Nice ‘n Crisp Speculoos (i.e. Biscoff Cookies!) ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ gluten free & keto

Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos

i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ

These are rather special cookies. You see, not much is lost (if at all) in these gluten free and keto speculoos. They’re deeply aromatic, beautifully spiced, and have that nice crunch;ย which makes them ideal to dunk in milk.ย ๐Ÿฅ›

Speculoos (also known as speculaas in the Netherlands, where they’re originally from) are traditionally made for the Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) holiday on the 5th of December in the Netherlands. But more and more are enjoyed year-round.

Over here, these keto speculoos bring back some pretty fantastic memories from my (half-Dutch) childhood (Paola here ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿฟ!!). I simply know Christmas is just around the corner once these babies hit the oven.

Plus:ย 1g net carbs a pop. Doesn’t get much better than that.

The Speculoos Spicesย ๐Ÿ‚

These keto speculoos cookies are dominantly cinnamon, with highlights of ginger and nutmeg (freshly ground preferably) and a touch of cardamom, white pepper and cloves.

Though actual spice blends vary from recipe to recipe, with some family recipes also adding touches of anise and allspice. After all, there’s a lot of tradition behind these rustic European cookies.

The Deetsย ๐Ÿ”

The one indispensable thing, is that the dough be thoroughly chilled before baking. Why? The butter in the dough has to have solidified once again before you can press it into the molds (or roll it into balls), that way it wonโ€™t stick and the shapes will come just right. Plus, you want to give the spices time to permeate through the dough in order to get superย nice and fragrant cookies.

So, if possible, allow the dough to rest in the fridge overnight. Though 3 hours would do as well if in a pickle.

If no traditional speculaas mold is on hand, just break off a chunk of dough, roll it up and flatten it. Or roll out the dough and use any cookie mold out there.

But if you are (ultra) keen, you can find some beautiful hand-carved speculaas molds over here. Ours is family vintage.

Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

The Flours

Speculoos cookies are traditionally a wheat cookie, though with many versions incorporating almond flour (and slivered almonds) into the mix. To make them gluten free and keto, we like a mixture of super fine almond flourย and (a very small touch) ofย arrowroot powder best (optional). Add a touch of xanthan gum, and weโ€™re golden.

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthonyโ€™sย or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds.

What is arrowroot? Short answer, itโ€™s a great substitute to cornstarch for both thickening up sauces and gravy. And it also lends a nice crunch and chew to keto cookies, which you simply donโ€™t get from either almond or coconut flour. It is, however, higher in carbs than the other two flours (think 1 tablespoon = 6.5g net carbs), but divided between the whole batch itโ€™s minimal impact per cookie.

Can I sub out the arrowroot? Yes, but know that the texture will not be exactly the same (slightly less crunch around the edges). Sub the tablespoon of arrowroot starch with two tablespoons of almond flour. We didnโ€™t quite get the same airy crunch, but the taste was just as good.

Note also that we add a bit more baking sodaย than is customary (1/2 teaspoon rather than 1/4 or even nil). Reason being, that the slight bigger rise helps aerate the almond flour and get the cookies crispier. This, however, means that if using molds some of the impressions will be lost. Don’t know about you, but we always prefer to sacrifice looks for the sake of taste.

The Sweetener ๐Ÿฏ

This recipe works best withย Swerve, without a doubt. Not only is it roughly 1-to-1 in sweetness to sugar (and the volume is important here), but it lends a very similar crunch and chew. No other sweetener did that.

Swerve aside, we like to add a teaspoonย of blackstrap molasses for thatย brown sugar kick.ย 1 teaspoon (7g) adds 5g net carbs (depending on your macros, very little effect on carbs/serving). But carbs aside, blackstrap molassesย is a nutritional powerhouse rich in vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. But feel free to leave it out.

Your second-best option here is Pyure. Taste and texture were roughly the same, though you’ll have less volume as you use half as much. Right after baking we did notice a slight stevia trace, but once the cookies rested overnight (and the spices intensified a bunch), there really wasn’t much difference in taste. Oh, and don’t use xylitol here or you’ll get chewy cookies.

Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos
i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos i.e. Biscoff Cookies! ๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฟ #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos (i.e. Biscoff Cookies!)

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: European, Gluten Free, Ketogenic
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 66 kcal

These are rather special cookies. You see, not much is lost (if at all) in these gluten free and keto speculoos. They're deeply aromatic, beautifully spiced, and have that nice crunch which makes them ideal to dunk in milk. 

Print

Ingredients

To garnish

  • 1 egg white very lightly beaten for egg wash
  • slivered almonds optional

Instructions

  1. Add almond flour, arrowroot powder, salt, baking soda, xanthan gum, and spices to a medium bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.

  2. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer, 2-3 minutes. Add in sweetener and molasses (optional), and continue to beat until thoroughly mixed and much of the sweetener has dissolved. 

  3. Add in egg, mixing until just incorporated. The mixture will appear slightly 'broken' (i.e. not thoroughly smooth). 

  4. With your mixer on low, add in half of your flour mixture- mixing until just incorporated. Mix in the rest.

  5. Wrap cookie dough with cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate overnight (much preferred). But if in a pickle, 3 hours will do. 

  6. Preheat oven to 350ยฐF/180ยฐC and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

  7. You have two options here. Either roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper and do cutout cookies. Or divide cookie dough into 24 and press onto wooden cookie mold to shape. Just be sure to get them nice and thin, as they'll thicken more when baked. 

  8. Place shaped cookies on the prepared baking tray and place in the freezer for 10 minutes prior to baking. 

  9. Brush with a very lightly beaten egg white (don't get it frothy!) to get that nice shiny finish. And decorate with slivered almonds (optional). Otherwise, leave them as they are for a matte finish (similar to gingerbread cookies). And bake for 9-14 minutes (depending on size), until deep golden. 

  10. Allow to cool for ten minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely, as they'll continue to crunch up (keto cookies take a few hours for the sweetener to Harden up completely!). Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  

Recipe Notes

*If subbing out arrowroot, add 20g more almond flour (roughly 2 tablespoons).ย 

**If you prefer your cookies on the sweeter side, feel free to up the sweetener to 8-10 tablespoons. Though keep in mind that the sweetness and spices do intensify somewhat a day after. And Please see section on Sweeteners for deets and possible substitution.

The shaped dough can be frozen for up to 3 months, and they can be baked straight from the freezer (adding 2-3 minutes more to the baking time).

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free & Keto Speculoos (i.e. Biscoff Cookies!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 97mg 4%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 1.9%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

15-Minute Gluten Free & Keto Tortillas ? Suuuper pliable, just 1 egg, & 2g net carbs!

15-Minute Grain-Free Tortillas ๐ŸŒฎ gluten free & keto

By Paola / 2 months ago / 89 Comments
15-Minute Keto Tortillas ๐ŸŒฎ Suuuper pliable, just 1 egg, & 2g net carbs!ย ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฟ We're very (very) excited to share this recipe for grain-free keto tortillas with you. And note, that we don't take excitement lightly. And note numero 2, we're...
Paleo & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch ๐Ÿฅ›

Grain Free Cinnamon Toast Crunch ๐Ÿฅ› gluten free, keto & paleo

By Paola / 2 months ago / 63 Comments
Grain Free & Keto Cinnamon Toast Crunch ๐Ÿฅ› Ready in 30ย ๐Ÿ’จ Weโ€™ve got grain free keto cinnamon toast crunch, and weโ€™re (most definitely!) sharing. Hereโ€™s your childhoodโ€™s cereal bowl dream, low carb and with all non-processed ingredients. And most definitely,...
Gluten Free & Keto Pie Crust

Suuuper Flakey Cream Cheese Pie Crust ๐Ÿฐ gluten free & keto

By Paola / 3 months ago / 64 Comments
Cream Cheese Gluten Free & Keto Pie Crust Suuuper flakey ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฟ Flakey is an adjective you only want attached to your pie crust. And this is exactly what this recipe will yield. A flakey, buttery, and super tasty gluten free...
Vegan, Paleo & Keto Pumpkin Spice Latte ?

Suuuper Creamy Pumpkin Spice Latte ๐ŸŽƒ gluten free, keto & vegan

By Paola / 3 months ago / 14 Comments
Pumpkin Spice Latte ๐ŸŽƒ Suuuper Creamyย โ˜๏ธ This homemade vegan, paleo & keto pumpkin spice latte is the definition of fantastic. You get all your fall flavors, perfectly balanced, with no artificial ingredients in sight. Plus, you'll definitely get more bang...
Gluten Free, Keto & Paleo Pumpkin Cupcakes ?

Suuuper Tender & Moist Pumpkin Cupcakes ๐ŸŽƒ gluten free, keto & paleo

By Paola / 3 months ago / 19 Comments
Gluten Free & Keto Pumpkin Cupcakesย ๐ŸŽƒ Anyone else craving pumpkin everything this week? Blame it on the plunging temperatures, but we've already been overindulging in pumpkin spice lattes (gf, keto, paleo & vegan!). And now we're onto suuuper tender and...
14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion ??

14 Home Remedies To Try After Accidental Gluten Ingestion ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฐ

By Paola / 3 months ago / 4 Comments
Accidental Gluten Ingestionย ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฐ 14 home remedies to try ASAPย ๐Ÿ’จ Chances are, no matter how careful you are, you will fall pray to accidental gluten ingestion at least once in your lifetime. After all, cross contamination is a real thing. Symptoms...
The 10 Best Low Carb Natural Sweeteners ?

The 10 Best Low Carb Natural Sweeteners ๐Ÿฏ

By Paola / 3 months ago / 10 Comments
Let's start off by saying that we're lucky to live in a time when greatย low carb natural sweeteners are aplenty. Long gone is Splenda's rule, as stevia and erythritol sweeteners in several forms have taken over the market. And, while...
Gluten Free & Keto Hand Pies ??? 3 Ways: Mascarpone Pumpkin, Chocolate Ricotta & Blackberry Almond

Gluten Free & Keto Hand Pies ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽƒ 3 Ways

By Paola / 3 months ago / 13 Comments
Gluten Free & Keto Hand Pies 3 Ways ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽƒ As you probably know by now, we'd been working for a while on a true keto pie crust, and a couple weeks back we finally nailed it. And, while we've focused...
Keto Buttercream Frosting From Scratch ?

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting From Scratch โ˜๏ธ gluten free & keto

By Paola / 3 months ago / 20 Comments
Cane & Keto Buttercream Frosting โ˜๏ธ i.e two ways โœŒ๐Ÿฟ Full disclosure, we aren't weren't buttercream people. More like remove-the-frosting-from-the-cake sort of peeps. That is until last week, when we discovered this frosting (a tip from a friend, tyvm). And...
Super Creamy Coconut & Vanilla Frozen Yogurt ?

Suuuper Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream ๐Ÿฆ gluten free & keto

By Paola / 2 months ago / 19 Comments
Keto Vanilla Ice Cream ๐Ÿฆ Suuuper Creamy This keto vanilla ice cream is ridiculously creamy and fragrant. Plus, it won't freeze rock solid, like your usual homemade ice cream. The trick? A touch of booze. And by a touch, we...

9 comments

  1. Sharon says:

    Could I use coconut oil instead of butter. My grandson is Dairy intolerant. Thanks for your great recipes & information

    • Paola says:

      Hi Sharon! Yes, coconut oil would work for these (taste might be slightly different, but should be good). Also given that coconut oil is pure fat, they should be nice and crispy ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo Pola

  2. Sandee Butler says:

    These are my husbands favorite cookie so can’t wait to make them. Question? In your metric recipe it calls for 1/8 teaspoon of cloves in the US customary it calls for 1 teaspoon of cloves. Which is correct?

    Thanks for all the good recipes.

    • Paola says:

      Hi Sandee! NO! It’s supposed to be 1/8 teaspoon as well!! Oh geez thanks for pointing that out!

      And my pleasure, so glad you’re enjoying them!

  3. Sophie van der Velden says:

    I’m properly excited about these!! Your speculaas spice mix is SPOT ON! Dank u wel!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Annie M says:

    It bugs me quite a bit that someone would give a 4 star rating, without trying the recipe, just because there’s a 1/8th missing… WTF is wrong with people?!!!

    You can see the amount of work that went into this post….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *