Animal-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time: 2 hours      Cook time: 20 mins      Rest time: 10 mins     Total time: 2 hrs 30 mins

Servings: 7-8 large cookies

Make it Dairy-Free and AIP: Use animal fat other than ghee or butter

These chocolate chip cookies are a simple spin on the classic, using only fruit, unsweetened chocolate, and animal foods like pork and ghee.

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

What you need to make Animal-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

Equipment:

Substitutions

You can substitute the ghee (or butter) for your animal fat of choice, although I do highly recommend ghee with this recipe due to its sweet and buttery flavor. Pork cracklings can be used in the place of pork rinds.

Note: I have never tried pork cracklings in this recipe, but I think they would produce a crispier/crunchier cookie.

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

How to make Animal-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prepare the dates.

Soak the pitted dates in water for 1-2 hours to get them soft.

Note: use 9 oz (about 1.5 cups) of dates if you like your cookies on the sweeter side, and 6 oz (about 1 cup) if you don’t want them as sweet. I used 9 oz and it was perfect for my taste.

Make the cookie dough.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a blender, grind the pork rinds into a powder and set aside.

Scoop the ghee (or butter) into a glass container (or whatever you’re using to melt it) on the stovetop. Melt the ghee (or butter) until it is liquid.

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

Place the melted ghee (or butter), eggs, sea salt, vanilla extract (if using), and soaked dates into your blender and blend until smooth. Add a tiny bit of water if the mixture is too firm to blend.

Move the mixture to a mixing bowl. Fold in the pork rind powder and cinnamon (if using). The dough should be thick like normal cookie dough.

If using unsweetened chocolate bars, cut them into little squares that resemble chocolate chips and fold the squares into the batter. If using regular chocolate chips, fold those into the batter.

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

Bake the cookies.

Place a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet, and form the dough into cookies.

Note: these cookies do not rise or spread, so you will need to form the dough pre-baking into whatever shape you prefer them to end up in.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

Once the cookies are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.

These cookies taste good fresh, but I (and my other taste-testers) all preferred them out of the fridge. Enjoy!

Store leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

Tips to make the best Animal-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Don’t skip on soaking the dates. It makes a big difference.
  • Pork cracklings can be used in the place of pork rinds. I have never tried pork cracklings in this recipe, but I think they would produce a crispier/crunchier cookie.
  • These cookies do not rise or spread, so you will need to form the dough pre-baking into whatever shape you prefer them to end up in.

animal-based chocolate chip cookies

A few of my other favorite sweet eats:

Strawberry Truffles

Crunch Bars [with Beef]

Jumbo Chocolate Cups with Salted Chunky Date Filling

Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Spongey Cake Bars

Maple Bacon Doughnuts

Animal-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

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5 from 3 votes

Animal-Based Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chocolate chip cookies are a simple spin on the classic, using only fruit, unsweetened chocolate, and animal foods like pork and ghee.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Food Type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Ashley Rothstein

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 2.5 oz pork rinds (the equivalent of 1 EPIC bag)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate (or chocolate chips)
  • 1-1.5 cups (6-9 oz) pitted dates
  • 1/3 cup grass-fed ghee (or butter)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

Prepare the dates.

  • Soak the pitted dates in water for 1-2 hours to get them soft.
  • Note: use 9 oz (about 1.5 cups) of dates if you like your cookies on the sweeter side, and 6 oz (about 1 cup) if you don’t want them as sweet. I used 9 oz and it was perfect for my taste.

Make the cookie dough.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a blender, grind the pork rinds into a powder and set aside.
  • Scoop the ghee (or butter) into a glass container (or whatever you're using to melt it) on the stovetop. Melt the ghee (or butter) until it is liquid.
  • Place the melted ghee (or butter), eggs, sea salt (ASHLEYR for 15% off), vanilla extract (if using), and soaked dates into a blender and blend until smooth. Add a tiny bit of water if the mixture is too firm to blend.
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  • Move the mixture to a mixing bowl. Fold in the pork rind powder and cinnamon (if using). The dough should be thick like normal cookie dough.
  • If using unsweetened chocolate bars, cut them into little squares that resemble chocolate chips and fold the squares into the batter. If using regular chocolate chips, fold those into the batter.

Bake the cookies.

  • Place a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet, and form the dough into cookies.
  • Note: these cookies do not rise or spread, so you will need to form the dough pre-baking into whatever shape you prefer them to end up in.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Once the cookies are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • These cookies taste good fresh, but I (and my other taste-testers) all preferred them out of the fridge. Enjoy!
  • Store leftovers (if there are any!) in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

 

What I used for this recipe:

Looking for some more easy sweet eats? Try one of these recipes:

Strawberry Truffles

Crunch Bars [with Beef]

Jumbo Chocolate Cups with Salted Chunky Date Filling

Flourless Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Spongey Cake Bars

Maple Bacon Doughnuts

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Ashley Rothstein

Ashley Rothstein develops tasty, whole food, animal-based, fat-filled recipes that include a moderate amount of minimally toxic plant foods. To fix her own health issues, she bounced around between the carnivore, keto, and paleo diets for a few years. After experiencing and studying each diet philosophy, she learned she feels her best by merging the three and following an animal-based diet with time-restricted feeding. As a glut at heart, she likes to channel her creativity and create meals that are healthy but also satisfy her inner gluttonous spirits.

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6 Comments

  1. Jess H
    July 22, 2021 / 1:15 am

    5 stars
    I can’t believe these have no flour in them. They are legit choco chip cookies. I followed the recipe exactly (used the same brand of pork rinds) except I used butter instead of ghee. They are fairly soft cookies. I wonder if using ghee makes them crunchier. Anyway, I’ll definitely be making these again. Was enjoying them with my raw milk 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. Bev Keebs
    December 28, 2021 / 4:06 am

    5 stars
    You are legit my hero for this recipe. I’ve made these cookies 3x now and I’m about to do batch #4 (double batch to freeze half) tomorrow. These are so daggum easy it’s dangerous. Next I’m going to try the spongey cake bars with some kind of cinnamon topping. The fam had a cinnamon walnut coffee cake out for Xmas treat but I didn’t eat it… really wanted to as this used to be one of my major weaknesses… but didn’t. But now I really want something cinnamon-y.

    • Ashley Rothstein
      Author
      December 30, 2021 / 2:15 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the cookies! This is one of my favorite recipes from the blog. 🙂

  3. Mytinyketolife
    July 17, 2022 / 8:50 pm

    I have pre-ground up pork rinds. How much do I use for this receipe? Love all the recipes I have tried from you, so far and can’t wait to try this one!!!!

    • Ashley Rothstein
      Author
      July 18, 2022 / 10:33 pm

      I’ve never measured the pork rinds post-blending, but I think a cup or so should do!

  4. Jon
    December 4, 2022 / 10:29 pm

    5 stars
    We love this recipe. We actually took the unsweetened chocolate chips and melted them down and added honey to sweeten them up carnivore style. Then let them cool and added them to the cookies. This worked out great! Thank you for the recipe, these are a new favorite in our household especially with the kids!

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