This is the perfect Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe! These low carb cookies are packed with dark chocolate chips and pecans all for only about one net carb each!
Perfect Keto Cookies
I have been working on making the perfect Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies and today, I’m finally sharing it with you! These cookies have all the hallmarks that I think a good homemade chocolate chip cookie should have. They are soft and chewy, crisp around the edges but tender on the inside and packed with dark chocolate and pecans! You truly will not believe these cookies are low carb!
P.S. – If you can’t decide between cheesecake and cookies, I have the PERFECT solution: Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars! Gluten free, easy to meal prep, and under 5 net carbs per bar. If you prefer giant, bakery-style cookies, these Chewy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies work great with keto sweeteners, too!
What ingredients do you need to make Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need and possible substitutions. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card near the bottom.
- Almond Flour – I don’t recommend any substitutions.
- Baking Soda and Salt: provides lift for the cookies and aids in providing the correct texture.
- Unsalted Butter – I haven’t used any butter substitutions in this recipe, but dairy-free butter would likely work.
- Golden Monkfruit – This is the raw sugar replacement, but you could use the Swerve or Splenda equivelent if you prefer. I believe brown sugar replacements would likely also work.
- Vanilla extract and Egg – I’ve not tried any egg substitutes. If you wanted to swap out flavors, you could use a different extract, but I love the classic cookie flavor that comes from vanilla.
- Lily’s dark chocolate chips and Pecans – These are the mix-ins we all love! Feel free to use semi-sweet, white chocolate, macadamia nuts, or other sugar-free ingredients you might prefer.
What flour do you use to make Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies?
I have tested this with both almond flour and coconut flour and also a mixture. Simply using almond flour had the best results for this recipe, hands down. However, if you prefer coconut flour I suggest these Keto Dark Chocolate Cookies. They require only coconut flour and are just three net carbs for a large cookie.
How do you make Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies?
These tasty sugar-free cookies are easy enough for beginner bakers and those new to keto ingredients! Here’s a step-by-step guide to making these easy chocolate chip cookies.
Make keto cookie dough
In a small bowl, mix together your almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set this aside for now.
In a stand mixer bowl, beat your butter, golden monk fruit sweetener, and vanilla extract until nice and creamy. Add in the egg and beat on low.
Once it’s well-combined, slowly start pouring in the flour mixture, allowing the mixer (still on low) to form the dough. Continue until you don’t see any streaks of flour remaining.
Fold in pecans and chocolate chips until well-combined. If making a double batch for freezing, you could wrap this dough in several layers of plastic and freeze or freeze after scooping; whichever works best for you!
Chill & prep
Place the bowl of cookie dough in the fridge and chill for at least 30 minutes. If possible, chill even longer–You’ll get the best cookie from a dough that has had time for the flour to absorb moisture and for the butter to resolidify.
When you’re nearing the end of your chill time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking pan with a silicone baking sheet to help prevent overcooking the bottom of the cookies and ensure even cooking. If you don’t have silicone liners, at least spray the pan with cooking spray to prevent the cookies from sticking.
Scoop & bake
Using a small cookie or ice cream scoop drop the chilled cookie dough onto the baking sheet evenly spaced. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown and lightly set. Top with sea salt if you desire.
How to store keto cookies
These cookies are best within 3 days in an airtight container on the countertop or in a lunchbox, about a week in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Best ways to freeze cookies:
- Uncooked, unscooped – You can wrap cookie dough in several layers of plastic wrap, then store in a freezer bag up to 3 months before thawing overnight in the fridge, scooping, and baking.
- Uncooked, individual cookies scooped – Freeze scooped cookie dough in a single layer, not touching on a plate or baking sheet. After 2-4 hours when scoops are solid, toss into a freezer bag and use within 2-3 months. Bake from frozen, just add a minute or so to your baking time.
- Baked cookies – Place completely cooled, cooked cookies into a freezer bag and eat within 1-3 months. To keep them safe from freezer burn so that they’ll last longer, stack 2-3 cookies together and wrap in several layers of plastic wrap, then store in freezer bag.
How many carbs are in Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies?
This recipe makes 26 delicious cookies packed with dark chocolate chips and pecans. As written these scrumptious Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies have just 1.1 net carb each! You can find the full nutritional information at the bottom of the printable recipe card below.
What if I don’t have time to chill keto cookie dough?
Most keto cookies require chilling because the ingredients simply do not act like your normal gluten-and-carb-filled cookies. It takes time for the flour to soak up the wet ingredients, and being impatient just leads to a sad, vaguely-sweet mess. If you don’t have time to chill the dough, this particular recipe is not for you. HOWEVER….
Don’t give up hope yet! These Keto Sheet Pan Cookies require no chilling or scooping, are ready in 25 minutes, and have just 1.5 net carbs each (and yes, there’s a double chocolate version!). This Keto Skillet Cookie doesn’t require chilling and can be cooled and on plates in about 40 minutes. If you need to satisfy that sugar craving RIGHT NOW, this Air Fryer Brownie is AMAZING–Ready in 10 minutes, a single serving (so no temptation to overindulge) and under 5 net carbs.
What are some other keto desserts?
One that that many people find difficult when starting keto is that sugar is off limits. For many people that is a nonstarter. However, there are many great sugar alternatives which can help satisfy your sweet tooth and stay on your low carb diet.
My two favorite sweeteners is Swerve, which is a natural zero calorie sweetener that has no effect on your blood sugar. It comes in granular, brown sugar and confectioners. I also really like monkfruit sweetener, which is what I used here. For some Swerve can have a “cooling” effect after they eat (it doesn’t for me) so for those people monkfruit is a very good keto friendly sweetener (and it also comes in granular, powdered, or golden/brown sugar).
For the most part, you can find a keto recipe for just about any classic dessert, however I wanted to share a few I love. One of my favorites are these Keto Cheesecake Stuffed Brownies. They combine two of my favorite treats into one delicious dessert. And at around 2 net carbs a slice this is something you can fit right into a keto lifestyle. Some other keto recipes I love are:
Other Keto Cookies
I’m a big fan of cookies–I couldn’t give them up when going low-carb and gluten-free. If you are also a big cookie fan, you might want to bookmark this list of The BEST Keto Cookies! Here are some of my personal favorites:
- Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies — Keto flours can be so expensive… This recipe is a great treat without using any flour at all. 3.3 net carbs each!
- Keto Cake Mix Cookies — Supremely easy, and the flavor options are endless! Just 1.1 net carbs each.
- Keto Cookie Dough Bites — Not a baked cookie but the perfect safe, low-carb, and gluten free option if you miss eating that cookie dough straight out of the bowl! 1.2 net carbs each.
- Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies — 2.4 net carbs a piece and perfect for the chocolate lover! It’s also a great cookie for decorating if you like to dress yours up!
- Keto Kitchen Sink Cookies — When you want all the things, this is the best go-to dessert! Packed with tons of delicious extras and still only 2.8 net carbs each.
Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (see note below)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup golden monkfruit sweetener (red package)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup Lilly’s sugar free chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine the almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and xanthan gum in small bowl, set aside.
- Next, beat butter, monkfruit sweetener and vanilla extract in stand mixer bowl until creamy.
- Add the egg, beating the mixture on low.
- Gradually pour in the almond flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined.
- Lastly, mix in Lilly's Dark Chocolate Chips and chopped nuts.
- Chill the mixture for 20-30 minutes until the butter is solid.
- Using a small cookie or ice cream scoop drop the cookies onto a silicone lined baking sheet (or lightly greased) baking sheet evenly spaced.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown and lightly set. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Top with sea salt if you desire.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely before moving from the pan.
- Each cookie contains 1.1 net carbs.