Want to indulge in a little bit of Christmas spirit without completely derailing your healing? Look no further than these Frosted Keto Christmas Cookies to hit the spot without making you hit a wall!
Baking Christmas cookies is a huge tradition in my family. Growing up, my mother used to have one big baking day every year, and we would bake hundreds of cookies. She always mailed them to family members and gave them to neighbors, and of course we always had a ton left for us.
All day, blasting Christmas music, tasting dough, and spending time together. These baking days are one of my favorite holiday traditions that I get to carry on to my children; though it’s not as easy as I thought it would be, with all of the foods that we avoid in our home now.
It’s easy to feel left out during holiday gatherings this time of year if you’re following any type of alternative diet or eating plan. I know I feel that way.
Every time there’s a party with a sit-down dinner, I have to report my list of allergies to the host, and I often do so feeling embarrassed. I know it’s not my fault, but I hate feeling like a burden.
This is a main reason why we generally don’t eat outside of the house. It’s just easier to do it all at home and be sure we’re getting all the nutrients we need and still avoiding gluten, soy, and the rest of our allergies.
So naturally, after remaking all of my favorite recipes to be compliant to my diet, the Christmas cookies were next. I am not willing to lose this tradition!
These keto Christmas cookies are based off of my mama’s famous cut-out sugar cookies. They are always a hit wherever we bring them, and I was so happy that my recipe came out tasting just like hers! (Even minus the sugar, dye, and gluten!).
There are a couple of caveats though- I used erythritol in this recipe. I’m not a huge fan of artificial sweeteners, but this one I make room for on occasion; provided it’s non-GMO.
None of them are good for your health, but this one is leaps and bounds better than sucralose or aspartame.
You do notice the erythritol in the frosting, and it’s only because the frosting feels cold when you eat it. It’s a super odd side effect of the erythritol, but it doesn’t affect flavor at all, and I enjoyed it.
However if you don’t like that cold feeling, then you can mix erythritol with xylitol or another sweetener and it shouldn’t do that any more.
Because my oldest is highly allergic to red food dye, we avoid all dyes in our home. We did get natural dyes for these cookies though, and the boys loved them!
These keto Christmas cookies are gluten free, low carb, sugar free, and if you want them to be vegan you can replace the eggs with applesauce or flax, and the butter with vegan shortening. I plan on making these vegan in the future, but if you get around to it before I do, let me know how they turn out!
Frosted Keto Christmas Cookies
- 1/2 cup granulated erythritol or your sweetener of choice
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour for low carb or gluten free all-purpose flour
- ***FROSTING INGREDIENTS***
- 6 tbsp butter for frosting
- 4 cups powdered erythritol for frosting can use powdered sugar if you don't need low carb
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or milk of choice for frosting
- 1 tsp almond extract for frosting
- Cream together granulated erythritol and butter.
- Beat in vanilla, eggs, baking powder, salt, and flour.
- Chill for 20-30 minutes, then roll out to 1/8" to 1/4" thick. (Use baking mat, parchment paper, or extra flour to prevent sticking. I personally roll it between 2 sheets of parchment paper and then leave it there for cutting. It doesn't stick!)
- Use cookie cutters to cut your shapes and carefully transfer to pan. I use silicone baking mats to prevent sticking.
- Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool for a few minutes before attempting to remove them from the baking sheet.
- For the frosting, combine 6 tbsp butter, 1/4 cup coconut milk, almond extract, and powdered erythritol.
- Add dye and frost cookies once they're cooled.
*Note- nutrition facts are for net carbs (total carbohydrates minus sugar alcohols and fiber). If you count total carbs instead of net carbs, then the carb count will be higher.
Don’t have confectioner’s erythritol on hand? I’ll show you how to make your own!
We couldn’t be happier with the way these keto Christmas cookies turned out. I love the flavor of them, and especially love that I don’t want to eat more than necessary just because the sugar says so.
Without that sugar, I stopped at just one or two. It’s amazing what sugar can make us do, isn’t it?
What are your favorite keto Christmas cookies to make?
This post was originally published in December 2017. It was updated December 2018.