Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

low-fat chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

I can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week seemed to just fly by. The last two days have mostly been spent being really annoyed with our apartment complex. Oi, such a headache. We have been putting in a number of requests for them to come fix up some things in our master bathroom since JANUARY! Well, they finally sent someone yesterday and boy oh boy, was I in for a surprise when I came home yesterday! They installed a new shower surround and it was completely wrong. It was uneven, not sealed properly, crooked, and just downright sloppy. What was really funny is that my darling husband was home while they were working! I asked him if he thought it looked weird to which he replied, “well, I thought it looked a little strange, but I didn’t notice the things you did.” Oh men… Luckily, I spoke with the management and they sent someone new this morning and fixed the surround. I just can’t wait until I finish grad school, get a real job wherever we are going to end up so we can finally buy a house and not have to deal with apartment crap ever again!

low-fat chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

I made these cookies last week as an experiment in trying to cut some of the fat in my usual chocolate chip cookie recipe. For this recipe, I cut the butter in half and used an egg white instead of the whole egg. I thought these came out pretty good and I couldn’t really tell the difference between them and my other recipe!

low-fat chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Yield: 12-15 cookies

Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies

low-fat chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

Low-Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies - Satisfy your cookie cravings with less fat and calories!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup flour (I used half white and half whole wheat)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, combine the flour(s), baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg white and vanilla extract. Mix in the dry mixture until well-combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
    3. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Drop batter by the tablespoon onto the sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for approximately 10 minutes until the cookies are light golden brown.


If you want to use less sugar, you can reduce this down to 1/2 cup of sugar. You can also swap out the brown sugar for other sugar substitutes if desired.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g



  1. I loved learning more about you :) I recently saw a chocolate chip cookie recipe that replaced either the butter or eggs with avocado and they are supposed to still be really moist and delicious! I haven’t gotten around to trying them but this reminded me of that! I definitely always do half whole wheat flour, I don’t even notice anymore.

  2. Yeah..days really fly.. :)

    This is a really great option for some people low-fat chocolate chip cookies :) I could eat them nonstop so i think it would be a good option for me..

  3. Yes I have to say I am so ready for the weekend for a little r&r! There are so many people that love chocolate chip cookies and it is great to find a recipe here that has all the flavor but none of the guilt.
    Also, nice to get to know you better and congrats on the award. Enjoy the weekend!

  4. I hate dealing with all things apartment related too but I am so scared of being completely responsible for everything as well. You cookies look fantastic! I am always amazed by how much you can tweak the ingredients in a healthy way and still get a good sweet treat. Love being able to indulge without all of the bad things.

    Thanks for tagging me! Hope you can relax a bit this weekend.

    • I know! Owning can also be scary, but at least when something breaks, I know I will get it taken care of immediately instead of it taking almost 2 months to come fix!

  5. THESE COOKIES ARE LOW-FAT? Nah uh. They look too good! And I’m with you on the space thing. Totally freaks me out!

  6. I love that these are less fat and don’t look it at all. I know how frustraiting getting that kind of stuff fixed is. I could fill a book iwth stories about all of the things we have had to deal with around here. Thanks for tagging me too! I loved your answers! And what girl isn’t afraid of roaches??? The ones here are HUGE and right after we first arrived my husband had one crawling on him and where did he fling it? On me! Oh yeah, I screamed so loud! Well, I hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Oooooh these looks yummy, and what a great experiment :) Love that you can’t even tell the difference!
    Yay! I’ll do this soon, thanks for tagging me!

  8. It is like a dream come true – I can finally eat as many delicious chocolate chip cookies as I desire :D
    Wonderful recipe!

    Choc Chip Uru
    Latest: Two Twix Fudgy “Whities”

  9. OMG, I hear you on the Restless Leg Syndrome. I have been dealing with that since I was a kid and sometimes, I want nothing more than to cut off my freaking legs… and arms at times when it seems to leech over into them too. I feel for you.

    Those cookies look fantastic! I’d never know they were low fat… they look just as tasty as any other C.C.Cookie I’ve ever had.

  10. I’m trying to put myself on a diet :) So these low-fat chocolate chip cookies are perfect to satisfy my sweet tooth hehe ~

  11. So sorry about the apartment woes! It really doesn’t get any better when you buy–it just becomes your own responsibility to fix it. Gorgeous cookies, and am grateful that you found a way to reduce the fat without sacrificing flavor!

  12. Oh yes, I remember those days of having a landlord from hell. My stove was over the master bath in the TH we lived in. If someone was taking a shower it would literally leak over the stove top… Totally Nasty!! I had to get the heck out of there asap after we realized that one. The landlord just said try to make sure you cook between your showers. Duh.. thanks buddy! It was a nice neighborhood and everything.. he was just a jerk. I’m glad that you were able to get your situation fixed fast. I could use these low-fat cookies. I think (actually I know) my blog is making me fat. :) LOL! Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

    • Ugh, that sounds awful Ramona! We’ve just had new management companies taking over the last few years we have lived here and this most recent one is not making me feel good about living here!

  13. love that you substituted half of the flour with whole wheat flour. I could grab the second cookie without feeling too guilty :)

  14. Using whole wheat flour was a good choice. I like your low fat version . :)

  15. Wow, those don’t look low fat at all! They look amazing!

  16. Oh, these look perfect! You’d never guess they were a healthier version. And fun getting to know you a little better through the tagging game :) Sorry about the RLS…ugh. Hope it disappears once your dissertation is finished!

    • Thanks, Liz! I hope so too, though, I’ve had it since I was an undergrad in college so I’m not sure it will go away. But, one can certainly hope! :)

  17. Yum! These look fab!! I love, love, love chocolate chip cookies!

  18. Being lower fat, they look really good to me. Texture makes such a difference to me in chocolate chip cookies. These still look wonderful!

    • Thanks, Cassie. I agree about the texture. I like my cookies to be soft and chewy and these fit the bill. But, since there was less butter, they did go stale a bit faster than normal.

  19. It’s the exact opposite situation at my house…my husband notices all the details, especially when it comes to finances and home improvement projects. When it comes to lower fat options, I’m blessed in that he rarely notices the details/differences there. I will have to try these cookies!

    • Haha! Sounds like our husbands are the exact opposite. Mine doesn’t notice when things are wrong around the house and he always notices when I try to tweak a recipe to make it lower in fat or sugar!

  20. Wow! These cookies are low fat!?! They look awesome, I will have to try them out! Great blog!

  21. Funny story about the butter: when I was a kid I used to make the Tollhouse cookies a lot, but thought that the cup of butter it called for meant 1 stick. Noooo… 1 stick is only 1/2 a cup. It worked perfectly though! Accidental low-fat cookies, FTW.

    The egg white for the egg is a great sub too! I’ll use that trick next time I have the chocoalte chip cookie itch (like right now).

    I agree with you on the pressure to post and take good pics. The picture thing kills me – I just want to cook! :)

  22. Low fat cookies and you couldn’t really tell taste-wise? Awesome! Thanks for sharing :) And I find trying to get a good photo stressful too hehe

  23. I’m glad you got your shower fixed. My daughter is in grad school and looking forward to living less frugally for sure. Great job on the cookies!

  24. These look fantastic and without all the fat. Yeah! Loved reading more about you.

  25. I would never guess these are lowfat, they look as delicious as ones made with loads of butter! It must be a chocolate chip cookie weekend, I made some as well (great minds think alike :))!

  26. Low fat chocolate chip cookies? Seriously – that’s the best idea ever.

  27. So what’s the slanket!? I still have no idea!

  28. This cookies look so good for them to be low-fat!
    Im sure they taste fantastic!! :)

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