You'd like to have seconds? No problem. These crunchy sugar free cut out cookies with a coconut butter glaze are low carb, gluten free and sweetened with erythritol.
I am so ready for Christmas! No, I haven't even thought about presents. No ideas, no lists. And no, when the nice guy from the Christmas tree delivery company called me last week with a special offer, I did not take it either.
Friends, it's these sugar free cut out cookies. They are perfect!
Don't get distracted by the fact you are seeing friendly ghosts waving at you. It's Halloween next week and you've got to go with the flow.
In our family we make cut out cookies once a year in the run-up to Christmas, in vast amounts - little hearts, adorable stars and cute Christmas trees. Baking sheet after baking sheet will go into the oven, and it always ends up being me in the kitchen by myself after the second round, with 6 more to go. Before I went sugar free, I used a Nigella recipe which came with the set of cookie cutters I own. It calls for wheat flour and copious amounts of sugar.
Now, if you attempt to replace not only the sugar (with erythritol, in my case), but also the wheat, you are entering tricky territory. It's the gluten in wheat that makes dough very easy to handle and roll out. Grain free dough is softer and more delicate.
These Sugar Free Cut out Cookies have a nice crunch and hold together really well.
After the success of my Sugar Free Halloween Bat Cookies, which contain cocoa powder to be sufficiently dark and gloomy for Halloween, I adapted the recipe to create a vanilla version. I also added a liberal amount of almond extract, which, if I may say so, makes them taste just irresistible.
The most important step in this recipe is that you freeze the dough after you roll it out between two sheets of baking paper. This is the key to success when making low carb cut out cookies. Trust me. I am an impatient person and I have tried skipping it. It's not worth the mess you'll make. Stick it in the freezer, have a cup (or glass) of something and feel smug about being in the know.
I tested two types of glaze with these cookies.
The first one was just a mix of powdered erythritol (I used Sukrin Icing), a couple of drops of vanilla essence and a spoonful of water. This went down well with the kids, but for me it was a little sweet. The second type was just up my street - a sugar free coconut butter glaze which I adapted from this recipe by Simply Quinoa.If you spread it thinly, it dries into a nice, firm glaze. Coconut butter, not to be confused with coconut oil, tastes slightly sweet and creamy and is nice enough to be eaten by the spoonful.
And do you know the best thing about this recipe? When my kids are bored after the second round of festive baking and leave sneakily, I can call it a day too. A few days later, they'll be ready to have another go (kids = short memories). And all I have to do is whisk the rolled out dough for my lovely sugar free cut out cookies from the freezer.
Christmas, I am ready.
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Sugar free cut out cookiesfrom Sugar Free Londoner
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- 40 g / ⅓ cup coconut flour
- 80 g / ⅔ cup plus 2 tablespoons almond flour NOT ground almonds!
- 40 g / ¼ cup Sukrin Gold or sweetener of choice
- 120 g butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
For the glaze
- 30 g / ¼ cup coconut butter
- 1 tablespoon powdered erythritol
- 2 tablespoon cream or milk
- splash of vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 180 Celsius.
- Mix all the dry ingredients, then add the butter and combine with a stick mixer or a food processor until you have a smooth dough.
- Divide into 2 balls and roll out between two sheets of non-stick baking paper.
- Place the dough in the freezer for 15 minutes. This is an essential step!!
- Cut into shapes with a cookie cutter of your choice. If the dough has been in the freezer for too long, it might break easily. In this case, just wait a few minutes to continue. Place the cut-outs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Form the leftovers of the dough into a ball, roll out again and repeat the freezer step.
- Bake your first batch for 5-6 minutes until the edges are just beginning to brown.
- Let cool completely before glazing. The cookies are very crumbly when hot, but once they are cool they will be crispy and hardened.
- For the glaze, combine all ingredients in a pot over low heat, stirring continuously. You could also do this in a microwave.
- Once it is liquid, brush over the cooled cookies.
Can't wait to make these. It's almost Easter so I'll be baking some chicks, bunnies and flowers. I make a yummy icing with: 1 cup powdered monk fruit (just use granular and blend it up) or powdered Swerve works too, 2 tsp Sukrin fibre syrup, a little HWC to desired thickness, dash of salt, 1/4-1/2 tsp almond & vanilla extract + colors. This is delicious and dries nicely too.
Your icing sounds great, Heidi! Happy baking ad thanks for the comment.
These are great but I found they broke easily after I stored them. Wondering if a person can add gelatin or xantham gum to help hold them together.
Hi Connie,xanthan will help hold the cookies together (also gelatin, but I have not tried that yet myself), but it might come at the expense of crunch.
is there anyway to use stevia in this? can't do sugar alcohols or sugar in general - it sucks!!!
Of course! It should be no problem to use stevia in this recipe. Normally, stevia drops deliver the sweetness of 1 teaspoon of sugar with 4-5 drops. Check the product you're using and just replace.
Have you tried the Red Mill Gluten Free flour that is a 1 to 1 substitute for flour?
Hi Pat, no I haven't - I always bake with either almond or coconut flour, or with a mix of both.
Hi. Is this per 1 cookie? What's the size of the serving?
I found your website recently...and am obsessed! Thank you for making it easier to create yummy and sugar free treats for my family.
Hi, yes, I calculated per cookie
Delicious cookies. The tip about rolling out the dough an d placing it in the freezer is really essential. It made it so easy! I drizzled some melted chocolate over mine, which was so good.
Drizzling chocolate over them sounds yummy. I did that with the chocolate version I made of these cookies and loved it, too.
Thank you for also including the cup measurements...(120 g butter is one cup?) Have just found your site and enjoy immensely. Most sadly, erythritol and I have not been able to become friends. Do you think coconut sugar would work ok in your cookies and other recipes?
Very happy you fund my site and that you are enjoying it. I believe 120g butter is 1/2 cup. You could absolutely replace the erythritol with coconut sugar - it would taste great.
And now I want cookies! Ha!
What a great recipe! I love the coconut butter glaze - coconut butter is amazing!
Kim | Low Carb Maven
I used to use my great grandmother's recipe for cut-out cookies and my grandmother's vintage cutters. Since going low carb, I haven't made cut-outs as often because the dough is so tricky to work with. I end up freezing my dough, too - such a great tip which will reduce much frustration. So happy you can get your kids to help.
The kids & I love making glazed cookies. I freeze my dough too and it makes a big difference. Good tip!
Thanks Stacey it kind of changed my world when I figured this out!
These are absolutely perfect for my pre-diabetic mom and me as a low-carber! Every Christmas we watch my husband and son gobble up all the sugar cookies!!
I know exactly what you mean Christmas is always high season for sugar 🙂