Super Simple Low Carb Keto Shortbread Cookies
I had it in my mind that I wanted to make some keto shortbread cookies so I could stay low carb during the holidays. It is one of those tastes that I miss the most on keto.
Well I like these cookies so much that I make them all year round!
These taste so very close to the butter cookies we had around the house every Christmas season but you can enjoy these keto shortbread cookies without the guilt!
Ingredients you will need to make low carb cookies
The good news is that you only need 4 ingredients! And you probably have all this in your pantry.
- Almond flour. For these cookies you want the fine blanched almond flour rather than course.
- Butter, salted is fine because we are not adding any salt to this recipe.
- Sweetener. I am loving monkfruit sweetener these days such as So Nourished sweetener or Lakanto monkfruit.
- Almond extract. You can certainly change up the extract to what you prefer, I just find that the almond flavor is what reminds me most of those buttery shortbread cookies I grew up with.
Tools needed for making keto shortbread cookies
This is going to depend on what texture you prefer in your cookies! You can make these cookies a thin and crisp version with cookie cutters or you can make them a more traditional thicker cookie with a shortbread cookie cutter. You can also just use a tablespoon and flatten with a fork!
You will need:
- Electric mixer
- Mixing bowl and measuring spoons/cups
- Cookie Sheets
- Parchment paper
- Rolling pin (for thin and crisp)
- Wax paper (for thin and crisp)
- Cookie cutters or shortbread cookie cutter
- Sugar free sprinkles (Stoka are good if you can find them!)
Making Your Keto cookies thin and crisp
The cookie dough will be the same for both the thin cookies and the thicker traditional shortbread. (See printable recipe card below).
The difference will be in how you handle the cookie dough.
For thin and crisp keto shortbread cookies:
- Place ball of dough on piece of wax paper
- Cover with another piece of wax paper
- Using a rolling pin, flatten cookie dough as thin as you like
- Use a cookie cutter to cut out the shapes you want
- Roll the scraps into a ball and repeat until you have used up all the dough.
For thicker keto shortbread cookies:
- Place ball of dough on piece of wax paper
- Cover with more wax paper and either flatten the dough with your hands or roll with a rolling pin keeping the dough fairly thick
- Use a shortbread cookie cutter to cut out the bars
- Alternatively, you can use a tbsp measure to scoop out dough from the ball and flatten each piece with a fork.
I recommend baking almond flour cookies on parchment paper so they don’t stick to the pan.
Printable Recipe card for almond flour shortbread cookies
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour (fine)
- 6 tbsp soft butter
- 1/2 cup sweetener such as erythritol
- 1 tsp Almond Extract
- In a large bowl blend butter with sweetener until well combined
- Add almond extract
- Using mixer on lowest speed, add almond 1/2 cup at a time
- Keep mixing until you have a crumbly dough
- Use your hands to form your dough into a ball
- Place dough on wax paper with another piece of wax paper on top and either roll out to desired thickness. (see main article for different methods depending on what type of cookie you want)
- Place cookies on parchment paper on cookie sheet. Spacing is not needed as these cookies do not expand.
- Bake at 350 for 8 minutes (thin cookies) to 10 minutes (thick cookies)
- Since all ovens are different, watch the first sheet of cookies to make sure they do not burn!
- Decorate cookies with sugar free sprinkles if desired.
- Let cookies cool before removing from pan as they need a few minutes to set.
This recipe will yield about 36 cookies for thin version and 24 cookies for thicker shortbread cookies. Nutritional information is for 36 cookies.
If you make the thicker cookie, each cookie will be approximately 90 calories and 1.5 carbs.
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 61 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 5mg Carbohydrates: 2g Net Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 1g Protein: 2g
What Sweets Can I Eat on the Keto Diet?
Well, I think we can help you out here!
There are so many cookies, bars and other treats that are both healthy and easy to incorporate into a low carb or keto diet.
All of these low carb treats contain healthy fats like coconut oil and are gluten-free and sugar-free. I know that you will enjoy them!