So I am obsessed with this (keto) shortbread cookies recipe. It’s easy, low carb, gluten-free, and it tastes like legit old school classic buttery shortbread.
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Top it them off with a little or a lot of this cream cheese frosting, and you’re good to go for the holidays.
Unless, you’re behind on Christmas shopping, decorating, meal planning and you keep forgetting to move the Elf on the Shelf:)
Here’s how this cookie recipe comes to the rescue. It’s a simple gluten-free, low carb homemade cookie that you can put together in 20 minutes even if baking is not typically your jam.
These shortbread cookies are also perfect for the holiday cookie swaps, lovely enough to give as gifts, serve at parties, and they’re also a super fab way to treat yourself after a long day of adulting.
Oh, and you should know this recipe passed my husband who’s not on a diet and picky-eating kids test with flying colors.
Keto Shortbread Cookies Ingredients
This recipe is simple and almost failproof -> The secret is getting the right ingredients into your mixing bowl.
Blanched Almond Flour – Make sure you use blanched almond flour, not almond meal, or the texture will be grainy.
Confectioners (Powdered) Erythritol – Y’all, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m using a ton of So Nourished, but if you’re on team Swerve, nobody’s going to call you out.
Softened Salted Butter – Go ahead and judge me if you want, but I’m a salted butter girl through and through. Try to use room temperature butter – softened butter will make creaming the butter and erythritol easier.
Making Keto Shortbread Cookies Step By Step
You’re going to start by creaming the butter in a large bowl with a hand or stand mixer. If you’re using softened butter, this will only take a minute on medium speed.
Next, add in the sweetener and mix again on medium until everything is combined. Then add in vanilla. (About three minutes)
Start adding in the almond flour gradually – I added 1/2 cup – mixed then added more until all 2.5 cups were combined.
I’m going to tell you right now that at this point in the game, you may start doubting your dough because it does not look pretty. Stay strong. You’re on the right track.
Next, take a mini cookie scoop or tablespoon to form 24 cookies on a cookie tray or baking pan lined with parchment paper (space about an inch apart)
If you want the look of old school shortbread cookies use a spoon or your hand to flatten each cookie then sprinkle with granulated erythritol. If you don’t flatten these, they will hold their ball-style shape after baking.
Tips You Need To Know To Make The Best Low Carb Almond Flour Cookies
Softening Butter Tip – If you forgot to soften the butter, you could soften it up in 2 minutes by slicing it into chunks and using the paddle attachment on your stand mixer to soften OR you could try to soften it a little in the microwave in 5-second intervals.
Line Your Pan with Parchment Paper – You won’t have to worry about the cookies sticking to the tray (Bonus: You can reuse parchment paper)
Use a Cookie Scoop – If you want your cookies to be the same size, look fabulous on a dessert tray,etc.
Almond Flour Cookies Crisp as they Cool – Don’t be afraid to take them out of the oven even if the center appears to be too doughy. Almond flour cookies crisp up after a couple of hours. (They are also always better the next day!)
Freezing Instructions For Making Ahead
Scoop out the dough as if you were baking, then place the pan of raw cookie dough into the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. Then place the cookie dough balls in a zip lock freezer bag with the name of recipe, baking temp & heating instructions – you may need to add a minute or two to the baking time since you’re working with frozen dough.
Things You May Need To Bake Shortbread Cookies
Cookie Scoop – Use a mini-cookie scoop like this one to make your life easier and all of your cookies the same size
Stand Mixer – Treat yourself to the ultimate kitchen tool – this KitchenAid Mixer does the work for you
Cookie Sheet – These will last a lifetime:)
If You Like This Cookie Recipe, You Need To Check Out These Keto Desserts!
I know you’re here for the cookies, but I promise these low carb desserts are worth trying too!
Keto Cream Cheese Frosting – Decadent and rich cream cheese frosting without powdered sugar. A must-have topping for all of your low carb cookies & cakes & more!
3-Ingredient Keto Peanut Butter Cookies – Homemade healthy cookies in 20 minutes!
Keto Christmas Cookies – An epic round-up of 21+ fabulous low carb holiday cookie recipes.
No-Bake Keto Cookies – A seriously easy no-bake keto cookie that combines the three best ingredients ever: chocolate, peanut butter and coconut.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fat Bombs – The quickest & most simple no-bake, edible low carb cookie dough recipePrint
These Keto Shortbread Cookies with almond flour taste like classic buttery shortbread cookies – but they are a healthier, low carb, gluten-free and keto-friendly version with only 2.3 net carbs per cookie!
- Preheat Oven to 350
- Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- Using a hand or stand mixer cream butter and confectioners erythritol.
- Add vanilla then add ½ cup of almond flour – blend – then add more. Dumping it in all at once will make it harder to combine.
- Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to form 24 cookies on a cookie tray or baking pan lined with parchment paper (space about an inch apart)
- Use a spoon or your hand to flatten each cookie then sprinkle with granulated erythritol
- Bake for 10 – 12 minutes
Top with this low carb cream cheese frosting
- Category: Keto Desserts
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
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