What if I told you that you could bake delicious chocolate cookies with only 25 ingredients AND 4 ingredients?
That’s right: not only are these cookies very low in calories, but they also only require 4 ingredients.
These are , free, , but far from flavor-free.
Whether or not you are counting your calories, these low calorie cookies are a must-bake for absolutely any diet!
Ingredients needed for
These have only 25 calories, and the secret lies in the ingredients we are using.
The four ingredients we need for these cookies are:
- Canned Pumpkin
- Creamy ) (or other
Many recipes you’ll come across will require some kind of (often almond or ), but we are able to make these without any at all (also making them totally ). Most of my cookie recipes utilize oat flour for an authentic cookie flavor, but the cocoa powder here eliminates the need for that.
Pumpkin is a magical ingredient that will stay soft when baked, and is very mild in flavor. In this recipes. , it replaces the need for that you’d find in most other
If you do not have access to canned pumpkin, there is not a great replacement for it. Unsweetened applesauce is a popular low-calorie ingredient, but it would not give these cookies the structure we need. You can check out my Nutella Cookies if you do not have canned pumpkin, since that one DOES use applesauce!
These are on the slightly bitter side, which makes them similar to a semi-sweet flavor. I don’t like , but I really enjoy these cookies! To me, they have the perfect sweetness.
If you wanted them to be sweeter, you can always add additional sweetener!
I use substitute to sweeten these cookies. If you only have regular , you can definitely use that, but these cookies will be much higher calorie in that case.
helps keep these cookies soft, and I think that using regular granular would result in a that is too gritty and fragile, so I don’t recommend that swap.
How to make
Since these cookies only require 4 ingredients, the process of making them is very simple!
Add the ), and to a large bowl. No need to separate the wet and dry ingredients in this one!, pumpkin, (or other
Okay, technically we need to add a fifth ingredient here, but it’s , which most people have in their pantry already, so we don’t count it as a main ingredient.
Mix everything up until forms, then use a small scoop to create your balls.
A small is roughly equal to 2 teaspoons, so if you do not have a scoop scoop, you can measure it that way. All in all, you should be able to create about 30 balls from your .
Space the out on a (or regular ), then use your hands to lightly press them down into discs.
You do not need to completely flatten the cookies, but they will not spread a ton once baked, so we do not want them to be completely round.
Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then let the cookies cool for 10-15 minutes.
If you were to try to eat one of these directly out of the oven, it will likely fall apart on you. By letting the cookies cool completely, you are also allowing them time to set and firm up inside.
As you can see in the photo below, I also topped some of my cookies with sea salt, but that is optional!
If you have leftover cookies, these can be stored in an airtight container and enjoyed throughout the week! I kept mine in the fridge, although that isn’t necessary, and these cookies remained fresh for 5 full days.
More recipes to enjoy
Whether you’re in search of more , high protein cookies, or no-bake cookies, there’s a here on my blog for you. Here are some of my favorites:
- 4 Ingredient Nutella
- No-Bake Protein Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 210g Canned Pumpkin
- 90g Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 200g (1 Packed Cup) Brown Sugar Substitute
- 64g (1/4 Cup) Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- Pinch of Salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, mix all of the ingredients together until cookie dough forms. If you want extra chocolate flavor, you can mix in mini chocolate chips at this stage, but that is totally optional.
- Using a small cookie scoop (about 2 teaspoons if you do not have a cookie scoop) scoop out cookies onto a baking sheet. Using a small cookie scoop, I was able to create exactly 30 cookies, but it may vary slightly for you.
- Using your hands, gently press down each ball of cookie dough into a disc. You do not need to press them down completely flat, but these cookies do not spread too much, so we do not want them to be cookie dough balls. See the photos above this recipe card for reference.
- Optional: top with some coarse sea salt before baking if you enjoy the salty + sweet combo!
- Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes. These cookies will be delicate right out of the oven, but they will firm up as they cool. You can let them cool even longer if you feel the cookies are still too soft!
- Since this recipe makes 30 cookies, you may find yourself with leftovers. I stored my leftover cookies in the fridge and enjoyed them for up to 5 days after baking, but you should be able to keep them stored on the counter in a sealed container.
- If you do not have access to canned pumpkin, I cannot recommend a substitution. The canned pumpkin is the secret ingredient that keeps these cookies soft and is very low calorie, so there is not a great substitution! I'd recommend making my Peanut Butter Nutella Cookies as a simple cookie recipe if you do not have pumpkin.
- Note that I do not count the brown sugar substitute in my carb totals because it contains 0 calories. If you are very strict about carbs, be sure to take those into account.
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Nutrition InformationYield 30 Serving Size 1 Small Cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 25Total Fat 1.5gCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1.5gSugar 0.5gProtein 1g