Grain-based desserts are the number one source of calories across all ages in the United States. One of the most popular grain-based desserts is cookies. In fact, the best selling cookie in the world, the Oreo, is one of the most widely consumed foods in America.
This is not surprising when you consider the fact that cookies typically contain so much sugar and fat that it is almost impossible to pass them up. The only problem is that they are not even close to being healthy. Most cookies contain so much sugar and fat and so little protein and fiber that they put you on the fast track to gaining fat.
Fortunately, you don’t have to give up eating cookies altogether. In fact, it is possible to make a cookie healthy, while still bringing out all of the flavors and textures that we look for in a cookie.
How is this possible? Simply take your average carb-ridden cookie ingredients and replace them with keto-friendly flours and other keto foods. By doing so, you will be able to make a cookie that is deliciously sweet and fulfilling while it enhances your health rather than taking away from it.
To save you the trouble of experimenting with keto ingredients to make low-carb cookies by yourself, we put together this comprehensive recipe roundup of some of our favorite keto cookie recipes. As you read through this article, you will find a low carb cookie for every palate and every occasion. Let’s get started, shall we?
1. Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
Of course, we must start with the all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. Instead of using sugar and all-purpose flour to make these cookies, you’ll be experiencing the beauty of keto-friendly ingredients like erythritol and almond flour.
The erythritol offers a subtle sweetness to these chocolate chip cookies that I enjoy much more than an average cookie. The best part about it is that this sweetener won’t even raise your blood sugar levels! As an added bonus, it will contribute little to no calories to your diet, and it acts as an antioxidant before the body excretes it.
The bulk of these keto cookies will be made of almond flour, one of the healthiest low-carb flours you can use. This flour is so good for us because it provides us with protein, fat, and fiber while being low in net carbs. On top of that, almond flour also will help you meet your needs for vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, and copper. Altogether, these nutrients will help lower your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
There are a couple of other ingredients in these delicious cookies that are worth mentioning as well, but we will dive deeper into their health benefits throughout this article. All you really need to take away from this cookie recipe is that chocolate chip cookies no longer have to be your guilty pleasure. In fact, with this keto recipe, you will be able to indulge in your favorite cookie without any of the guilt.
2. Crisp Meringue Cookies
These sweet meringue cookies are an airy and subtly sweet treat. They are the perfect contrast to the other dense, doughy keto cookies on this list.
The secret to the unique texture of these cookies is best explained by the mixture of egg whites and cream of tartar. After being whipped together, they have perfect consistency for a light and airy result. Plus, the egg whites contain all the essential amino acids you need to support muscle mass and healthy metabolic function throughout the body — but you probably knew this already.
What you may not know is that cream of tartar has some health benefits as well. First of all, it is a great way to add some extra potassium to your diet — a mineral essential for regulating blood pressure, enhancing heart health, and curbing some of the symptoms of the keto flu. Secondly (and most interestingly), cream of tartar has been shown to help detoxify the body from nicotine, making it helpful for those that are trying to kick their smoking habit.
Overall, these cookies may not help you kick your smoking habit completely, but they are a delicious treat nonetheless. They also are easy to customize as well. If you need help meeting your fat requirements for the day, simply whip up some cream cheese, butter, and Swerve into a frosting. Then you can put them together to make keto sandwich cookies.
3. Low Carb Coconut Chip Cookies
These cookies are so rich and delicious that they make the perfect keto dessert. The coconut and cacao nibs add a fantastic crunchy, chewy, texture that many of us love in a cookie.
If you are not sure what cacao nibs are, think of them as unprocessed 100% chocolate. They are bitter and crunchy and are loaded with magnesium, flavonoids, and antioxidants. This is the reason why chocolate is so well known for fighting off health issues like heart disease.
With the cocoa nibs, you’ll be getting a delicious dose of coconut flakes. Along with their coconut taste and texture, they will also give you a good source of fiber, minerals, and healthy fats that make these cookies even more satisfying.
Make sure you don’t forget about the glaze either. It will add a bit more sweetness and extra healthy fats that will make them a special treat that meets your fat intake needs at the same time.
4. Keto Gingersnap Cookies
Even when it isn’t the holiday season, these keto cookies will satisfy your craving for a flavorful dessert. Each gingersnap cookie is hard on the outside and soft and moist on the inside with a subtly sweet and spicy flavor in each bite.
Even if you are not a fan of ginger’s flavor, you may still enjoy these cookies for there medicinal properties. The ginger powder, for example, may help relieve indigestion and constipation, while it also improves overall digestive health.
Alongside the ginger powder, you will be getting some nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon, which all have potent antioxidants that help improve blood sugar levels and decrease inflammation.
To put it in another way, if you weren’t feeling too great after dinner, these cookies might be just what you need to help you go to sleep feeling better than ever. Plus, they are one of the most delicious ways to help you meet your fat intake needs before the end of the day.
5. Keto Amaretti Cookies
These small Italian cookies are something special. Each one is soft and full of nutty and fruity flavors that you rarely find in other low carb cookies.
From a health perspective, my favorite ingredients in these cookies are coconut flour and coconut oil — both of which are keto foods that we all benefit from eating. The coconut flour is packed with so much fiber that it can help you meet your daily fiber needs, which is something that many ketogenic dieters struggle with at first.
Meanwhile, the coconut oil will provide you with a great source of healthy fats like medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCTs are especially important for keto dieters because they are digested easily and go straight to the liver where they are converted into ketones.
In other words, with the coconut oil and flour, these keto Amaretti cookies will improve your digestive health and give you a ketone energy boost at the same time. If you want some more coconutty goodness, fat, and fiber, feel free to sprinkle some unsweetened shredded coconut on top.
6. Keto Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
If our gingersnap cookies don’t fulfill your holiday cookie craving, then these pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies will surely be a hit for you and your family. In fact, they are so good that even my other non-keto family members loved them as well (and they had no idea that these cookies had no sugar in them).
The star ingredients in this recipe are the pumpkin puree and liquid stevia. Whenever I can, I make sure to get some pumpkin in my diet during the holiday season. It is so rich in fiber, vitamin A, and health-promoting carotenoids that it wouldn’t be smart to pass up on the opportunity to have some pumpkin.
To add more sweetness to the subtly sweet pumpkin, you’ll be using liquid stevia. Not only is stevia super sweet and calorie-free, but it also has many health-promoting properties as well. For example, stevia has been found to help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and it may even help prevent heart disease. All of a sudden, sugar seems completely unnecessary, right?
The best part is that you’ll never need to eat sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth again with these keto cookies — especially when you try these Keto Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies.
7. Keto Chocolate Coconut Macaroon Cookies
There is something about the combination of coconut, chocolate, and vanilla that make for an amazing flavor experience, and you’ll know exactly what I am talking about when you try these cookies.
Plus, you will also be able to get the MCTs and the fiber from the coconut flour, coconut oil, and coconut flakes and the flavonoids and antioxidants from the cocoa powder that we spoke of earlier in this article.
However, in my opinion, the real health superheroes in these cookies are the eggs. Each egg will provide you with an excellent source of vitamins B12, B5, B2, and A, selenium, zinc, healthy fats, complete protein, eye-protecting antioxidants, and choline (a lesser-known nutrient that helps support cognitive function). In fact, eggs have even be called “the perfect food” by health specialists because they contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.
Perhaps, these keto cookies may be “perfect” as well with there hard and crunchy texture on the outside and soft and moist inside. Each bite will truly be a wonderful experience for your taste buds and your health.
8. Keto Buckeye Cookies
Want a little something special for dessert? Try these keto buckeye cookies. These things are absolutely delicious and completely satisfying.
What sets these apart from the other keto cookies on this list is the fact that they have a melty chocolate core and, my all-time favorite, peanut butter.
Not only is peanut butter satisfying, but it is healthy as well (at least, the natural sugar-free varieties of peanut butter are healthy).
Each tablespoon of peanut butter will provide you with extra vitamin E, B vitamins, and minerals. It is also an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids, which help decrease LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, protecting us from heart disease.
Overall, the peanut butter and chocolate make these cookies one of my favorites, while the nutrients and antioxidants that they contain make them one of my favorite cookies from a health perspective as well.
9. Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies
These are sort of like the keto pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies but without the pumpkin. They have a slightly different flavor, but are super delectable in their own way.
The combination of the keto-friendly maple syrup and vanilla are really what make these cookies next level delicious.
The maple syrup also adds some extra MCTs to the cookie to provide you with a ketone boost, while the vanilla acts to calm inflammation and subtly improve your mood.
To add a little something extra to these keto cookies, consider blending up some macadamia nuts and mixing them into the dough. They will make these cookies much more satisfying while providing you with an excellent source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids at the same time.
10. Low Carb Vanilla Latte Cookies
I can’t wait to make these again. They are crunchy at the edges, soft in the middle, and combine the decadent flavors of coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon flawlessly. Plus, it’s filled with a ton of one of our favorite keto ingredients — butter.
The best part about butter is that it gives you almost all of the healthy components of milk without any of the protein or milk sugar. For example, each tablespoon of butter contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K2, which all have powerful effects on our health from helping us fight off cancer to preventing osteoporosis.
You will also get plenty of healthy fats like conjugated linoleic acid and butyrate which are helpful for anyone that is trying to lose weight.
Along with the butter, you will also be getting a good dose of coffee grounds, which will boost your mood, improve cognitive function, and help you burn some extra body fat.
In other words, by eating these keto cookies, you can help yourself lose fat. I know this sounds absolutely crazy for a cookie, but it is possible when you use these keto ingredients.
Bonus: Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
You already know how to delicious cookies are and how satisfying peanut butter is, but have you had a peanut butter cookie? It is exactly as tasty and fulfilling as you think.
Not only will you be getting all of the health benefits and nutrients from peanut butter that we spoke of earlier, but you will also be able to sneak in some flaxseed meal as well. Flaxseeds are worth mentioning because they are fiber and fat-packed little seeds that have been found to have a variety of health benefits.
For example, research has found that the lignans in flaxseeds may be able to prevent cancer, but the effects that they have on humans remains unclear.
What is clear about flaxseeds, however, is that the lignans and fibers in these seeds help to improve digestive health and feed friendly gut bacteria. This translates to better overall health in the long run.
If you want to take these keto cookies to the next level, try adding some keto-friendly chocolate chips, unsweetened chocolate, or cocoa nibs. They will add an extra health boost with there delicious chocolatey taste. Plus, you can’t go wrong when you combine chocolate and peanut butter.
How To Use These Low Carb Cookies to Meet Your Macros on The Ketogenic Diet
With these low-carb cookies, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth while you get plenty of fats and fiber. They truly are one of the best keto desserts.
It is crucial to understand, however, that you can’t just eat them without any limitations. Even though they are low-carb, keto-friendly, and healthy, these cookies should always be eaten in the context of your daily calorie goals.
To find out how many calories, fats, protein, and carbs you should eat to get the results you want, plug your information into our keto calculator.
We also recommend tracking your calories and carbs for the first couple of weeks, so that you know how much you are actually eating, and if you are eating too much or too little. The easiest way to do this is with a calorie tracking app like MyFitnessPal or Cronometer. We put together a guide on how to use these apps to help you get started with calorie and carb tracking on keto.
By using these two tools, you’ll be able to figure out if that extra cookie may impair your weight loss results or if it will help you stay on track. Simply use the calorie breakdowns at the end of each cookie recipe to guide you. On the nights when dinner just doesn’t have enough fat and calories, feel free to indulge in as many keto cookies as you need to meet your goals.
However, you may find that adding a couple of cookies may not be enough to help you meet your macros. Your favorite cookie, for example, just may have too many carbs and not enough fat to justify eating 3 or 4 of them.
So, what should you do when eating a couple of cookies won’t be good enough? Customize them a bit.
If you want to add more fat to your cookies:
If you want to add fat and protein:
- Mix crushed high-protein nuts (e.g., peanuts, almonds, and pistachios) into the batter or sprinkle them on top
- Spread peanut butter on top
- Top it with some crushed bacon, low carb candied bacon, or Keto Friendly Bacon Jam
- Top it with high-protein nut or seed butter
- Make a nut or seed butter cookie sandwich
Before you upgrade your cookies, make sure they will fit into your keto diet. Some of these suggestions will add some extra net carbs, so track the changes you make diligently.
Putting it All Together — The Best Low Carb Cookie Recipes for The Ketogenic Diet
Cookies can be healthy. All you have to do is replace the processed carb-ridden ingredients with keto-friendly foods.
Instead of all-purpose flour, use keto flours like almond flour, coconut flour, and flaxseed meal, and rather than sugar, use some keto-friendly sweeteners like stevia and erythritol. The end result will be a cookie that is filled with healthy fats, fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The best part is that each one will have almost no carbs compared to their common cookie counterparts.
It is important to remember, however, that keto baking is just like normal baking. One false move or faulty ingredient, and you may end up with something that vaguely resembles a cookie in appearance and taste.
To get you started with keto baking and low-carb cookie making, try out these delicious keto cookie recipes first:
But before you indulge, remember always to be mindful of how many calories and carbs you are adding to your diet by eating these low-carb cookies. Although these cookies are healthier and more filling than the average cookie, it is still possible to eat so many of them that it causes you to gain weight. One or two cookies is usually enough to keep you on track and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Once you get the hang of baking keto cookies, try making your own variations and let us know if you create something that goes above and beyond the cookie recipes on this list.