Buttery and totally irresistible: Keto sugar cookies taste just like traditional sugar cookies, only without the carb load. This easy sugar free cookie recipe requires only 6 ingredients and is gluten free, grain free, low carb and suitable for diabetics.
If you're looking for an easy and yum cookie recipe, you are reading the right post. These Keto sugar cookies are the perfect buddies for your afternoon coffee or tea. You can enjoy them plain, decorate them with sugar free icing or dip them in sugar free chocolate.
I've been wanting to make sugar free sugar cookies for a while now. One reason for this is that I love simple, no-nonsense cookies and a healthified low carb version of sugar cookies totally fit the bill. The other reason is that "sugar free sugar cookies" just sounds so nutty it's kind of fun.
I've replaced the wheat flour in the traditional sugar cookies with a mix of almond flour and coconut flour. I find that a mixture of these two grain free and gluten free flours gives a texture that resembles "real" cookies.
There are recipes which include cream cheese in sugar cookies (I have done this with my Low Carb Sugar Free Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies), which results in a softer texture. For these Keto cookies I was after a gently crispy texture, which I achieved by using butter (plenty of butter!!).
You can roll the cookie dough into a log and slice them into circles or you can roll the dough out and use cookie cutters - the choice is yours!
How to make the perfect Keto sugar cookies - step by step:
1.) Mix your dry ingredients - almond flour / ground almonds, coconut flour, powdered sweetener, baking powder and xanthan gum, if using.
Xanthan gum gives the cookies a better crumb structure, it is often used in gluten free baking. The recipe works without, but your cookies will be a little more brittle.
2.) Add the wet ingredients. In this case, that's just the butter and the vanilla extract. If you want cookies to taste utterly buttery, you need a decent-sized amount of butter 🙂
TIP: To elevate the taste of these low carb sugar cookies, scrape out the seeds from 1 vanilla pod and use this in place of the vanilla extract. This is not the cheapest option, but will taste AMAZING.
3.) Aaaaand mix! I like to use my trusted old food processor for this, but you can use a stick blender or an electric mixer.
TIP: The dough will be soft in the beginning - let it sit a couple of minutes and wait until the coconut flour absorbs some of the moisture.
4.) Now get yourself some cling film and roll the dough into a log that's roughly 6 cm in diameter. Wrap the log in cling film and place in the freezer for 15-20 minutes or twice as long if you put it in the fridge instead. It's much easier to handle when it's cold.
If you prefer to make sugar free cut-out cookies, separate the dough into 2 balls. Roll the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it's the desired thickness and place the whole lot into the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Again, cooling the dough before using the cookie cutters is an absolutely essential step.
5.) It's a doddle to cut nice round shapes now! If the log gets flat at the bottom due to the knife pressing down, just give it another quick roll.
If you would like your cookies to be thinner, simply flatten them with your hands after you place them on the baking tray. Space them out a bit - they spread a little while they bake.
Tip: I always line my baking tray with parchment paper. If you haven't got any, you can spray your tray with a bit of coconut oil to ensure the cookies won't stick.
6.) And this is how your Keto sugar cookies will look like after 8-10 minutes in the oven - lightly browned on the edges.
Ovens do vary in temperature and how long your cookies will take to brown also depends on how thick you cut them. Check in on them after 8 minutes and take it from there. Super-sized cookies may need up to 15 minutes until they're ready.
IMPORTANT!!! Do not attempt to handle these cookies until they're cooled down. Keto cookies are VERY FRAGILE when hot. PATIENCE!! They firm up once cool and will be fluffy and light, gently crispy and simply delicious.
This Keto sugar cookies recipe is the perfect starting point for recipe variations:
- For low carb almond thins - substitute 1 tsp of vanilla with 1 tsp of almond extract
- Low carb gingersnap cookies - add 1 tsp of ground ginger, ¼ tsp of nutmeg and ¼ tsp of cloves
- Keto cinnamon cookies - add 2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 tsp of ground coffee.
If you're a purist, you can eat these sugar free sugar cookies straight up as they are.
To take it up a notch, dust them with powdered sweetener after baking. Alternatively, reduce the sweetener amount stated for the recipe to ¼ cup and dip the cookies in granulated sweetener BEFORE baking. That should add a nice crunch.
Last but not least - ICING! Use ¼ cup of powdered sweetener and mix with 1 tbsp water. Add food colouring, if desired, and brush over cookies or simply dip them into the icing mix bowl. Let dry on a cookie rack.
You might also like these cookie recipes:
- Keto Almond Butter Brownie Cookies
- The Ultimate Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
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Keto Sugar Cookies
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- Mix all dry ingredients - almond flour, coconut flour, sweetener, baking powder, xanthan gum (if using).
- Add the butter and vanilla extract and blend until you have a smooth dough
- Place dough on cling film and roll into a log, about 2 inch in diameter. Chill in the freezer for 15-20 minutes (or in the fridge for 30-40 minutes).
- Preheat the oven to 175 Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit.
- Remove log from the freezer and cut off cookies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and flatten with your fingers. Leave some space between the cookies - they spread a little.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are browned. Baking time will depend on the thickness of cookies. Rotate the baking sheet if necessary.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before handling. Low carb cookies are VERY soft when hot. They crisp up once cooled.
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