These Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies are gluten free, dairy free, and absolutely amazing.   I replaced the flour and butter of a traditional cookie with creamy pecan butter, and you won’t believe the results!

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies, made without flour or butter ~ gluten free and delicious! ~

Once I discovered the rich flavor and perfect texture of these nut butter based flourless cookies, I’ve never looked back.  They beat regular cookies on so many levels ~ not only is the flavor richer, thanks to the nut butter, but they are moist and chewy, and stay that way for days.  They’re full of protein, and take no time at all to make and bake.  I only wish I had these recipes when my girls were little, I would have felt a whole lot better about giving them cookies!

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies are made gluten free with healthy pecan butter! ~

If you’re going to have a cookie, it just makes sense to have one that’s going to give you an energy boost and some nutrients while you’re at it.  Pecans are the most anti-oxidant rich of all the nuts and The American Heart Association certifies them as heart healthy.  While you can find all kinds of nut butters in stores these days, it’s super simple to make your own, as long as you have a food processor or high speed blender.  Even the mini processors will do the job.

TIP: Nuts that are organic and raw are the healthiest, and if you make your own pecan butter you can control the ingredients.  There’s some evidence that roasting reduces the nutrients in nuts, but the flavor payoff is huge, so I roast.

Flourless (gluten free) Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies ~

I bake these cookies just enough to set them, but no more ~ they’ll look slightly under-done as they come out of the oven, but will firm up as they cool down.  I used a dark brown sugar in this recipe which gives them an extra chewy texture, and combines with the richness of the nut butter and the dark chocolate really nicely.

The pecan flavor is so subtle that unless you’re told, you might not notice it’s there.

Easy gluten and dairy free Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies ~

Check out my collection of nut butter based flourless cookie recipes for more inspiration.  I’m working my way through all the nut varieties and I’ll eventually have a complete set of recipes that covers the whole nut kingdom…Bwahahahah!

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: makes 14 cookies

Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 3 cups raw pecans (or 1 cup pecan butter)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (use light or dark, I used dark)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips


  1. Set oven to 350F Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.
  2. If you are making your own pecan butter, you have the option of using raw pecans, or toasting them to deepen their flavor first. To toast, spread out on a dry cookie sheet and toast in the oven for about 12-15 minutes, giving the pan a shake once halfway through.
  3. Put the pecans in a food processor or high power blender and blend until you get a smooth butter. This will require scraping down the sides of the processor to make sure all the nuts get processed. The mixture will go through a dry grainy stage, then will gradually become finer and moister as the nuts release their oils, and finally will transform into a smooth butter.
  4. Measure out 1 cup of pecan butter into a mixing bowl with the egg, sugar, and baking soda. Mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop out tablespoon sized balls of dough and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet. I use my 1 3/4 inch cookie scoop for this. I like to add a few extra chocolate chips to the surface of the cookie dough before baking. Push them into the dough gently.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes or just until set. The cookies will look under done, but will firm up as they cool. Be sure your oven is at the correct temperature before you bake. I keep an oven thermometer in my oven at all times so I can be sure.
  7. Cool the cookies on a rack.


  • If you make your own pecan butter and the nuts seem very dry as you are processing, you can add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to help it come together. 


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27 Responses to Flourless Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Medeja says:

    These cookies look very addictive

  2. Adina says:

    The cookies look perfect, I would not have guessed that there is no flour inside.

  3. Wow we haven’t made flourless cookies in a long time. Pecan butter sounds wonderful and bet they taste amazing. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. How perfectly delicious are these, Sue?! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such mouth-watering photos of cookies!! Love the ingredients and I’m imaging the resulting flavors. You are so creative!

  5. Phyllis says:

    It’s very funny that I was looking for a quiche recipe when I came across your website and got totally sidetracked by the picture and recipe of your Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! They look so delicious and the recipe is so easy- especially if using ready made nut butters! Would doubling the recipe cause any changes? Wouldn’t think so, but wanted to check- may as well make 3 dozen instead of 1 1/2! Your quiche recipe looks amazing also!

  6. I woke up craving a freshly baked cookie (or 2!) and these look just perfect!

  7. I recently tried pecan butter and I LOVE it! I’ll have to say, it’s even better than my beloved peanut butter! I’m sure these cookies taste outrageously delicious!

    • Sue says:

      It’s funny, isn’t it, how peanut butter is the only nut butter that anybody ever thinks about, but I agree, the other nuts have so much more flavor. Come to think of it, peanuts aren’t even real nuts, maybe that’s why!

  8. What a great cookie! Love the idea of using pecan butter. The flavour must be absolutely fabulous :)

  9. Sr.Estelle says:

    I’d love to try these with natural peanut butter- would that work? Thanks for another great recipe Sue!
    Sister Estelle

    • Sue says:

      Yes, Sister Estelle, I’ve tried this recipe with all kinds of nut butters, and you can use natural peanut butter, just be sure to stir it well before you measure it, because the oil tends to separate out.

  10. mary says:

    Oh thank you for these! as someone who has issues with flour – they’re perfect!!

  11. Bijouxs says:

    Hi Sue! These look fabulous! Looking forward to baking them. Best ~ Bijouxs

  12. Brenda says:

    Would almond butter work as well as pecan butter?

  13. cheri says:

    I’m going to be making a lot of these delectable goodies, they certainly don’t look like any flourless cookie I’ve tried to make. They look like perfection. Very nice Sue!

  14. JoAn says:

    Do you think coconut sugar would work instead of brown sugar?

  15. MaryAnn says:

    These look wonderful so I was thinking of making all of the different kinds of your flourless nut butter cookies so I could put a few of each kind into goodie bags for guests of a high school reunion to take home with them. Have you tried other add-ins that you especially liked besides the chocolate chips so that each kind of cookie would be a little different? How do you think they would turn out if some were made without any additions? Thanks

  16. Love the idea of pecan butter in these cookies. They look beyond amazing!

  17. Wow – there is nothing like a warm cookie with a glass of milk. I can’t believe these are flourless – what a wonderful recipe! Pinning and sharing – have a great weekend Sue!

  18. wow I can totally enjoy those cookies without guilt! I guess the recipe would work just with any kind of nut butter?

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