Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was so excited to spot this recipe for Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies in an issue of Weight Watchers Magazine.

Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from RecipeGirl.com

Don’t let that close-up fool you.  These are tiny.  Really tiny!

Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from RecipeGirl.com
These cookies are made with two special ingredients that you may not have in your pantry: Almond Flour (which is basically ground-up almonds) and agave nectar (which claims to be a healthier, more neutral flavored alternative to honey). Both of these can be found at health food markets and well-stocked grocery stores.

I was pretty shocked when I mixed the batter together- because I ended up with just about a cup of batter. How on earth was I going to get the suggested THIRTY COOKIES out of just one cup of batter??

Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from RecipeGirl.com
The original recipe included sliced almonds too. I left those out since I wanted my cookies to be a little more kid-friendly. Using a teaspoon measuring spoon- and no more!- I carefully scooped out 24 little cookie dough blobs onto my baking sheets. I couldn’t have gotten any more cookies out of that dough if I tried.
Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from RecipeGirl.com
They turn out to be delicious little cookies (about 1 1/2-inches in diameter). They’re soft-ish but not cakey.

My son took a nibble and asked about the texture… whether it was cornmeal or oatmeal he was tasting. My kid complains about almonds all the time. He doesn’t like them, yet he keeps finding them in recipes that I make… and complains. But he loved these little cookies. I’d say the flavor of the almond flour does not come through so much.

Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from RecipeGirl.com
These adorable, little (healthy) chocolate chip cookies turn out to have 58 calories each. If you’re counting Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints, you’ll have to count 2 per cookie. I placed two cookies per zip baggie and tossed them in the freezer for lunches and snacks.

P.S. This recipe will not work using regular flour. The almond flour isn’t cheap, but it will make you many batches of these cookies so it’s worth investing in some.

Weight Watchers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Made with almond flour, these little cookies are a delicious and healthy treat...
Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:8 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup almond flour (also sold as almond meal or ground almonds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semisweet mini- chocolate chips
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, agave and vanilla. Pour wet mixture into dry and stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop dough by level teaspoonfuls (literally- a measured teaspoon!) onto baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.
Tips:
  • Almond flour is simply ground almonds. It can be found in the baking aisle of some markets and in health food markets. You also might find it in markets that sell items from bulk barrels.
  • If you are preparing this recipe as gluten-free, just be sure to use brands of chocolate chips and vanilla that are known to be GF.
Nutrition:
  • Nutritional Information per serving (Serving size: 1 cookie):  Calories  58, Fat 4.3g, Saturated Fat .7g, Fiber .5g, Protein 1.2g, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 3.8g
  • Weight Watchers POINTS per cookie:  Freestyle SmartPoints: 2, Points Plus Program: 2, Old Points Program: 1
SOURCE: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from Weight Watchers Magazine)

Here are a few more Weight Watchers cookie recipes you might enjoy:

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  • marla wrote:

    Great recipe! Will be linking back to this in my post tomorrow.

  • mia wrote:

    i never tried almond flour or agave nectar, i looked it up, and because i did that they said there is light and dark. which one do i use?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I used light. Almond flour is sometimes labeled as “almond meal.”

  • Elana wrote:

    I love almond flour! These cookies look great 🙂

  • penandra wrote:

    If there’s a Trader Joe’s in your area, they carry both almond flour and Agave nectar (and their prices are so much more reasonable than “Whole Paycheck”) At TJs, the almond flour is in the nut section NOT with the baking supplies and the Agave nectar is with the syrups.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @penandra, GREAT tip- thank you!

  • lynne wrote:

    yum! this looks great!

  • megan wrote:

    I have everything needed to make these and I’m heading into the kitchen this afternoon! Fun little cookie!

  • Ann wrote:

    These look like delicious little cookies. Love the weight watchers recipes.

  • Sharlene wrote:

    I have some leftover almond flour so I may actually try this out! 1 cup of batter doesn’t seem like enough to last more than an afternoon though.

  • Barbara wrote:

    I love almond flour…these would be super good. I’m not on WW, but I am dieting. Going to give these a try!

  • Natanya @ Fete & Fea wrote:

    We have a great gluten-free blogging contingent in Austin and I’ve been looking for recipes that they can enjoy for potlucks and parties. I’m also a big fan of little sweet bites that help me stay on my eating plan. Thanks for testing these for us.

  • Winnie wrote:

    Those look so great! I use almond flour ALL the time. I find that my kids like the recipes that use it, whereas they do not like most other gluten-free baked goods that use funkier ingredients. I love that your son asked about the texture…totally something my son would do. ps thanks for the link to my coffee almond cookies!

  • Cookin’ Canuck wrote:

    I have some almond flour in my pantry and have been looking for a recipe to try. This is it!

  • Lauren at KeepItSwee wrote:

    2 points for 1 tiny cookie?! Did you feel like it was worth it?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Lauren at KeepItSwee, Yes. I ate two for 4 points (at a time). With the new points system in place, I felt like these were a healthy sweet treat filled w/ protein!

  • Liz wrote:

    Lori, it is so adorable that your son has that much food knowledge! Maybe he’ll be the Doogie Howser of the food blogging community. 😉

    I love the healthier recipe – as much as I love baking indulgent things, I love good-for-you recipes just as much!

  • Lisa@ Dishes of Mrs. Fish wrote:

    I have made 100 Calorie pack chocolate chip cookies from Weight Watchers before and I love them! Four cookies a serving, and uses ingredients you typically have on hand!

  • laura wrote:

    I wonder if you could use peanut flour?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @laura, Not sure about that one. I’ve never used peanut flour!

  • marla wrote:

    Lori, I love that your son inquired about the flour. My little girl would do the same. It pays to be a food blogger-our kids have taste! Love almond flour over here – great to bake with. The cookies sound awesome & healthy 🙂 xo
    thanks for the link too!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @marla, I know, isn’t that funny? Imagine what they’ll be like as adults!

  • Stephanie @ TBF wrote:

    I have another recipe that I want to make that calls for almond flour. Now I will have to go to Whole Foods and buy some.

    These do look good. I may just have to try it!

  • CopyKat Recipes wrote:

    i am sure all of the gluten free folks would love to have this recipe. What could be better? Gluten free, and Weight Watchers friendly?

  • Pattyann wrote:

    These actually look and sound great! since I am currently on weight watchers, they could come in handy too!!