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Keto Shortbread Cookies Recipe with Almond Flour

Those Best Keto Shortbread Cookies Recipe with Almond Flour contains only 1 gram of Net Carbs per Piece. Its Buttery Keto Cookie Taste is not only Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly, Dairy-Free, and Sugar-Free, but also an entirely Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies everyone has been looking for. 

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Enjoy those low-carb cookies with our cold brew coffee or infused tea for your perfect keto morning quick fix whenever you are in a real hurry out of the door. They are also great as a sweet flavor you might need after a healthy ginger turmeric shot.

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Our super rich with a pinch of crispiness, keto shortbread cookies with almond flour are extra quick and easy to make. Gluten-free shortbread cookies that are also entirely sugar-free and best to prepare during your cookie season.

Best keto cookie recipes

We all love to make a beautiful selection basket of the best of the best from cookies selection. Not only as a gift during Christmas or holidays.

Like today’s recipe, butter almond cookies can be on your kitchen counter together with Nutella cookies and peanut butter cookies for weeks to come. Just when you need some quick bite of the sweetness. 

Come Christmas, and you can expand the collection with vanilla crescents, gingerbread cookies, and meringue cookies.

And all are entirely keto, low-carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free. For basket gifts filled with keto deliciousness, pick a few more cookies every day from over 42 cookies collection.

What are shortbread cookies?

Shortbread cookies are traditional buttery Scottish biscuits that beautifully crumble after a bite. Made with a mixture of sugar, butter, and flour, they usually do not contain any gluten-binding agent.

Because they were pretty expensive around the 12th to 16th century, they were made only for special occasions such as Christmas or weddings.

The name shortbread came from the shortbread texture, where short means crumbly, crispy texture rather than soft and stretchy.

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Keto Shortbread Cookies

Are shortbread cookies keto?

Even though classic shortbread cookies are very far from keto or low carb. Our recipe combines blanched almond flour and fat binding to get the lowest carb content out of cookies.

With its 1 gram of net carbs per cookie, those are entirely keto cookies you have been waiting for. Plus they have a real shortbread cookie taste.

Are these cookies gluten free?

Because of using only gluten-free ingredients in all of my recipes, our almond flour cookies are also fully gluten-free.

Keto butter cookies

Even though no butter is in between our ingredients, those almond shortbread cookies taste like butter cookies. You can, of course swap coconut oil for butter to give them even more buttery shortbread flavor if you wish.

What ingredients you need to make keto shortbread cookies?

Our easy recipe calls for a combination of only 6 ingredients.

Those super yummy sugar-free cookies made with a magic ingredient for extra crispiness, which you indeed have at home, will surprise you.

An egg, blanched almond flour, oil, sweetener, bicarbonate soda, and chopped almonds. Mixed together gives you the best shortbread dough. After baking, you are close to the traditional shortbread cookies.

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Using Almonds in low carb recipes

Who from our low-carb world does not have almonds at home?

Almonds are the gold mine for us. They could be used with almost anything in our cooking or baking. Sweet, savory, just name it.  

Variations, types, and shapes of almonds

You can pick from some of those or get a whole collection:

  • Whole nuts with skin
  • Whole almonds without skin
  • Sliced almonds
  • Slivered almonds
  • Blanched almonds
  • Toasted almonds
  • Ground almonds
  • Almond meal
  • Almond flour normal
  • Almond flour un-fattened

We have it all. And I use them all on different occasions. Have them in our kitchen in various ways and shapes.

Almonds are precisely what makes this recipe unique. Adding chopped slivered almonds into the keto cookie dough will add that super crunchiness with your first bite. 

Best low carb flour

The collection of various flours we can use in keto baking is bigger than anyone would have thought of. But there is always one favorite keto flour for all.

For me, it is low carb almond flour.

Cooking with almond flour is the winner in our house. Most of my recipes are made with almond flour. I sometimes combine it with coconut flour, but only on rare occasions.

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Different variations on shortbread cookies

Those sugar-free almond flour shortbread cookies are so versatile you can bake them every time, a bit different.

Add a few ingredients into the dough for other ideas:

  • Dip them in a melted chocolate
  • Add chocolate chips in
  • Add dry cranberries
  • Top us with colorful sprinkles
  • Sprinkle shredded coconut or toasted nuts on top
  • Sprinkle them with chopped nuts
  • Make them as thumbprint cookies and fill them with our strawberry jam or lemon curd recipe.
  • Add vanilla extract and almond extract for extra flavor
  • For lemon shortbread cookies, add a pinch of lemon zest in
  • Add ginger spices for a Christmas cookie flavor
  • Sprinkle them with cinnamon for snickerdoodles
  • Poppy seeds are the ones I have tried, and they were fabulous
Keto Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies Recipe
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How do you make almond flour shortbread cookies?

The easiest recipe of all. Combine, mix, shape and bake. That is all you need. In about 20 minutes, you can have your cookies on the table from start to finish.

Our recipe is also perfect as your tart base or a pie crust. Just make sure you bake them for about 15 – 20 minutes. And make tiny holes with your fork throughout.

Tools needed for making keto shortbread cookies

Ingredients you will need to make low-carb cookies

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EASY KETO SHORTBREAD COOKIES

First step: Prepare the ingredients

Prepare all of the ingredients into smaller bowls to ease your mixing. Take one big mixing bowl, preferably a glass one, where you will combine them all. 

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Ingredients needed

Second step: Whisk egg

In a glass bowl, add an egg, and with your whisk, mix it into a smooth consistency.

mixing eggs for Almond Flour Cookies
Whisking an egg

Third step: Add coconut oil and mix

Once the egg is mixed, add coconut oil and mix it in thoroughly. 

You can also use butter in this step instead of coconut oil if you wish. 

mixing ingredients for Keto Almond Shortbread Cookies
Whisking egg with oil

Fourth step: Add all dry ingredients and mix

Time for all of the dry ingredients.

First, add a sugar substitute and make sure it is thoroughly mixed into the egg–oil mixture. 

Subsequently, one by one, continue adding almond flour and soda, mixing it fully in between. Make sure all are thoroughly mixed into a thicker dough. 

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Combining dry ingredients

Fifth step: Chopped almonds

Once that is done, you can follow by adding chopped almonds. 

Use the almonds without skin, as that will change the color of your keto cookies. I like to chop slivered almonds into small sizes, which is needed in the recipe.

Using a silicone spatula, gently incorporate those into the dough. Make sure it is spread evenly. 

Adding Almonds into the Sugar-Free Almond Cookies
Mixing chopped nuts in

Sixth step: Scoop, roll, press

Time for rolling.

Using a cookie scoop, start making cookies.

Scoop from the dough and roll in your hand into a bowl. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press on each bowl to make the cookie-size bites. 

Those keto shortbread cookies do not increase in size in the oven, so make sure you shape them precisely to your liking.

The thinner they are, the crunchier they will become.

If this is a bit time-consuming for you, you can also use a method where you will roll the whole dough into a loaf. Place it in the refrigerator for half-hour and slice with your knife. Using a cookie cutter is another option to form cookies.

Shaping Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies and placing onto the baking sheet
Shaping cookies

Seventh step: Bake and enjoy

Once you are happy with the shapes, place those sugar-free shortbread cookies into the oven and bake. 

Once they are baked, let the cookies cool fully. They need to harden during the cooling process. Once warm, they are very soft, and your cookies might break. 

Keto Almond Flour Cookies breaking in half
Texture of shortbread cookies

Tips to make the best low carb shortbread cookies

  • Blanched almond flour – I like to use blanched flour or grind almonds without skin for this recipe. The reason is primarily visual. Skinless almonds will give you that beautiful light, color of shortbread cookies. 
  • Extra buttery keto shortbread cookies – You can add butter to flour instead of coconut oil if you wish.
  • Baking time – depends on the size and thickness of your cookies.
  • Extra crispy – For extra crispiness, try to press them pretty thin. If you like bigger and thicker keto cookies, adjust the baking time. 
  • Easy shaping – Form the dough into logs. Freeze or chill for half-hour and cut into slices.
  • Cool down – Let your shortbread cookies to cool fully. They are very soft to the touch once taken out of the oven. They need to cool down to harden. Otherwise, your shortbread cookies may break apart.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What to serve with keto shortbread cookies?

Our shortbread cookies are great as a snack or breakfast with your warm beverage. But you can serve them with cold brew coffee or infused tea for that extra special summer morning snack.

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Can I use coconut flour in low-carb shortbread sugar cookies?

I would not suggest replacing coconut flour for almond flour in our recipe. It acts entirely differently in baking than almond flour does. Coconut flour is also very dense and will make your cookies very dry.

Can I substitute coconut oil with butter for shortbread cookies?

You can add butter into the flour instead of oil, which I also suggest if you prefer butter a bit more. The consistency stays almost the same as if you use coconut oil instead of butter. 

Can I skip an egg in the keto shortbread cookie recipe?

You could skip the egg, but the cookies will be crumbly and harder to shape. But on the other side, the keto cookies will be much more crispy. So yes, and it is your choice.

How do you store keto shortbread?

You can simply place them into a bowl on the counter for a long time. They do not need to be stored in the refrigerator or an airtight container. I have made these cookies several times, and they always last more as expected.

Keto Almond Shortbread Cookies
Almond shortbread cookies

How long do keto almond cookies last?

As with most shortbread cookies, those last for approximately 1-2 weeks. My recipe is made for a small batch because we still prefer fresh ones. You can double the recipe and store the rest of the dough in the freezer for later use.

How to freeze low carb cookies?

I would not suggest freezing whole shortbread cookies, as they get pretty soft once unfrozen. But if you have stored them in the freezer, simply placing them into the oven for approximately 5 minutes should retain the crunchiness again.

If you want to freeze, I suggest freezing already pre-made dough. That could be stored without a problem, and you can bake cookies whenever you are in a hurry. 

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Yield: 17

Keto Shortbread Cookies Recipe with Almond Flour

Low Carb Cookies on a cooling rack.

Those Best Keto Shortbread Cookies Recipe with Almond Flour contains only 1 gram of Net Carbs per Piece. Its Buttery Keto Cookie Taste is not only Low Carb, Diabetic Friendly, and Sugar-Free, but also an entirely Gluten Free Shortbread Cookies everyone has been looking for.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Instructions

  1. Heat up the oven to 180 C - 350F
  2. Prepare all of the ingredients into smaller bowls to ease your mixing.
  3. In a glass bowl, add an egg, and with your whisk, mix it into a smooth consistency.
  4. Once the egg is mixed, add coconut oil and mix it in thoroughly.
  5. First, add a sugar substitute and make sure it is thoroughly mixed into the egg–oil mixture. Subsequently, one by one, continue adding almond flour and soda, mixing it fully in between. Make sure all are thoroughly mixed into a thicker dough. 
  6. Chopped slivered almonds and using a silicone spatula, gently incorporate those into the dough. Make sure it is spread evenly. 
  7. Using a cookie scoop, start making cookies. Scoop from the dough and roll in your hand into a bowl. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Press on each bowl to make the cookie-size bites. 
  8. Place sugar-free shortbread cookies into the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Once they are baked, let the cookies cool fully.

Notes

  • Blanched almond flour – I like to use blanched flour or grind almonds without skin for this recipe. The reason is primarily visual. Skinless almonds will give you that beautiful light, color of shortbread cookies. 
  • Extra buttery keto shortbread cookies - You can add butter to flour instead of coconut oil if you wish.
  • Baking time – depends on the size and thickness of your cookies.
  • Extra crispy - For extra crispiness, try to press them pretty thin. If you like bigger and thicker keto cookies, adjust the baking time. 
  • Easy shaping - Form the dough into logs. Freeze or chill for half-hour and cut into slices.
  • Cool down - Let your shortbread cookies to cool fully. They are very soft to the touch once taken out of the oven. They need to cool down to harden. Otherwise, your shortbread cookies may break apart.

Nutrition Information

Yield

17

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 52Total Fat 5gCarbohydrates 1gProtein 1g

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First Published: February 06, 2020
Last Updated: November 08, 2022

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