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(Brown Butter!) Keto Cookie Dough 🍪

With staple pantry ingredients and magnificent caramel hues on account of the brown butter, this keto cookie dough is one super satisfying healthy treat.

Brown butter keto cookie dough with chocolate chunks and flaky sea salt

Keto Cookie Dough

With brown butter (!!)

An ode to my brown butter chocolate chip cookies (easily one of the most raved about recipes as of late by y’all), let’s just call this cookie dough the salmonella-proofed spinoff with slightly different ratios and even less ingredients.

And if you’ve never had browned butter in cookies before, it’s hard to describe exactly what it does unless you try it. But calling it ‘caramel hues’ might just be the closest thing. i.e. it’s just one of those must tries in life.

But can they be baked?! Yes and no. While you can flatten the cookie dough and bake away for about 10 mins at 350F/180C… to make it super duper edible it lacks the things which make cookies supreme (eggs, baking soda, xanthan gum…). So the cookies are good, but not *supreme* (just go whip up my usual brown butter cookies instead).

The *One* Rule

Brown the butter! You want to get it nice and toasty for those supreme caramel hues to emerge. Let it come to room temperature and simply mix everything together. Yup, that’s it!

A diced sugar free chocolate bar Brown butter keto cookie dough in a white mixing bowl

Closeup keto cookie dough with chocolate chips scooped out onto a baking sheet

The Flours

Easy peasy. I like a mixture of super fine almond flour (love Anthony’s) and coconut flour (again Anthony’s best taste and texture by a mile!). Aaand… thats it!

The Sweetener

Since baking is a non issue here, you can pretty much use whatever sweetener floats your boat- but it must be powdered! You know, so you don’t end up chewing your way through minty crystals (ahem, erythritol).

Feel free to use anything from allulose (my favorite because no aftertaste and zero GI!), erythritol (some slight cooling aftertaste, but no biggie), xylitol (ensure its not corn derived to avoid tummy troubles)… or even some pure monk fruit (though texture is better with the granular sweeteners).

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 Lakanto (just note that its twice as sweet… i.e. use half!).

Otherwise if paleo maple syrup or coconut sugar will both work a charm, you may just want to chill your cookie dough a bit longer before scooping it out.

And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Keto cookie dough with chocolate chips scooped out onto a baking sheet

And… the video story!

Brown butter keto cookie dough with chocolate chunks and flaky sea salt

(Brown Butter!) Keto Cookie Dough

With staple pantry ingredients and magnificent caramel hues on account of the brown butter, this keto cookie dough is one super satisfying healthy treat.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 cookie dough scoops
Calories 99 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Check out the video (or story!) for visual deets.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat, set aside.
  • Add the butter to a saucepan over medium heat and simmer, swirling the pan around frequently, until it begins to brown and bubble through (about 5 minutes). Transfer to a bowl and allow to come to room temperature, you can pop it in the fridge to speed up the process (just don't let it solidify ok?!).
  • Add the sweetener and molasses (optional) to the brown butter, mixing until very thoroughly combined (a minute or two).
  • Add in vanilla extract, mixing well until just incorporated, followed by the almond and coconut flour.
  • Fold in the chocolate and chill until set (about 30 mins). Scoop out your cookie dough rounds onto a baking tray and garnish with flaky sea salt (pretty please!).
  • Store in an airtight container for about a week or freeze for up to 3 months.  
  • But can they be baked?! Yes and no. While you can flatten the cookie dough and bake away for about 10 mins at 350F/180C... to make it super duper edible it lacks the things which make cookies supreme (eggs, baking soda, xanthan gum...). So the cookies are good, but not *supreme* (I suggest you whip up my usual brown butter keto chocolate chip cookies instead).

Video

Notes

The Sweetener

Since baking is a non issue here, you can pretty much use whatever sweetener floats your boat- but it must be powdered! You know, so you don’t end up chewing your way through minty crystals (ahem, erythritol).
Feel free to use anything from allulose (my favorite because no aftertaste and zero GI!), erythritol (some slight cooling aftertaste, but no biggie), xylitol (ensure its not corn derived to avoid tummy troubles)… or even some pure monk fruit (though texture is better with the granular sweeteners).
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 Lakanto (just note that its twice as sweet… i.e. use half!).
Otherwise if paleo maple syrup or coconut sugar will both work a charm, you may just want to chill your cookie dough a bit longer before scooping it out.
And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie dough | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 125mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword brown butter cookie dough, keto cookie dough
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8 comments

  1. Amy says:

    Way too gritty. I was so excited for this recipe but I just wasted so many ingredients it’s not funny. It was so gritty and fell apart all over the place.

    • Oh no! Amy give me more info to help diagnose the problem (and hopefully save the batch?!). Is the grittiness coming from the sweetener (is it powdered?) or from the almond flour (is it finely ground?). If it’s not holding together it sounds like it could use a little more liquid, try adding a tablespoon or two of heavy cream (or more butter and a little milk of choice) and it should come together. Let me know!

    • Also do let me know please what sweetener you used, as some sweeteners (particularly erythritol ones) have additives which can affect how the liquids in the recipe are soaked up. In my experience though, adding a tablespoon at a time more of liquid generally solves the problem though.

  2. Peg says:

    How about trying Bocha Sweet as a natural, keto sweetener? I buy it at Amazon (expensive) or at their website. No aftertaste, no bathroom explosion, just nice sugar replacement.

  3. Rebecca says:

    I’m already imagining/planning a keto cookie dough ice cream, mixing smaller nuggets of this into a delicious keto vanilla ice cream before freezing…yum!

  4. Jodie says:

    “ so you don’t end up chewing your way through minty crystals”. When I first started keto I was so confused as to why things were minty lol

  5. Anne D says:

    5 stars
    Excellent!! I’ve made a couple keto cookie butters in the past and they’re just ok. The brown butter and extra details are worth while ❤️

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