Copycat Lenny and Larry’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Did you see my original version of the Lenny & Larry’s birthday cake cookies from the other day? I’ve also given Snickerdoodle and Gingerbread a try too. I did a quick cost comparison based on the ingredients because I was curious about the savings over the real thing. Keep in mind that I already had all the ingredients on hand, so I didn’t have to run out and buy anything special. I also use these ingredients in other recipes and cooking frequently so there’s no waste.

I added up what I paid for everything such as 5 lbs of flour, 2 lbs of protein and so on. The total cost of all ingredients was $37.62 so about the price of 18-19 Lenny & Larry’s. I estimate based on the amounts used that I could make about 75 of my batches of cookies for that price. I was excited to confirm that there’s a definite cost savings here. Not to mention I can make them without having to get dressed and drive anywhere.

Again, I whole heartedly love the real thing but I just can’t justify the cost to myself. I’d rather spend my money on cooking classes, road trips, and fun stuff with The Kid. I was messing around this morning with other variations and tried out snickerdoodle, chocolate chip, and another mystery flavor. Recipes will be coming soon.

The mystery flavor was a last minute idea as I was mixing, and I’m pleased to say that I don’t think it exists in the L&L line up. This one was all mine, baby! šŸ˜‰ Here’s the chocolate chip recipe for you. Again I’ve gotten reviews on the birthday cake versionĀ that it worked with dairy based protein, but I have not tried it myself. I’ve listed the brands I used and other versions may or may not turn out.

Copycat Lenny and Larry’s Chocolate ChipĀ CookiesĀ High Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/4 cup (30g) white whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp (15g) vegan pea and rice vanilla protein powder
  • 1Ā Tbsp (12g) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 Tbsp (14g) dairy free butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 TbspĀ (15g)Ā dairy free mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl and add the butter. Mix with a fork to cream in the butter. The mixture will be dry and crumbly. Add the vanilla and water, and mix until the dough begins to come together. Mix in the chocolate chips. If you like, you can save a few chips to press into the tops after forming the cookies.

Divide the dough in half and form each half into a small ball. I just rolled it a little between my palms. Put each ball onto a cookie sheet and press it flat to about 3 inches around and just under 1/2 inch Ā thick. If youĀ saved any of the chips, press them into the tops now.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Makes 2 cookies at approximately 200Ā calories each – 9g protein, 23g carbs, and 8g fat.


  • I used Orgain VanillaĀ BeanĀ which is a vegan pea and rice protein blend. Vegan proteins are a different texture than dairy based proteins so keep this in mind if you try a different one. The pea and rice are closer in texture and holding power to flour than you get with whey or casein. They also add a little fiber to the cookies.
  • I used Smart Balance Original Dairy Free Spread for my fats. I’ve seen recipes that use coconut oil so that may work but it could change the texture and taste.
  • If you like a sweeter cookie, you could increase the sugar in the recipe by another tablespoon or so. The chocolate chips added sweetness so I didn’t feel like it needed more for my taste.
  • I used Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips to keep the recipe dairy free. There are other dairy free brands and you can also use chips with dairy. I do recommend mini chips over the regular size so they blend better in the dough.

I’m happy to give more details if you need it on anything I used and answer questions. If you try a variation that works well or definitely doesn’t work, let me and others know in the comments below. That way we can know what to try and what to avoid. Happy baking!


  1. Do you have the nutrition facts on these cookies?……never mind I found it. Thanks:)

    • Glad you found it. I try to include approximate nutrition facts for most of the recipes. There are some variations depending on brands used but they should be close. šŸ™‚

  2. These got a rave review from my stepson who has acquired a taste for the Lenny and Larry’s cookies. This will save us a lot. I just added a tablespoon of brown sugar for each tablespoon of white sugar. All I had was Raw brand unflavored brown rice protein (not the blend). It’s nasty in shakes but worked great for cookies so I’m glad to finally have a use for it.

    Thanks so much for creating and sharing this great recipe.

    • Wonderful! I’m so glad that you and he liked them. Ha, I’m the same way with my protein. I rarely ever have it as a shake, but I use it for cookies, waffles, pancakes… Great idea with the brown sugar. That’s a perfect idea. I’ll have to try that. Thanks for the feedback on what worked too.

  3. I see you have proteins, carbs, and fats listed. However, will these have approximately the same vitamins and minerals that are produced by the Complete Cookie? Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, etc. I like to have snacks that have nutritional value, so that my snacks are not wasted calories.

    • Everyone is going to use different brands when making the recipe so I can’t answer how much of each micronutrient your version will have. If you need to focus on those numbers, I’d enter your ingredients and amounts into MFP or other tracking log and see what values they have. I use similar ingredients to those listed on the brand name so I would imagine it would be similar, but not exact. In my own eating, I follow the idea that a cookie is still a cookie regardless of whether it’s a “healthy” cookie. I treat them as such and don’t have them often so the impact on nutrients is negligible.

  4. These cookies are incredible! Thank you so much for sharing

  5. Can you give any advice as to how long they’ll last? Can I bake them at the beginning of the week and just eat one a day throughout? Or could I keep the dough unbaked?

    • Since the dough is vegan and doesn’t have eggs, you can even eat the dough unbaked. I will freeze chunks of it and add it to my ice cream. I’ve kept the cookies baked for several days. I just wrap them in plastic and put them in the fridge. I microwave them just a little or let them come to room temperature just because I prefer them that way. They’re just like “normal” cookies so they’ll last as long as those do. I’d keep them covered so they don’t dry out though.

  6. I love this recipe! I did change it slightly though…
    I used gluten free flour and swerve powdered sugar for substitutes.
    I also added 2 tbs of coconut oil to the mixture but I made triple the requested batch.
    So just over half a tbsp for one batch.
    I am definitely keeping this recipe. I find the coconut oil gives it the melt in your mouth feeling.
    As it is christmas time these are a great healthier alternative to a chocolate chip cookie.
    This modified version is great for those with celiac or ibs issues.

    • I love that you did a GF variation! Thank you so much for updating us on what you did and how it turned out. This will help a lot! šŸ™‚

  7. Do I need to use the xantham gum?

    • The xanthan gum is an egg replacer and helps the cookies stay together. If you make them without the xanthan gum, they won’t really taste different but they’ll probably be crumbly and fall apart easily. If you aren’t vegan or avoiding eggs, you can add a small amount of egg whites or egg to the batter instead.

  8. Evelyn Edgett says

    I found Lenny and Larry cookies one Sunday morning on the way to church. We had stopped to get fuel, and I went into the store to find something to eat, since I hadn’t had time to eat. I decided to try the cookie, and I liked how it tasted, plus it filled me up enough to help me avoid the donuts my church puts out! I now eat them every Sunday morning, but like you, I would rather find a way to make them and save money for things to do with my son. Thank you so much for this recipe, and I will be looking for the other flavors you have posted.

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