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Are you following along with me? Today is the final day of Cookie Week at Wholesome Yum. I’m finishing it off with a quick and easy keto cream cheese cookies recipe. I hope you’ll give it a try!
Before you do, make sure you go back to check out the other low carb Christmas cookies I shared this week. Between chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies, lemon meringue cookies, 4-ingredient low carb peanut butter cookies, and turtle cookies, it’s hard for me to choose a favorite. What’s yours?
Inspiration for Keto Cookies with Cream Cheese
Ultimately, if I had to pick just one keto cookies recipe from this week, it would have to be this one. They are quick and easy, and just perfect for dipping in hot tea or even coffee. They also happen to be a classic kind of cookie that people like to make around the holidays!
You could even drizzle some glaze or chocolate on top, if you want to. Personally, I’m usually too pressed for time to decorate my cookies. Besides, I’m not very good at it. If you are, go for it!
The inspiration for these low carb cream cheese cookies started with the 4-ingredient gluten-free shortbread cookies I posted last year. In fact, that recipe went live almost exactly a year ago today.
And, it was the most popular recipe on Wholesome Yum’s Facebook page during the last holiday season. (Be sure to follow along on there if you aren’t already! I share exclusives and other low carb recipes there.)
The shortbread cookies were delicious, and I’ve been using them as a launchpad for other recipes ever since. Recently, I wondered if I could adapt them to make cream cheese sugar cookies – without the sugar, of course.
I started by adding cream cheese to the original recipe and playing with the ingredient amounts. I also added an egg white for more structure. After several experiments, this was the final result.
Just like the original version, these are low carb, gluten-free and sugar-free. They are crispy, with a very muted cream cheese flavor and a delicate crumb. My new favorite keto cookies, for sure!
How To Make Cream Cheese Cookies
Are you ready to learn how to make cream cheese cookies the easy way? All you need is a hand mixer, a single bowl, and a baking sheet. Yay for not having too many dishes to wash!
The whole recipe needs just six ingredients, plus salt. It doesn’t get much simpler than this.
To start, use the hand mixer to beat together the butter, cream cheese, and erythritol. It’s important for the butter and cream cheese to be soft before you begin, so just let them soften at room temperature first. Otherwise, they’ll be too hard to mix together. You’ll know this step is done when the mixture is very pale yellow and fluffy.
After that, it’s just a matter of beating in everything else. First add the vanilla, salt, and egg white, and finally the almond flour, adding gradually and beating in between. You’ll end up with a dense, crumbly dough.
Scoop the cream cheese cookie dough onto a lined cookie sheet, and flatten each ball with the palm of your hand. Bake until golden, then cool completely.
The cream cheese cookies will get nice and crisp as they reach room temperature. Don’t handle them right away while they are hot, because they will be too soft and probably fall apart. They’ll get perfectly crunchy as they cool, so be patient. These keto cookies are worth the wait! 😉
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