Sugar Cookie (Low-Carb, Keto, Gluten-Free)

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Sugar cookies have always been synonymous with the holidays – for good reason. They’re simple to make and with very basic ingredients. This recipe is low-carb, keto friendly, gluten-free, and absolutely delicious! The great thing about it as well is that it’s a basic cookie recipe that can be expanded upon to make all sorts of cookie variants!

How to Make these amazing sugar cookies!

What is the best thickness for sugar cookies?

The best thickness for sugar cookies is about ┬╝ inch (0.6 cm). This allows it to be thick enough to support any frosting, but still remain a little crunchy. If you prefer a crunchier cookie, I suggest making it a little thinner – like a wafer. These cookies won’t spread when they bake, so you don’t have to worry about that!

Butter and Sugar in Bowl
Butter and Sweetener – in this case, golden erythitrol

Why cream the butter and sweetener?

Creaming the butter and the sweetener serves the purpose to coat the sugar in fat, so that it doesn’t pull moisture away from the flours. Coconut flour is a humidity suck, so this helps keep more moisture for the flours and not for the sugar, yielding a softer cookie that doesn’t crumble.

What’s the best sweetener to use?

I’ve tried this recipe with erythitrol, golden erythitrol, and allulose and I’m here to report that they all work fantastically well. The erythitrol doesn’t crystallize and doesn’t have that cooling sensation after consumption. You really can’t go wrong with your sweetener of choice.

raw sugar cookie dough disc
The general shape of the dough disk pressed with a spatula instead of a pan

Do I need a cookie cutter?

You do not need a cookie cutter to cut cookies from the dough! You can basically use anything that has a thin edge to it (I used a glass with a somewhat cookie sized mouth). However, you want to avoid making cookies with very small or thin sections – they’re more apt to fall off the raw dough while moving them, or crumble once cooked.

If you don’t need anything fancy, you can simply use a knife to make square/diamond shaped cookies. This bypasses the need to keep rerolling the dough to have enough surface area for the whatever cookie cutter mold you were using.

Cutting dough with glass cup - Black Tie Kitchen
Using a small glass cup to cut out round cookies

My dough is too soft when I cut it!

If your dough became too soft while cutting out cookies, or you simply can’t keep the cookie together while removing it from the cookie cutter, it means your dough got too warm. Roll it out into a disc again and place it into the fridge (or freezer – wherever you have room) for at least 15 minutes to cool off. By shaping it into a disc, you’re creating a greater surface area, meaning it will cool off faster and when you remove it from the cool, it will be ready to cut the rest of your sugar cookies!

Tip: if you’re going to be baking all the cookies at the same time, place the other cookies along with the dough to be cooled. This ensures they have equal baking times in the oven. Otherwise, you will end up with some sugar cookies that are browned and others that are still baking!

Raw sugar cookies on baking sheet
Raw sugar cookies on baking sheet – this was a half batch so don’t think it ONLY makes this many cookies!
Baked Sugar Cookie
Baked Sugar Cookie
gingerbread cutout of sugar cookie
Gingerbread men cookie cutters shouldn’t be limited to gingerbread cookies! This cookie was a bit thinner so it browned and crisped up nicely!

Can these be frosted?

These sugar cookies are perfect for frosting! Personally I’ve never been a big fan of royal frosting, but I am a fan of cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese frosting won’t harden or be as stiff like other frostings, but to me, the flavor is worth the hassle! The frosting I made for these cookies also utilized eggnog which made it a bit more fluid, but again, my goal was flavor and they were delicious.

Sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting

Sugar Cookie (Low-Carb, Keto, Gluten-Free)

Yield: 14 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

These cookies are just the right amount of sweet and sure to please anyone who eats them!

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, add the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix to combine and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the butter and sweetener of choice. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, 'cream' the butter and sweetener until the sweetener has somewhat dissolved and the mixture is light and airy.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and optional almond extract to the creamed butter/sweetener. Mix until the ingredients are combined - it will appear as if it is 'broken' and won't mix further.
  4. Add the dry ingredients in thirds and continue mixing until you have a soft dough. You may need to switch to a spatula and eventually your hands.
  5. Roll the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper or a silicone mat. Fashion the dough into a circular disc and press it to the desired height of your cookies (roughly a ⅓ to a ¼ inch works well as these cookies don't spread when they bake).
  6. Place the dough along with the paper/mat onto a baking sheet, cover with cling wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325°F/165°C and remove the dough from refrigerator and cut your desired shapes from the dough.
  8. Combine any excess dough and roll into a disc once more and continue cutting shapes until no dough is left. If the dough becomes to soft, place it back into the fridge for 20 minutes to cool along with the cut out cookies (so that they all remain at the same temperature).
  9. Bake the cookies on a silicone mat (or if you want darker bottoms, straight on the pan) for 10-15 minutes or until they edges begin to brown. For me, it took roughly 20 minutes.
  10. Remove the cookies and transfer to a cooling rack to cool before applying the frosting.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

TIP: for crispier cookies, make them thinner and bake a little longer

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Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving Calories 108Total Fat 10.1gCarbohydrates 2.7gNet Carbohydrates 1.2gFiber 1.5gProtein 2.4g

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