These Cottage Cheese Cookies with 4 grams of protein are slightly chewy, made with just 8 ingredients, and studded with rich chocolate.

Cottage cheese cookies when a cooling rack. Cottage cheese and chocolate chips in bowls.

We’ve made cottage cheese cookie dough a few times, now it’s time to bake some cottage cheese cookies! But these aren’t your everyday cookies, these are cookies with benefits!

The cottage cheese replaces butter and adds a protein boost, and my kids couldn’t even tell it was in there. They’re also low in sugar and egg-free, so you can even sneak a taste of the dough.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • High in protein: 4 grams per cookie. Perfect for post-workout snacking or a healthy dessert.
  • No protein powder: We use naturally protein-packed ingredients.
  • One bowl recipe: Just you and your trusty food processor. No need for a mixer.
  • Lighter: Less sugar, less butter than traditional cookies, and more healthy fats in the form of almonds.
  • Taste “normal”: They’re not as chewy as regular cookies but still moist and still have a chew thanks to the cottage cheese, sugar, and almond flour combo.

Ingredients for Cottage Cheese Cookies

You only need 8 simple ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen for these cottage cheese chocolate chip cookies.

Cottage cheese, almond flour, chocolate chips, vanilla, butter, cornstarch, baking soda, sugar.
  • Cottage cheese: Any fat percentage works, I used my usual 2% cottage cheese for this recipe.
  • Butter: Solid butter cut into cubes. You can use unsalted or salted butter since we don’t add salt and it’s a small amount anyways.
  • Sugar: I used organic cane sugar, but regular sugar will work too. Please don’t use liquid sweeteners, they won’t work for this recipe.
  • Baking essentials: Pure vanilla extract and baking soda.
  • Cornstarch: Tapioca flour or arrowroot powder will work too. Needed to absorb moisture.
  • Almond flour: A gluten-free, nutrient-rich flour from finely ground blanched almonds. Make sure to use almond flour and not almond meal.
  • Dark chocolate chips: They have less sugar than semi-sweet and I love the rich taste. I even added a few extra on top! Any chips will work, see variations below.

How to Make Cottage Cheese Cookies

These high protein cookies are a quick and easy dump, blend, and bake recipe ready in under an hour.

Step by step process how to make cottage cheese chocolate chip cookies in a food processor.

Preheat your oven to 350 F and line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper. Set aside.

  • Blend ingredients: In a large food processor, throw in the cottage cheese, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda, and cornstarch. Blend on high until smooth, pausing to scrape down the sides.
  • Make the dough: Add almond flour and process on low speed until the cookie dough forms. Toss in the chocolate chips and give it a few pulses, then finish by combining with a spatula.
  • Form cookies: Use a small scoop and scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches between each scoop because cookies will spread slightly. Then gently press each mound into a small disc shape.
  • Bake: Bake for 14 minutes and take them out when the cookies look slightly underbaked, puffy, and light in color.
  • Let them cool: Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Tips for Best Results

Here are my top tips for the best cottage cheese cookies recipe outcome!

  • Do not make substitutions: Follow the recipe exactly as written.
  • Measure flour correctly: Too much can make them dense and dry. The correct method is to scoop flour into your measuring cup with a spoon, then level it off with the flat end of a knife.
  • Add more chocolate chips on top: It adds an extra chocolatey boost to every bite.
  • Do not overbake: Take them out of the oven before they start to brown. Don’t worry, they’ll finish settling as they cool.
  • Experiment with shape and size: You can leave cookies unflattened, they will be more thick. I would let them cool completely or press on them with a spatula slightly after baking – as I did on the top left corner cookie. You can also make them twice as big if you want.
Baked chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Variations

  • Sea salt sprinkle: Once they come out of the oven, sprinkle the hot cookies with flaky sea salt for a gourmet touch.
  • Chopped dark chocolate bar: The irregular shapes of the chocolate chunks create pockets of gooey chocolate that spread throughout the cookie making them extra delicious and indulgent.
  • Naturally sweetened: Use cacao nibs instead of chocolate chips.
  • Less sugar: Switch to Lily’s sugar free chocolate chips or whichever brand your local store stocks.
  • Brown sugar: I’d sub half the amount of white sugar. It keeps the sweetness the same but adds a hint of molasses, makes them spread less, and gives them a darker appearance.

How to Store

Store: Keep these cookies in a cool, dry spot either in a ventilated container or covered with a linen towel for up to 2-3 days.

Freeze: Bake, let the cookies cool completely, then store them in a resealable bag or container in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw them on the counter for a few hours.

FAQs

Can I use coconut sugar?

Yes, but cookies will be more crispy and less chewy. Also color will change. No liquid sweeteners please.

Can I use coconut oil instead of butter?

Yes, coconut oil is OK but no other oil please. It has to be solid fat.

What can I replace cottage cheese with?

There is no substitute. If you don’t like cottage cheese, try these protein cookies.

What is the best cottage cheese to use?

I used 2%. You can use any fat percentage, even 0% because there is a lot of almond flour that adds moisture.

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Cottage cheese cookies when a cooling rack. Cottage cheese and chocolate chips in bowls.

Cottage Cheese Cookies

These Cottage Cheese Cookies with 4 grams of protein are slightly chewy, made with just 8 ingredients, and studded with rich chocolate.
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Servings 30 cookies
Calories 41
Diet Vegetarian
Prep Time 11 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 large baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large food processor, add cottage cheese, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda and cornstarch. Process on high speed until smooth, pausing and scraping the walls.
  • Add almond flour and process on low speed until cookie dough forms. Add chocolate chips and give a few pulses, then finish by combining with a spatula.
  • Using a small scoop, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart and add a few more chocolate chips on top, if you wish. Then flatten a bit into small discs. Cookies spread just a bit.
  • Bake for 14 minutes and remove while cookies appear underbaked, puffy and light in color.
  • Let cookies cool on a baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring onto a cooling rack to cool a bit more.

Notes

  • Store: Store in a cool dry place in a ventilated container or on a plate covered with linen towel for up to 2-3 days.
  • Freeze: Bake, cool cookies completely, place in a resealable plastic bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on a counter for a few hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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