The sweet morsels of happy goodness that are these low carb cookies can take you back to your wonder years with every tasty bite! With this handful of absolutely delectable and addicting low carb recipes, you won’t miss the high carb kind!
I know what you’re thinking, there’s no way these healthy desserts taste as good as the sugary, floury kind…
But. Trust. Me. Friends.
You just need the right combo of ingredients and the right techniques, and you’ll be eating cookies as if carbs don’t exist!
Enjoy these low carb desserts just like you do the traditional kind — dunked in milk, with a cup of coffee, or for a post-dinner treat.
Here’s the ultimate list of the sweetest most divinely inspired low carb cookies in this low carb world! C’mon, let’s bake some healthy recipes!
Finding a great cookie recipe that brings out your inner cookie monster is like hitting the low carb jackpot! I mean, healthy recipes for sweet little heavenly bite-fulls of happiness are worth hanging on to.
So, without further ado…
Here are the 11 best Low Carb Cookies recipes:
1. Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Double. Chocolate. Need I say more? (Mix in some coconut flakes for bonus points!!)
Making these chocolate almond flour chocolate chip cookies is so easy and it fills the house with that sweet aroma that announces their presence.
Baking up a batch of low carb cookies almond flour style makes them healthier and puts them back on the low carb menu. Almond flour is my favorite low carb flour for cookies, as it has a super subtle taste and looks/acts most similar to regular wheat flour.
These puppies won’t last long!!
2. Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
Low carb peanut butter cookies are a sweet crumbly cookie windfall! The sugary salty ying and yang of a peanut butter cookie is just so gratifying – it beckons to me!
Making keto cookies peanut butter flavor is a decadent way to satiate hunger and satisfy a sweet tooth at the same time. Plus, they smell so incredibly delicious!
3. Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
Making almond flour shortbread cookies give you something to really smile about. This recipe yields super delightful little bundles of buttery joy that satisfy that inner cookie monster.
When you’re really after a more biscuit-like concoction (or one you can decorate), whip up a batch of these babies!
4. Coconut Flour Cookies
When you’re ready for a soft chewy low carb cookie you can really savor, mix up some coconut flour cookies for your tasting pleasure! These keto cookies coconut flour are a fabulous nut-free alternative that bakes up every bit as moist and fluffy as traditional cookies (better, in my opinion).
I know, that’s surprising for coconut flour, but this magical combination of ingredients really works!
Plusss, using coconut flour adds a bit of coconut flavor — and we all know coconut and chocolate are a magical match made in heaven, so get to baking!
5. Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nothing – and I mean nothing – beats the sweet chocolatey gratification of low carb chocolate chip cookies. These low carb-afied little gems bake up soft and luscious.
Plus, they’re full of super chocolatey goodness. Adapted and low carb-afied from the king of all things chocolate chip, the Nestle Toll House recipe, you won’t believe how awesome these gluten-free chocolate chip cookies taste.
Just follow your nose….
6. Almond Flour Sugar Cookies
Almond flour sugar cookies are the perfect magical delight, and whether you eat low carb or not, I know you’ll agree! Trust me, you’d never know by the flavor that these guys are low carb and keto.
This low carb cookies recipe is fantastic for stamping out shapes and holiday decorating. They bake up so light and buttery it’s like magic!
7. Breakfast Cookies (No-Bake!)
Personally, I think all cookies make good breakfast cookies but, in all seriousness, these little crunchy bites of happiness will satiate hunger and put a smile on your face.
This low carb cookies recipe produces sweet crunchy little nuggets of protein-packed bliss to carry you through the morning and on until lunch.
I like to make a big batch and store them in the freezer for busy mornings. (They taste GREAT with a cup of coffee.)
8. Low Carb No Bake Cookies
These sinfully delicious low carb no bake cookies are like little crunchy bites of happiness on a global scale. If you want an easy low carb cookies recipe, look no further.
The rich deep chocolate and crunchy texture give these little puppies two thumbs way, way up! And the recipe is totally customizable.
Now you can have little dollops of sunshine in the fridge and on a plate ready to go without ever turning on your oven!
9. Peanut Butter Healthy No Bake Cookies
Do You! With these melt in your mouth scrumptious healthy no bake cookies. Miracles do happen and they look like little drops of crunchy gold.
These keto cookies no bake goodness come together in 20 minutes flat and they make healthy cookies you can’t wait to sink your teeth into!
You should probably make a double batch because these disappear quickly!
10. Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies
Paleo? Allergic to peanuts?
I whipped up a batch of suuuper tasty almond flour peanut butter cookies, using (you guessed it) almond butter instead!
I know what you’re going to ask, and the answer is YES! You can swap the almond butter for peanut butter (or any nut butter for that matter…) in these low carb cookies if that’s what you’re craving.
But you have options. Delicious, buttery, EASY, options…
11. Low Carb Cream Cheese Cookies
Cream cheese is the secret ingredient in a handful of cookie recipes that makes them ultra-tender, fluffy and creamy, all in one luscious bite!
Not to mention, cream cheese has hardly any carbs (and is loaded with fat keto friends) so it makes for the perfect addition to our low carb cookies list. These low carb cream cheese cookies will surprise you with their moist tender deliciousness!
Psst — make low carb chocolate chip cookies with cream cheese by simply adding some chips into the mix!
Well, as you can imagine, all these low carb cookies are low carb!
As far as specific macro breakdowns, you’ll have to check each recipe, as this will vary. Generally speaking, low carb flours are high fat, so these cookies are most often higher in fat than the traditional kind.
When it comes to baking (traditional or low carb), there isn’t a ton of wiggle room. Generally speaking, ingredients should stay as is and should be measured carefully.
Here’s the rundown on common ingredients you’ll see in these recipes and what you should know about them:
Low Carb Flour – I most often use almond flour (as it’s most similar to wheat flour), but every so often I’ll use coconut flour for that delicious coconut-y flavor.
Using fine-grained flours makes a BIG difference in the texture of these cookies. My personal faves are Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Grain, and Trader Joe’s Brand.
The most important thing to note about these two ingredients is that you can’t swap them using a 1:1 ratio due to their unique baking characteristics. Coconut flour is very dry, and their recipes typically require significantly more liquid.
Since both of these flours are gluten-free, we’ll need to add an ingredient to bind the low carb cookies together (gluten acts as a glue that keeps everything in place). Enter…
Xanthan Gum – Keeps our low carb cookies in one round of joy. It works wonders in small amounts, so if you’re worried about that expensive bag you’re buying upfront, know you’ll have it for a longgg time.
Psst – The gluten-free flour to xanthan gum ratio is 1 cup of flour to 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum.
Low Carb Sweetener – I’m ALL about erythritol. It’s a sugar alcohol that’s calorie-free and tastes amazing in desserts. Check each of these low carb cookies recipes, as I switch between the type I use — granular, brown and confectioners are always stocked in my pantry.
One thing to note about erythritol is (like all sugar alcohols) it tends to recrystallize when it cools. This can lend a “crunchy” texture to baked goods. The solution? Pop your low carb cookies in the microwave for a few before snacking on them.
Mix-Ins – Now, here’s where you get to be creative. Use any of these low carb cookies recipes as a base, swap the mix-ins to your liking. Some ideas are:
- Chocolate chips
- Chopped low carb nuts
- Unsweetened + shredded coconut
- Different extracts (peppermint, banana, lemon, etc.)
- Freezer dried low carb fruits
- Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice)
Some cookies will always be better when they’re warm and fresh but there are ways to dress them up even after they’ve cooled off.
- Just pick it up and eat it
- Crumble it over low carb ice cream
- Make low carb brownie al la mode
- Make ice cream sandwiches
- Decorate them
- Give them as gifts
I just love all the sweet sugary flavors and different textures of these low carb cookies.
Warm, soft, buttery, crumbly bliss at your fingertips! Are you ready to get baking?! Report back and let me know which one you tried in the comments below. Enjoy!