How to Make Your Own Cookie Recipe

picture of cookies

Let’s be honest here… everyone loves cookies, right? I know I do! And I love eating clean cookies even more! Sometimes, it’s really difficult to find delicious clean cookie recipes. It seems like they all use the same type of ingredients, and they all have similar tastes and textures. It’s time to change that!

Here’s your go-to guide for creating your very own cookie recipe using all natural and clean ingredients. It takes some experimenting and trial-and-error to make the perfect cookie, but this how-to will get you started on the right path. It’s all about being creative and imaginative to make the best cookies you can!

Rules before starting:

Rule #1: All cookies need flour, sugar, and fat.

Flour is the main component in cookies. Sugar adds sweetness. Fat adds flavor, binds ingredients, and keeps the cookie moist.

Rule #2: Most cookies need a binding ingredient.

Binding ingredients hold the cookies together. Not all cookies need a binding ingredient. If the recipe has enough fat to hold it together, a binding ingredient might not be needed.

Rule #3: Cookies need a leavening agent.

Leavening agents make cookies rise by adding small air bubbles.

Types of ingredients you can use to keep your recipe clean:


  • oats
  • whole wheat flour
  • flaxseed
  • almond flour (finely ground almonds)
  • oat flour (finely ground oats)


  • honey
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • dates
  • maple syrup
  • raisins
  • molasses


  • plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • mashed banana
  • pumpkin
  • all natural nut butters
  • olive oil
  • mashed avocado

Binding Ingredients:

  • eggs
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • mashed banana

Leavening Agents:

  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • cream of tartar

Flavor Enhancers & Mix-Ins:

  • vanilla extract (or other all natural extracts)
  • cocoa powder
  • spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, etc.)
  • nuts (almonds, peanuts, cashews, macadamias, etc.)
  • fruit (dried and/or fresh)
  • pure 100% cacao (if you can handle the bitterness!)

Steps to get started:

Step #1: Decide on a flavor combination for your recipe. Choose a flour, sugar, fat, leavening agent(s), and mix-in(s).

Step #2: See if your ingredients already contain a binding ingredient. If you already have one included from the fat or sugar category, then don’t bother adding another. If you haven’t already included one, you should add one in.

Step #3: Get the correct ratios of flour:sugar:fat. The amounts of sugar and fat should be equal, and added together, they should equal the amount of flour. So, in short, sugar=fat and sugar+fat=flour.

Step #4: Decide how much you want your cookies to rise. For each cup of flour, use about 1/2 tsp. of a leavening agent. Baking soda creates the most rising action. Depending on how much you want your cookies to rise, determines whether you’ll want to use baking soda, baking powder, or cream of tartar. You can use more than one leavening agent.

Step #5: Combine fat and sugar first, and then add a binding ingredient (if you’re using one).

Step #6: Combine leavening agents(s) and flour.

Step #7: Combine fat/sugar mixture with flour mixture, blending completely.

Step #8: Add any flavor enhancers and mix-ins.

Step #9: Begin baking! Bake between 325ºF – 375ºF. A lower temperature results in a flatter cookie, while a higher temperature will produce a more elevated cookie.

Step #10: Bake between 8-15 minutes, checking every 5 minutes to make sure they don’t burn.

Now, you’re ready to make your very own cookie recipe. It will be completely unique and personalized to your taste, so go bake some cookies and share your creations!


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