Low-Carb Keto Cowboy Cookies are an all-the-textures, all but the kitchen sink sort of cookie, loaded with goodies to make you swoon! Easy to make, grain-free, and sugar-free, these lumps of gooey deliciousness are magnificently addicting.
Have you heard of Cowboy Cookies?
I’m a self-proclaimed under-the-rock dweller, so it wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that I discovered them.
My guess is if you haven’t heard of Cowboy Cookies, you’ve probably eaten them without even realizing it. That was the case for me!
What are Cowboy Cookies?:
Chocolate Chip Cookies + oats + pecans + shredded coconut = cowboy cookies.
Some folks use walnuts instead of pecans.
Essentially, cowboy cookies are a regular chocolate chip cookie with oats, pecans (or walnuts), shredded coconut and some ground cinnamon added in. They’re huge on flavor and texture and they are just a pure delight to eat and share!
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies have become very popular, and what we’re doing here is simply a low-carb / ketogenic version of that.
Because I believe anything with the name “Cowboy” is serious business, I wanted to be sure these cookies lived up to their reputation, so I made them ultra large.
If you’re serving guests or kids, I’d recommend going with standard sized cookies.
But if you’re like me and my partner and love your sweet treat to be proportionally sized to your sweet tooth, go big, friend!
Ingredients for Keto Cowboy Cookies:
Since we’re taking the low-carb approach to this treat, we’re replacing regular flour with almond flour, and using sugar-free brown sugar (for that richer flavor).
As I mentioned earlier, traditional cowboy cookies include oats, but oats contain a decent amount of carbs. So what’ll we do?
I recently heard about oat fiber, which is exactly as it sounds. It’s the fiber from the oats only, thereby removing the carbohydrate and leaving you with an oaty flavor.
Is the oat fiber completely mandatory in this recipe?
No. If you don’t mind losing that oat flavor, you can easily replace it with ½ cup of additional almond flour.
In addition to the almond flour, sugar-free brown sugar, and oat fiber, we use unsalted butter (you can do softened coconut oil or vegan “butter” spread if you need a dairy-free version!), unsweetened shredded coconut, raw pecans, sugar-free chocolate chips, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and sea salt.
Pretty standard, really!
Do I Need To Toast The Coconut and Pecans For Cowboy Cookies?:
Okay, here’s the deal. Traditionally, the shredded coconut and pecans are lightly toasted in a skillet on the stove top before they are added to the cookies. This enhances the flavor of both and is well worth the added effort.
If, however, you’re just psyched about cookies in general and don’t care about the toasty richness, you can easily skip the toasting part.
For those of you who do want to toast, proceed with caution as these ingredients burn quickly when left unattended.
Here’s what you do:
Add the shredded coconut and pecans to a small non-stick skillet and heat over medium-high on the stove top, stirring every 20 seconds or so, until the nuts and coconut begin turning a golden-brown and become fragrant. Immediately transfer to a plate to cool (don’t allow them to cool in the skillet because they will continue cooking and may burn. Proceed with the rest of the recipe!
How to Make Cowboy Cookies:
We use the same exact method as regular chocolate chip cookies!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add the butter and sugar-free brown sugar to a stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using an electric hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until combined and fluffy.
Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl, then add one egg. Beat until combined, then add the other egg.
Again, scrape the sides of the mixer with a rubber spatula.
Stir together the remaining (dry) ingredients in a bowl and pour it into the mixer.
Beat on medium-high until the dough is very well combined, thick, and sticky.
Scoop the cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 13 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies – for regular sized cookies, go with 8 to 11, and for larger cookies, bake for 11 to 13.
Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
That’s it! Your ticket to incredibly gooey, rich, flavorful chocolate chip cookies with all sorts of added bonuses all built in for the most delectable treat.
- Make the recipe paleo by using coconut sugar instead of sugar-free brown sugar.
- If you use regular brown sugar in your baking and don’t need these cookies to be low-carb, use regular light brown sugar.
- Swap the pecans for walnuts.
- Make the cookies dairy-free by using softened coconut oil instead of butter.
More Keto Dessert Recipes:
- Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins
- Espresso Keto Brownies
- Keto Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
- Vanilla Keto Ice Cream
- Keto Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
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Have a wild ride with these cowboy cookies!
Keto Cowboy Cookies
A keto version of Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies, these amazing chocolate chip cookies are loaded with goodies, are sugar-free and grain-free!
- 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened, not melted
- ½ cup sugar-free brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1.5 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups finely ground almond flour, packed
- 1/3 cup oat fiber*
- 2/3 cup pecans, chopped
- ⅔ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add the butter and sugar-free brown sugar to a stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using an electric hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until combined and fluffy.
- Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl, then add the eggs and the vanilla extract. Beat until combined and creamy. Again, scrape the sides of the mixer with a rubber spatula.
- Stir together the remaining (dry) ingredients in a bowl and pour it into the mixer. Beat on medium-high until the dough is very well combined, thick, and sticky.
- Scoop the cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 13 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies - for regular sized cookies, go with 8 to 11, and for larger cookies, bake for 11 to 13.
- Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
*You can replace the oat fiber with 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup of quick oats if you don't mind adding some carb to the cookies. You can also replace it with 1/2 cup of additional almond flour if you don't mind losing the oat flavor.
Nutrition InformationYield 22 Serving Size 1 of 22
Amount Per Serving Calories 162Total Fat 16gCarbohydrates 2gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 2g
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Wednesday 3rd of May 2023
Taryn, have you ever tried making your own brown sugar using your own joyfilled eats natural sweetener blend with some molasses? I realize it may change carbohydrate count. I'm not a big fan of swerve. I always experience an aftertaste. I love your sweetener blend. Thanks for all your great recipes
Saturday 29th of April 2023
I make the sugar Cowboy cookies normally but tried these keto with oat fiber, pleased with the result! Nice texture and soluable fiber is a good thing. Thanks for the keto recipe, this is a keeper.
Tuesday 2nd of May 2023
I'm so happy you enjoy them, Tamara! Thanks so much for sharing your experience! xo
Thursday 19th of January 2023
I’m an experienced baker, and so many of the low carb desserts I have tried are complete disasters. Not this one! It’s fabulous! I used 2/3 c of oats, but will try to pick up some oat bran for the future. It was a pleasant surprise after so many other poor recipes!
Thursday 19th of January 2023
I'm so happy you enjoy the cookies, Kammy! I appreciate the feedback and sweet words! Love that you added oats - I bet that made for such a lovely texture! xo
Friday 11th of November 2022
Just got done making these and I actually got 30 decent size cookies out of the recipe making them only 1.5 carbs per cookie and they are delicious
Tuesday 15th of November 2022
So thrilled you enjoy them, Lori! xoxo
Tuesday 8th of November 2022
Just made these ND they are absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing
Wednesday 9th of November 2022
I'm so happy you enjoy them, Kim! Thank you for letting me know! xo