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(Bakery-Style!) Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪 gluten free

Chewy, lightly crisp and customizable to your taste buds! These gluten free and keto chocolate chip cookies are utterly amazing at just 1.5g net carbs a pop (i.e. the ideal low carb dessert!).

Note: the recipe was first published on December 2nd, 2017 and has since been updated with more deets ‘n tricks.

A freshly baked keto chocolate chip cookie with melted chocolate
Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bakery Style: Crisp & Chewy!

I must start off by saying that these keto chocolate chip cookies are top 5 of my favorite desserts… of all time! And if you consider the amount of baking that goes into a food blog, that’s saying a lot.

The taste is ridiculously good and the texture legit ‘cookie style‘! I’m talking soft centers and lightly crisp edges, with just the right amount of chew.

And at 1.5g net carbs, let’s just say I’m fairly in love with the macros!

Plus, you can also whip up a batch, freeze the shaped dough for up to 3 months, and bake straight from the freezer on a rainy day. 🌧

A white tray with keto chocolate chip cookies
Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

How To Make Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

But what exactly do I mean by the perfect keto cookies? After all, cookies vary a lot. Some are crunchy all over, others are cake-y, melt-in-your-mouth, crumbly, chewy, round, flat, spreadable… i.e. you’ve got options!

And let’s be honest, it seems that even though deceptively simple… it’s kinda hard to get keto cookies right (particularly the crisp ones!).

Standard cookie rules are aggravated in sugar free cookies due to the vast difference in ingredients from brand to brand.

So throughout the post you’ll find a few rules to help you get the cookies you want. Be it crispier, chewier, cakier… you name it!

But let’s get started with some hard-fast tips that apply to all cookies, be them keto or not!

  • Cream the butter until light and fluffy. This is a big thing in cookies guys (i.e. the golden rule!) , and there’s no workaround! For best texture you want to cream your butter and the sweetener with your mixer for roughly 10 minutes, scrapping the bowl 2-3 times to ensure no uneven streaks remain.
  • Dairy free? Not gonna like, this is a tricky one (particularly for the crisp cookies!). Shortening (i.e. lard!) is probably the closest sub to butter out there… but you’ll have to cut the amount of butter by 20% as it’s a pure fat. Also do keep in mind that you don’t get that butter taste (which is why even recipes with lard still throw in some butter).
  • Cakier vs Crispier. You can play around with the texture without altering the recipe itself. For instance, if you want them crispier be sure to pre-flatten your cookies quite a bit prior to baking, use parchment paper and even have the cookie dough more at room temp than ultra chilled. 
  • And for cakier cookies you’ll want to do the opposite (ultra chilled, no pre-flattening). Note: convection ovens also lead to cakier cookies overall and sweeteners also play an important role (see section below!).

Whatever you decide. just don’t forget a light sprinkle of flaky sea salt on top, it’ll cut through the chocolate and sweetness beautifully.

Keto shaped cookie dough on a baking tray with parchment paper
Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Freshly baked keto chocolate chip cookies on a baking tray
Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oh, and did I mention you can whip up a double chocolate version of these guys too?!

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Gluten Free & Keto Double Chocolate Chip Cookies 🍪 #keto #glutenfree #healthyrecipes #ketodiet

The Flours

I like a mixture of super fine almond flour (love Anthony’s) and coconut flour (again Anthony’s best taste and texture by a mile!) and (a very small touch) of konjac powder (i.e. glucomannan) for best crumb and bite. Add a touch of xanthan gum, and we’re golden.

What is konjac powder (i.e. glucomannan)? Short answer, it’s a great substitute to cornstarch for both thickening up sauces and gravy. And it also lends a nice chew and crunch to keto cookies, which you simply don’t get from either almond or coconut flour.

p.s konjac is stuff your miracle noodles (shirataki) are made out of! 

Can I sub out the konjac? Yes, you can do arrowroot (closest) or even just more coconut flour. The taste was just as good with all three.

A stack of keto chocolate chip cookies with a black background
Gluten Free, Low Carb & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Sweetener

Perhaps surprisingly, getting the sweetener right for these keto chocolate chip cookies is even more important than the flours. And this recipe works best with erythritol sweeteners, without a doubt.

Not only are they roughly 1-to-1 in sweetness to sugar (and the volume is important here), but they lend a very similar crunch and chew. No other sweetener did that.

My current favorite for these keto chocolate chip cookies? Lakanto’s golden (tastes and smells sooo good!).

So for crisp cookies use an erythritol sweetener for sure, as it’s the only one that will crisp up properly. And for even extra crispness you can place your tray in the upper part of your oven and increase the temperature by 10 degrees (the extra heat will spread them faster = crispier cookies!). Do note that erythritol can take up to a couple hours to crisp up completely.

And for soft and cakey cookies, adding some xylitol to the mix (think 3 parts erythritol: 2 parts xylitol) can really help a bunch. Other than that just don’t pre-flatten the cookie dough as much, you can bake on parchment or a baking mat, and be sure to place your rack in the middle oven. And, for extra extra cakey-ness you can even decrease the amount of butter by 10-20g.

Note: convection ovens also lead to cakier cookies overall!

Just keep in mind that cookies made with xylitol or allulose will stay soft and cakey (and need to be placed in the freezer once cool to speed up the setting process!).

How sweet?! In case you haven’t noticed, keto palates in regards to sweetness are all over the place (I feel mine fluctuates constantly still!). So I’m giving you guys a range of 110-140g (7-9TBS) of sweetener… which is already less than the average 200g in your usual cookies!

I also like to add a (optional!) teaspoon of blackstrap molasses for that extra brown sugar kick. 1 teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs to the entire batch (just 0.3g net a cookie!). But carbs aside, blackstrap molasses is a nutritional powerhouse rich in vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. But feel free to leave it out, just expect paler cookies!

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Keto chocolate chip cookies with flaky sea salt
Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Keto Chocolate Chips (or Chunks!)

Call me weird, but I don’t like chocolate chips in my chocolate chip cookies. What I like, is an actual chocolate bar broken up into bits. You see, chocolate chips were designed to not melt completely, and I’m all about those chocolate bits melting throughout the cookies. And the darker the chocolate, the more it will melt through!

So I suggest simply breaking up a chocolate bar into bits. Don’t chop it up with a knife, or you’ll end up with powder and flakes which will make your cookies cloudy.

But in the end, just use whatever your taste buds desire (and Lily’s does make awesome sugar free chocolate chips too!).

Making ice cream sandwiches with keto chocolate chip cookies
Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Holding a large keto chocolate chip cookie with flaky sea salt
Gluten Free & Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for more keto cookies?! Don’t miss out on our legit snickerdoodles, (actually crisp!) oreos, and incredible toasted-almond shortbread (or double chocolate!).

Freshly baked keto chocolate chip cookies with flaky sea salt

(1.5g net carb!) Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free chocolate chip cookies, keto chocolate chip cookies, keto cookies cream milkshake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 18 3 1/2" cookies
Calories: 149 kcal

Chewy, lightly crisp and customizable to your taste buds! These (bakery style!) gluten free and keto chocolate chip cookies are utterly amazing at just 1.5g net carbs a pop (i.e. the ideal low carb dessert!)

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Please see video for reference, tips and tricks! It's for the double chocolate version, but same difference (just has added cocoa and adjusted ratios!).

  2. Add almond flour, coconut flour, konjac powder (or arrowroot/more coconut flour), salt, baking soda and xanthan gum to a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.

  3. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until softened, 1-2 minutes. Add in sweetener and molasses (optional), and continue to cream until light and fluffy (about 8 minutes).

  4. Add in vanilla extract and egg, mixing until just incorporated. The mixture will appear slightly 'broken' (i.e. not thoroughly smooth). With your mixer on low, add in half of your flour mixture- mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the rest.

  5. Fold in chocolate and pecan bits. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  6. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper (if you use a silpat baking mat they won't spread much, if at all).

  7. Divide cookie dough into 18 rounds for 3 1/2-inch cookies (or 12 for jumbo style!), and flatten them slightly. The cookies will spread somewhat during baking, but you still need to pre-shape them (i.e. the more you pre-flatten them the more they'll spread = crispier cookies, so if you like them cakier just don't flatten them too much!). 

  8. Place cookie dough on the prepared baking tray. Bake for 9-10 minutes for smaller cookies and 12-13 minutes for the jumbo, turning the tray around 180° half way through.

  9. Garnish with flaky sea salt and allow the cookies to cool completely on the trays (sugar alcohols can take a few hours to crisp up, so don't despair!). Store in an airtight container for three to four days and freeze for up to 3 months.  

  10. Note that the shaped dough can be frozen for up to 3 months, and they can be baked straight from the freezer (adding 2-3 minutes more to the baking time).

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*What is konjac powder (i.e. glucomannan)? Short answer, it’s a great substitute to cornstarch for both thickening up sauces and gravy. And it also lends a nice chew and crunch to keto cookies, which you simply don’t get from either almond or coconut flour. Can I sub out the konjac? Yes, you can use arrowroot (closest) or even just more coconut. The taste was just as good with all three!

**This recipe works best with erythritol sweeteners, without a doubt. Not only are they roughly 1-to-1 in sweetness to sugar (and the volume is important here), but they lend a very similar crunch and chew. No other sweetener did that. My current favorite for these keto chocolate chip cookies? Lakanto’s golden (tastes and smells sooo good!).

And note that cookies made with xylitol or allulose will stay soft (and need to be placed in the freezer once cool to speed up the setting process!).

***I also like to add a (optional!) teaspoon of blackstrap molasses for that extra brown sugar kick. 1 teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs to the entire batch (just 0.3g net a cookie!). Totally optional though!

Please note that nutrition facts were estimated with Lily's dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips. But heads up that values can vary widely depending on what you use!

Nutrition Facts
(1.5g net carb!) Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 3 1/2" cookie)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 180mg8%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1.5g6%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 2.2g4%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

419 comments

  1. Nurz Betty says:

    Made these today and they were delicious! Only, I accidentally used 1 tablespoon of the black strap molasses instead of 1. The cookies were still yummy but had taste of peanutbutter as well… I’m thinking that was the black strap. Going to make another batch tomorrow omitting that altogether because my daughter said the only thing she didn’t like was the peanut buttery taste. ¡Muchas gracias Paola por todas las recetas!

  2. Shaay Gallagher-Starr says:

    I want to report back about how wonderful these cookies are. And that subbing oat fiber for coconut flour 1:1 by weight works perfectly for those with allergies, or who don’t like the flavor.

    I used Pyure erythritol with stevia, plus the molasses, to sweeten.

    I added 2 T Golden flaxseed meal (without regrinding it) for texture.

    I made these the day before serving them and the texture was PERFECT. Not cakey, but chewy in the center and crisp along the edges. So very close to our family’s favorite high sugar treat for all those years before keto.

    My non-keto-eating extended family loved these and could hardly believe they weren’t full of sugar and wheat flour. My nieces ate them happily, as did everyone else. My sister-in-law wanted the recipe.

    During yesterday’s family party, I had keto pizza, stevia sweetened root beer by Zevia, and chocolate chip cookies – and stayed on my eating plan. How awesome is that?!

    Thank you, Paola, for all the testing and retesting you do, all your “deets and tricks” that make keto baking so rewarding. You’re amazing.

  3. abinasha says:

    Hi, i made this recipe , ommited the blackstrap mollases and instead of baking soda i used baking powder. I used monkfruit plus erithytol blend from lakanto. My cookies were very soft even after letting them cool to the next day. I had preflattened them as you suggested. I think its because i used baking powder instead of baking soda. Next time, i am thinking of using baking soda.Now in your recipe what is the acidic ingredient to neutralize the baking soda? Is it in the blackstrap mollases. If mollases is the only ingredient with acidity then it will not be optional unless i add another acid like cream of tartar maybe? Am i missing anything? Have you tried this recipe without the mollases and had sucess, texture wise?

  4. Jacey says:

    Hello,

    I am having trouble reading the serving size – is it 1 cookie ? or is it 3 1/2″ cookies? Also how do you figure out the nutritional values? Thanks!

  5. Susan LaRiccia says:

    I’ve made a version of these many many times and I’m trying to figure out why sometimes my cookies stay puffier than the previous time I made them when they flattened out nicely with crispy edges which I prefer. What exactly does the xanthan gum do? I use less than 1/4 tsp because I thought it was making the dough too stiff. Does baking soda (not powder(I add just powder)) play a roll? Should I start using metrics to ensure I don’t add too much or too little of something? I cook on the middle rack in the oven at 355 deg for 18 min. I like mine a deep golden brown. Any suggestions or thoughts are much appreciated

  6. Ari says:

    I haven’t baked them yet, but are the pecans necessary? I want to bake these for my wife and she isn’t a fan of nuts in cookies.

    • Pam says:

      Ari – I make this recipe without pecans. They come out just fine, and of course, I think even more delicious because I don’t like nuts in cookies either!

    • balikbryan says:

      I made these vegan using 1 Earth Balance buttery stick, reduced salt to 1/8 teaspoon because of the salt in the buttery stick, 1 chia egg substitute (1 tablespoon ground chia + 2.5 tablespoon hot water), and they turned out great 👍🏽

  7. NJK says:

    Another awesome recipe, Paola – Christmastime has been a challenge on keto but these cookies made a huge difference! Now I don’t feel left out after baking ‘regular’ cookies for my hubby!

  8. amanda says:

    I haven’t had a choc chip cookie since going low car/GF five years ago… and the flavor of these did not disappoint! But texture was a bit of a fail… very light and crispy with no chew. Zero.

    I’m at altitude (6000 ft) and thinking this might be part of the problem.

    Any suggested adjustments for us mountain folk?

    THANKS!

  9. Lyndsay Bryant says:

    Any thoughts on adding chicory root to add inulin? I haven’t cooked with chicory yet or tried this recipe, but this recipe looks amazing!

  10. Marcie says:

    This is my absolute favorite recipe. I quadruple the batch, make some now, freeze some, and keep some dough in the fridge in case of sweet tooth “emergencies.”

  11. Sara says:

    I didn’t read most of the 370+ comments, so my comment may be old news. I saw a YouTube video today titled “Low Carb CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE BATTLE – The BEST Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe!”, posted September 5, 2019. Your recipe won. The person making the cookies followed your directions exactly, except left out the pecans because he doesn’t like them.

  12. Gina says:

    I’ve made about 5 different keto cookie recipes and my favorite so far has been Carnal Dish’s brown buttered chocolate chip but they weren’t the texture I craved (still will make sometimes). I stalled with making these because of pure laziness… didn’t want to bust out the mixer. But let me tell you, follow the directions and take out that mixer. Every step makes a difference. These were the only cookie to get crisp like a regular cookie, spread out and taste yummy. I used a combination of Lily’s milk and dark because I like the balance, the only difference. I was losing hope in keto cookies but Paola is a food genius. I purchased the e cookbook because I want to support her work, not sure I’ll use it but if I do I know it’ll be good.

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