Buttery Keto Shortbread Cookies + VIDEO

Are you looking for a Buttery Keto Shortbread Cookie recipe? Well, look no further because this recipe is the perfect sugar-free shortbread cookie recipe.

At only 1.8g net carbs this buttery and flakey cookie is exactly what you are looking for. Keep reading to learn all our best tips for making these cookies.

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In this article you will find:

  • How to make keto shortbread cookies.
  • Discover if shortbread cookies are bad for you.
  • Learn why eggs and baking powder aren’t used when making shortbread cookies.
  • Discover why your shortbread cookie dough isn’t crumbling.
  • Our best ideas for different ways to use shortbread cookie dough!
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Keto shortbread cookies

Oh, the buttery flakey goodness of a shortbread cookie! This keto cookie recipe is going to spark some baking creativity for you in the kitchen!

To make this cookie you will first want to mix together your butter and sweetener of choice. Once those are mixed together you can mix in the coconut flour, form the dough into a ball, and chill you dough until you are ready to bake your cookies.

Softened butter is mixed with sweetener in a glass bowl. A light green rubber spatula is lifting some of the butter mixture out of the bowl.

How do I measure coconut flour for baking?

When measuring coconut flour it is important that it is measured correctly. You do not want to scoop the flour with your measuring cup because it will compact and you will end up using more coconut flour than you want to use.

To measure the coconut flour first mix the flour with a spoon to aerate it. Then spoon the flour into your measuring cup until it is full. This will make sure you don’t accidentally get more flour than you need.

TOP TIP: As with ALL recipes here, ALWAYS taste your batter BEFORE cooking to ensure you have added enough sweetener to suit YOUR tastebuds. Read the Ultimate Guide To Low-Carb Sweeteners.

If this is day 1 of sugar-free living for you, you may require twice the amount of sweetener as someone who has been living sugar-free for years. So don’t be afraid to add more sweetener. The longer you live sugar-free, the less sweetener in time you will require.

The carbs in a low-carb cookie will depend on the type of cookie. This keto shortbread cookie recipe is only 1.7g net carbs per cookie.

Other low-carb cookie recipes will be more or less depending on what ingredients are used. Recipes made using coconut flour are generally much lower than those made with almond flour.

Keto shortbread cookie dough cut into squares with scalloped edges arranged in rows on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Are shortbread cookies bad for you?

With all baked goods, moderation is key in a balanced diet. A cookie or two every once in a while isn’t bad for you, but eating an entire dozen might upset your tummy.

If you ate a whole dozen shortbread cookies you would be basically digesting an entire stick of butter. And whilst we love our healthy fats, eating too much low-carb or keto baking, means other nutritious whole foods are being crowded out.

Freshly baked keto shortbread cookies cooling on the baking sheet lined with white parchment paper.

Do keto shortbread cookies use eggs?

No, eggs are not used in shortbread cookies. Shortbread cookies really only have 3 ingredients: butter, sweetener, and flour (coconut flour in this case).

I add a splash of vanilla for flavor, but that is optional. If you have a sensitive palate to the subtle coconut flavour of coconut flour, you may wish to add more than the recipe states.

Why isn’t baking powder in keto shortbread cookies?

Baking powder is used in baking to help the cookie rise and be fluffier. Since shortbread cookies are a denser flakier cookies we do not want to add baking powder to the dough.

However, if you are looking for a fluffier texture feel free to add a teaspoon to the dough. Traditionally, however, baking powder is not used.

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Why isn’t my dough crumbling?

When you first mix together your dough you may notice that the dough is too wet and not quite crumbly. This is normal. DO NOT ADD MORE COCONUT FLOUR!

Instead, let the dough sit for a little while them mix again. The coconut flour will absorb the liquid as it sits and expand. Letting your sough sit for 5 minutes will give you the crumbly dough you are looking for with shortbread cookies.

Shortbread cookie dough pressed into a ball in a clear glass bowl.

Do I need to chill keto shortbread cookies?

Yes, your shortbread cookie dough needs to be chilled for at least 15-20 minutes before it is ready to use. This chill time helps the dough stick together and makes it easier to work with the dough.

Chilling the dough also gives the coconut flour more time to absorb liquids in the dough so that you have that buttery flakey texture shortbread cookies are known for.

The clear glass bowl holding the cookie dough is covered with plastic wrap and is ready to put in the refrigerator to chill.

Once your shortbread cookie dough is chilled it is easy to roll out in-between two sheets of parchment paper. You will want to roll the dough to about ¼ inch thick before using a cookie cutter to cut out your cookies.

You’ll be able to get 7-9 cookies from the first time you roll out the dough. Roll the scraps our again to get another 3-4 cookies to make a whole dozen.

Of course if you don’t want to roll out the dough you can make regular circle cookies using the drop cookie method.

Keto shortbread cookie dough is rollout on a piece of white parchment paper. A red square cookie cutter is cutting out cookies.

How to store keto shortbread cookies

When you first bake your shortbread cookies they will be soft and flakey. The longer the cookies sit exposed to air the harder they will get. Depending on why you are making these cookies you may want soft or hard shortbread cookies.

Storing the cooled cookies in an airtight container or zipped bag on the counter will help to keep the cookies softer longer. The cookies can be stored on the counter for 3-5 days.

Six keto shortbread cookies rest on a sheet of white parchment paper. The rest of the cookies are stacked on light green stripped dish to the size. Red raspberry jam in a jar sits to the right of the plate.

Ways to use keto shortbread cookies

There are so many ways that you can use shortbread cookies or shortbread cookies dough. This recipe is only the base for a keto shortbread cookie.

  • Make thumbprint cookies with sugar-free chia jam.
  • Dip the cookie in melted chocolate.
  • Drizzle with sugar-free icing/frosting.
  • Use as a pie crust by pressing the dough into a pie pan and baking.
  • Press the dough into a casserole pan and cut into cookie sticks before baking.

There are so many options with a good keto shortbread cookie recipe. Let your imagination run wild!

Five keto shortbread cookies are stacked on top of each other on a piece of parchment paper. A plate holding the rest of the cookies is in the background.

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📖 Recipe

This keto shortbread cookie recipe is buttery, light, soft, and chewy. It is the perfect keto shortbread base!

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Servings: 12 cookies

NET carbs: 1.7g

Author: Libby Jenkinson

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 8 minutes

Diet: Diabetic. Gluten Free. Vegetarian

Gluten Free. Grain free. Keto. LCHF. Low Carb. No Sugars. Wheat Free

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  • To start, mix the butter and sweetener together in a bowl. Then stir in the coconut flour and vanilla extract.

  • Mix your cookie dough well. Let the dough rest on the counter for 5-10 minutes to allow the dough to thicken and become crumbly as the coconut flour absorbs the butter.

  • Form the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap or a towel. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.

  • After chilling, form the dough into cookies by rolling the dough out between 2 pieces of parchment paper until it is ¼ inch thick. Cut cookies with a cookie cutter. You can also form cookies by scooping the dough into balls with two spoons.

  • Arrange the cookies on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 165°C/325°F. Let cool and enjoy!


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Buttery Keto Shortbread Cookie Recipe

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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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