Cookie Dough Cookies

paleo cookie dough

LaraBars were on sale the other day. I hadn’t eaten one of those things in years, so I bought a few. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, amongst other flavors. Besides the fact that the bar was about the length of my pinky finger, the flavor was so amazingly disappointing. It tasted so “healthy”…and nothing like the cookie dough flavor Lara promised. Bleh.

So I figured I could make my own version of the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bar, switching out the mass of nuts & dates for coconut butter.

Yield: Six 2½ inch cookies + scraps


  • 1 (7 oz) package Unsweetened Let’s Do Organic Creamed Coconut*
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips


In a small sauce pot, combine creamed coconut, sugar, vanilla and salt over medium heat. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the creamed coconut has melted, about 3 minutes or so. The mixture may seem a little bit sandy.

Get out an 8×8 baking dish. Dump the melted coconut/sugar mixture into the pan. Let it cool a bit, and then use your hands to press the mixture flat into the dish. The dough will only take up about 3/4 of the baking dish. Scatter the chocolate chips on top and press them into the dough with your hands.

Place in the refrigerator to cool and then use a cookie cutter, or a knife, to cut into desired shapes.

*I like to use this in lieu of coconut butter out of a jar because the package has some magic ratio perfectly measured out (see pic below). Just using coconut butter straight out of a jar may turn things into a crumbly mess.


40 responses to “Cookie Dough Cookies”

  1. I love that you guys are using creamed coconut so much. It’s so much cheaper than buying it out of a jar, and I have loads of it.

  2. Creamed coconut is amazing stuff – thanks for the recipe idea. I am making it tonight!

  3. I have never used creamed coconut. I do not have an aversion to raw grass-fed dairy products and have often wondered what the substitute or equal to creamed coconut would be…butter?

    1. the butter part of coconut butter refers to the fact that it’s ground up coconut…like almond butter, peanut butter. it doesn’t have anything to do with actual ‘i came from a cow’ butter.

    2. I have done a little reading about coconut butter and creamed coconut. My understanding is that coconut butter is made from fresh, mature coconut. Creamed coconut is made from dehydrated, mature coconut.

      I had some grated coconut and made coconut butter (I have never had coconut butter from a jar, not sure how it would compare) in my food processor. I used 7 oz. to make this recipe and it was very tasty! I could easily have done with less sugar and maybe some cinnamon. I can see some good variations in the future.

    1. maybe yes….i don’t really know. i just REALLY love the fact that the stuff pictured above is already pre-packaged and pre-portioned with what i assume is coconut oil and coconut meat. just using the butter, you probably won’t come across the same consistency.

      1. The jarred stuff from Trop Trad is much the same, only the separation is top to bottom – with less oil. You may have to do some digging to get a little of the oil and the other stuff out of the jar, but I think it would work.

  4. These are GOOD–pretty close to authentic cookie dough flavour! I find that they’re better when they’re smaller–cut into 12 or 16 portions, they’re a perfect little dose of indulgence!

    Next time (AKA: maybe tonight), I’m going to try working the chocolate through the “dough”, and drizzling melted chocolate on top…

    1. thanks sara!

      yeah, i agree…i made them a bit on the thick side.

  5. Finally made these – they are AWESOME!

    *shopping for a case of creamed coconut*

  6. This looks so amazing. I sent hubby to WF and he got the creamed coconut, but could not locate the sugar. Could you use regular sugar? I’m dying to make this tonight.

    1. I made this with regular old brown sugar and it turned out fine. I am also contemplating trying it with honey to see if it becomes spreadable (take THAT, Nutella!). 🙂

  7. These looks fantastic. I really have to use coconut more. I love how it just makes six–that’s a non-dangerous amount! 😉

  8. These were fantastic! I like the texture the creamed coconut adds. One this I changed was the creamed coconut only came in 5.5oz packages so I top it up with 1.5 oz of butter. It was awesome.

  9. Can you show a pic if what coconut sugar you used and where you got it?

  10. I tried making this last night. I could not find creamed coconut at whole foods or sprouts or anywhere. I used coconut butter and it did not work. So bummed these look so good. Wahhhhhhhh!

  11. My mouth wants to take a bite… Or eat all of those cookies RIGHT NOW!! Look so good.

  12. Dancingtigga

    We liked these, we melted the choc chip in a choc ripple effect it was a happy accident. We will probably use less sugar next time and more 85% chocolate. Only discovered your website but I love your enthusiasm for good tasting food which happens to be healthy, good luck with finding a new site for your business.

  13. I immediately clicked on this recipe as soon as I saw the picture. These look SO GOOD! Now I know what to do with the package of creamed coconut I bought last week…

  14. I just have to ask, as I am quite interested in some of these recipes, why you consider creamed coconut to be such a healthy alternative to flour/butter. If you are battlings Celiacs disease or just want good tasting gluten free treats then I completely understand. But if you are just looking for a healthy alternative then I just don’t get it. If you compare this recipe which yields 6 cookies to the classic nestle chocolate chip cookie recipe the difference is pretty huge unless I’m doing my math incorrectly.

    One nestle cookie (according to their recipe numbers which says 60 cookies): 64 calories, 3g fat, 2g saturated fat.
    One nestle cookie (I make them bigger so I end up with about 30 cookies): 128 calories, 6g fat, 4g saturated fat.
    One cookie from this recipe: 262 calories, 21g fat, 19g saturated fat!

    1. you can always reduce the sugar to your liking. and better yet, if you don’t think it’s “healthy”, then don’t make it.

    2. Christina

      Danielle, Danielle, Danielle… where to begin?

      1. GO READ about the truth. Coconut fat- saturated fat and medium-chain trigycerides- is the gold standard for fat, right alongside grass-fed or pastured animal fat from meat and eggs. Anything else is inflammatory and very dangerous. Namely the crap found in manufactured, artificial “foods” found in your grocery store.

      2. GO READ some more about the dangerous of consuming a diet high in carbohydrates and the dangers of consuming large amounts of processed sugar, such as the kinds found in those healthy Nestle cookies that all of us primal folk just happened to miss out on during our trip to the local market.

      3. GO READ about the dangers that come from almost all grains, and toxins and anti-nutrients that attack and irritate our intestinal lining, cause extreme nutritional deficiencies, disease, addiction, etc. Everyone is affected by gluten but some people show no symptoms. That does not mean that the damage isn’t being done.

      4. GO READ about the problems that come from monoculture, extreme grain and soy bean production, the loss of green space, the depletion of important top soil, the issues with supporting big-name corporations such as Nestle and how shopping at grocery stores hardly helps our farmers at all… oh my god, just go read.

      What nerve you have coming to a community like this and comparing Nestle cookies to these nutritional wonders lovingly thought up by the Keatleys. Either you’re lost and stumbled here by accident and didn’t see that it is a paleo site, or, you’re misinformed. Probably both.

      1. Christina

        Chris*, Chris*, Chris*… 😀 (I had just finished reading Danielle’s lol.. nothign wrong with yours Danielle.)

      2. Jennifer

        My response is to both Megan and Christina, but namely Christina. I thought both of your replies to Chris were rude-ish. I read through that question several times and didn’t find it to be worthy of such negative responses. Chris phrased his/her question politely and reasonably, and you could have responded in kind without getting so defensive and, frankly, belligerent. What’s up with the ‘What nerve you have?’ The information you presented in your response was to the point and hopefully informative to the person who posed the question. But if it were phrased as, “You know, you have a good question and here’s some information that you might not be aware of….” rather than, “GO READ, GO READ, GO READ, oh my god, just go read,” then Chris would be open to that information. If, as is likely, Chris stumbled upon the site accidentally, and doesn’t have all the information you do about the Paleo diet – what a great opportunity to inform someone rather than belittle them. It doesn’t help spread the word about Paleo at all if we can’t do so reasonably and kindly. No one will listen to the message if they are turned off by the delivery.

        1. Jennifer, It annoys me greatly when someone tells me what I
          write isn’t “paleo” or isn’t “healthy”. We get it every so often
          and I truly get eyeball-rolly with it now. I write and post things
          that I made and thought tasted good. It is up to the reader to
          decide whether what I posted fits into their eating guidelines. I’m
          not shoving this down anyone’s throat but my own. I don’t
          feel it’s my job to take 30 minutes of my time to try and educate a
          random commenter, when using google would likely answer all their
          questions. If they would like to send us an email, and ask the
          question candidly then I’d be more apt to helping–but when they do
          it so publicly, I find it quite rude-ish.

    3. That saturated fat is what we want, especially the lauric acid

    4. Chris, I think the way you phrased your question means that you haven’t yet explored enough about what paleo nutrition is. You’re asking about calories and fat, and comparing those, with the conclusion that more of either is bad.

      Do some searches for paleo nutrition, and read the science behind it, and it’ll all become clear – including why there is so much pure coconut (high in sat fat!) being used here, and why that’s good, not bad.

  15. I like Larabars, but not the newer ‘wanna be a cookie’ bars. I generally go for the Key Lime Pie, as its very tart, and the Chocolate coconut chew. These are the OG flavors, and the ‘bigger’ bars, of 1.8oz (versus the 1.4-1.6 cookie bars), I’m cheap, and I don’t care. Those things are expensive, gotta get your money’s worth!

    Totally going to try this recipe. Trader Joe’s has coconut cream, and I think its the same thing that you used in the recipe, just another brand. I think I will pair it up with TJ’s maple sugar as well! This recipe has so many “cookie” type possibilities, perhaps an addition of almond butter in the future!

  16. I love the presentation! I do a lot of faux Lara bars and usually just roll them into bite sized balls. Your cookies look so special. Now to dig out that package of coconut cream from the pantry. 🙂

  17. Made these for the second time tonight. I love how simple and delicious these are. Keep up the good work. I’ve gotta get my hand on a copy of you guys book!

  18. The first time i made these they were a bit of a disaster trying to gauge when to take them out of the fridge to try and cut them. Too early and it crumbled. To lond and i had to chisel it out of the glass pan.

    I just made them again and used a mini muffin tin with papers. I put 4-5 choc chips (or a small piece of 85% chocolate) on the bottom of the cup and then pressed in the warm mixed “dough”. Makes exactly 12 mini cups. I moved them to the fridge to cool. The chocolate melts on the bottom and they are easily portable and removable from whatever pan you use. Smaller portion than the cookie method.

    Satisfies my, not totally primal, pregnant wife. 😀

  19. This is off the subject, but I was wondering if you might be able to invent a primal “buttermilk” pie recipe? Since living in the south, that became one of my favorite things lol… I miss it so much 🙂

  20. […] found a wonderful recipe created by Megan over at  Because I am not a fan of Let’s Do Organic […]

  21. This recipe savd my husbands paleo diet. He’s a total Cookie Monster and his cravings were derailing his diet. These cookies were the perfect solution. Thank you!

  22. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! We loved it!

  23. I wasn’t able to form dough to bisquits so I added a bit of coconut flour and made them into balls – delicious as well! Thank you for this super recipe! 🙂

  24. What kind of coconut sugar do you use?

  25. Hi from the UK! I’ve recently started a paleo lifestyle and have found your blog an amazing inspiration, I have recently bought your book too! These cookies are immense!!!! Will be making more of these for sure!!! Thanks guys!!

  26. I made these this weekend, and they were a crumbly, yet tasty, mess. They didn’t hold together at all.

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