Easy Keto Cookies for the Holidays

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23 easy keto cookie recipes for the holidays. Convert childhood favorites to keto friendly treats and discover new low carb recipe ideas...

23+ Easy Keto Cookies for the Holidays

Are you dreading the holidays, because of all the unhealthy desserts and treats that you see everywhere?

It can be tough to get through the holidays, but you have plenty of healthy cookie, dessert and low carb high fat snack options available to you.

Most of our old childhood cookies can be converted to treats that can fit into our ketogenic lifestyles.

If you are looking for recipes to convert your own childhood favorites, then follow along my journey starting with my childhood favorites and ending with holiday favorites...

If you are looking for New World Keto Recipes, that are inspired by a ketogenic lifestyle, you'll find them here.

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Enjoy our roundup of delicious recipes.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please leave them in the comments. We love to hear from you...

The Italian Touch - Biscotti Recipes

These twice baked cookies are generally quite hard and if you like to dunk your biscuits in coffee, you'll probably enjoy them.

In theory low carb biscotti can be made with almond flour or coconut flour or a combination of the two.

Personally I like to bake with almond flour, but lots of people are allergic to nuts or find the cost of almond flour a bit pricey for regular baking.

So I set out looking for a coconut flour only recipe.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find a keto biscotti recipe made with only coconut flour.

I would imagine, the problem is that coconut flour is not the ideal ingredient for a hard, crunchy, crispy cookie. Coconut flour tend to result in softer biscuits. 

If you have a coconut flour biscotti recipe, please leave a message in the comments below as I would love to add it.

If you like an Italian touch, then enjoy...

Keto Biscotti made with Almond Flour

​I like this recipe because it is so thinly cut.

I love biscotti, but don't like to dunk anything in my coffee and find that the traditional thick cut can be a bit hard on my teeth.

It can be tough to slice them this thinly though.

​To get the thin cut, make sure that you don't over cook the log before slicing it. It is easier to slice when it is still somewhat moist.

Use a sharp knife and aim to cut right through the log with one movement.

Keto Biscotti with Almond Flour

If you like yours thin as well, then go get the low carb biscotti recipe now...

Having shared my favorite style, let's enjoy some more traditionally cut biscuits.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti with Chocolate

These elegant and decadent cranberry almond biscotti cookies are perfect for the holidays.

They are made with almond and coconut flour.

​Liz says that she adds a quarter cup of coconut flour to one and a half cups of almond flour as it thickens the batter and helps to hold it all together.

Another tip from her is to rather use dried cranberries as fresh ones would add too much moisture to the batter.

Cranberry Almond Biscotti with Chocolate

This recipe is from Liz at Low Carb Yum. She is an amazing baker, so enjoy...

Low Carb Biscotti with Cranberries and Pistachios

I love how colorful these biscuits are.

If you have been following me for a while, you know I am always drawn to the colorful recipes. 🙂

The folks at Low Carb Support suggest using xanthan gum or psyllium husk to improve the texture and to prevent it from crumbling when you cut the log into slices.

Low carb biscotti with cranberries and pistachios

This recipe and picture is from Low Carb Support.

Simple Sugar Free Biscotti

​I like the simplicity of this recipe. It has only 6 ingredients and is what it is - an almond flavored biscotti.

There are no added nuts, berries or exotic flavors.

Simple Sugar Free Biscotti

For the recipe and the picture visit Wholesome Yum.

Enjoy any of these with a cup of coffee and remind yourself that there was a time that you considered keto to be a diet and not a lifestyle.

With low carb snacks and desserts like these, who does not want to make keto a lifestyle?

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Childhood Favorites - Easy Lo​​w Carb Treats

These are some of the cookies I remember from my childhood.

We baked many of these right through the year. But, like most of you we probably did a lot more baking during the holidays.

Fortunately with some clever substitutions most of our holiday treats from childhood can be converted into low carb and even keto versions.

Most of these, just like these Christmas cookies, are great to make with your kids.

The most basic cookie that we enjoyed as children was a sugar butter cookie.

For this roundup, I found many recipes that can replace our basic sweet cookies. 

There are keto butter cookies, keto sugar cookies and keto shortbread cookies.

These recipes are generally quite similar. This is my favorite one...

These cookies, just like the Christmas cookies here are great to make with kids.

Keto Sugar Cookies

I like this recipe, because it is so easy to make and reminds me of what we called "soet koekies" or directly translated - sweet cookies.

Gerri from My Keto Kitchen says that these are not only delicious, but she also use them as the base for no-bake cheesecakes and pies.

Keto Sugar Cookies

This is one of those simple recipes, you have to have in your essential keto recipe database, get it here.

Another cookie, I fondly remember from my childhood is peanut butter cookies.

Now, I don't generally eat peanut butter as part of my keto lifestyle, but many ketoers do.

And I would say the holidays is a good time for this low carb alternative even if you don't eat peanut butter on a regular basis.

Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

​I love this keto peanut butter recipe, because it is so tasty and made with only 3 ingredients.

What can be simpler?

I also love the rich color and the lines across the cookie. That is exactly how my mother's used to look. 🙂

Low carb peanut butter cookies

G​o here for the recipe and the source of the photo.

I have fond memories of the smell of cinnamon when we were baking, so just had to find a keto cinnamon biscuit. 🙂

Cinnamon Swirl

We were not really this creative with our baking. But I really like these cinnamon swirl biscuits and they are much easier to make than I imagined.

So another simple and easy keto cookie recipe for you and your kids to make this holiday.

Cinnamon Swirl

For the recipe and beautiful step by step pictures of the whole process, visit Keto Diet App.

These three treats are easy to make, perfect for the holidays and just so delicious.

On my trip down memory lane, I looked for a low carb or keto friendly oats cookie recipe.

I am still looking!

But I found two possible solutions:

​The no bake cookies in the next section.

This crunchy breakfast biscuit may be the closest I'll ever get.

Crunchy Goodness

I like this recipe because of its crunch. 

And as a bonus they are nut free and packed with fiber.

Traveling or rushed in the mornings? Then try them as a breakfast substitute...

Crunchy Goodness

Here is the recipe and photo source for these cinnamon flax cookies.

Then there were chocolate chip cookies. But chocolate cookies deserve a category of their own, so check out the best chocolate indulgences I found here.

Dessert in Five

Now for the keto no bake cookies...

No Oven No Problem - Keto No Bake Cookies

Like me, I am sure you don't always want to heat up your oven to make a sweet snack. 

I do like to bake and generally don't mind the time it takes. And when I want a quick snack, I usually make a mug cake in the microwave.

But when I want a quick cookie, these are the easy keto cookies I like...

Keto No Bake Cookies in 5 Minutes

I like these because they are so quick to make and are a tasty and healthy snack.

Personally I make them with almond butter as I very much limit my peanut butter intake. I know that makes them more expensive, but it does work well.

If you don't like coconut, you are kind of out of luck when it comes to no bake cookies, because most of the recipes include coconut.

But, if you really can't stand coconut, Melissa suggests pulsing almonds or cashews down until relatively fine and replace the coconut with the nuts. 

If you do substitute the coconut for nuts, let us know how that worked out for you.

Keto No Bake Cookies in 5 Minutes

This no bake keto cookie recipe is from Melissa at How to This and That

Coconut Clusters

I like that these coconut clusters are made with coconut flakes or coconut chips. It gives them a completely different texture.

Coconut Clusters

To get the recipe and try them now, go here.

No Bake Chocolate Fudge Haystacks

​I am not sure whether these are fat bombs or cookies, but they are awesome. 

​Melissa, from I Breathe I'm Hungry, says she created these because of her...

"desperate desire for something sweet and chocolatey RIGHT NOW."

I can very much relate to that. What about you?

I love cream cheese and with these fudge haystacks they give the fudgy consistency and...

Yeah, I can go on all day about how divine these are, but rather try them yourself.

Go here for the recipe and the source of the photo.

No Bake Chocolate Fudge Haystacks

These no bake cookies are all really easy to make and a fun activity with your kids. The best is that your kids will love them too.

Licking out the Bowl - Cookie Dough

I have fond memories of licking out the bowl when my mother baked cookies or cakes when I was little...

... and I still love raw dough.

What about you?

Does thinking of baking cookies with your mom when you were a child, bring back nostalgic memories?

As we approach the holiday season, many of us think back to our childhoods and relive our good memories.

But, this is not about my childhood memories, but rather about the taste of cookie dough…

This next recipe is one of my favorites and yeah it is not a cookie, but it is a cookie dough mousse.

It is the invention of my friends at TasteAholics, Vicky and Rami.

This is one of the delicious recipes that they included in their new cookbook – Dessert in Five.

I am grateful to them for allowing me to share the recipe here with you. Enjoy...

Cookie Dough Mousse

Cookie Dough Mousse

To quote Vicky and Rami:

"Our cookie dough mousse recipe is perfect for when that hankering for cookie dough arises!"

Our cookie dough mousse recipe is perfect for when that hankering for cookie dough arises!

​What you need

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    ​2 tablespoons of butter
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    4 ounces of cream cheese
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    1 and a half teaspoons of vanilla extract
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    ¼ cup powdered erythritol
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    ¼ cup of sugar free chocolate chips

​What you Do

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    Melt the butter on low heat until golden brown. Do not let it burn!
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    With an electric hand mixer, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla extract, erythritol, browned butter and a pinch of salt.
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    When smooth and combined, fold in the chocolate chips by hand.
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    Chill for an hour and enjoy!

Nutrition per Serving

  • ​Makes 2 servings
  • 388 calories per serving
  • 37 grams of fat
  • 6 grams of protein
  • 5 grams of net crbs
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If you've followed me for a while, you know that I don't share nutritional information, because the info is very much dependent on the ingredients and the size of what you are making. 

Personally I don't count calories, so am not worried about it. (I spent way too much of my life on a diet. and keto is my life not a diet.)

If, like many ketoers, you do want all the nutritional information...

Then the Keto in Five Cookbook series, have you covered. They give you all the above nutritional information for every one of their recipes.

​Want to discover more about their cookbooks? Then read my Keto in Five review or check out Dessert in Five​.

​Still here?

Then you must be looking forward to our ketogenic chocolate collection.

Enjoy...

Chocolate Heaven - Keto Chocolate Cookies

No introduction required! Let's just jump straight in...

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dessert

Before I found this skillet chocolate chip cookie dessert recipe, I never even thought about getting my cookie fix in this way.Enjoy...

Before I saw this skillet chocolate chip cookie dessert recipe, I never even thought about getting my cookie fix in this way.Enjoy...

Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dessert

For the recipe and the source of the photo, visit All Day I dream About Food. Carolyn is an amazing ketogenic baker and cook. 

She released her first cookbook - The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen, in October 2017. She is now working on her next recipe book which she plans to release in the first part of 2018.

If you like to watch how food is prepared, then watch how Carolyn make this cookie dessert now...

Low Carb Microwave Chocolate Fudge Delights

Do you like thick, soft fudgy cookies?

Have you ever bought a soft cookie late at night at a gas station? Yeah, you know the ones I'm referring to.

Then you want to try these...  

They are made in ramekins in the microwave and are ready in minutes. These quick recipes for one is a lifesaver when you follow a keto diet.

Low Carb Microwave Chocolate Fudge Cookies

For the recipe and the source of the cute picture go to Uplate Anyway.

Ketogenic Oreos

The one cookie I see everybody miss in the Facebook groups and forums is Oreo. 

The shop bought ones are obviously highly processed and has no place in a ketogenic life.

However, an Oreo cookie sandwich is really just a chocolate shortbread cookie, filled with a cream cheese icing and is quite simple to make.

If you'd like to indulge in an Oreo cookie during these holidays, then this is the Oreo recipe I like...

Ketogenic Oreos

Get this low carb Oreo recipe and original image here at The Primitive Palate.

Flourless Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

I like this recipe, because it is made without almond or coconut flour.  I generally bake with almond flour, but it is nice to also have every day go to recipes without almond flour.

Feeling like a seriously chocolaty treat that is moist, fudgy and soft, then check out Kyndra's recipe and the original picture source here at Peace, Love and Low Carb.

Flourless Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Kyndra is working on two new cookbooks that will be available at Amazon early in 2018. Go here to see all her books on Amazon.

Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

These cookies are crispy. 🙂 If you like your chocolate chip cookies crispy on the outside then give them a go...

Easy Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Get the recipe here.

Holiday Favorites - Autumn to Christmas

Half this roundup has already been about my childhood baking memories, so I won't go there again. 

Why not rather share your favorite childhood memories or recipes with us in the comments below or on Facebook.

There is so much going on this time of the year - from celebrating abundant harvests to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Recipes celebrating the holidays, have to start with the delight of pumpkin spice. So here we go...

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Biscuits

​What I like most about these little biscuits is the smell of pumpkin spice while they are baking.

They are made with coconut flour, cream cheese and pumpkin puree. If you like soft cookies, you are in for a treat with this holiday favorite. 

​Like me, you probably don't eat much pumpkin as part of your ketogenic lifestyle, but autumn and the holidays has to be the exception.

And anyways, these cookies are sugar free and has only 1 net gram of carbs per delicious biscuit.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cookies

You can get the recipe at Divalicious Recipes.

Halloween Cookies

There are many keto Halloween cookie recipes available on the internet. You'll find witch fingers, monsters, skeletons, spiders and all the scary cookie ideas that you can imagine.

​But the ones I found the most amazing, are the ones in the video below by the Traveling Pastry Hunter.

These themed cookies are made with a healthy keto cookie as the base. These are then painted with sugar free dark chocolate.

 In the video below she shows how she paints:

  • Crescent and full moon Oreo cookies
  • Short Bread Voodoo Dolls
  • Spider web keto Oreos
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    Keto friendly ghost cookies
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    Keto chocolate chip spider cookies
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    5-eye monster sugar cookies¼ cup powdered erythritol
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    Peanut butter jack-o-lanterns

Watch how easily she creates all these amazing Halloween cookies...

The Traveling Pastry Hunter uses a few basic cookies as her canvases. She then "paints" them to create her Halloween themed cookies.

You can visit the index page for all her recipes​. 

Her creations are not limited to Halloween. If you like these, you'll also like her gingerbread cookies and New Year's desserts on the same page.

Keto Christmas Cookies

I like these, because they are so festive and beautiful.

They will light up any holiday or Christmas tea table, but also make for a beautiful gift for your host at a ​lunch or dinner party during the holidays. 

They're a lovely and thoughtful gift to a ketoer or can be added into a Christmas gift basket with ketogenic goodies.

Keto Christmas Cookies

These keto friendly festive cookies are from Brenda at Sugar Free Mom.

Sugar Free Gingerbread Men

​I like these grain free and sugar free gingerbread men, because what is Christmas baking without gingerbread men?

Isn't it great fun to decorate gingerbread men with your kids or grand kids?

Sugar Free Gingerbread Men
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Ketogenic Lifestyle Inspired

Here I share what I call New World Keto Cuisine.

These are recipe that are very much inspired by the low carb high fat ketogenic lifestyle.

... and where better to start than with Fathead?

Fathead Cookies

If you've been living a ketogenic life for a while, you are probably familiar with fathead dough and may be using it to make keto friendly pizza.

If you don't know:

Fathead dough is made with mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, almond flour and egg. 

With this base you can make pizza bases, bread rolls, crackers and of course cookies and other sweet treats like danishes and cinnamon rolls.

I am sharing this one, because if you are collecting a core of essential recipes that you must have on your keto lifestyle then a fathead cookie recipe is definitely on the must have list.

Fathead Cookies

Coconut Flour Cookies

Most ketogenic cookies are made with nut flour.

But what if you or your children are allergic to nuts?

To the rescue - coconut flour...

​... and this simple coconut flour sugar cookie recipe.

What makes this even better for anybody with allergies is that it is also dairy free.

Coconut Flour Cookies

Almond Zucchini Bites

Almond Zucchini Bites

​I share these, because I enjoy the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg when I bake.

I also love the way Alison from Food by Mars packed them in this lovely box. They'll make for a lovely holiday gift.

​This recipe is especially for our readers in the southern hemisphere who may have lots of ripe zucchini about now.

If it is summer where you are - enjoy...  

You may also like our easy keto zucchini recipe roundup with 31 delicious zucchini ideas.

Almond Zucchini Bites

Get the recipe and many more lovely pictures at Food by Mars.

Recipe Conversion

This is ​generally done by replacing the wheat flour with almond flour, coconut flour and or protein powder.

And replacing the sugar with a healthy sugar alternative that does not affect blood sugar in the same way as normal sugar.

Thank You

Thank you for sharing my journey down memory lane. I look forward to you sharing your memories and keto cookie recipes and ideas with us...

About the Author

About Noline at Essential Keto

Noline is a chartered accountant and therapeutic reflexologist who converted to the keto lifestyle after losing 55 pounds without counting calories or starving herself. 

She is a student of Professor Tim Noakes and the Nutrition Network and feels compelled to share the low carb lifestyle with as many people as possible.

She does this at Essential Keto where she shares resources, recipes and her experiences, whilst working on losing that last 10 pounds.

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