I’ve been following a low carb diet for most of the past two years (almost three!), and I’ve discovered one of my major weaknesses — cookies. For the most part, I can avoid this temptation, but it’s so much more difficult around the holidays. That’s why I went on a hunt for the best keto Christmas cookies!
In this post we’ll share recipes for the best keto Christmas cookies. They are low carb, sugar-free and full of flavor! These treats are also gluten free Christmas cookies that your family can enjoy during the holiday season!
This is a safe space so I’m just going to be honest with you guys — I’ve had a LOT of cookies this month. Not only has it affected the scale, but it has hurt my mental health. For me, keto helps anxiety, and I’ve been struggling with my triggers so much lately.
When I stepped back and got honest with myself, I had to admit that wheat and sugar (two things my body HATES), had crept back into my daily life. It had to stop, so I scoured the net for ideas. Now, I’m a happy mama!
Keto Christmas Cookie Ingredients
As I’ve been on a keto diet for a while now, my pantry is stocked with certain must-haves. If you’re new to low carb/high fat eating, you may need to make a trip to the store.
I’ve noticed that everyone does things a little different, so this list of keto Christmas cookie ingredients is tailored to my preferences. Play around with brands and different products to find what’s best for you. In the meantime, here’s what I keep in the pantry:
Kirkland Almond Flour: This little blue bag makes me so happy. I get mine from Costco and it typically lasts a month, depending on how much baking I do. Four of my kids are sensitive to gluten, so we go through a lot of this stuff.
Almond Meal: It’s not the same as almond flour! This is more coarse and textured (we use it to make keto strawberry cheesecake crusts!).
Monkfruit Sweetener: I’m really, really picky about sweeteners. I cannot stand any aftertaste, so the best thing ever is this monkfruit sweetener. It’s used in my baking and my morning tea, and you’d never guess it’s not sugar. It’s kind of unbelievable, really!
Vanilla Extract: I need to just buy a whole jug of this because we use so much!
Aluminum-Free Baking Powder: Due to health concerns, we try to reduce the amount of aluminum in our diet. Plus, aluminum-free baking powder just makes things taste better, and I’m all about that!
Psyllium Husk Powder: This handy little ingredient may not be common in Christmas cookies, but I put it in my chaffles and keto dinner rolls to add some texture. Those are delicious this time of year! If I eat too much, I get some cramping though, so pay attention to your body’s reaction to it!
Keto Oreo Cookies
When I was a kid, I loved dunking Oreo cookies in milk. Now, when I try to eat them, I feel pretty gross. It’s a lot of sugar. This recipe yields about 10-11 cookies and each will only set you back 0.9g net carbs. YES!!!
Here are the nutritionals: One cookie (approx. 0.9 oz/26g) has 0.9g net carbs (2.8g total carbs and 1.9g dietary fiber), 12.3g fat, 4.5g protein, and 136 calories.
Whipped Shortbread Cookies
My absolute favorite holiday cookie is shortbread, but there’s no way the original is low carb. That’s why this recipe is one of the best keto Christmas cookies! Just look at this deliciousness.
The author doesn’t provide nutritional information, so you’ll need to calculate the macros and net carbs yourself. Just eyeballing the ingredients, though, you should be just fine indulging in these whipped shortbread cookies!
Keto Vanilla Crescent Cookies
Whenever we’d go out to dinner at Maggiano’s, I’d have to get the little crescent-shaped cookies for dessert. It’s so sad that there isn’t a location in Idaho, but I’ve got this great recipe.
One cookie has only 0.4g net carbs (1.4g total carbs and 1.0g dietary fiber), so I can have a few! The flavor from the vanilla pod really gives these cookies the “wow” factor!
Chocolate Snowball Cookies
It’s so much fun to pop keto snowball cookies in your mouth, and even kids love the way they look. It’s just so fun and festive — plus, these ones are CHOCOLATE on the inside! Yum!
Each cookie will set you back just 1.9g of net carbs and contain 14.1g of fat and 3.2g of protein. It’s almost like a fat bomb!
Chocolate Peppermint Stars
If I could add peppermint to everything on Christmas (and St. Patrick’s Day!), I would. Okay, maybe that’s an overstatement, but I really love minty treats this time of year. Unfortunately, they are usually filled with sugar.
These chocolate peppermint stars are just 2.19g of net carbs for each cookie (and the recipe makes 24! I’m going to make a batch and give half away to my daughter or else I’ll eat them all!
Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
This recipe is a little time consuming, but if you love peanut butter AND cookies, it will be worth it! They are similar to the Girl Scouts Tagalong cookies, so if you love those, you will love these!
At just 2g of net carbs per bar, these are a great option for something to break to a holiday dinner party or to serve guests of your own.
Keto Coconut Macaroons
I’ve got a real weakness for coconut and chocolate. Maybe it’s from all those nights I spent snuggled up with my grandmother eating macaroons from a box. This recipe reminds me of a healthier version of those treats!
One cookie has 0.3 net carbs (0.9g total carbs with 0.6g dietary fiber), 2.9g of fat, 0.9g protein and 32 calories – does it get any better than that?!
Sugar-Free Snickerdoodle Creme Cookies
Years ago, I worked right next door to The Avenue Cakery and Bakeshoppe when it was just opening. The owner and I became friends, and she’d always bring me some of her snickerdoodle cookies when they were fresh from the oven. That’s how I fell in love with them!
This version is gluten free and keto-friendly. While they aren’t quite as good as my friend’s snickerdoodles, they come close!
Keto Cinnamon Star Cookies
You’ll only need to gather five ingredients for these guilt-free holiday treats, so there are no excuses! These cinnamon star cookies are out of this world, and the macros are amazing.
These keto cookies are super low carb with only 0.2g net carbs per cookie (0.5g of dietary fiber and 2g of fat). Enjoy to your heart’s content!
Crunchy Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies
My absolute favorite cookies ever are peanut butter cookies. When I was little, I could probably eat 10-12 at a time! These days, I try to limit that to just one or two, and when they’re just 2g net carbs each, I don’t have to stress.
Making keto Christmas cookies is great, but sometimes the texture is weird. This recipe contains pieces of peanuts, which I think improves mouthfeel. If you want them soft and chewy, each them right away. Otherwise, let them cool and enjoy the crunchiness!
Enjoy Your Keto Christmas Cookies!
Now that you’ve got 10 recipes for the best keto Christmas cookies, we hope the holiday season will be even better! With four of my six children still at home, we go through a lot of treats this time of year, so it feels like I’m always in the kitchen baking. At least with these recipes, it’s something we all can enjoy.
If you’re making some non-keto Christmas cookies for others, whip up a batch of one of these for yourself so that you’re not tempted. Every time I make something loaded with carbs or sugar for Josh, I make something for myself. It’s a little extra work, but it keeps me on track.