Whether you're looking for a healthy chocolate chip cookie or the perfect recipe for your Christmas cookie exchange, these keto cookies are a great option when you're craving a little treat! Here are 15 delicious keto cookie recipes that are all low carb, gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo. And if you're looking for dairy-free, no-bake, or vegan recipes, we've got you covered!
Eating keto foods while still enjoying your favorite dishes can be a big challenge especially if you're just starting a keto, low carb, or paleo lifestyle. Fear not! Committing to healthier eating doesn't mean that you need to miss out on an occasional chocolate chip cookie or your favorite holiday shortbread. It simply means that you need to find a new recipe!
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How to Bake Keto Cookies
Keto baking is particularly challenging because many of our favorite recipes rely on traditional flour, sugar, and dairy as the main ingredients. Unfortunately, converting traditional recipes with keto and paleo ingredient substitutions doesn't usually work. This is because while almond and coconut flour certainly make delicious baked goods, the texture and binding properties are very different from traditional flours.
These cookie recipes are all designed to use coconut flour or almond flour (some are even flourless!) so you don't have to worry about converting recipes. And these recipes use keto-friendly low carb sweeteners like stevia and monk fruit---or sugar-free baking blends like these substitutes for white sugar, brown sugar, and powdered sugar. And of course, the chocolate chip cookies use no sugar added chocolate chips.
Keto Baking Ingredients
There are some subtle differences between the ketogenic and paleo diets and many keto cookie recipes aren't inherently paleo-friendly. While cream cheese and peanut butter are the two main ingredients that make most keto cookies not paleo, none of these cookie recipes use those ingredients. I've made a point of pulling together recipes that are both low carb and paleo so if, like me, you avoid cheese and peanuts you can still indulge in these delicious cookies.
If you're looking for keto cookie recipes that are also paleo, gluten-free, and grain-free, you've come to the right place. Here are 15 of the best low carb cookies for you to bake right now!
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
The perfect keto cookie recipes for when you're craving this classic treat!
The Best Low Carb Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe With Almond Flour from Wholesome Yum
These keto chocolate chip cookies offer a flexible recipe if you have some family members that love crispy cookies and others that prefer their cookies soft and chewy. These cookies come together in just a little over 30 minutes and are even freezer-friendly. Bake some right now to enjoy later when you're craving something a little sweet!
No-bake N’Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Healthful Pursuit
This recipe is loaded with fat and protein but skips the baking process, for a recipe that's incredibly quick and easy. While the texture might be similar to your favorite oatmeal cookie recipe, there's not an oat in sight! With just 6 ingredients and 20 minutes, you can whip up this delicious healthy keto treat that also happens to be gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, paleo, and vegan!
Chocolate Chip Keto Cookies from Chocolate Covered Katie
This healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe has a texture that's almost comparable to shortbread! The recipe only requires 7 ingredients and stays vegan by avoiding eggs and butter. Using almond flour for the cookie dough keeps the texture buttery and light. This is a great choice if you're looking for an easy keto cookie that reminds you of a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Keto Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies from Peace Love and Low Carb
The pumpkin pie spice in this keto cookie recipe offers a delicious fall twist. This yummy chocolate chip recipe comes together with 9 ingredients in about 30 minutes. Kyndra also offers some handy tips and tricks if you need help with ingredient substitutions, prepping your cookies so that they turn out perfectly, and even how to store them if you're planning on enjoying them later.
Decadent Chocolate Cookies & Treats
Chocolate lovers rejoice! These healthy cookie recipes are the perfect choice for you.
3-Ingredient Salted Chocolate Almond Haystacks from Cook Eat Well
This chocolate treat recipe is delicious and also ridiculously simple to whip up. These almond haystacks only require 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to make. Easy peasy and the resulting flavor is delicious---sweet, salty, chocolaty, and (of course) crunchy. This is the perfect recipe if you're looking for a quick and easy chocolate treat that's just a little bit sweet.
Keto Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies from Real Balanced
These beautiful chocolate and sea salt cookies are great if you're looking for a recipe that's keto, low-carb, paleo, dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian, and refined-sugar-free. Coming in at only 1.6g net carbs per cookie, this recipe strikes the perfect balance between delivering a beautiful rich flavor and still remaining low-carb.
Chocolate Fudge Cookies from Keto Connect
These fudge-y cookies have almost a cake-like texture to them. This recipe is perfect for chocolate and soft-baked cookie lovers. And each cookie comes in at under 2 grams net carbs each! Once baked, you can leave the cookies plain or give them a little powdered dusting. Either way, this keto cookie recipe is delicious!
Recipes for Your Christmas Cookie Exchange
Here are some healthy twists on holiday favorites like shortbread and sugar cookies!
Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies from Wholesome Yum
This gluten-free almond flour shortbread cookie recipe is so lovely in its simplicity. Dipped in a sugar-free dark chocolate glaze and sprinkled with pecans, this keto twist on the classic holiday shortbread is a real beauty. This low carb shortbread is the perfect solution if you're feeling stuck between staying low carb and craving your favorite holiday treats.
Easy Keto Shortbread Cookies from The Castaway Kitchen
Here's a keto, dairy-free, and egg-free recipe for shortbread cookies. Yes, you read that right. Keeping this cookie recipe dairy-free means that it's one of the rare shortbreads that skips on butter! Cristina points out that chocolate and hazelnut are a match made in heaven and I couldn't agree more. This recipe is delicious, easy, and comes together in approximately 30 minutes. Perfect if you're whipping up a last-minute batch for an upcoming cookie exchange!
Low Carb Keto Sugar Cookies from Low Carb Yum
Sugar cookies are perfect for Christmas cookie exchanges and this healthy twist on the classic holiday favorite does not disappoint. Despite their name, they are indeed sugar-free (not to mention they're also gluten-free and paleo)! And the low carb glaze is optional, but really adds to the festive look of this recipe and would be a nice touch if you've decided to gift them.
4 Ingredient Paleo Vegan Chocolate Snowball Cookies from The Big Man's World
It's really hard to beat the ease and simplicity of a 4-ingredient no-bake cookie that comes together in under 5 minutes. This keto, paleo, and vegan cookie recipe skips on sugar and, of course, carbs, but doesn't skimp on flavor. The shredded unsweetened coconut is reminiscent of snow, which makes it a perfect choice for your holiday baking.
Low Carb Butter Pecan Cookies from All Day I Dream About Food
These butter pecan cookies may appear unassuming, but they might just be the perfect keto cookie recipe. While you could make these any time of year, they have the perfect mix of flavors for holiday cookie exchanges. They're so delicious that your friends and family won't even guess that you've gifted them a healthy cookie!
Other Yummy Low Carb Cookies
Here are recipes for other popular keto treats like meringue and snickerdoodles.
No Bake Keto Low Carb Pecan Pie Cookies from The Big Man's World
These pecan pie cookies check all the boxes. They're keto, low carb, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free! Not to mention that this is also a no-bake cookies recipe---could these cookies get any easier (or more delicious)? Probably not. This cookie recipe only requires 6 ingredients and also offers some flexibility and tips if you decide to switch up which type of nuts you use!
Keto Snickerdoodle Cookies from The Castaway Kitchen
These paleo and keto snickerdoodle cookies are also nut-free! This gluten and grain-free cookie recipe requires just a little bit of coconut flour (less than a cup!) for the entire batch, which helps to keep each cookie low carb. If you want a little hint of chocolate, Cristina suggests a magic shell recipe that sounds absolutely delicious.
Lemon Meringue Cookies from Wholesome Yum
Looking for a keto twist on a classic meringue? These lemon meringue cookies are a sweet, simple, and airy treat. This recipe forms a beautifully crisp outer shell and the rest practically melts in your mouth! And you can easily adapt this recipe to other flavors like a classic vanilla meringue cookie.
Living a keto lifestyle doesn't mean you need to skip out on yummy treats. These 15 delicious keto cookies are proof! Whether you're looking for a low carb twist on the classic chocolate chip recipe or the best cookie recipe for your Christmas cookie exchange, you're sure to find a recipe that perfectly fits your sweet tooth and low carb requirements.