These low calorie cookies are guilt-free, soft, and full of chocolate chips! You won’t believe each cookie is under 70 calories. They’re super easy to make and can be enjoyed all week!
While we’re on the subject of low calorie desserts, my favorite recipes are brownies and these low calorie cookies. I love the simplicity of adding a bunch on ingredients to a bowl and baking delicious treats.
The trick to making low calorie sweets (that actually taste good) involves following the original recipe. And if you don’t already know, flour, sugar, and butter are the foundation of most cookies.
That’s why I wanted to make sure these three ingredients were included in this recipe. The trick is using less flour, less sugar, and a light butter alternative. The results speak for themselves!
- All-purpose flour – Using enough flour is important when making baked goods. You can either use regular all-purpose flour, or gluten-free flour (like I did for these cookies).
- Sugar – Your cookies won’t taste very good without sugar. Even though artificial sweeteners (like Stevia) can save on calories, a little goes a long way and you need volume in this recipe.
- Baking powder – Using baking powder will help create air bubbles in these low calorie cookies. This will also provide them with a light and airy texture.
- Salt – Baking cookies without adding salt will taste flat and plain. Salt is a great ingredient for balancing flavor, especially when it comes to sweetness.
- Vanilla extract – Adding a splash of vanilla extract may seem insignificant. But it’s perfect for enhancing the flavors of other ingredients in the recipe.
- Eggs – It’s always best to use whole eggs when baking. They can help thicken the cookies, build volume, and provide stabilization.
- Butter substitute – This ingredient is where you can really save on calories. Spreadable butter substitute products are essentially vegetable oil in water, with butter flavor.
- Chocolate chips – You can add even more flavor to these cookies by adding chocolate chips. I choose to add more sweetness, by using zero sugar chocolate chips as a replacement.
Making these low calorie cookies is quick and easy. You can scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions. Here’s an overview of the general steps:
Start off by preheating your oven to 350° F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and set is aside for later.
Then combine the flour, confectioners sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk all of these dry ingredients together until no clumps remain.
Add your vanilla extract, eggs, and light butter (or butter substitute). Stir everything to create the cookie dough, before folding in chocolate chips.
Finally, form 35 spoonfuls of dough and place them onto the lined baking sheet (you will need more than one baking sheet for this).
Then bake the cookies in your preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the edges turn light brown. Remove the cookies from your oven and allow them to cool, before transferring them to a wire rack.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many calories are in homemade chocolate chip cookies?
This homemade chocolate chip recipe has only 68 calories per cookie. I was able to bake such a light cookie by using less sugar, flour, and a lower calorie butter substitute.
- What type of cookie has the least calories?
There is no perfect type of cookie, because it all depends on their ingredients. Any cookie that is under 100 calories (like in this recipe) is generally considered to be low calorie.
- Will one cookie ruin my diet?
You might be surprised to learn that one cookie will NOT ruin your diet. The truth is, you can eat cookies and still lose weight. A successful weight loss plan all comes down to moderation.
Low Calorie Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup light butter or butter substitute * see notes
- 8 tbsp chocolate chips ** see notes
- Preheat oven to 350° F and place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Set baking sheet aside.
- Combine flour, confectioners sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until no clumps remain.
- Add vanilla extract, eggs, and light butter (or butter substitute). Stir ingredients to form cookie dough, before folding in chocolate chips.
- Form 35 balls of dough and place them onto the lined baking sheet (you will need more than one baking sheet for this).
- Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, until the edges just turn light brown. Remove cookies from the oven and allow them to cool, before transferring them to a wire rack.