Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies & Nestle Toll House Cookies

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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies & Nestle Toll House Cookies

For years, we’ve been eating low carb in this household and quite happily, I thought. For the last couple of months, I’ve been baking up a storm for a number of reasons … I really enjoy baking, I would like to give homemade gifts out for the holidays and I want to be able to find some “middle of the road” recipes that I can feel good about giving and partaking of, from time to time.

I recently worked my mojo on a simple, classic, low carb chocolate cake and my low carb brownies with great results so now I’m focused on cookies. We basically have had cookies coming out of our ears while I’m testing different techniques to de-carb in the best tasting way. Of course, every batch has to be tested and the hubs is the guinea pig. He tries to be nice and give me his opinion without hurting my feelings and I keep telling him just to be honest. I don’t want to hand out holiday gifts and get scowls. So the other day, my dear hubby says, “I just would like to have a regular cookie like the kind you get at the store”. I almost came unglued and went on a diatribe about processed food, the tainting of our food supply, how processed carbs overwork the pancreas, leads to metabolic issues, etc, etc. I’m sure you get the gist. After I caught my breath and ruminated a moment, I thought, “well, why can’t he have a cookie from time to time? He’s not the one with diabetes“.

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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Almond Flour

I thought about it and even shocked myself by finding my shopping cart in the checkout stand at the grocery store with regular, non-organic, all purpose flour and (gasp) granulated sugar. I have to admit, it felt like I was committing a crime or an unpardonable sin. I questioned myself many times if I was doing the right thing but then I do what I always do … I get analytic and logical. I started telling myself, “you don’t have to eat the cookies, it’s just a treat from time to time, hubby deserves a real cookie after tasting all my low carb inventions & if I really wanted to de-carb a cookie then I might need a starting point to work from”. Okay, okay, that last one was a bit of a delusion because I know what chocolate chip cookies taste like :-)

Anyway, I moved through the checkout line and did purchase the carbs but continued to feel guilty. After I got home, I was going through all of my cookie books and magazines (yes, it’s an obsession) and just couldn’t figure out what real cookie to make. After much research and thought, I decided what could be more real than the ubiquitous Nestle Toll House Cookie. Unfortunately, that meant going back to the store for more carbs but by this point I was married to the idea.

By the time I had all of my ingredients assembled, I was beginning to get excited about having a Nestle Toll House Cookie. Of course, that means I was in the danger zone and would not be able to trust myself around a tray of these chocolaty morsels so I decided to also make my low carb chocolate chip cookies that I’ve been making for years. I know I like them and maybe I could tempt myself with these so as to not completely demolish the real cookies. My other thought, was from a completely scientific perspective … maybe it would be good to have two ends of the chocolate chip cookie spectrum in the same room, at the same time, for comparison of course (grin).

So I went on about my business by making the low carb version first. These are favorites of mine that we’ve had several times so I knew I was going to love them. I adapted this recipe from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, many years ago.

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 16 cookies


  • 1-1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Davinci's sweetening syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/8 cup chocolate chips (73% cacao)


  1. Combine dry ingredients together in a medium bowl & whisk to break up lumps.
  2. Stir wet ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix well with a spoon.
  4. Drop by tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet (I use a #60 disher)
  5. Original recipe recommends baking at 350 for 7-10 minutes or until golden brown. In my oven, it's about 14-16 minutes.
  6. Cool on baking sheet & enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam.


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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Almond Flour

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Almond Flour - Food Stories Blog Follow Me on Pinterest

Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Almond Flour

Just as I suspected, these were just as good as I had remembered. I then moved on to the famous Toll House recipe and quickly decided to make only a half a batch. Little did I know that this still makes a ton of cookies. You can see the original recipe here because I didn’t modify anything. I wanted the hubs to have a real cookie. Of course, they turned out amazing & of course, I ate more than I should have but I think I knew that was coming. Didn’t you?

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Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies - Food Stories Blog Follow Me on Pinterest

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

I guess, all in all, it was a great experience. I got to bake, had my low carb cookies, and hubby got his real cookies … Now we have his-and-hers chocolate chip cookies at our house!

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Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Almond Flour & Nestle Toll House Cookies

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  1. I came across this recipe as my 15 yr old daughter wants to watch her carbs :) I’m more than happy to help but dont want to give up our baking dates either! We’ve always had fun in the kitchen. For all you Toll House lovers out there, there is a very very simple solution to the indulgence issue. Once you make your dough, cook up enough to make 2 cookies per person (quartered the dough in our household) and section the remaining dough in thirds and freeze it in freezer bags. Not only does it stop the immediate temptation to over-indulge (its hard to eat a brick of dough), but it also makes for a great, manageable quick fix later!!! I’ve done this for years.

    I also freeze my cakes. When we bake, we make 2 – 9″ heartshaped cakes. One we snack on for a few days, the other gets wrapped in tin foil and a gallon sized freezer bag and stuck in the deep freeze (much to my family’s dismay).

    This makes you think twice before cooking the cookies because the dough has to soften before baking. It’s also a really simple clean up. Just wipe down the cookie sheet or, better yet, line it and throw away the liner….done.

  2. I love cookies! Seriously, I can eat these by the pounds! Made these low carb cookies with coconut flour instead of almond flour, and replaced the vegetable oil with coconut oil. Tasted a bit dense then I think yours were, but still delicious and kicked the cookie cravings! Thanks for a great recipe :)
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  3. Elaine says:

    Found this recipe this morning and thought I’d give it a try. Didn’t have the Davince syrup so substituted 1/2 cup Splenda and increased the oil to 1/4 cup and added 1 1/2 Tbls. soft butter. I used 1/4 cup nestles sugar free chocolot chips. Made 10 cookies using a 2 Tbls. scoop. They were delicious. Each having 1.9 net effective carbs.

  4. Sounds awesome!!! What is the net carb per cookie?

  5. The recipe seems like a great idea! But in all of this I never seen how many carbs are in these sweet desserts!! How many for one or even a batch?

  6. Great looking recipe!
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  7. I think the almond-flour cookie looks great!
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  8. Wow! Really creative to use the syrup, too!

  9. Wow! The Hubs and I were just talking about the evils of choco chip cookies!

  10. Okay, I’m mesmerized by the size of the chocolate chips in those cookies. Low carb or no, I’m pretty sure I’d pounce on those immediately. Massive chocolate chips FTW!!!
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    • Kim … Those chocolate chips are amazing. They’re not a low carb product but they are 73% cacao so they naturally have a lower carb count. Other than the almonds, they’re the only carbs in the recipe so I can afford the carbs. The product I use is called Dagoba Chocodrops and they are huge :-)

  11. Good on you for finding a version of these cookies that you can eat. They look really good CJ xx
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  12. It can be really hard to have very different food beliefs or needs compared to the people around you. It’s difficult for them, sometimes, and it’s also difficult for you. I struggled with this a lot as I began to adopt healthier eating habits, and eventually decided that I would bake what I wanted, how I wanted, but there were certain recipes and certain occasions where only the “real” thing will do. It’s so important to strike a balance – after all, the occasional full-fat, full sugar chocolate chip cookie certainly never killed anyone.
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    • Jess, You are so correct. The balance is so hard. Hubby and I were both vegan before I was diagnosed with diabetes so trying to be low carb while the hubby steers clear of meat has been challenging. There are times when we both throw our hands up and just eat whatever for a meal or two before we both revert back to our dietary corners.

  13. I’ve never tried lo-carb anything – but I only make cookies at Christmas. 5 lbs of sugar lasts me a long, long time LOL I just decided it was easier to enjoy the real thing rarely and not have it in the house the rest of the time, My hubs is a T1….

  14. His and hers….hahahaha! That was funny.
    Once in a while it’s god to indulge though…..
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  15. Both cookies look delish!
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