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Keto Christmas cookies might sound like an impossible holiday miracle, but they do exist. And the keto diet has become so mainstream, we wouldn’t be surprised if Santa himself were tempted to try it. Luckily, these keto cookies would all be welcome on his—or anyone else’s—holiday dessert plate.

Keto Cornerstones

The things everyone seems to know about keto are that it is high in fat (which means you can still enjoy holly jolly holiday feasts of bacon-wrapped prime rib), and that it’s low in carbs (which seems like it would knock cookies right out of the equation). But with the right substitutions, you can still enjoy sweets.

Related Reading: Keto-Friendly Low-Sugar & Sugar-Free Cookbooks

Keto-izing desserts and junk food on the regular is perhaps not the best way to stick to the spirit or the letter of the keto lifestyle, but it is a great way to get a taste of holiday spirit without totally wrecking your diet.

Keto Baking Essentials: Flour & Sugar Substitutes

what is almond flour? it is keto and gluten-free?


Butter and eggs are A-OK per keto guidelines, but flour and sugar need to be swapped out.

Alternative flours are easy (almond flour is everywhere, including in giant bags at Costco, and coconut flour is sure to be in stock at Whole Foods), but sugar is a bigger stumbling block.

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Erythritol-plum fairies just doesn’t have the same ring to it, but in cookies and other baked goods, keto-friendly sugar substitutes like this are a necessity.

Related Reading: The Best Zero-Calorie Sweetener We’ve Tried So Far

Stevia, xylitol, and monkfruit are some other sugar substitutes you’ll see in these keto cookie recipes, so be sure to read them beforehand and make sure you have all the ingredients you’ll need.

If you want to get into keto cakes and savory keto baked goods, you’d do well to check out keto cookbooks and online blogs.

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Keto Cookie Recipes

Try these on for size, and be sure to save some for Santa.

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

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CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!! 🍪 Keto chocolate chip cookies are one of my favourite keto cookies. Make them for keto workplace treats, a sneaky treat for yourself, or a sneaky healthy treat for the kids. Ingredients and instructions below👇🏼 check out the link in my bio for the full method and metric conversions. #fatforweightloss⁠ .⁠ Ingredients:⁠ 3.5 oz Salted Butter (3.5 oz – 1/2 cup)⁠ 4.5 oz Erythritol (SoNourished) (4.5 oz – 3/4 cup)⁠ 1 tsp Vanilla Extract⁠ 1 large Egg (50g / 1.7 oz)⁠ 6 oz Almond Flour (6 oz – 1 1/2 cups)⁠ 1/2 tsp baking powder⁠ 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (optional)⁠ 1/4 tsp Salt⁠ 3 oz Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (30g – 3/4 cup)⁠ .⁠ Instructions:⁠ 1. Preheat the oven to 180 C (355 F). Microwave the butter for 30 seconds to melt, but make sure it is not hot.⁠ 2. Place the butter and erythritol in a mixing bowl and beat until combined. Add the vanilla and egg, and beat on low for another 15 seconds exactly.⁠ 3. Add the almond flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Beat until well combined.⁠ 4. Press the dough together and remove from the bowl. Knead in the chocolate chips with your hands.⁠ 5. Divide and shape the dough into 12 balls (or use a small ice cream scoop) and place on a baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes.⁠ 7. Allow to cool before serving. Keep in an airtight container for up to 7 days.⁠ .⁠ 🌟 Did you make these cookies? Tag me so I can see and for a chance to be featured!⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ ⁠⁠#ketotransformation #ketodiet #ketoweightloss #lowcarb #ketocommunity #ketogirl #ketomealprep #lowcarblife #intermittentfasting #ketosis #beforeandafter #weightloss #ketofamily #ketoresults #jzeats #weightlosscommunity #weightlossgoals #fatloss #weightlossmotivation #weightlossinspiration #eatclean #instahealth #weightlossprogress #weightlossdiary #ketodesserts #chocolatechipcookies #keto⁠ #dessertsofinstagram #instagramdesserts⁠ ⁠

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You may play around with different cookie types every year, but chocolate chip cookies are a non-negotiable part of the holiday cookie plate. This keto version of the classic uses almond flour, erythritol, and sugar-free chocolate chips. The xantham gum helps bind the dough. Get the Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Keto Sugar Cookies

The other (and perhaps the primary) holiday cookie all-star is the sugar cookie, with its cheerful shapes and festive colors. In making it keto-friendly, not only do you have to deal with the dough, but the sugar-based royal icing. This recipe uses two specific sweeteners and two types of flour to achieve the best effect. So break out those cookie cutters and get the pin rolling. Get the Keto Sugar Cookie recipe.

Keto Gingerbread Men

Prefer less sweet icing and more warmly spiced cookie, but still want the squee-inducing shapes? Keto gingerbread men are here for you, and these are baked twice (just like biscotti!) to achieve a perfect crisp bite (though if you prefer soft and chewy ginger cookies and don’t like fussing with cutters, try this keto ginger cookie recipe). Get the Keto Gingerbread Men recipe.

Keto Thumbprint Cookies

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Kicking off cookie season with our favorite holiday cookies. Thumbprint Jam Cookies updated from the archives to now include options for paleo, low carb & dairy-free🥰🍪🎄 .It’s a cold one today so just staying indoors & catching up on some 💻work today & hoping to get the rest of my holiday shopping done🎁❤️ Happy Monday friends, hope it’s a good one💗💗 . . FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE: . . .INGREDIENTS: FOR THE COOKIES: 1 1/2 cups superfine almond flour (plus more as needed) 1/3 cup softened ghee OR softened refined coconut oil for #vegan 1/3 cup pure maple syrup OR Lakanto sugar-free syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 Tbs. brown sugar substitute such as golden monk fruit sweetener OR coconut sugar for paleo, for rolling – do not skip ( helps dough not spread ) . .Homemade strawberry chia seed jam or your favorite sugar-free jam (Walden-Farms , Crofters etc) . . In a large bowl, add almond flour, ghee, maple syrup, salt & vanilla & mix until dough is combined. Add more flour as needed if dough seems too soft. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350F. Remove dough from fridge & form dough into 1.5 inch balls and roll into brown sugar substitute or coconut sugar. Place on a large unlined cookie sheet about 1.5 inches apart. on a large (14.5 x 18.5) unlined baking sheet. Make an indentation using your thumb or a 1/4 teaspoon in the center of each dough. Bake in preheated oven until set, about 10-11 minutes. Be careful not to overbake, as the cookies will continue cooking as they are cooling. Remove from oven and indent center again if necessary. Allow to cool completely and fill with jam. . . #f52grams #feedfeed #lchfdiet #lowcarbdiet #ketorecipes #keto #glutenfree #sugarfree #lchf #paleorecipes @thefeedfeed #f52cookies @food52 #paleo #keto #glutenfree #thumbprintcookies #shortbreadcookies #lowcarb #f52holidaycookie #christmascookies #ketocookies #kitchn #meatlessmonday #glutenfreerecipes #holidaycookies #cookietray #christmascookiebox #cookiebox #feedfeedbaking

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Easier than linzer cookies but equally charming, thumbprint cookies are perfect for showcasing your favorite sugar-free jam in the center. Heed the recipe tip to not use parchment paper here, as it causes these cookies to spread. Get the Keto Thumbprint Cookie recipe.

Keto Chocolate Shortbread

Are mere chocolate chips in buttery vanilla-scented dough not enough for you? Make these double-chocolate chunk keto shortbread cookies and satisfy your deepest, darkest (chocolate) cravings. Milk most definitely required. Get the Keto Chocolate Shortbread Cookie recipe.

Related Reading: The Best Uses for Non-Dairy Milks Besides Cereal

Keto Macaroons

These keto coconut cookies are perfectly chewy, and work just as well on a Christmas cookie platter as they do in a Hanukkah dessert spread.Get the Keto Macaroon recipe.

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Keto Snickerdoodles

Soft, chewy, cinnamony perfection, in just about 30 minutes, and with minimal carbs per serving. Add these to your holiday baking list for sure. Get the Keto Snickerdoodle recipe.

Keto Spritz Cookies

Yes, those delightfully old-fashioned spritz cookies can get a keto makeover too. Dust off the cookie press and prepare for a big batch—cut the recipe in half if you don’t want so many sweets around, or ship some to keto friends and fam who live far away. Get the Keto Spritz Cookie recipe.

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Keto Butter Pecan Cookies

Pecan sandy fans, take note: These low-carb butter pecan cookies are an ideal keto stand-in for your old faves. Get the Keto Butter Pecan Cookie recipe.

Keto Snowball Cookies

You know those unassuming little powder sugar-coated cookie lumps that taste so good and melt away just like actual snow on your tongue? Well, you can have a keto rendition of those too! Get the Keto Snowball Cookie recipe.

See our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Cookies for more, and visit our Holiday Headquarters for other tips, tricks, and recipes.

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