy free chocolate cookies! There’s no butter and no white sugar in this recipe.  Which is another thing to love!

gluten free chocolate cookies

These chocolate walnut cookies are kind of a cross between a brownie and a cookie. I absolutely love the texture. And with the melty gluten free chocolate chips and crunchy walnuts, it’s a cookie recipe you’ll want to make over and over again.

gluten free chocolate cookies

Ingredients In Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies

Almond flour (not almond meal)
Raw cacao powder (cocoa powder works too)
Coconut sugar
Maple syrup
Avocado oil (any oil should work)
Vanilla extract
Dark chocolate chips
Raw walnuts
Baking Soda
Sea salt

gluten free chocolate cookies

How To Make Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies

1. First, whisk the almond flour, cocao powder, coconut sugar, salt, and baking soda in a medium sized mixing bowl.
2. Next, add in the maple syrup, vanilla, and oil and mix until a dough forms.
3. Lastly, add in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts and stir to combine.
4. Using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
5. Place into the oven to bake. While the bake time depends on your oven, 11-13 minutes is best.

gluten free chocolate cookies

How Do You Store Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies?

These gluten free walnut cookies are best eaten right away. Almond flour cookies and baked goods tend to soften over time and change texture.

It’s just the nature of almond flour.

If you’re not going to eat these cookies right away, I recommend freezing them, or storing them in a NON air tight container. Meaning, put them in a container with the lid halfway off, or a bag left partway open.

The extra air flow will help them not to get too soft.

gluten free chocolate cookies

This gluten free dessert is easy to make and a total crowd pleaser. Even my kids who SWEAR they don’t like nuts in cookies, gobbled these up!

What’s your favorite cookie? Classic chocolate chip cookies? Flourless chocolate cookies? Banana Cookies? Snickerdoodles?

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gluten free chocolate cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies With Walnuts and Chocolate Chips

5 from 3 votes
Servings 13 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Whisk the almond flour, cocao powder, coconut sugar, salt, and baking soda in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  • Add in the maple syrup, vanilla, egg, and oil and mix until a dough forms.
  • Roughly chop the walnuts and add them to the dough along with the chocolate chips, and stire to cobine.
  • Using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes.
  • Store in a container that allows a little air flow, so the cookies won't get overly soft. (Typical of almond flour baked goods)


I added walnuts on top of the cookies for the photos, but this step isn't necessary. 
Author: Jill from Simply Jillicious
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, dairy free, gluten free, walnuts
Diet: dairy free, gluten free, paleo, refined sugar free

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Fudgy Paleo Brownies
Gluten Free and Paleo Crinkle Cookies
Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
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  1. Could you sub a flax egg instead?

    1. Ooh good question. I haven’t tried this recipe with a flax egg but I’d be surprised if it didn’t work. Let me know how it turns out if you give it try! Thanks Olivia!

  2. I just wanted to let you know that in the PDF at the end, you skipped the part about adding the egg

    1. Whoops! Added the egg…thanks Kenzie!

  3. Can I use ground almonds instead of almond flour?

    1. Hi Marissa! Great question, but unfortunately that won’t work too well. You’ll want to stick to the recipe for this one. Good luck!

  4. Ohmygosh, these are sooo delicious, thank you!! It’s another dark and snowy pandemic Friday evening here in WI, with more of the same old routine. Enter your fabulous cookies! We both love dark chocolate and walnuts, and though we had to sub brown sugar for coconut sugar and coconut oil for avocado oil, these incredible cookies are exactly what we needed tonight! We’re new to your website and look forward to trying more of your creations! Thanks, Jill, for adding so much to our quiet winter evening!

    1. Wow, this made me so happy! Thank you for such a kind comment. I’m so glad these cookies could bring some joy to your Friday night! Cookies make everything better. 🙂 Enjoy, Katherine!

  5. These cookies are SO soooo good. Cross between brownie and cookie. Perfectly sweet and salty. These were so quick and easy to whip together which made them even more pleasing. Thank you for this recipe! I ate 4 back to back, I must admit.

    1. Haha you’re so welcome! Thanks for the feedback, Amanda! And I must admit…I can’t stop at just one either! 🙂

  6. great recipe – thank you!

    1. You’re welcome, makeda! So glad you loved them. Thanks for trying the recipe!

      1. Pure delicious cacao perfection !!! I’m going to try and pace myself and not eat them all – lol ! blessings ~

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