Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

When it comes to the dessert trifecta of cakes, cookies, and pies, I have to admit that cookies have always been my favorite. So much so, in fact, that I’m actually one of those people who have bought that huge 5-pound tub of chocolate chip cookie dough from Sam’s Club/Costco. More than once. I’m not proud of it, and have asked the bacon gods to absolve me of my sins.

But the fact remains that sometimes that craving for cookies still hits me, and I like having keto-friendly options to turn to when that time comes. While I’m definitely a big fan of a chocolate chip cookie dough Quest Bar baked in the oven for a few minutes, this recipe offers something that’s rich enough to really compare to the real thing without ruining your macros for the day.

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

The base of the dough is a mix of almond and peanut butters, which means that they contain a good amount of healthy fats that make them even more satisfying. The carb count is generally low, but will obviously vary depending on the kind of chocolate you use. I recommend using dark chocolate which is naturally low in carbs over milk chocolate that swaps the sugar for sugar alcohols.

No matter what kind of chocolate you use, one of the best things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. There’s no need to break out the hand mixer and no fussing around with six different kinds of flour. In fact, if you’re missing one of the ingredients for these keto chocolate chip cookies, you can easily substitute them for another. The nut butters can both be swapped for each other, the coconut flour can be swapped for 1.5 tablespoons of almond flour, and you can use the sweetener of your choice to suit your taste preferences.

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

This keto-friendly cookie recipe is easy to make and packs a lot of chocolatey goodness into less than 2 net carbs.

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 30m
  • Yield: about 20 cookies


  • 1/2 cup (125g) natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (125g) almond butter
  • 1 ounce (28g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Swerve or other sweetener (more for sweeter cookies)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar free vanilla or caramel flavored syrup (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup low carb chocolate chips or pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Combine coconut flour, sweetener, and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, mix together peanut butter, almond butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract/syrup until well combined.
  4. Add egg and dry ingredients and stir until a dough forms.
  5. Mix in chocolate and nuts (optional).
  6. Spoon balls of cookie dough onto a nonstick baking sheet or silicone mat. Flatten with a spoon or spatula before baking.
  7. Bake at 325F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

This recipe makes about 20 low carb chocolate chip cookies. Each has about 95kcal, 8g fat, 3.4g protein, and 2 net carbs when made with Guittard Extra Dark chocolate chips.

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

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  • Chloe

    Just wanted to let you know that I baked these, with a few modifications (stevia instead of swerve and an almond/coconut oil/cacao blend for the almond butter) — and they turned out great! They’re tiny but satisfying and I’ve been having them for snacks with coffee. Awesome recipe.

    • KetoGirl

      I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks for sharing your modifications too. Did you mix the almond/coconut/cacao yourself, or is it a product you can buy? Sounds tasty!

      • Chloe

        It’s a mixture you can buy here in Australia by a brand called ‘Mayvers’. Pretty nice but I’m thinking next time I make them I might just sub plain coconut oil – I’ll let you know how it goes! Almond butter is really expensive here so I’ve gotta get crafty.

        • KetoGirl

          It’s expensive here in the states too 😛 Other nut butters (like sunflower) should work too, if those are cheaper.

          Please do let me know how it turns out with the coconut oil!

  • I’m looking forward to starting this “keto” journey as I was an avid “Atkins-er” many moons ago and lost 40lbs in a month doing so! However, I too became bored with food in general and was far too busy to make up extravagant recipes. Since then, I’ve had two more kiddos, gotten into a relationship with a man who had horrible eating habits and have gained 60lbs back!! Now he and I are both ready to DO THIS! But.. I really really don’t much care for peanut butter… and I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate chip cookies!! is there another product I can substitute, or other quantities of existing ingredients?

    • KetoGirl

      You can substitute Sunbutter for the peanut butter. All almond butter might work as well, but I haven’t tried it. Almond butter tends to be a little thicker than other nut butters, so you might need to add a little more moisture if you go that route. There are also other low carb chocolate chip cookies out there that just use nut flours, eggs, butter etc.

      Also, congrats on your keto journey! Hopefully you have success with it like you did before 🙂

  • jane hirsch

    Thanks! Thanks for sharing your ideas and recipes. I made these tonight. The flavor is yummy. They look like cookies and yet, the texture is not cookie-like as the dough wouldn’t bind to itself – it crumbles. The longer they cool the more crumbly they become. So I served with a little homemade Keto ice cream. quite delicious.
    I just wonder what the problem is bc we really really want choc chip cookies!

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