Keto Shortbread Cookies
Do you ever find yourself craving a buttery crumbly cookie to enjoy with your coffee? We’ve got you covered with this recipe for Keto shortbread cookies. Nutty almond flour and a little bit of ghee for the perfect buttery finish make this cookie a bit to remember. Plus, with only 1-gram net carbs, you can indulge your sweet tooth without worry. These tender little cookies are just right with coffee or make them for the holidays and watch them disappear. However you choose to serve them, they’re sure to be a big hit!
A Short History of Shortbread
Shortbread’s origins reach all the way back to Scotland in the Middle Ages and a dish called “biscuit bread.” This dish was made with leftover bread dough, which was then cooked in low heat until it dried out and became crunchy. What started as a way to use up dough that would have been wasted became a popular dish in its own right. Eventually, butter replaced the yeast in the dough to make it richer and the rest is history.
Shortbread quickly became a luxury dish for ordinary folks, eaten only during celebrations like Christmas or a wedding. Scottish shortbread has three tradition shapes; rounds, like our cookies; fingers, for dipping in tea; and “petticoat tails,” wedges cut from a circle like pizza! Legend has it that that “petticoat” shape dates back to the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, when petticoats were made from triangles that fit together to make a circle.
Shortbread is such a lovely simple recipe. It is also one of the easiest recipes to customize because it is so simple. Read on for some ideas on how to make this shortbread recipe your own. Just remember that any additions or substitutions may change the nutritional values so make sure to substitute thoughtfully.
- Citrus shortbread – Bring some brightness to your cookies with 1 – 1 ½ teaspoon lemon or lime zest with the dry ingredients.
- Flower shortbread – Get really fancy with a pinch of lavender or edible rose petals.
- Spiced shortbread – Turn up the warmth with a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
- Almond shortbread – Toast the almond flour and allow it to cook fully before adding the dry ingredients, add a sprinkle of chopped almonds on top of the cookies before baking.
- Double vanilla shortbread – Go all in on simplicity, scrape one split vanilla bean and add the pulp.
More Keto Cookies to Enjoy
These buttery cookies won’t disappoint!
- Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).
- Combine the almond flour, erythritol and baking powder in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl whisk the egg with the melted ghee (make sure the ghee is not piping hot) and the vanilla extract. Add the egg mix to the almond flour mix using a wooden spoon until it comes together as a cookie dough.
- Use a tablespoon to scoop up portions approximately 0.9oz (25 g) in weight and form into little balls. Place the balls onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and gently flatten into a cookie shape (makes around 8-10 cookies).
- Use a fork to gently press decoratively into the top of each cookie, then place the tray into the oven for 10-12 minutes, rotating the tray after 8 minutes.
- Remove and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
Net Carbs: 1 g
- Calories: 85
- Sugar: 0 g
- Fat: 8 g
- Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 3 g