K’ispina Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chef Jesse Lepkoff

Chocolate chip cookies are such a go-to comfort food, celebration, and joy. They are perfect for gifts—placed in a tin or wrapped in cloth and tied with a string—snacking and cheering up the home. Santa is not the only person who warms up to a plate of home baked cookies! They also smell amazing when in the oven. These gluten-free, high protein, nutritious cookies are fun to make, delicious, and can be modified for any diet: vegetarian, paleo and vegan. This recipe makes 3"-round cookies with crisp edges and chewy middles, our favorite way to enjoy them!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Yield: 2-dozen 3″-round cookies
Category: Snack, dessert, gift
Cuisine: American


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbs. Pure maple syrup
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups hand ground Royal Quinoa K’ispina flour
1 cup organic, semi-sweet chocolate chips

Gluten-free, vegetarian, paleo, and vegan options:

1/2 cup refined coconut oil or other oil with similar texture to butter
1 cup coconut sugar or other dry sweetener substitute
2 Tbs. Pure maple syrup
Flax egg: Mix 1 Tbs. flax meal with 2 Tbs. of water and let gel for 10 minutes
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups hand ground Royal Quinoa K’ispina flour
1 cup organic, semi-sweet Equal Exchange chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium sized bowl, cream together the butter/coconut oil and brown sugar/dry sweetener until smooth.

Beat in the egg or flax mixture, then stir in the vanilla and maple syrup.

Grind the quinoa flour into a small bowl. Add baking soda and salt.

Stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture of egg, oil, sweetener. Add chocolate chips.

Drop by large spoonfuls onto 2 ungreased baking trays (Tip: lining the baking trays with parchment paper makes for an easier clean up and makes cookies easier to remove and cool—slide the paper off the tray and onto a cool surface).

Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.

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