Here is a collection of the best sugar free cookie recipes! Includes a detailed guide on how to bake delicious cookies that are suitable for diabetics or anyone on a low-carb or keto diet.
Can you bake cookies without sugar? Absolutely! I have been following a sugar free diet for many years and cookies are my favourite sweet treat.
All cookie recipes in this post are not only free of refined sugar, but also free of any sweeteners that raise blood sugar levels, such as honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. This means you can enjoy them without worrying about an insulin spike that will give you a boost of energy, followed by a crash that leaves you craving more.
This post answers all questions about how to make the perfect grain free, gluten-free and keto friendly cookies: which low carb flours to use, the best sweeteners, how to get your cookies crispy or soft, how to make them egg free or dairy free.
But first up, here is my sugar free cookie selection!
Easy Sugar Free Cookie Recipes
Here are some expert tips that ensure your sugar free cookie recipes turn out perfectly:
Use parchment paper. Always line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. This ensures the cookies do not stick.
Check your oven. If you bake in a conventional oven, most cookies need to bake at 180 Celsius or 350 Fahrenheit. In a fan-assisted oven, the temperature reduces to 160 C or 320 F.
Let them cool. Cookies are very fragile when hot. Let them come to room temperature before touching them. They firm up as they cool.
Sugar Free Cookie FAQs
Below I am answering questions I often get about sugar-free cookie baking.
While honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar are not table sugar, they still raise blood sugar levels. I recommend to use erythritol for crispy cookies and allulose or xylitol for soft cookies.
Wheat flour raises blood sugar levels. That's why I recommend almond flour or coconut flour. Other nut flours such as hazelnut, pecan or walnut will lend their own interesting flavour notes. Nut-free options include sesame flour or sunflower seed flour.
Bake them for a shorter period of time. Or make them bigger and thicker.
Flatten the cookies more when you put them on the baking pan. Also, form smaller cookies and bake them in the oven for longer.
Low carb flours do not contain gluten. That's why it is more fragile than cookies made with wheat. The trick is to roll cookie dough out between two sheets of parchment paper. Then, cool it in the freezer for 15 minutes. This makes cutting out shapes easier.
I hope you found this guide on sugar free cookies informative. If you have any more questions, let me know in the comments!