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I’m so excited to share these keto low carb almond flour cookies this time of year! Some people refer to the festive time at the end of the year as “the holiday season.” But I propose a new name: Cookie Season! And Cookie Season should be celebrated with the best gluten-free shortbread cookies recipe you can find (hint: keep reading).
These almond flour shortbread cookies are among my favorites… and very shortly they’ll be yours, too.
I love making this low carb, gluten-free shortbread cookies recipe for the holidays (or any time… because Cookie Season should be enjoyed 12 months a year, who’s with me?). They are so unbelievably quick and easy.
We may not celebrate Christmas at our house, but I’m still aaaaall about the holiday season. Um, I mean Cookie Season!
Just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time are needed for these low carb almond flour cookies – who doesn’t love that?!
Simple Ingredients For Easy Low Carb Almond Flour Cookies
Low carb almond flour cookies are super simple to make. Did I mention they only call for 4 ingredients? 😉
Anyone can make this simple gluten-free almond flour cookies recipe if they have a few simple ingredients on hand:
Obviously you need almond flour to make almond flour shortbread cookies. Beyond that, it’s just some butter, sweetener, and flavoring extract.
And then, voila!, you’ve got keto sugar cookies to enjoy with your favorite low carb cappuccino or cup of tea. (Or bulletproof coffee!)
But first, let’s talk about using the best ingredients possible.
Make sure you use a finely ground blanched almond flour rather than almond meal. You need that if you want the best almond flour shortbread cookies you’ve ever had; it really helps with the texture.
Also, butter is going to be far superior to any alternatives in this recipe. You can absolutely use ghee or even coconut oil for a dairy free option, but if you’re able to use butter, it’s going to give you the best flavor and texture.
Pro Tip: Use salted butter or add couple pinches of salt to the batter. It really balances out the sweetener and gives an overall better flavor.
This particular recipe for keto cookies with almond flour uses erythritol, but you could choose any granulated sweetener from this list of approved keto sweeteners.
How To Make Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
These four-ingredient keto cookies with almond flour are so easy to make… and oh-so-delicious. Seriously, you won’t believe that they’re sugar free, gluten-free, and (almost) carb-free when you take your first bite!
You can make this gluten-free shortbread cookies recipe in just four simple steps:
- Cream your butter and erythritol together until it’s nice and fluffy and light in color.
- Beat in the vanilla, then begin to add in your almond flour. Do it gradually, around half a cup at a time.
- Scoop out the dough into 1 tablespoon servings onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
- Flatten each dough ball to about 1/3″ thick; make sure they are all about the same size and thickness to cook well.
That’s it. That’s all you need to do to make the best almost flour shortbread cookies you’ve ever had!
Tips For The Best Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
While it is incredibly easy to make these low carb almond flour cookies, there are a few things you want to pay careful attention as you go through the steps to get the best texture in your gluten-free shortbread cookies recipe.
Creaming the butter and sweetener together is a must.
Use a hand mixer to mix your butter and sweetener together. This is called “creaming.” Always begin at a lower speed, so that butter and sweetener don’t fly everywhere, then increase as it starts to incorporate.
This method creates little pockets of air, so you end up with more cookies… and more is never a bad thing when you’re talking cookies, is it?
Also, because the air doesn’t conduct heat as well, the butter and sweetener in the cookies melts more slowly during baking. That means your the low carb almond flour cookies end up with a more delicate crumb.
Please note: This method doesn’t work quite as well with coconut oil, which is why the texture is a little different if using that, but it does still work to some degree.
Start with butter that’s soft, but not too soft.
Now, if your softened butter is too warm, it won’t form those air pockets. That’s why you want to let it soften naturally instead of speeding up the process in the microwave.
Take it out of the fridge, cut it up, and wait about 10-15 minutes – that’s the “just right” level of softness for this recipe.
Of course, if it’s summer or you’ve been cooking a lot, you’ll need less time. A kitchen that is much warmer than 70 degrees F will speed up this process.
Don’t overbeat the butter.
If you spend too long creaming the butter and erythritol, the air will actually break down and have the opposite effect of what you want.
Five minutes is perfect.
Use blanched almond flour.
The type of almond flour you use is important. It needs to be blanched and finely ground to be the right texture for keto almond flour cookies.
I highly recommend blanched almond flour.
Add almond flour gradually.
Remember that tip about not over-beating your ingredients? That’s why you need to go slowly.
If you dump in your almond flour all in at once, it won’t mix as well and you’ll end up doing it too long to get the result you want. And then, your almond flour shortbread cookies won’t be quite as many or have that perfect shortbread crumb… so do it gradually. It’ll be worth it!
Scrape the sides of the bowl.
Take your spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl back into the batter while you’re creaming the butter, and again after adding the almond flour.
If you skip this step, you’ll end up with some pieces being more dense than others. No good.
Pack the dough gently into the cookie scoops.
If it’s too loose in there, it might not stay together when you release, so be sure to pack it in (gently).
One lightly packed tablespoon of dough, flattened to about 1/3″ thickness, is going to give you the most delightful low carb almond flour cookies!
Adjust oven time.
Baking is a science, and there are some variables that you need to pay attention to. (Bet you never realized chemistry could be quite this delicious, did you?)
There are many factors that will affect that baking time for this almond flour cookies recipe, including cookie thickness, the pan you use, what you lined it with, your oven size and temperature gauge, and even the weather outside.
So, be sure to check on your low carb almond flour cookies promptly after 10 minutes in the oven, and then every couple minutes after that.
Don’t open the oven too far to check because the oven temperature will drop. It’s best to use a light if you have one and just a tiny crack of the door, when needed.
Be patient after baking.
When they first come out of the oven, your almond flour shortbread cookies will be too soft and crumbly.
Honestly, I should have added a fifth step to this gluten-free shortbread cookies recipe: BE PATIENT.
Let them cool completely before handling them so that they can get nice and crispy! Just like almond flour shortbread cookies should be.
How To Store Low Carb Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies
Like most almond flour cookies recipes, this is one will last a while on the counter. At least a few days in an airtight container is fine.
If you want to keep them even longer, the fridge is fine for over a week. If they soften due to humidity, you can pop them in the oven at low temperature for a bit, then let them cool to crisp up.
But guess what? If you want to bake these low carb almond flour cookies fresh for a party, a holiday, or just because you like still-warm-from-the-oven yumminess, you can! Make the cookie dough and freeze it.
You can either freeze a whole ball of dough and then thaw it to make the gluten-free shortbread cookies, or actually scoop out the raw dough to form cookies, freeze them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and then transfer to a plastic freezer bag. When ready to place in the oven, you can just bake the frozen cookies.
Alternatively, you can also freeze the keto cookies with almond flour after they are already baked. Lots of options here!
Tools To Make Almond Flour Cookies:
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- Hand mixer – The key to the best texture in almond flour cookies is beating the butter and sweetener with a hand mixer first!
- Stand mixer – If you want to, you can also use a stand mixer instead of a hand mixer.
- Medium cookie scoop – This ensures perfectly sized cookies that bake evenly.
- Sheet pan – This is one of my favorites!
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Low Carb Almond Flour Cookies Recipe (Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies) - 4 Ingredients
This buttery, low carb almond flour cookies recipe has 4 ingredients & 1g net carbs each! Keto gluten-free shortbread cookies with almond flour taste like real ones.
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat together the butter and erythritol, until it's fluffy and light in color.
Beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the almond flour, 1/2 cup (64 g) at a time. (The dough will be dense and a little crumbly, but should stick when pressed together.)
Scoop rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie to about 1/3 in (.8 cm) thick. (You can make them thicker or thinner to your liking. Keep in mind they will not spread or thin out during baking, so make them as thin as you want them when done.)
Bake for about 12 minutes, until the edges are golden. Allow to cool completely in the pan before handling (cookies will harden as they cool).
- Salted butter is recommended. If using unsalted, add couple pinches of sea salt to the dough in step 3.
- Other granular sweeteners will also work. Check the sweetener guide (link below) for conversions.
Serving size: 1 cookie
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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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