Even if you’re trying to go sugar free these days, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a treat now and then. A favorite quick treat for many is chocolate chip cookies. There are lots of great sugar free options for this wonderful treat. Here are a few sugar free cookie recipes you might enjoy.
2 ¼ cups unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup shortening with butter flavoring
¼ cup Splenda for baking
½ cup Splenda brown sugar for baking
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the shortening, both Splendas, and vanilla until well mixed. Add the eggs, then the flour until well blended. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Press to flatten the dough, then bake for ten minutes. Cool on wire rack. You should get about 3 dozen medium cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites (From AllergyFreeAlaska.com)
1 2/3 cup almond meal
¼ cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (choose a brand like Enjoy Life)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, combine the almond meal, coconut oil, and honey. Whisk in the vanilla, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the chocolate chips. Roll the dough into balls. Place on cookie sheet. Flatten each ball to a half inch thick. Bake for 9 minutes. Allow them to fully cool on cookie sheet before removing them.
Adapt Your Own Recipe
Have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that you love? Don’t worry. You can make all of your favorites sugar free with just a few substitutions. First, remember that sugar substitutes (like stevia or Splenda) are always going to be okay, but you need to substitute them in equal amounts. Another option is to go with molasses, maple syrup, honey, or even corn syrup, as they’re all sugar free as well. Agave syrup is another good choice.
Substituting ingredients for the sugar, though, can change the recipe a bit. First, remember that if you’re supposed to chill the recipe, add a bit of extra time. An added thirty minutes should do it. Second, if you’re making bar chocolate chip cookies, you’ll need to reduce your pan size a bit. Also, make certain you lower your oven temperature by twenty-five degrees and reduce your baking time. Once your cookies are cool, you need to store them in an airtight container to avoid the cookies drying out.
If you have any problems, you may want to do a little trouble shooting. For example, if they don’t rise, you can add a bit more baking powder. If they won’t crisp up quite right, you may want to adjust your sugar substitution.
It’s more than possible to create great chocolate chip cookies, even if you’re on a sugar free diet. Just follow the recipe closely, and if at first you don’t succeed, try again!