If you prefer soft buttery low-carb cookies, these chewy keto chocolate chip cookies are sure to satisfy. They taste just like the real thing but these treats are gluten-free with just 1g net carb each.
I finally found a keto cookies recipe that is almost as good as the original high carb Toll House recipe. This one even passed the picky 13 year old daughter test.
It also got past my daughter's friend who had a few and said they were good cookies. I plan to make a big batch of this dough later and freeze it to bake on my busier days.
I liked these low carb chocolate chip cookies so much, I will bake some for the holidays. These keto cookies are also soft and chewy, just like the popular high sugar ones.
Ingredients Needed For Chew Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
These are also true cookies, nothing like cake in texture. The combination of butter and Brown Swerve gives these low-carb chocolate chip cookies a soft texture. The addition of stevia glycerite rounds out the sweetness.
They have a nice buttery flavor and the nut flours are not overpowering because of the added vanilla whey protein. The addition of peanut flour or coconut flour also lightens up the texture.
Please note: You'll find the full list of ingredients used in the recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom.
- Line the baking pan. For easy release and cleanup, be sure to line the baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
- Skip the egg white and double the yolks. In these buttery cookies, the yolks provide a moist cake-like cookie that makes them chewy.
- Add more flour. If you find that the cookies flatten too much during baking, just add more almond flour to the cookie dough.
How To Make Keto Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
The full step-by-by step instructions are listed in the recipe card below. In this section, I'll share some additional tips along with photos to help you make the recipe.
Cream The Butter
The original Toll House recipe was created by adding some chopped chocolate to a Butter Drop Do cookie recipe. So butter is an essential ingredient.
First, you'll beat the softened butter with the keto sweeteners then blend in the egg.
Add The Dry Ingredients
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, whey protein, peanut flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add this dry mix into the butter mixture.
The cookie dough should be fairly stiff. If the dough feels too soft, add in a little more almond flour. Just mix in a tablespoon at a time.
Stir In The Chips
To finish off the dough, stir in some keto-friendly chocolate chips. I like to use ChocZero because they taste great and melt well in the cookies. You can also save 10% on them when you use my discount code LOWCARBYUM!
You can also add in some chopped nuts with the chips. Walnuts or pecans work well in the cookies.
Bake The Cookies
Drop scoops of dough about two inches apart onto a lined baking sheet. Each scoop should be about a tablespoon.
A cookie scoop is the easiest way to get nice uniform scoops. But you can also use a couple spoons to drop spoonfuls of dough.
Bake the dough until the cookies brown. This takes about 8 to 12 minutes. Let the baked cookies cool for at least ten minutes before removing to a cooling rack. If you move them while they are too warm, they can break apart.
The dough can be frozen to use later. I recommend forming the dough into mounds with the scoop on a cookie tray and placing the tray in the freezer. Once the mounds are frozen, put them in an air tight container or freezer bag.
You'll want to make a large batch of these low carb chocolate chip cookies as the dough freezes well and can be frozen in scoops. This helps with portion control as you can bake only a few at a time. You can even just bake up a few in the toaster oven.
If you have a peanut allergy or just choose to avoid it, you can substitute the peanut flour with coconut flour, more whey protein, or more almond flour. The recipe is quite flexible. I used a mix of flours and whey protein because I find it gives the best results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Chewy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Before sharing the recipe, I wanted to answer some of the most common questions asked about these cookies.
What gives the cookies a chewy texture?
The brown sweetener and butter creamed together are the secret to getting a soft cookie texture. If you want a crisper cookie, you may want to check out my flourless cookie recipe.
How do you keep the cookies from going flat?
Not having enough flour is the most common reason for flat cookies. If the butter melts too fast while baking, this will also result in flat cookies. So you may want to try chilling or freezing the dough before baking.
Does adding more butter make cookies softer?
Because the butter adds more moisture to the dough, having a large amount should result in a softer texture. However, if you add too much butter, the cookies may flatten too much as it has a low melting point.
What's the best sweetener for soft and chewy keto cookies?
For this recipe, Swerve brown works best. But if you don't want the brown sugar taste, you can use allulose which acts more like sugar than erythritol sweeteners.
More Keto Cookie Recipes
Check out some of my other easy low-carb cookie recipes if you want some sweet snack bites or a little dessert after a meal. You'll find a few of my favorites below:
- Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies have been a favorite for the holidays and you only need 5 simple ingredients to make them.
- No Bake Keto Cookies are an easy snack to make and keep in the freezer. They come together quickly because there's no baking needed!
- Cream Cheese Cookies have a great freezable dough that can be stored in log shapes then thawed and sliced for fresh baked cookies any time.
- Gluten-Free Thumbprint Cookies are another holiday favorite that have a pretty red center that's perfect for Christmas.
- Ricotta Cheese Cookies come out soft and chewy every time because the cheese and butter add plenty of moisture.
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Chewy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ½ cup butter softened
- ½ cup Low Carb Brown Sweetener
- ¼ teaspoon stevia glycerite or stevia liquid concentrate
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup almond flour
- ½ cup vanilla whey protein isolate
- 2 tablespoons peanut flour 12% fat, or coconut flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans optional
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or use a non-stick baking mat.
- Beat together butter, brown sweetener, and stevia glycerite until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat well.
- In a separate bowl, stir together almond flour, vanilla whey protein powder, peanut flour, baking soda and salt.
- Stir almond flour mixture into butter mixture until blended. If dough seems too soft, add in a little more almond flour. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
- Use cookie scoop to measure and drop onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. I recommend freezing the cookie dough drops on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes prior to baking. Otherwise, the butter may melt too fast resulting in very flat cookies.
- Bake for 8-12 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool for a couple minutes on baking sheet then remove to wire racks to cool.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 57 [carbohydrates] => 1 [protein] => 1 [fat] => 6 [saturated_fat] => 3 [cholesterol] => 15 [sodium] => 93 [potassium] => 30 [fiber] => 1 [calcium] => 9 [iron] => 1 [serving_unit] => cookie [trans_fat] => 1 [sugar] => 1 [vitamin_a] => 110 )
Notes on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
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First published November 3, 2010. Post updated on April 24, 2021, with new photos an additional recipe information.
Can I use plain whey protein powder in this recipe instead of vanilla whey protein powder?
You can but you may need to add vanilla extract and sweetener to taste.
What is stevia glycerite?
It's a stevia liquid sweetener that contains glycerine. If you can't find it, an equivalent sweetener is fine to use.
These look so good! Definitely need to make these next time I have a cookie craving.
thanks for a great keto chewy cookie!
I really wanted to like these, and I was excited about the prospect of a keto chocolate chip cookie like the real thing. Unfortunately, these were very puffy and cake like. And very dry. 🙁 The search continues!
Did you freeze before baking? If so, the butter may have been too cold. If you get the temperature right, you should get cookies aren't too puffy or flat. Mine have never been dry so you have had too much flour.
Can you use something else besides whey protein
The protein powder gives a lighter texture but you can substitute as stated in the note: "It’s best to use whey protein powder. However, the protein powder could be replaced with vanilla collagen or almond flour and vanilla extract."