Welcome to the world of keto-friendly sugar cookies! Soft and buttery, these delicious treats are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth without straying from your low-carb diet. Made with just one bowl and ready in under 20 minutes, these scrumptious cookies are sure to be a hit during any holiday season.
Don’t let living a keto lifestyle hold you back from indulging in your favorite baked goods. With just a few simple substitutions and tricks, you can easily whip up a batch of these decadent cookies to enjoy guilt-free. Plus, they can easily be made without dairy if your dietary preferences require it. So, let’s dive in and discover how you can create these delightful low-carb sugar cookies.
- Enjoy soft and buttery keto-friendly sugar cookies with just 1 gram net carbs per cookie
- Easily adapt the recipe to your dietary preferences, including dairy-free options
- Try these sugar-free cookies and explore more delicious low-carb treats for a guilt-free diet
Keto Sugar Cookies
During the holiday season, you may find yourself wanting to bake a variety of cookies to enjoy with your loved ones. Classic sugar cookies are always a crowd favorite, and now, you can make them keto-friendly too! These almond flour sugar cookies are sure to please everyone, even those who don’t follow a keto diet.
Surprisingly, these delightful sugar cookies are made without eggs, grains, or oil—yet they still have a luscious, slightly soft texture that melts in your mouth. The cookies have a gentle buttery vanilla taste, with just the right level of sweetness.
Wondering what makes these keto sugar cookies so special? Here’s a glimpse into the simple ingredients you’ll need:
- Almond flour
- Baking soda
- Unsalted butter or coconut oil
- Granulated sweetener
- Vanilla extract
- Liquid stevia (optional)
Not only are these sugar cookies keto-friendly, but they’re also deceptively easy to make—just mix together the ingredients, shape into cookies, and bake! Before you know it, you’ll have a batch of scrumptious cookies that can easily pass for a bakery-style treat.
So, gather your ingredients and get ready to impress your friends and family with these tasty and healthy keto sugar cookies. They won’t even notice the difference, and they’ll certainly be asking for more!
How to Make Low Carb Sugar Cookies
The Key Components
- Almond flour: Use blanched and superfine almond flour for a smooth texture
- Coconut flour: This adds to the consistency of the cookies
- Powdered sweetener: Opt for a keto powdered sugar for the finer consistency
- Salt: Enhances the sweetness of the cookies
- Unsalted butter: Softened, at room temperature (use salted butter and omit the salt, if unavailable)
- Cream cheese: Softened; dairy-free cream cheese can be used, but always choose a block form
- Vanilla extract: Essential for a delightful cookie taste
- Granulated sweetener: Optional for rolling the cookies
- In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and whisk well.
- Add the softened butter and blend using a stick mixer until a crumbly texture forms.
- Mix in the softened cream cheese and vanilla extract until the dough clumps together.
- On a clean surface, sprinkle some almond flour. Transfer the dough onto the surface and shape it into a ball. Knead gently until smooth and even. Cover the dough and chill it for at least 40 minutes.
- After the dough has chilled, place it on a parchment paper sheet on a flat surface. Roll it out to about 1/4-inch thickness.
- Use a cookie cutter to shape your cookies. Optionally, you can roll each cookie in granulated sweetener.
- Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges start turning golden. Allow the cookies to cool completely before enjoying them.
Can I Make These Cookies Dairy-Free?
Sure, you can create these cookies without dairy! Just replace the regular butter with vegan butter and use dairy-free cream cheese. There’s no need for any other adjustments. Enjoy your dairy-free cookies!
Tips to Make Top-Notch Sugar-Free Sugar Cookies
Here are some friendly tips to help you create delicious sugar-free sugar cookies:
- Chill the dough: Prevent your dough from spreading too much by refrigerating it, even for a short 30 minutes.
- Storing the dough: If you want to bake the cookies later, refrigerate the dough for up to 3 days. Allow it to warm up at room temperature for about 30 minutes before rolling.
- Flavoring: Almond extract can be a strong flavor. If you prefer a milder taste, add just 1/4 teaspoon to your dough.
- Watch the baking: Overbaking may lead to tough cookies. Remove them once they’re firm on top, and their edges have a slight golden hue.
Remember to use unsalted butter, parchment paper, a rolling pin, and cookie cutters to ensure a seamless baking process and a tasty outcome.
Storing Sugar Cookies Properly
To maintain your sugar cookies freshness, keep them at room temperature in a covered container for up to two weeks. If you prefer them to last longer, feel free to store them in the refrigerator. For extended storage, place the cookies in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to six months.
Keto Sugar Cookies
- 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons superfine blanched almond flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 6 tablespoons sugar-free powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup softened butter standard or dairy-free
- 1 tablespoon softened cream cheese standard or dairy-free
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice such as monk fruit sweetener or erythritol
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your dry ingredients well. Integrate the softened butter and cream cheese using a stick mixer, until crumbly. Add the vanilla extract and continue mixing until the dough clumps together.
- Sprinkle some almond flour on a kitchen surface. Move the dough onto it and gently knead until smooth. Cover the dough completely and flatten it, then refrigerate for 40 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place a large piece of parchment paper on a kitchen surface. Transfer the dough to the parchment paper and cover it with another sheet of parchment paper. With a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is 1/4-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to shape the cookie dough into circles. Lightly dip each side of the cookie into the granulated sweetener, then arrange them on a lined cookie sheet. Repeat until all dough is used.
- Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges just begin to turn golden. Remove from the oven and let them cool completely.
Frequently Asked Questions
To make keto-friendly sugar cookies, you’ll need to replace conventional sugar with a low-carb sweetener like erythritol or stevia, and use almond flour instead of regular all-purpose flour. Make sure to also use a keto-friendly baking powder. Combine the ingredients, roll the dough, cut into shapes, and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes.
A keto-friendly icing can be made using powdered erythritol or another keto-approved sweetener, combined with unsweetened almond milk, a small amount of vegetable shortening, and a pinch of salt. Adjust the consistency by adding more powdered sweetener or almond milk as needed. Add natural food coloring, if desired.
Yes, adding cream cheese to your keto sugar cookie recipe can provide a richer taste and softer texture. Mix softened cream cheese with your butter and keto sweetener, then continue with the rest of the recipe.
If you prefer to avoid almond flour, you can use coconut flour as a substitute. Note that coconut flour is more absorbent than almond flour, so you may need to use less of it. Other alternative flours include sunflower seed flour and hazelnut flour.
For a vegan keto sugar cookie, replace the butter with vegan butter or coconut oil, and use a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water) in place of the regular egg. Ensure that all other ingredients are vegan-friendly.
The exact carb count for homemade keto sugar cookies will vary depending on the specific ingredients and recipe used. In general, a single keto sugar cookie made with almond flour and a low-carb sweetener can range from 2 to 4 grams of net carbs. It is essential to check the nutrition information of your ingredients to calculate more accurate carb counts.