Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cookies with Coconut Flour

If you’re looking for new ways to use coconut flour, I highly recommend these gluten-free double chocolate cookies.

gluten free double chocolate cookies

The recipe is from Whole Foods (the place I bought my first bag of coconut flour), and along with being gluten-free, it’s very simple and practically impossible to mess up. I did learn a few things along the way, though.

Before making my cookies, I read the reviews on the Whole Foods website. One person mentioned her first batch was flat, but puffier with the addition of a little more coconut flour. Mine were flat too, and throwing a little extra coconut flour did make them thicker without ruining the cookie.

Whole Foods Double Chocolate Cookies

Because I didn’t measure how much extra coconut flour I put in, I made a second batch. And because the cookies were sweet, I cut the sugar slightly. I also used an ungreased baking sheet so the batter would adhere to the baking sheet and rise rather than slide. Those changes resulted in puffier cookies — the ones in the first photo.

Whether you follow the Whole Food recipe precisely or make little changes, you’ll get tasty cookies. They are definitely cakey, but they have so much chocolate that crunchy/chewy cookie lovers are bound to eat them anyway. And as I mentioned, they are extremely simple and taste good even without salt or leavening. Gluten-free or not, this recipe is a keeper for flavor and simplicity.

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Coconut Flour Double Chocolate Cookies
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A gluten free double chocolate cookie made with coconut flour.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 18
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted or salted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder , I used Penzey’s natural
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut flour, I used Coconut Secret
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted and chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Have ready an ungreased or foil lined baking sheet. You can use parchment or nonstick foil, but it might cause the cookies to spread a little more.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Stir in the cocoa powder and beat until smooth, then stir in the coconut flour. Add the chocolate chips. At this point you can also stir in the walnuts, or you can leave them out and just sprinkle them on top of the unbaked cookies.
  3. Let the cookie dough sit for about 5 to 10 minutes to thicken (coconut flour absorbs moisture).
  4. Drop the cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake 13 minutes, or until cookies are slightly set in the center. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
The brand of coconut flour you use might affect the cookie. I used a brand called Coconut Secret. Total weight was 34 grams.


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  1. Justin Stanley says

    I made these last week and they were so incredibly good!!! They turned out to be more round and not flat (could have been my coconut flour) but they tasted so much like a dense brownie!!! loved them. kudos.

  2. says

    Hi Justin,
    Thanks for the review! You’re right about the coconut flour. I’ve noticed if I use just a little bit more, the cookies are thicker. And I still haven’t tried Bob’s Red Mill or any other brand, but I’m sure what brand you use would affect the thickness too. Glad they were good! The recipe is so incredibly easy.

  3. Courtney says

    I made these for my friend, and we loved them! I added slightly extra coconut flour to make them into more round balls. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  4. Eileen says

    I am making these for 2nd time. Nutiva coconut flour is by far the best. I also used their coconut oil. Instead of chocolate chips, I used coco ‘nibs’ which are not sweetened so they add that slightly bitter, extra chocolatey flavor. Also added a little pink salt to the batter and put the walnuts on top.
    Since I’m experimenting with all things coconut, (and I doubled the recipe) I used 1 cup coconut sugar & 1/3 c organic brown sugar.
    The 1st batch came out great- my friends loved them.
    I’ll let you know about this batch! I think I may have put in 1 & 1/2 cup sugar.Hmm.
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  5. Georgianna Marquez says

    This was a GREAT recipe, though I did tweak it a bit. I do not have a dairy allergy, therefore I splashed a bit of milk in the dough in order to moisten it and I used Kerrygold Grass-fed Butter instead of coconut oil. I used Tropical Traditions coconut flour and Raw Cacao, and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet chocolate chips. I am quite the picky one. This is the first time in YEARS that I have had a double chocolate cookie to taste chocolatey as opposed to LOOKING chocolatey, YET only tasting sweet.

    These cookies had the flavor of flour based cookies having adequate amounts of chocolate. The texture was a bit crumbly, but I will be working on that. This recipe is a keeper!

  6. Holly says

    Dubbed “tasted like a warm hug” by the family. They didn’t spread at all like the picture but we didn’t care. They puffed up slightly. They were delicious, moist and easy. Tasted like a deep chocolate brownie. My new go to chocolate chip cookie. I used Hershey special dark cocoa, Ghirardelli chocolate chips and no nuts. Wonderful out of the oven and the next day (doubt there will be any left for tomorrow to try).

  7. says

    Hi Holly,

    Thanks for the review! I haven’t made these in a while, but I recently bought some coconut flour so I think I’ll make them again the near future. Happy New Year!

  8. Louisa says

    Hi, would it be ok to use a little less sugar in this recipe, or even a sugar replacement? Also can I use more cocoa as 1/3 or a cup isn’t very much and I prefer a quite chocolatey taste. Would more liqud be needed to balance this? Thank you.

  9. says

    Hi Louisa,

    I’m sorry, but I haven’t tried those substitutes. I think using a sugar replacement would work, though. You should try it! For extra chocolate flavor, you might want to add chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. The 1/3 cup was pretty chocolate-y.

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