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(Toasted Almond!) Shortbread Cookies 🍪 gluten free & keto

These grain free and keto shortbread cookies (with toasted almond flour!) are buttery soft and ridiculously aromatic. Prepare to be obsessed!

Almond Keto Shortbread Cookies With Chocolate
Almond Keto Shortbread Cookies With Chocolate

Toasted Almond Keto Shortbread Cookies

Buttery-Soft

Shortbread, the Scottish cookies par excellence, are nothing more than one parts sugar, two parts butter and three parts flour. To make these guys gluten free and keto I tried a few different routes, but tbh each one made me miss the original even more. Or at least what I remember them to taste like during my university years in Scotland itself!

And given that I’ve vowed to never give you a version that will actively make you miss the original even more (because that’s just horribly depressing!), I was about to give up on a keto shortbread.

That is until I thought about toasting the almond flour (Mexican wedding cookie-style!). Which simply makes these keto shortbread some of the most complex, yet ridiculously simple, cookies you’ll ever make.

You can also indulge in these guys solo, or go ahead and dip them in a little dark chocolate and sprinkle with some flakey sea salt. Honestly to-die-for, and you probably know already I don’t take these statements lightly.

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Toasted Almond Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Shortbread Cookies 🍪 Less than 1g net carbs a pop! #ketocookies #ketosweettreats #ketoshortbread
Toasted Almond Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Shortbread Cookies 🍪 Less than 1g net carbs a pop! #ketocookies #ketosweettreats #ketoshortbread
Toasted Almond Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Shortbread Cookies 🍪 Less than 1g net carbs a pop! #ketocookies #ketosweettreats #ketoshortbread

The Flours

I found here that super fine almond flour did a killer job (solo!). Add a touch of xanthan gum, and we’re golden.

But you must toast the almond flour beforehand, it’s the difference between a good and an exceptional cookie. The moment the toasted almond flour is incorporated with the butter, the cookie dough becomes ridiculously aromatic. Pure magic really.

In terms of brands, for the almond either Anthony’s or WellBees work great. Both are super fine grinds.

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Toasted Almond Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Shortbread Cookies 🍪 Less than 1g net carbs a pop! #ketocookies #ketosweettreats #ketoshortbread

The Sweetener

This recipe works best with erythritol, 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 does that.

I did find that powdering it prevents unpleasant minty crystals from forming post bake. But the great news is that I found the cooling effect to pretty much disappear overnight #magic.

So get your blender out, make sure it’s completely dry, and process your sweetener of choice until powdered. Just make sure you wait a few moments for the dust to settle before opening the blender or food processor.

Or you can always grab a bag of Powdered Swerve (i.e. confectioner’s).

Toasted Almond Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Shortbread Cookies 🍪 Less than 1g net carbs a pop! #ketocookies #ketosweettreats #ketoshortbread
Toasted Almond Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Shortbread Cookies 🍪 Less than 1g net carbs a pop! #ketocookies #ketosweettreats #ketoshortbread
Dunking Keto Shortbread Cookies in Chocolate
(Toasted Almond!) Keto Shortbread Cookies
Toasted Almond Gluten Free, Grain Free & Keto Shortbread Cookies 🍪 Less than 1g net carbs a pop! #ketocookies #ketosweettreats #ketoshortbread

(Toasted Almond!) Keto Shortbread Cookies

Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: European
Keyword: gluten free, grain free, keto, low carb
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 59 kcal

These grain free and keto shortbread cookies (with toasted almond flour!) are buttery soft and ridiculously aromatic. Prepare to be obsessed!

Oh, and if baking with cups rather than grams is your thing, just click on US Cups for an instant conversion.

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Ingredients

For the chocolate coating (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add almond flour to a dry skillet or pan, and toast over medium heat until golden and fragrant (3-6 minutes). Remove from pan, whisk in xanthan gum, salt and set aside to cool completely (very important!). 

  2. Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer, 2-3 minutes. Add in sweetener and continue to beat until thoroughly mixed and much of the sweetener has dissolved. Add in vanilla extract and beat until just combined.

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

  4. Wrap cookie dough with cling film (saran wrap) and refrigerate for at least an hour. 

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C and have a baking tray handy.

  6. Roll out dough between parchment paper and either simply slice with a knife or do cutouts. Place shaped cookies with parchment paper on the prepared baking tray and place in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to baking.

  7. Bake until just lightly golden. Baking times will vary widely depending on size of cookies and oven, but think 10-13 minutes for the small ones or 15-18 minutes for the larger ones.  

  8. Allow to cool on pan as they'll be very fragile when warm. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  

Recipe Notes

*Please see section on Sweeteners for more deets on powdering and sweetening options. 

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).

Please note that we calculated nutrition facts for two dozen cookies, but we actually got more like 35 out of the batch (with loads of munching on the actual cookie dough!). 

Nutrition Facts
(Toasted Almond!) Keto Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 49mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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76 comments

  1. Denise says:

    The first keto shortbread cookies our family loves. There have been many keto fails from the internet and I was getting discouraged. I even see people put up fake photos or steal photos from another blogger which look amazing and then when you try to make it, it’s a total fail. Saw this just happened for Carolyn Ketchum from All Day I Dream About Food, with her fabulous Italian cream cake on Pinterest. So, lesson learned, I’m sticking with Paola and Carolyn and a couple others bloggers who have integrity and genuine passion for all they do. Accolades to you.

  2. Janet in Boulder says:

    Paola, so happy I found your website. Every recipe I have tried is amazing and tasty! Your recipes are not just the ordinary keto recipes that you’ll find anywhere else. I love the innovative ideas you have incorporated into these recipes to make them so good (i.e. yeast in the cinnamon rolls, using a french pastry method to make soft doughnuts, and toasting the almond meal for an Oreo-like crust for the no-bake cheesecake!) I made a batch of the shortbread cookies and they are so delicious! This tastes more like a decadent treat than what one would expect a keto cookie to taste like. Being the first time I made them, it did take me a while to get the dough just to the right temperature and rolling out cookies does seem to take a little time. But I figure I will be making these cookies more often and will get the hang of it. Thank-you so much for sharing your amazing culinary skills. Makes it so much easier to feed my keto family and keep them happy!!!

  3. Elizabeth Sinko says:

    Not sure what I did wrong but my cookies came out very dark and grainy. Not good. I think I may have cooked the almond flour too long? Also,
    I may have gone wrong converting he measurements from metric? Maybe my flour wasn’t fine enough? I used swerve confectioners sugar. Where do you think I went wrong???

  4. Shelley says:

    This is the best Keto recipe! Tastes just like regular shortbread cookies. I did simplify by rolling the dough into 1” balls, covered with parchment paper and used a glass to flatten into round cookies. I also used a trick Paola used on another recipe which was to cover the cookies with foil half way through cooking to keep the edges from looking burnt. So happy to find such an amazing cook and website!

  5. Andra says:

    Holy cow, Paola, these are *magnificent*. Made a batch for my honey for Valentine’s Day. I was expecting them to be good, everything I’ve tried from your recipes has been, but these exceeded ALL expectation. Light, soft, aromatic, perfectly textured. They were exactly right for shortbread, and toasting the almond flour put these completely over the top.

    I used silicone spacers on my rolling pin to make these 1/4 of an inch thick, and a small glass to get 28 round cookies with little left over. They went from freezer to oven and came out golden 16 minutes later. The whole house smells like shortbread now.

    Thanks again for another hit! My wife says we should send you a present. 😄

  6. Virginia Neely says:

    I am making these for a small party. Have you ever made these into bars instead of cookies? Do you have an estimate for baking time? Thanks for your help!

  7. Jo says:

    These are tasty but a lot of fuss. I wanted to make them heart shaped but the dough did not stay cold enough for long enough (even after freezing) so the hearts could not be moved onto the baking sheet. I reformed the dough, then rolled it out to cookie thinness, froze it, then used the cookie cutter and put them on a baking sheet. By the the time I was finished doing that, of course the dough was soft again. So the cookies (2 inch hearts) were done in about 8 minutes, and darker than “golden”.

  8. Sherry says:

    These cookies are great! My husband was picking them off the cookie sheet before they even cooled with an “Mmmmm – these are good!”. I forgot to put them in the freezer🙄 so I only baked them for 6 minutes.

    I got 34 cookies from the batch and will dip some in melted chocolate and leave some plain for him😁

    • kerstin kobetitsch says:

      Hi

      first time I made them I forgot to put them in the freezer. Mine were very thin. The picture shows them much thinker and even. Then I burned 1/2 of them. My dough was very dark almost like a graham cracker ( I wish).
      But I don’t give up that easy. I will try them again. Had to press hard to get them flat. I need practice with the rolling pin. How do you use it properly?
      I didn’t bother with the chocolate chips because they were too expensive to waste on this batch. How many chips do you use to coat half the heart on 24 cookies, like the pic?

      let me know….I’m dying for a delicious cookie……..

  9. JF says:

    Just made this cookie recipe for a friend. I am not sure how you got more than a dozen cookies from this! I used a cookie cutter for the hearts and got only 8 hearts and a few smaller round cookies from it.

    The cookie is very flaky and tasty though. One note though – when making the first batch I realized that the butter should not just be at room temperature – but that it should be really soft or the dough will be too crumbly to work with. So on the second batch I made I adjusted this and they came out fine.

    Hopefully my friend on the Keto diet will enjoy them!

  10. Donna says:

    I sooo want to make these for Valentine’s Day…but I am wondering if there is any possibility of substituting the Xanthan Gum for another ingredient. Here in France, it is so difficult to find! I must have been to five different Bio stores and no luck!! I DID find little packets of powder in the baking section with a MIX of Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum and a tad of citric acid (to stabilise egg whites)…could this possibly work?!…Could I otherwise try ground psyllium husks, cornstarch or konjac/glucomannan powder…or even yuzu powder?! I can locate all of these items. Thank you for any insight and advice as your baking acumen runs so very deep!!

  11. Helen says:

    These cookies are addictive. OMG!!! They taste really good, I am afraid I could eat the whole batch. Thank you for this great recipe.

  12. Marion Robinson says:

    Hi there Paola, from my little cottage on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland.
    I was thrilled to find your website, & even more thrilled to know you have stayed
    in Scotland your self. I’m sure you would have enjoyed it .
    Now to this most delicious of recipes ! I have been a Chef for around 58 years,
    since I was 17 ( oh boy, I sound so old, but I’m wonderful for my age )
    & as such, I never stop looking for top recipes…especially ones that are suitable
    for Type 2 diabetics like me ! This shortbread recipe was spot on, & all my family & friends love them, in fact I can never make enough for them.
    I really like the ” toasting ” almond flour bit, as it makes such an amazing difference to the finished recipe ( I also warm ” keto sugar ” when I’m making meringues )
    This weekend, me & my Husband, are off for a trip up to Glen Coe, it looks stunning
    with a wee ” Skiff ” of snow on the top…it looks like icing sugar ( Keto of course “)
    So I’ll be making these to go in our Keto picnic box !
    Thanks once again for the magic that is gnom-gnom. I look forward to more magical
    recipes from you. I also hope we will see you back in Bonnie Scotland one day…
    or as you will know our ” Scottish saying ” HASTE YE BACK ” XXX

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