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Keto Shortbread Cookies – 1g Net Carbs

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By Carine Claudepierre - - 54 Comments

Easy 4-Ingredient Keto Shortbread Cookies with almond flour ready in less than 15 minutes to fix all your sweet cravings with only 1 gram of net carbs.

Bonus, these almond flour shortbread cookies are keto, with a vegan option, and gluten-free!

Keto Shortbread cookies

How To Make Keto Shortbread Cookies

It’s very easy to whip a batch of keto shortbread cookies that taste like your favorite traditional shortbread!


All you need to make low carb shortbread cookies are 5 ingredients:

  • Almond flour – this refers to ultra-fine almond flour, golden-white in color. Don’t use almond meal for keto cookie recipes. The texture of your cookies will be dry and grainy. Want to learn how to choose your keto flours?
  • Erythritol – this is my favorite keto sweetener to make keto cookies that keep your blood sugar level in control. It also adds a lovely crispy texture to cookies compared to xylitol that keeps cookies soft. Another option is to use allulose or brands that combine erythritol and monk fruit.
  • Softened butter – like for traditional shortbread, remove the butter from the fridge for 1 hour or so before making the cookie dough. You can use vegan butter if vegan.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt 
Low carb shortbread cookies

Combining Ingredients

Next, add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl, and using an electric beater or paddle attachment of a stand mixer, combine until a crumbly dough forms.

Finally, use your hands to gather the dough crumble and for a cookie dough ball.

Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes in the mixing bowl.

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Rolling The Dough

It’s up to you to press out cookies or roll out the dough and cut out shapes using a cookie cutter. I personally prefer option 1 because it’s faster.

Option 1: fast keto shortbread shaping

Divide the dough into 16 balls – one ball is about 1 tablespoon size.

Roll each ball between the palm of your hands and place it on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, leaving half thumb between each cookie.

While these keto shortbread cookies won’t expand in the oven, it’s preferable to prevent them from touching each other.

Using the back of a fork, press the top of each cookie gently to flatten them into about 1/2 inch thickness (1 cm).

The thinner, the crispier they will be, so play with thickness regarding your expectations.

Option 2: cut-out keto shortbread cookies

To roll out the dough, encase the cookie dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper and start rolling with a rolling pin.

Don’t roll too thin, or the dough becomes fragile, and the cookies bake too fast.

Cut out dough with a cookie cutter and transfer the cut-out cookies on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.

Gather leftover dough to reform a dough ball and roll for more cookies.

How to make keto shortbread cookies ?


These low-carb shortbread cookies with almond flour bake very fast. Place the cookie sheet in the center rack of a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) and bake for 8 to 11 minutes.

Baking time depends on the thickness of your cookies.

If you roll out the dough and cut out thin cookies, they will bake super fast.

Keto shortbread cookie recipe

Cool down

Cool down the cookies at room temperature for 10 minutes on the cooking rack.

Then, transfer on a cooling rack and wait 20 extra minutes before eating.

The cookies are soft when out of the oven and firm up at room temperature. They reach their best texture after 30 minutes.


Of course, you can play with flavor and create a range of shortbread cookie flavors with this recipe. Add some of the below ingredients into the dough to change the flavor.

  • For Lemon Shortbread Cookies: add 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest and 1 teaspoon lemon extract instead of the vanilla extract.
  • For Chocolate Chips Almond flour Shortbread Cookies – add 1/4 cup of sugar-free chocolate chips.
sugar free shortbread cookies


To decorate the cookies, simply melt the following in a saucepan over medium heat:

  • Sugar-free dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil

Use a spoon to drizzle the melted chocolate on top of each cookie. Then, place the cookies in the fridge for 20 minutes to harden the chocolate.

If you fancy some extra crunchy, why not add some of the following toppings:

  • Sliced almonds
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Pinch of salt
  • Peanut butter
Keto Shortbread cookies

Storage Instructions

You can store this keto shortbread cookie recipe in a  cookie jar at room temperature for up to 1 week.

If you keep the jar sealed, the cookies stay crunchy.

Another option is to freeze your cookies and thaw at room temperature 3 hours before eating or overnight.

Allergy Swaps

No, you can’t replace almond flour with coconut flour in a keto cookie recipe. Both are keto-friendly flours, but they have different properties.

For example, coconut flour contains four times more fiber.

Therefore, it’s a very liquid absorbent flour that often requires eggs or lots of liquid to hold ingredients together.

For coconut flour keto cookies, follow some of my recipes below :

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve listed below the answers to the most common questions about this recipe.

When Can I Eat Keto Shortbread Cookies?

These low-carb shortbread cookies are the best snack on your keto diet.
They are full of fat to keep you full, taste sweet to fix your sweet tooth, and are convenient to bring everywhere.
One or two of these cookies should fix all your afternoon hunger and help you reach your fat macros.

How Does Keto Almond Shortbread Taste?

These keto-friendly shortbread cookies are crunchy, slightly sweet, buttery, and even more delicious with a drizzle of sugar-free dark chocolate on top!

Have you made this almond flour keto shortbread recipe? Share a comment or review below!

XOXO Carine

Keto Shortbread cookies

Keto Shortbread Cookies

1gNet Carbs
Easy 4-ingredient Keto Shortbread Cookie recipe with almond flour, gluten-free, egg-free, vegan, and paleo.
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
cool down 20 mins
Total: 40 mins
Yield: 16 cookies (1 tbsp each)
Serving Size: 1 cookie


Net Carbs 1g
Fat 7.5g
Protein 2g
Calories 78.2kcal
4.97 from 429 votes
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  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, and using an electric beater, beat until the batter forms a crumble.
  • Gather the cookie crumble into a dough ball.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes.
  • Scoop one tablespoon of dough, roll between the palm of your hand, and place onto the cookie sheet.
  • Repeat until you form 16 cookie dough balls, leaving half thumb space between each cookie ball to prevent the cookies from touching each other.
  • Flatten each cookie dough ball with the back of a fork into a 1/2 inch thickness – the thinner, the crispier, and the faster they bake.
  • Bake in the center rack of the oven for 8 to 11 minutes or until the sides of the cookies are golden brown.
  • Cool down for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet, then 20 minutes on a cooling rack.
  • Serve plain, or add a drizzle of 1/4 cup melted sugar-free chocolate chips on top to decorate.


  • Store in a cookie jar, sealed, for up to 1 week. They can be frozen. Thaw for 3 hours before eating.
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Nutrition Facts
Keto Shortbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 78.2 Calories from Fat 68
% Daily Value*
Fat 7.5g12%
Saturated Fat 0.9g6%
Sodium 33.4mg1%
Potassium 1.5mg0%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 2g4%
Net Carbs 1g
Vitamin A 126.9IU3%
Vitamin B12 0.1µg2%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 20.7mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
Magnesium 0.1mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Keto Shortbread Cookies
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    54 Thoughts On Keto Shortbread Cookies – 1g Net Carbs
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  1. 5 stars
    These are very good! I’ve made them twice and they have been eaten up in one day! So happy to use monk fruit in them!

  2. 5 stars
    This has been my go-to little pick me up cookie recipe for a few months now, and I just love it! They have also become my boyfriends favorite cookie! I use coconut sugar. Thank you!

    • This makes me SO happy to read your comment! I love when my recipes makes people feel good and happy. Enjoy the recipes on the blog and thanks SO much for trying my recipes and reporting back! XOXO Carine.

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for the kids and even though they avoid almonds like the plague, they loved it! They were so shocked when I told them it had almonds in it! lol #parentingwin

    Thank you for an amazing recipe. I am pretty sure I stuffed up the butter proportion as I doubled the recipe but still turned out delish!

    • Yeah ! I love to read comments like this. This is SO good when we can sneak healthy food in our kids plate ! I also have an easy almond coconut cookies recipe that they make love if you like, check it out here. Have a lovely day and thanks for sharing your lovely comment. XOXO Carine.

  4. 5 stars
    Would you be able to use stevia? Instead of coconut sugar? Or is coconut sugar not too bad. I have Gestational Diabetes. Thanks

    • Hello! I would recommend sugar free crystal sweetener as I am using in the recipe. Coconut sugar has a lower GI than regular sugar but I would not recommend this if you have diabetes/gestational diabetes. Brands that will work well in this recipe are swerve or Lakanto monk fruit sugar. Both are safe for you and won’t raise your sugar level. Enjoy the low carb cookies. XOXO Carine.

  5. 4 stars
    I have just baked these cookies. May I ask? The textire of my shortbread cookies are soft on the inside. Is this the correct texture? I used stevia and finds that the sweetness taste kinda of weird for me. I live in Malaysia and the monk fruit sugar you mentioned, it’s not available in my country. So, can i do without any sweetener the next time I bake tbem?

    • Hi, That’s because you are not using the right sweetener. You shouldn’t replace monk fruit sugar with stevia. You are losing the texture that is why the cookies ends up so soft. If you can’t find monk fruit sugar in Malaysia other substitute that will work here are erythritol (100 %sugar free) or coconut sugar or any unrefined crystal sugar like rapadura sugar. Enjoy the cookies! XOXO Carine.

    • Hello! I am so glad you love them. Iam totally with you, this is so good to enjoy a cookies without the extra carbs and sugar! Enjoy the blog and Merry Christmas from New Zealand. XOXO Carine.

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