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If you’re looking for a post-workout snack that isn’t a protein bar or a protein-packed way to satisfy your nightly sweet tooth, protein cookies should be on your radar. We’ll be up front and say that protein cookies aren’t necessarily healthier than regular cookies—they contain more protein, sure, but they’re still cookies. 

That said, our team of expert product testers, personal trainers, and nutrition coaches isn’t afraid to admit that we enjoy sweet, chewy, treats—and with a few extra grams of protein? Sign us up! In our guide to the best protein cookies, we bring you our honest opinions of six popular protein cookies. 

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Medical disclaimer: This article is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice. For health advice, contact a licensed healthcare provider. GGR also recommends choosing a product that has been third-party tested for quality.

Best Protein Cookies in 2024

Best Overall Protein Cookie: Onnit Protein Bites

Good for: A snack you’d actually choose over a real cookie for taste and texture 

Best Overall

Onnit Protein Bites

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Ingredients from 60 plants 
  • Whey protein from grass-fed cows 
  • 7-9 g of protein, depending on flavor

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Nutrients from 60 plants
  • Subscribe and save 15%
  • Also sold individually so you can try flavors

Cons

  • Contains the allergens soy, tree nuts, milk, and sesame
  • Very mixed reviews on the new formula
  • Users say chocolate coating melts easily and gets messy

Bottom Line

Onnit Protein Bites have 7 to 9 grams of protein from grass-fed cows and contain nutrients from more than 60 plants. However, the new formula is very divisive with some users loving it and some hating it.

Onnit Protein Bites are not so much a cookie, but more so a cookie dough-like, chocolate-coated pack of absolute goodness. They are delicious in every flavor (of which there are five) and “They taste like candy bars!” exclaims product tester and GGR head of content Kate Meier. 

“We had at least half a dozen people try these, and everyone rated these 10 out of 10,” she says. “The Cookies and Cream flavor is DANGEROUS. Chewy and delicious! The Coconut Cashew one is super similar to a Mounds Bar in texture. These are chewy and moist and just … *chef’s kiss*.”  

The praise doesn’t end there: “Overwhelmingly, we love the taste of these,” Kate says. 

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With 120 calories and 8 grams of protein per bite (a bite is like a small protein bar), the protein content isn’t as high as we’d like to see in something dubbed a high-protein snack. Because of this, “it wouldn’t be our go-to protein snack,” Kate says of herself and the members of her weightlifting team. 

“I would view this like a ‘healthy dessert’ option for when chocolate cravings kick in, or you just want something sweet,” she says. 

For something that tastes so dang good, we’re happy with the macronutrient ratio and ingredients list. It’s not usually worthwhile to force down a chalky, dry protein cookie with subpar macros—but for Onnit Protein Bites, we’re all in. Plus, they only contain 5 to 7 grams of sugar (not super low, but lower than a regular cookie) and have a very nice 7 grams of fiber per bite.

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Calories per serving120
Protein per serving7-9 g
Protein sourceWhey protein
Sugar per serving5-7 g
FlavorsCoconut Cashew Dark Chocolate, Cookies and Cream, S’mores, Peanut Butter with Dark Chocolate

Best Plant-Based Protein Cookie: Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie Protein Cookies

Good for: People on vegan and vegetarian diets

Best Plant-Based

Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie

GGR Score: 4.4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Plant-based protein cookie
  • Combination of wheat, pea, and rice protein 
  • 8 g of protein per serving

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Certified to be vegan
  • Non-GMO project–verified, kosher
  • No artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols
  • Available in 16 different flavors
  • Variety pack available

Cons

  • No subscribe-and-save option
  • Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanut, tree nuts, soy, milk, and egg.
  • Larger 4 oz cookie is 2 servings
  • Mixed reviews on taste
  • Customers complain about the high calorie content (210 per serving)

Bottom Line

Lenny & Larry’s protein cookies use a plant-based protein blend to provide 8 grams of protein per serving. They are available in an impressive 16 different flavors, however, all the flavors have mixed reviews. Some customers also struggled with the texture of the cookie, finding it too dense.

“The Complete Cookie” is kind of a misnomer because I wouldn’t say that these cookies provide complete nutrition. However, they are a consistently good snack that comes in many flavors and offers much more protein than a typical sweet baked good. 

These cookies are massive—one cookie is actually two servings according to the label, so be aware if you’re tracking macros or in a calorie deficit to lose weight. The product information online says they contain 16 grams of protein per cookie, which means you’re only getting 8 grams if you eat one serving. 

Kate Meier, GGR head of content, says her family loves Lenny & Larry’s cookies as a protein snack. “We have tried Chocolate Chip and Double Chocolate, and they are very cookie-like: chewy, tasty, sweet,” she says. 

“There is that distinct protein-y taste you get in any ‘healthy’ protein treat, but it’s not very strong and not at all a turn-off,” she explains. They’re good enough to sneak more protein into her kids’ diets, so we call that a win!

Lennny And Larrys Protein Cookie

The Complete Cookies are quite high in carbohydrates and sugar, with 59 grams and 25 grams in one cookie, respectively. They do contain 10 grams of fiber, bringing the net carb number down to 49 grams per cookie—still far too high for any keto dieters. (These numbers may vary slightly depending on the flavor.)

These cookies are certified vegan. The protein blend contains vital wheat gluten, pea protein, and rice protein.

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Calories per serving210-230
Protein per serving8 g
Protein sourceVital wheat gluten, pea protein, and rice protein
Sugar per serving9-14 g
FlavorsWhite Chocolate Flavored Macadamia, Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Snickerdoodle, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Donut, Choc-o-Mint, Peanut Butter, Lemon Poppy Seed, Birthday Cake

Best Keto-Friendly Protein Cookie: Quest Nutrition Protein Cookies

Good for: People on keto diets

Best Keto-Friendly

Quest Protein Cookies

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Protein cookies with milk and whey protein
  • 15 or 16 g of protein per cookie 
  • Available in 5 flavors

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Subscribe and save 10%
  • Keto-friendly
  • Also contains 9–12 g of fiber,depending on flavor
  • Available to purchase in stores

Cons

  • Processed in a facility that also processes eggs, soy, wheat, and tree nuts
  • Very mixed reviews on taste
  • Customers have reported difficulty getting in contact with customer service
  • Quest recently changed formula for multiple products to use a vegetable oil containing soy,which is an allergen

Bottom Line

Quest Protein Cookies have 15 or 16 grams of protein and are available in 5 different flavors. Customers agreed that the cookies were soft and chewy but there were extremely mixed reviews on the taste of each flavor. Quest has changed their recipes and now the cookies contain the allergen soy.

You may be familiar with Quest Bars, but did you know that Quest Nutrition makes protein cookies, too? These keto-friendly cookies contain the sugar alcohol erythritol to keep the sugar content low, plus substantial fiber to bring the net carb content down.

The 15 to 16 grams of protein come from a blend of milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate, so these aren’t suitable for people with dairy sensitivities or who follow a vegan diet. 

Quest Protein Cookie

Nicole, GGR editor and product tester, says she wanted to like these but couldn’t get over the taste of stevia—particularly the aftertaste. “I actually chose this flavor (Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip) because I thought it would taste the least artificial of all of them; at least that’s how I normally find peanut butter-flavored things to be. But I just am not a fan of this one.”

The texture is good, at least: It’s soft and chewy, with chocolate chips and real peanut chunks. If you tend to have digestive problems after consuming stevia, Nicole advises you to take care with the Quest protein cookies.

In sum, Nicole says that for 220 calories and 16 grams of protein, she’d rather eat a regular cookie and have a protein shake on the side. But, “I’d try another flavor of these, just to see if I chose wrong,” she says.

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Calories per serving220-250
Protein per serving15-16
Protein source Milk protein isolate, whey protein isolate
Sugar per serving1 g or less (plus 4-5 g erythritol)
FlavorsPeanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle 

Best Dairy-Free Protein Cookie: Tone It Up Protein Cookies

Good for: People on dairy-free and/or gluten-free diets

Best Dairy-Free

Tone It Up Plant-Based Protein Cookie

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Plant-based protein cookie 
  • 10 g of protein per cookie 
  • Women-owned business 
  • Soft-baked cookie

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Gluten-free, non-GMO, kosher,
  • Subscribe and save 10%
  • 10 g of protein per serving—more than many competitors

Cons

  • Only available in 3 flavors
  • Box only contains 4 cookies
  • Very limited reviews
  • Mixed reviews on the taste of the cookie

Bottom Line

Tone It Up Plant-Based Protein Cookies use pea protein to provide 10 grams of protein per single serving cookie. These cookies are only available in three flavors and have very mixed reviews on taste. Some customers loved them and had them daily and others found them very dry and bland.

Tone It Up Protein Cookies have a nice, simple ingredients list with various flours, sugar in the form of allulose, and pea protein, plus texture and flavor ingredients. The macro balance isn’t fantastic, with just 10 grams of protein in 190 calories, but they’re still a stand-up option for a cookie. 

“It tastes like a really dry chocolate chip cookie,” says GGR writer and product tester Lauren Strong. “That said, this is gluten-free and dairy-free, so I didn’t expect much going into this.”

“I’ve tried a lot of gluten free stuff over the years because my bestie from childhood has been gluten-free since 2003 (aka before it was a fad). She tried this cookie and actually liked it,” Lauren says. “My husband, on the other hand, tried one and said it was terrible. I’m in the middle—it’s dry, which is unpleasant, but the flavor is OK. You’re definitely not wanting another one, though.”

Lauren says the Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies are not hard to digest, but that she “would not suggest going ham and eating more than one,” saying that the dryness and denseness of the cookie might make for “a tough bowel movement.” We’ll take your advice on this one, Lauren. 

All in all, our testing revealed that this is a pretty tasty snack for being both gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Calories per serving190
Protein per serving10 g
Protein sourcePea protein
Sugar per serving4 g
FlavorsChocolate Chip

Best-Tasting Protein Cookie: Naked Nutrition Naked Cookie

Good for: Those who are more concerned about flavor and texture than getting as much protein as possible 

Best-Tasting

Naked Nutrition Protein Cookies

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Protein cookies 
  • 10 g of whey protein per cookie 
  • Available in 3 flavors

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • 10 g of protein per serving—more than many competitors
  • Subscribe and save 20% on first purchase and 10% on subsequent purchases
  • Soy-, gluten-, and GMO-free
  • Baked in the United States
  • Uses grass-fed whey
  • No artificial flavors or sweeteners

Cons

  • Only available in 3 flavors
  • Limited reviews
  • Uses sugar alcohols which may be tough on your stomach
  • Mixed reviews on taste and texture

Bottom Line

Naked Nutrition Protein Cookies are available in three different flavors and provide 10 grams of protein per single serving cookie. Customer reviews for these cookies are very mixed. Some think they taste like actual cookies, and others think they are too chewy and taste artificial. These also use sugar alcohol which have caused some reviewers to have stomach issues.

Naked Nutrition frequently appears in our nutrition guides, such as our guides to the best natural pre-workout and the best pea protein.

Nicole, GGR senior editor and product tester who tried the Naked Cookies, says she didn’t care for them on the first try, but admits, “I think I set the bar too high. I came back to them a few weeks later and I changed my mind. They don’t necessarily taste like a regular, not-healthy chocolate chip cookie, but they’re not bad for a healthy swap.”

“They taste healthy and a bit nutty,” she says, adding that they “aren’t super sweet, and you don’t get any artificial notes like in some other options. I will finish the box of these probably!”

Naked Cookie 1

Naked Cookies are gluten-free soft-baked cookies with 10 grams of grass-fed whey protein. They are nearly sugar-free, with just 1 gram of sugar per cookie. The allulose (a derivative of fructose), the sugar alcohol erythritol, monk fruit extract, and stevia extract pick up the slack to create sweetness. They’re also soy-free and non-GMO, so they are suitable for many different diet types.

Naked Cookie Chocolate Chip

The ingredients list is relatively thin and simple, with whey protein being the very first ingredient. Other ingredients include defatted almond flour, palm kernel oil, chocolate chips, almond butter, corn fiber, vegetable glycerin, and cassava flour. 

They have a really great texture, Nicole says, with “real dark chocolate chips that melt in your mouth, which is a nice, cookie-like touch.”

Calories per serving190-210 
Protein per serving10 g
Protein sourceGrass-fed whey protein
Sugar per serving1-5 g (plus erythritol, stevia, and/or monk fruit depending on flavor) 
FlavorsChocolate Chip, Sugar Cookie, Oatmeal Raisin

Best Gluten-Free Protein Cookie: Munk Pack Protein Cookies

Good for: People who need or want to avoid products with gluten

Best Gluten-Free

Munk Pack Protein Cookies

GGR Score: 4.5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Protein cookie with plant-based protein blend 
  • 8 g of protein from brown rice and peas per serving 
  • Available in 5 flavors 
  • Soft baked

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Certified gluten-free and certified to be vegan
  • Kosher, non-GMO, and no sugar alcohols
  • Subscribe and save 15%
  • Mostly positive reviews on taste

Cons

  • Serving size is half a cookie
  • Not keto-friendly
  • Customers complain shipping from company website is slow
  • All the flavors contain peanut butter
  • Made in a facility that also processes peanut, tree nuts, soy, milk, and egg

Bottom Line

Munk Pack Protein Cookies use a combination of brown rice and pea protein to provide 8 grams of protein per serving or 16 grams per cookie. These cookies are certified vegan and gluten-free. Customer reviews for the cookies are mostly positive, most customers like the taste and texture. However, they disliked that a serving size is half a cookie.

Munk Pack Protein Cookies are similar to Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookies in that one serving is half of a cookie—make sure you read your nutrition labels, people. They’re available in several flavors and all of them are gluten-free.

In half a cookie, there are 8 grams of protein from brown rice and pea proteins, and depending on the flavor, 160 to 170 calories and 8 to 9 grams of sugar. The ingredients list includes coconut and oat flours, as well as some other starches and flavor or texture ingredients that vary depending on the flavor. 

Munk pack cookies 5

Anthony O’Reilly, GGR product tester and performance editor, tried the Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia and Oatmeal Raisin Spice. “Both are pretty decent when it comes to taste, but their texture is a bit crumbly. I’ve had worse non-protein cookies and I like them better than Lenny & Larry’s, but I don’t know if this would satisfy my cookie cravings,” Anthony says.

“They are soft and chewy, though a bit crumbly,” Anthony says—”not overly so, but I wouldn’t eat this without a napkin nearby,” he clarifies.

Anthony says he “blew through” his MunkPack cookies pretty quickly and, while he thinks they can work on the texture, “the overall taste is pretty good without being overly sweet.” 

Calories per serving160-170
Protein per serving8 g
Protein sourceBrown rice and pea protein
Sugar per serving8-9 g
FlavorsPeanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia, Oatmeal Raisin Spice, Snickerdoodle

Other Protein Cookies We Researched

Truth be told, there aren’t that many protein cookies on the market. 

Actually, a Google search for “protein cookies” brings up more protein cookie recipes you can make at home than protein cookies you can buy. Most of them feature “clean” swaps like almond flour or oat flour and coconut oil in place of the usual suspects. Based on all of my past attempts at homemade protein cookies, I’d rather just buy a box, to be honest. 

There’s one protein cookie we really want to try but can’t find anywhere: The Barbell Bake Shop Black and White Cookies. We tried to order them from Walmart, but Walmart canceled the order. At the time of writing, they don’t seem to be available anywhere. 

I found a couple of other protein cookies through my research: 

None of the above seem to be widely or regularly available. 

Products similar to protein cookies that we found but didn’t try are: Legendary Foods Protein Sweet Roll, Prozis Protein Cookie Thins, and Alpha Prime Protein Brownie

How We Picked and Tested the Best Protein Cookies

This is where the super-duper fun part of our job comes in. We had the grand pleasure of buying these high-protein cookies in multiples and stuffing our faces. 

We considered many factors as we taste-tested protein cookies, including: 

  • Price per serving
  • Taste
  • Texture
  • Grams of sugar and added sugar
  • Alternative and artificial sweeteners
  • Macro profile (protein compared to fats and carbs; net carbs if applicable) 
  • Protein source (e.g., whey vs pea protein vs egg white protein)
  • Ingredient transparency 
  • Allergens 
  • Digestive symptoms after eating, if any 
  • Dietary suitability (e.g., low-carb or keto, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan) 

Together, all of the above factors influence the final score out of 5 possible points a product can get. 

Benefits of Protein Cookies

Protein cookies can be a convenient and yummy way to get some more protein into your diet. If you tend to eat sugary snacks on a regular basis, protein cookies can serve as a good alternative when you want something more filling or satiating to satisfy a craving. Don’t fall under the guise that protein cookies are innately healthy, though—they are still cookies. 

Increasing your protein intake in general comes with many benefits, including appetite regulation1 and muscle growth2. However, protein cookies aren’t as high in protein as a true supplement like protein powder. 

If you’re looking to increase your protein intake without adding more carbohydrates, sugar, or fat to your diet, you should look into the best protein powders instead of protein cookies; the best low-carb protein bars will have a better macro ratio than protein cookies, too. 

Third-Party Testing

Since protein cookies are foods, not supplements, they are regulated by the FDA as foods and therefore adhere to much more stringent requirements than something like whey protein powder. You’ll generally find that snacks such as protein cookies do not undergo any third-party testing.

FAQs About Protein Cookies

Are protein cookies good for you?

A protein cookie is still a cookie—we wouldn’t label them “healthy” as a blanket statement. Generally, they’re still high in sugar and sometimes in saturated fat, too. Depending on your definition of “healthy,” protein cookies might not fit the bill. For some people, they are a more nutrient-dense (specifically in protein) version of a regular cookie; for others, they’re nothing more than a glorified baked good. But, I say everything in moderation!

Do protein cookies have sugar?

Protein cookies will either have sugar or an alternative sweetener, such as monk fruit, stevia, sugar alcohols, or artificial sweeteners like sucralose, depending on the particular cookie. Make sure to read the nutrition label.

When should you eat protein cookies?

You can eat protein cookies any time you like. They’re a tasty way to increase your protein intake without chugging another protein shake you don’t really want. If you’re serious about gaining muscle, you may want to eat your protein cookie post-workout to maximize the muscle protein synthesis window. (Although some research, such as this 2013 meta-analysis in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition3, suggests that the post-workout nutrient window isn’t as short as some people once thought, so it doesn’t seem to matter much.)

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

References

  1. Moon J, Koh G. Clinical Evidence and Mechanisms of High-Protein Diet-Induced Weight Loss. J Obes Metab Syndr. 2020;29(3):166-173. doi:10.7570/jomes20028 
  2. Deldicque L. Protein Intake and Exercise-Induced Skeletal Muscle Hypertrophy: An Update. Nutrients. 2020;12(7):2023. Published 2020 Jul 7. doi:10.3390/nu12072023
  3. Schoenfeld BJ, Aragon AA, Krieger JW. The effect of protein timing on muscle strength and hypertrophy: a meta-analysis. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013;10(1):53. Published 2013 Dec 3. doi:10.1186/1550-2783-10-53 

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