Valentine’s Day!!

Guys!!! These cookies are perfect for such a romantic day.  I love romantic traditions and any excuse to celebrate the love for my husband makes me very happy because I dreamed of a marriage like the one we have. Oh and since he is gluten free and loves cookies it’s a perfect recipe! I am so excited for this one!!!

I also dreamed about creating a gluten free bakery chunky chocolate chip cookie with simple ingredients. Almost like a single serving or a small portion recipe because let’s face it, we need a quick simple killer recipe we can make ASAP that really stands out.

I love bakeries and every time I go I think why don’t they have a “healthier” cookie that is gluten free and has less sugar? Now this is my indulgent cookie because it does have some brown sugar (not a lot but it needs it to create a chunky chewy cookie. And since we are celebrating a special day and it’s once a year: let’s splurge!

Creating this recipe really was challenging because when I was asked by The Teff Co to create a special Valentine’s Day recipe and I immediately gravitated towards chocolate chip cookies (kind of the NYC bakery style) and I craved these cookies so much I said YES! I LOVE their ivory teff flour !! Little did I know it would take me 6 recipe tests to make this happen, and boy am I glad I did! 

This recipe is sponsored by The Teff Co (I love this company and their products are amazing) thanks for supporting the brands I love! All opinions are my own! 

I am soo excited to share with you all I have learned baking with Maskal ivory teff flour! I love the flavor notes, how healthy it is and how it blends really well with almond flour. It is a great ancient grain gluten free flour that adds smooth, earthy notes to baked goods. I see it like the new quinoa (it tastes way better than quinoa or amaranth!). Here are some of the health benefits:  high calcium content, with a cup of cooked teff offering 123mg, about the same amount of calcium as in a half-cup of cooked spinach. Teff is high in resistant starch, a newly-discovered type of dietary fiber that can benefit blood sugar management, weight control, and colon health. It’s estimated that 20-40% of the carbohydrates in teff are resistant starches. A gluten-free grain with a mild flavor, teff is a healthy and versatile ingredient for many gluten-free products.

Where do you buy Maskal Teff flour? Grab some here

Other recipes I have made using Ivory Teff are: matcha alfajores, jam shortbread cookies, granolasavory granolabanana bread, pumpkin olive oil cake


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Chunky chewy cookies!! And they are gluten free (no gums, no starches, no nut butters, lower in sugar than most recipes), easy to make, short simple ingredients. You would never guess they are gluten free! And this is a small portion recipe which let's face it it's brilliant!
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 small or 3 large
  • 30 gr grass fed butter such as Kerrygold, unsalted: at room temperature
  • 40 gr brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1 egg yolk I love and use Vital Farms organic, pasture raised (at room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 32 gr Maskal Teff ivory flour
  • 40 gr almond flour such as Costco brand, trader Joes or Bobs Red Mill (must be fine and blanched)
  • pinch Ceylon cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon Redmond sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda (at high altitude use a pinch)
  • 25 gr chocolate 72% chips I used Equal Exchange 70 %
  1. I love to bake my cookies on a perforated tray with a Silpat and using a Baking Steel underneath bakes these better. Check out the products in my shop.
  2. In a large bowl: with a whisk: mix butter, brown sugar and vanilla to combine (don't whisk to much or the cookies will spread). Add egg yolk, mix well. Add flours, baking soda + salt. Mix until combined.. With a rubber spatula fold in chocolate. Shape cookies with a large scoop and put onto the baking tray (don't flatten) and freeze for 1 hour. Pre heat oven to 350 F. Bake frozen cookies for about 8-10 mins until golden brown and crispy on the edges. Remove from the oven and sprinkle some Maldon Salt on top. Let cool and remove cookies with a cookie spatula. Cool on a perforated tray with parchment paper. They keep well for about 3 days stored in an acrylic container such as a recycled pre washed salad container.

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  1. Vanessa Musi

    Mil gracias Lourdes!!

  2. Mayra

    These cookies look amazing. Perfect V-Day treat for my two loves. My son will be especially appreciative. Gracias, Vane! Looking forward to trying out Teff ivory flour.

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hi Mayra! Thank you hope you love them. Happy Baking!

  3. Vanessa Musi

    Perfect texture, not too sweet.

    • Lourdes

      Muy buenas gracias

  4. samia

    can you tell me more about the Maskal Teff ivory flour? why did you use this one? thanks

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hi Samia,
      Thanks for your message. If you can read in the blog post I talk about the nutritional benefits of using Maskal Teff Ivory flour (high protein, high calcium, resistant starch (good for the gut), easy to use in combination w/ almond flour (no need to add a ton of other high starch flours that most gluten free baking requires), bakes really well, tastes amazing, if you click on the other recipes linked on the blog post I talk more about the benefits (health and bake related). I would encourage you to try it or come to a class and learn all about it that is when you FULLY understand an ingredient and it’s taste, function, application and benefits.

  5. Vanessa Lee

    What can I substitute instead of almond flour? But not coconut.

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hi Vanessa, thanks for visiting my website.
      Sorry for my delay I was away on a vacation. Substitute the almond flour for the same amount of cashew four. Let me know how it turns out. Happy Baking.

  6. Andrea

    Hello Vanessa! Can I sub butter for coconut oil? Thank you

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hi Andrea it won’t work coconut oil bakes completely different. I would try using Miyokos Vegan butter instead for a dairy free version.

  7. Kelcy B.

    Do you think substituting regular red flour for the ivory red flour would work?

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hi Kelcy, Thanks for visiting my website. Not sure what you mean by regular red flour? I have only tested this recipe with ivory teff flour.

      • Vanessa Musi

        I also just tested the recipe substituting ivory teff flour for certified gluten free oat flour and it worked perfectly.

      • Kelcy B.

        I’m sorry, my autocorrect ruined that. I meant regular teff flour. I’m unfamiliar with ivory teff and have only used Bob’s Red Mill teff flour.
        Thank you so much for your comments!

        • Vanessa Musi

          My pleasure. Read about IVORY TEFF flour in that blog post, recipe was created specifically to use Maskal Ivory Teff flour you can get it online at Amazon it’s delicious and super healthy! I personally don’t like Bobs Red Mill’s Teff flour (it is BROWN Teff and works very differently). Happy Baking Kelcy.

  8. William

    Can you substitute Monkfruit brown sugar for the sugar to make it more Keto:

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hi William,
      Thanks the flours used are not keto. The teff flour is not keto.
      It’s not made to be a keto recipe. Keto recipes must have keto friendly (very low carb content flours only almond and coconut flour are keto),so both the sweeteners and flours count.

  9. Anna Fonseca

    Hi, I love chocolate chip cookies but i’m in a caloric deficit and i was wondering if you could tell me which one of your recipes is the lower in calories.
    All of them look amazing!!!

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hi Anna, thanks for stopping by! I don’t count calories unfortunately this has never been my approach to healthy baking. However from what I can imagine you need is a keto chocolate chip cookie, (keto baking is low glycemic, grain free and lowest in calories) these I only teach in my baking classes online. Please check my classes here: and here: thanks!

  10. Chantal

    This recipe is perfection. Love the texture, the mix teff and almond is absolute genius and together with the coconut flower sugar it gives the cookie an amazing malty flavour. It is a bit too sweet for my taste. Vanessa, and I would like to decrease the amount of sugar, but in doing so I fear the beautiful tested and calculated ratios in the recipe won’t work anymore. How much can I decrease the sugar content in the recipe, Vanessa ? Thank you so much.

    • Vanessa Musi

      hi Chantal thanks! 40 gr for 3 cookies is nothing really and if you used coconut sugar which is less sweet than brown sugar, I cant see how to lower the sugar even more which would definitely sacrifice the chewy texture. So I would either try with 30 gr max or add a pinch Maldon salt on top.
      If you are looking for a low sugar recipe try my keto cookies on Instagram @chefvanessamusi

  11. Mariela

    Hola Vanessa,
    Podria hacerlas con harina sin gluten de la marca bobs? Es la que consigo aquí en el súper en Monterrey.

    • Vanessa Musi

      Hola Mariela, puedes usar harina avena gluten free partes iguales en vez del teff, aunque si buscas seguro hay ivory teff en MX (yo lo se porque cuando hago recetas busco ingredientes siempre en MX y EUA/ y les doy unas mega listas a mis alumnos) acá te indico donde hay:


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