We’re impressed by anyone who’s dedicated to sticking to a diet during the holiday season — especially if they have a sweet tooth. Luckily, these keto sugar cookies can help satisfy any confectionary craving.
After all, as TikTok user Mackenzie Maddux captions her simple recipe, “It’s not Christmas without sugar cookies!” She also claims her cookies clock in at just 100 calories and one carb each. That’s pretty great even if you’re not following any kind of diet.
The secret to these keto sugar cookies is swapping out a couple ingredients found in traditional recipes. Don’t worry, though, you won’t be sacrificing any scrumptious flavor. First, Maddux uses erythritol sweetener (Buy on Amazon, $12.99) instead of regular sugar for both the cookies and the frosting (yes, they still have frosting!). She also subs in almond flour rather than all-purpose.
Maddux starts by creaming together half a cup of softened butter, half a cup of erythritol, and a teaspoon of vanilla. Then she adds two eggs, a couple teaspoons of baking powder, a pinch of salt, and half a cup of the almond flour. She notes that if the dough feels too crumbly at this point, you can add a fourth cup of your favorite type of milk.
Before rolling it out, Maddux recommends letting the dough chill in the fridge for at least an hour. Then you can grab your cookie cutters and get to work, then bake the cookies at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for eight to 10 minutes.
Once they’re out of the over and cooled down, you can decorate them. Maddux blends another six tablespoons of softened butter, one tablespoon of vanilla, four cups of powdered erythritol, and up to one fourth cups of milk for the frosting. The amount of milk will depend on how thick or thin you want the frosting, so add it slowly.
Take a look to see how hers turned out:
They look exactly like our favorite traditional sugar cookies to us! And of course, you can get as creative as you want with food coloring in your frosting and your favorite toppings.
You can also use whatever low-calorie sweetener you prefer to bake with, but Healthline claims the erythritol in this recipe is one of the best options when it comes to sugar substitutes. It not only tastes almost exactly like normal sugar, it has nearly zero calories (just .24 per gram). Plus, it won’t trick your blood sugar levels into rising. Just try not to chow down on too many of these keto sugar cookies (or anything else with erythritol) or you might get a tummy ache. But hey, that’s the case in overindulging in any treat.
Go ahead and give the recipe a try yourself! We’re sure even “Santa” will love seeing these waiting for him on Christmas Eve.
P.S. Click here for even more tasty sweet and savory keto-friendly holiday recipes!
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