Utah and Colorado National Parks Bucket List

Utah and Colorado National Parks Bucket List

Preview: A Utah and Colorado National Parks Bucket List for families. Join guest writers as we travel around these mountain states to national and state parks!

What’s your reason to visit a national or state park? Why do we go to these parks? Is it the magnificence, the feeling of heaven on earth, the challenge, or the varying landscapes?

We are planning family trips for this summer and so I asked travel bloggers from all over to share their experiences in state and national parks. You may find your reasons to travel to one of the parks from their answers!

The national parks bucket lists will be published in a series of 5. I hope you enjoyed last week’s California National Parks Bucket List! Have you been to many of the California parks?

But now, without further ado, let’s continue our journey and add to your Utah and Colorado National Parks bucket list!

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Utah National Parks for families

Bryce Canyon National Park 

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the most unique and memorable parks we explored in the U.S. on our West Coast road trip.

Technically not a Canyon, the landscape is surreal. Millions of years of erosion through the valley have created pillars called hoodoos, and are scattered over a large area. You can admire the hoodoos from the canyon rim, or take a hike down to the valley floor where the hoodoos tower above you.

Bryce Canyon is great with kids as it is quite small. The park can easily be visited in one day and many of the hiking trails are not too challenging. We took the Navajo Loop Trail starting from Wall Street and also covered the Queens Garden Loop Trail in the valley.

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, hoodoos #brycecanyonnationalpark #utahnationalparks

The kids loved walking through the hoodoos, looking for shapes in the towering pillars of sandstone and playing hide and seek amongst the spires.

Our best tip is to visit the park at sunrise or sunset when the colors are simply magnificent. If you have time, sign up for a ranger talk on the trail. They are engaging sessions, and our kids learned a lot from about the landscape and the animals that call the park home. The area around Bryce Canyon is said to be one of the darkest locations in the US. That makes it also the perfect spot for a little star gazing.

By Rachel from Adventure and Sunshine

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is centered around a large canyon. However, unlike most canyons which you see from above, the main accessible part of the park is along the canyon floor. The park is car-free. Instead, there are frequent free shuttle buses that run the length of this part of the park, making it easy to travel, and keeping the park free of traffic.

There are plenty of places to stay in nearby Springdale, but if you want to stay in the park, the lodge is half way along the canyon. At the lodge, you’ll find a restaurant and cafe as well as an enormous cottonwood tree that is lovely to relax under in the summer.

Zion National Park, Utah #utahnationalparks #zionnationalpark

There are plenty of hikes, including The Narrows – a spectacular hike through a narrow slot canyon in a river. Younger kids can do the river walk to the start of this hike easily. You’ll also find plenty of slot canyons that are perfect for canyoneering (rappelling down a series of extremely narrow canyons) – not for little kids, but perfect for adults or even adventurous teenagers.

Also, there are shorter, easier hikes, such as the short half-mile hike to Weeping Rock (a dripping ‘waterfall’ over a rocky outcrop) and a one-mile hike to Canyon Overlook for breathtaking views of the canyon below.

Zion really does have something for everyone of all ages, levels of fitness, and adventurous spirit.

By James from Travel Collecting

Arches National Park

Arches National Park was one of my favourite national parks to visit in the USA. If you have 2 days you should be able to see everything in the park. There are a lot of short hikes that you can do which is ideal if you are going with children.

Just off the main road through the park, there’s a nice little hike of 0.3 miles is to see Balanced Rock which stands at 39 metres tall. More difficult, Delicate Arch was one of my favourite hikes and is a 3-mile hike. Actually, it is quite a strenuous hike as it’s mainly up a steep rock face on the way there. However, it’s well worth it once you get there. It is possible to do with children, but you will need to keep a close eye on them as there are sharp drops in places.

Arches National Park, Utah #archesnationalpark #utahnationalparks

Devil’s Garden trailhead has a lot of different options for hikes with many more arches you can see. Some are very easy walks and some are longer and more difficult. This is a great area to explore though as there is so much to see. Unfortunately, it does mean it is one of the busiest in the park. My favourites to see are Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, and Double O Arch.

If you are in Utah you need to make the time to have a couple of days or at least a day to visit this park.

By Clare from I Live 4 Travel 

Interested in California State and National Parks?

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Colorado National Parks for Families

The Great Sand Dunes National Park

The Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the most unique National Parks in the United States. Containing the tallest sand dunes in North America, the dunes stretch across about 30 miles of land. One would think the dunes were close to the ocean, but no, the dunes are actually located in Colorado, at the edge of the San Luis Valley and Sangre De Cristo mountain range.

The dunes can be spotted from miles away, and the closer you drive to them the bigger and bigger they appear. A favorite way to explore the dunes is to rent sand sleds or sandboards and climb to the top for an awesome view and then an even better ride. Families with children can choose to surf down smaller dunes rather than the very large ones.

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Another way to explore the dunes is to drive the rugged Medano Pass, a 22-mile sand road that requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle to go on. Don’t have a 4 wheel drive vehicle? You can actually rent fat tire bikes that are the only type of bike allowed pass the no point of return on Medano Pass.

If you don’t feel as adventurous, simply taking a hike to the foot of the dunes at sunset is a magical experience. The dunes light up in a soft ray of orange light and are beautiful to photograph at this time.

By Jess at Unearth the Voyage

Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park, just west of Estes Park, Colorado, is my happy place. It feels like a second home to me, always welcoming and awe-inspiring. There are so many different places to explore and fabulous hiking options for families.

In this magnificent park, you’ll find views of majestic mountains, valleys, and snakelike rivers, as well as a variety of wildlife and plants. There are mountain-sides with pine and aspen trees, mountain flowers like the Rocky Mountain columbine, and even the grass of the tundra up on top of Trail Ridge Road.

Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado #trailridgeroad #rockymountainnational park

If you want a day to impress the kids in the park definitely drive up Trail Ridge Road. A highway to the sky, Trail Ridge Road is the 48-mile portion of U.S. 34 between Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado. To me, this is one of the most beautiful stretches of road and mountains you will ever see. At the top point, 12,183 feet in elevation, the wind whips and even in summer cars drive by walls of snow.

Take your time and get out of the car to enjoy the scenic views or take one of the short hikes. The Alpine Visitors Center is almost at the top on the Grand Lake side and worth a stop if nothing else but for the photo op.

Personally, when traveling the road I’ve seen moose, elk, deer, coyotes, bighorn sheep, marmots, chipmunks, and all sorts of birds. If your kids keep a written or art journal be sure to encourage them to track all the wildlife they see!

For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park and the area check out these articles:

I may be a little biased as I grew up in the area, but there is no place on earth like Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s perfect for families, adventurers, and wanderers.

By Lauren from Explorer Momma

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Operation U.S. Parks

Are you ready for a family education? Teach your kids to respect and honor nature. Visit the parks, hike, camp, and enjoy the outdoors! It’s so much more powerful to have a hands-on experience to demonstrate why we must protect them and the wildlife in them. Truly, as a kid, these are things you’ll never forget, not only the time in these amazing places but the fun as a family.

Are you enjoying our journey around the country to the U.S. Parks? Have you added to your Utah and Colorado National Parks bucket list? Maybe it will give you and yours some inspiration to get out and plan your own trips! Good luck!

Have you been to any of these Utah or Colorado National Parks? What about any other State Parks?

Tag me in your pics on Instagram @explorermomma. I’d love to see them!

 

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Low Carb Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Low Carb Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies

Preview: With the perfect snap and texture, low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies are deliciously made of almond and coconut flours along with chocolate and other flavors. All the gluten-free goodness comes in a neat, perfectly swirled package perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or afternoon tea!

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On the 10th day of Christmas, we have swirls!

It’s the 12 Days of Keto Christmas Cookies, and we’re on cookie number 10! Have you ever made a swiss roll cake? Or perhaps you’ve watched one of those cooking shows I watch far too many of where they discuss the perfect “swirl” in a cake or cookie?

I am the first to admit my swirls are never completely perfect, but they are fun! This recipe is great because it’s super easy to make. Also, you have much less risk of the dough breaking than with a swiss roll.

Those are entirely different! I’m sure you’re telling the computer now. A swiss roll is a cake rolled up with jam, cream, or frosting inside. These are almost a shortbread-style cookie with no cream whatsoever. However, that all-important roll to create the perfect, or almost-perfect swirl is the unifying factor.

Low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies have the perfect tea cookie snap and are ideal for Valentine's Day, Christmas, or any day! If you want a gluten-free, sugar-free cookie that tastes amazing, these are for you! #lowcarbvalentine #lowcarbcookies

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The tradition of the pinwheel swirl

In the past, one of my favorite Christmas cakes to make was the Bouche de Noël. I studied French in high school and college, and one of my favorite parts of French culture was and still is the food!

A Bouche de Noël is a roll cake, similar to a swiss roll, made in the shape of a log. Next year, I’m determined to make a keto version for Christmas. Traditionally it’s decorated with meringue mushrooms, marzipan leaves, or anything edible to make to appear more like you could stumble upon it in a fairy forest.

I always struggled with getting the cake to roll correctly to create the main part of the cake. Why is that swirl so difficult?

It comes down to several things easily managed when faced with cookie dough instead of a sponge cake.

Low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies. Keto and full of flavor, these gluten-free tea cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas, or anytime! #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

How to create the perfect swirl

First of all, the layers of dough need to come together evenly so as not to create bubbles or bumps of dough. Both different kinds of dough should be even throughout, just like the cake and filling should be in a roll cake. This is accomplished by taking your time and smoothing out the dough to the correct thickness without any bubbles or imperfections.

Second, a trick I’ve learned is to guide the dough as you roll it up with parchment paper, not your hands. As you pull the parchment paper up to start the roll, the paper more evenly creates the roll than your hands alone. Also, with a cookie dough filled with butter, the less you touch it the better because you don’t want to melt out that delightful butter!

The third trick for creating the perfect swirl is to roll it into a 2-inch diameter log, wrap it in cling wrap, and throw it in the freezer to chill. As I said, butter melts so if the dough is chilled it hardens. Not only then does the swirl stay in place, but then the log is ready to slice and bake anytime and can even stay in the freezer for up to a month.

To make low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies you’ll need: 

Cookies are made with butter and love.

Norwegian Proverb

How to make low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies

To begin, as always, make life easier by getting out all the necessary ingredients and kitchen utensils. Go ahead and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking sheets. I’ve found with these cookies you don’t need parchment paper or baking mats on the pans, but use them if you like.

For the ingredients now, first beat the butter and sweetener in a large bowl. I like to use a standing mixer for this, but use what you prefer. Once the mixture lightens up, add in the vanilla and mix it throughout.

Next, for the dry ingredients, measure in the almond and coconut flours. Beat it together thoroughly to make a dough. Obviously, there’s no gluten in this so you don’t have to worry about beating it too much and developing a gluten structure. Just combine it completely and knead it into a dough.

Low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies, keto and gluten-free tea cookies are easy and delicious! #glutenfreecookies #lowcarbdesserts

Then divide the dough into two equal parts. Put one part in an extra bowl to wait then take the other half of the dough and mix in the cocoa powder. Make sure it’s well-mixed and equal in its chocolate color throughout. It’s not fun to see specks of unmixed white dough in the middle of the chocolate.

Now, take the other half of the dough resting in the extra bowl and mix in the extracts and food coloring. For the cookies in the pictures, I used peppermint and a bit of red food coloring for the perfect Christmas or Valentine’s Day cookie.

Tip: Use different flavorings

One thing I love about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. You can’t really go wrong with the chocolate swirl, and the other layer of cookie dough can be made any number of flavors to suit your taste. My son’s not a fan of peppermint so no problem! Add in strawberry, almond, or coconut extract instead. I’ve even used a few drops of orange essential oil for a chocolate orange cookie.

Another note. It’s up to you whether or not you use food coloring, and while I always recommend natural food coloring, the ones from the grocery store can work also.

Low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies, overhead #lowcarbcookie #lowcarbrecipes

How to roll out the dough

Get ready to roll out the dough and take out two large pieces of parchment paper. Set the chocolate dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper in the center, and roll it out to about a twelve-inch by eighteen-inch rectangle. Then do the same with the other flavored dough.

Next, remove the parchment paper and place the two kinds of dough one on top of the other. As I mentioned before, to get a good swirl, be careful to keep it flat and even with no bubbles or bumps. It should still be sitting on one of the pieces of parchment paper to act as a rolling guide.

Pull up on the parchment paper evenly to begin the roll and continue to pull upward on the paper to help guide it around. Of course, use your hands on the parchment paper to help form the log if necessary. Now make the dough into a log about 2 inches across and roll it in cling wrap or parchment paper.

Low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies, log of dough. Perfect keto treat to freeze and slice 'n bake. #lowcarbrecipes #easylowcarb

This next step is the one I love because it allows you to premake the dough whenever and it’ll be ready to slice and bake off when you need for your holiday party or Christmas tea. Put the log in the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes up to a month! I like to have several different kinds of slice and bake cookies in my freezer for emergencies.

Bake the cookies

To bake the cookies, first get the log out of the freezer and trim off the uneven edges of dough. Then slice the cookies about 1/3 to 1/2 inches wide in order to make 24 cookies. Place them about two inches apart on the baking pan.

Low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies, slice and bake the cookie dough log #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

Bake them in the 325-degree oven for about 10 minutes, until the edges barely start to brown. They will be very soft, but once they’re cooled they’ll be a hard shortbread style cookie. Don’t be tempted to leave them in longer and let them burn. I speak from experience.

Lastly, let them cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking pan before moving them to a cooling rack. Let them cool completely and dress them up in a pretty bag for a gift or serve them at a party. Or snack on one while you read a good book. It’s up to you!

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Reach as high as you can, then reach a little higher. There you will find magic and possibility. And maybe even cookies.

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What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

Does your family have a favorite cookie? I like to have different options to have a variety for holiday parties. These low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies have the swirl, there’s those with cream or frosting, fillings, jams, or even traditional chocolate chip. We love them all, especially my kids. Also, cookies are a fun thing for them to make with you and for all my talk of the “perfect swirl”, it’s never quite perfect, and it doesn’t have to be!

Enjoy baking with the kids and that family time together. You’ll end up with happy kids, fun family time, and a delicious cookies snack. What could be better?! Enjoy!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Merry Christmas and happy cookie baking!

 

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Low Carb Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies Printable Recipe

Low Carb Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chill time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A fun keto cookie perfect for afternoon tea at Valentine's Day, Christmas or whenever! Similar to shortbread, low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies are full of flavor and sure to please kids and adults alike.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 99 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup powdered sweetener of your choice, I use Swerve
  • 3 1/2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract (optional: could also use almond or coconut)
  • food coloring (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking sheets.

  2. Beat the butter and sweetener in a large bowl until combined and light, then mix in the vanilla.

  3. Measure in the almond and coconut flours and mix together thoroughly to make a dough.

  4. Divide the dough into two equal parts. Take one half of the dough and mix in the cocoa powder.

  5. In the other half of the dough, mix in the extracts and food coloring if using.

  6. Place the chocolate dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper and roll it out to about a twelve-inch by eighteen-inch rectangle. Do the same with the other dough.

  7. Remove the parchment paper and set the dough one on top of the other careful to keep in flat and even.

  8. Roll up the dough like a Swiss roll cake, using a piece of the parchment paper to help guide it around.

  9. Form the dough into a log about 2 inches across and roll it in cling wrap or parchment paper. Chill the log in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  

  10. Trim off the edges and slice the cookies about 1/3 to 1/2 inches to make 24 cookies. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges barely start to brown.

  11. Bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges barely start to brown and let cool for at least 20 minutes on the baking pan before moving to a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 24.0
Amount Per Serving: 1 cookie
calories 99
 
Total Fat 10 g  
Saturated Fat 5 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 20 mg  
Sodium 4 mg  
Potassium 19 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 2 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 0 g  
Protein 1 g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

California National Parks Bucket List

California National Parks Bucket List

Preview: A California National Parks Bucket List for families. Join guest writers as we travel around the state of California to national and state parks!

This year my daughter is in the fourth grade, and eligible for the Every Kid in a Park pass. What this means is she gets her own national parks pass that will let our entire family into all national parks all year for free! Your child does have to be a U.S. resident to qualify, so click here to see my blog post on how to get your own free pass!

We’re in the process of planning trips for this summer so I asked travel bloggers from all over to share their experiences in U.S. state and national parks. I got many fabulous responses and will share them with you by region of the United States.

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So, without further ado, let’s begin our journey and add to your own

California national parks bucket list!

Yay! Let’s go!

Joshua Tree National Park

One of our favorite national parks to visit as a family is the unusual and beautiful Joshua Tree National Park. It’s located in Southern California, on the way between Los Angeles and Arizona. Joshua Tree is often described as ‘otherworldly’ and indeed, it is different from anything we had ever seen before.

The park lies where the Mojave and the Colorado deserts meet. Indeed, its landscape is made of barren land dominated by large boulders which erosion has carved into unusual shapes. The park takes its name from the ‘Joshua trees’, yucca plants stretching their spiky arms towards the sky, typical of this area.

Joshua Tree in Joshua Tree National Park, California #joshuatree #exploremore

You can visit Joshua Tree at any time of the year. The spring is the most popular time as it is when the desert flowers blossom. However, we went there in the summer and it was still easy to enjoy its stillness and beauty. 

If visiting in the hot season, be aware that this is an unforgiving, desert landscape and some caution is required. Suitable clothing, shoes, and sunscreen are a must as well as protection from the sun and water.

The park is easy to enjoy with kids as several of its hikes are short and some even stroller friendly. The most popular hikes with kids are the walk in the Cholla cactus garden and the loop around Skull Rock.

The park is served by 3 visitor centers, one at each entrance. I highly recommend a stop there as they rangers can give advice on how to visit safely no matter the season.

By Marta, Learning Escapes

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the most unique and yet least visited National Parks in California. The park is famous for having every type of volcano represented in the park from shield, composite, cinder cone, to plug dome. The volcanic landscape allows visitors to explore beautiful and interesting rock formations, sulfur pools, boiling mud pots, and volcanic cones.

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One of my favorite experiences in the park was getting to climb up the sides of a cinder cone. It was around sunset, and I got to see the light highlighting various spots of the volcanic ash.

The park is a great learning experience, especially for those interesting in viewing the violent and beautiful sides of nature.

By Anwar, Beyond My Front Door 

 

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park in California is an amazing destination for outdoor, family adventures. This national park is a part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and it’s named for its beautiful Sequoia trees.

The General Sherman Tree is the largest tree in the world (based on its volume) and is a must-see! The giant sequoia forest is beautiful, so plan for at least one full day to explore the trees alone. The paths through the forest are all stroller accessible.

In addition to enjoying the sequoia trees, you will want to go to the underground Crystal Cave to explore cool streams and rocks. Walk around Crescent Meadow Trail and enjoy the beautiful meadow flowers, and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of a bear (I have seen several bears in the meadow over the years!).

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Sequoia National Park Family Travel Tips

Hike to the top of Moro Rock for a magnificent view of the park from above. It is a steep climb and therefore not the best for small children on their own two feet. Babies in carriers and older children who don’t have a fear of heights will do just fine, but leave the stroller behind!

If your family enjoys camping, the Lodgepole Campground is our family’s personal favorite. It is located in Lodgepole Village, which has a small market, restaurant, and showers. Campsites are available 6 months in advance, and they go almost immediately, so be sure to plan ahead to avoid missing out!

The park’s shuttle system runs often, is family-friendly, and is the easiest way to explore multiple destinations within the park. During holiday weekends and peak season, it can be difficult to find parking, so I highly recommend considering the shuttle.

Sequoia National Park is a stunning destination, and it definitely deserves a spot on your family’s bucket list.

By Leah, An Adventure is Calling

 

DL Bliss State Park

DL Bliss State Park is home to gorgeous Emerald Bay in South Lake Tahoe, California. The picturesque bay is the spot of many iconic photos of the region.

The parking lot fills up quickly so arrive early in the morning!

Many visitors photograph the view from the upper lookout each day. However, only those willing to hike down to the shoreline get to enjoy all that the area has to offer. The hike is .8 miles each way on a wide paved path, but it is quite steep.

Our kids basically ran down the hill; the walk up was much slower (and hotter!), but they all made it and were so proud. We saw younger children riding back up on their parents’ shoulders, so be prepared!

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Because the path is paved, it is easily accessible for strollers as well. Down at the shoreline are restrooms, kayak rentals, swimming, guided tours of the Vikingsholm Mansion, and a small gift shop with drinks and ice cream. The tour is not stroller friendly, but it is short and doable for children of all ages. Our daughter was in awe of the historical interior design, and it was a highlight of her day.

Our children loved playing in the shallow water on the water’s edge. Also, just a few minutes beyond the mansion is an easy detour hike. It brings you to Eagle Falls which is a peaceful photo spot and a wonderful bonus.

When in Lake Tahoe, DL Bliss State Park is not to be missed!

By Sierra, Free to Travel Mama

Interested in other State and National Parks?

You do not want to miss Carlsbad Caverns National Park! Get great tips for visiting the caverns with kids.

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(Pssst!! Add all of these to your California national parks bucket list today!)

King’s Canyon National Park

Part of the charm of King’s Canyon National Park is the variety of ever-shifting landscapes throughout this beautiful place.  From towering granite walls, to open vistas, to groves of giant sequoias, each new landscape is surprising and delightful.

One of the most well-known features of King’s Canyon is the General Grant sequoia tree—the second largest tree in the world.  This tree is an icon as both the official US National Christmas Tree and a living monument to veterans.

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But besides groves of living sequoias, King’s Canyon also contains groves that are monuments to fallen giant sequoias from the days of logging.  The Big Stump Trail hosts the most famous stump—the Mark Twain Tree. A ladder stands against the remains of this tree so visitors can climb on top of the stump and gain a new perspective of the size of these sequoias. Kids and adults alike will love to experience the size of this fallen giant in a tactile way. They will also love attempting to count the tree rings to find its age!

Towards the backcountry of King’s Canyon, there are hikes for all ages and skill levels. From very short hikes like Roaring River Falls, longer hikes like the one to Mist Falls, to hiking overnight, there is something here for everyone. Inevitably, each hike reveals another facet of this park’s beauty. The waterfalls are particularly gorgeous and worth the journey to see them.

Whether you visit for a short or a long time, King’s Canyon National Park will leave you fascinated by its diversity of nature and the range of things to do and see!

By Abi, Happy Go Abi

 

Yosemite National Park

There are so many amazing national parks to visit in the US. Yosemite however, is a great option for those who aren’t very outdoorsy, or have younger children with them. But it does cater to the adventure junkies too. 

Yosemite is one of the most popular national parks on the list. And after even just one afternoon there – you will want to return a million times over. The thing I love about Yosemite is that it is full of amazing scenic views but also some hidden gems worth detouring for.

Tip: Bear in mind that even as late as June, parts of the park may be closed following the winter season. We had a 4-hour detour because a major road was closed. But it was so worth the wait.

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When it comes to ultimate views, you really can’t go past Taft Point at sunset without stopping. It’s recently made the news for both positive and negative reasons. One couple had a photograph taken of their marriage proposal by chance, and the photographer managed to track them down. However, one couple also fell from Taft Point, assumed, when taking a selfie together.

Therefore, always remember to err on the side of caution and be careful around cliff edges and lookout points. It can be dangerous if you aren’t paying attention.

Other highlights for your California national parks bucket list

Other highlights include Half Dome (for rock climbing), Yosemite Valley, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. There are heaps more, but if I listed everything we would be here all day! 

A real highlight that many don’t know about is Bridgeport. We stayed at an RV park there and rented an anchored RV for the night. At sunrise, we woke up in darkness to enjoy the views from the natural hot spring rock pools at the Travertine Hot Springs. This is evidently a real local haunt as we only saw one other person there. Little kids would absolutely love it!

Yosemite is truly amazing. I need to go back to see more, just like everyone who visits and immediately falls in love with it too. 

By Toni, Enchanted Serendipity

 

Redwood National Park

Home to the tallest trees on earth, Redwood National Park is the most magical of national parks and in 2018 was 50 years old!

It was the discovery of the world’s tallest tree that led to the creation of Redwood National Park in 1968. While the tallest tree lost its title to another, the current record holder is in the vicinity. There are 40 miles of rugged coastline to explore, and you’ll find 45% of the remaining coastal redwoods here.

Redwood National Park, giant Redwoods #redwoodnationalpark #gianttrees

The biggest tree you’ll see here is Big Tree, which has a circumference of 68 feet and is estimated to be 1500 years old.

The Shrine Drive-Thru Tree is the focal point for many visitors, myself included. There are in fact THREE drive through trees on the Redwood Coast. It’s a great sight for all ages and of course fun to drive through too!

For me, though, the unique and best thing about Redwood National Park is simply being able to walk through the woods and stare in wonder at the giant trees, protected for future generations.

By Sarah, A Social Nomad 

Redwood National Park, line of cars #californianationalparks #bucketlist

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California National Parks Bucket List | Tips for amazing family travel to the Redwoods, Yosemite, and more! #californianationalparks #familytravel

Operation U.S. Parks

Does your family love to visit U.S. National and State Parks? This is such a beautiful country, and visiting parks, hiking, camping, and just being outdoors can be a huge education for kids. They need to see their beauty and learn hands-on why we must protect them and the wildlife in them.

I hope you’re enjoying our journey around the country to the U.S. Parks. Have you added to your California National Parks bucket list? Maybe it will give you and yours some inspiration to get out and plan your own visit! Happy Travels!

Check out more articles on U.S. parks:

10 Musts for Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Epic Things to Do at Niagara Falls with Kids

Secrets of Rocky Mountain National Park in Winter

Keto Taco Soup

Keto Taco Soup

Preview: A delicious, creamy low carb comfort soup. Keto taco soup tastes like a taco in a bowl and is super quick and easy for a weeknight meal.

One of my absolute favorite things to make for dinner in winter for the family is soup. It’s warm, cozy, comforting and super quick to heat up for a couple of nights in a row when running in from karate or basketball practice.

A good soup or stew is one of those homemade meals never the same out of a can, and it’s also so important to be able to control the ingredients put into it.

Does your family have a taco Tuesday? If you are eating a keto lifestyle it’s so easy to change that up to a taco salad (my favorite in summer) or this awesome taco soup in winter! My kids don’t even miss the taco shells or tortillas!

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Keto taco soup. An easy and delicious low carb, gluten-free recipe, perfect for family weeknights. #lowcarbdinner #ketosoups

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You cannot make everybody happy, you are not a taco.

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To make this easy keto taco soup you’ll need:

Why use bone broth in keto taco soup?

What is bone broth exactly you may ask, and how is it different than regular broth or stock?

Well, bone broth is essentially stock renamed. It’s confusing because when you traditionally think of a broth it’s the liquid boiled with the actual meat or vegetable and what results after a couple of hours. With a stock, or what is now called bone broth, you boil bones for an extended period of time so that the collagen and cartilage break down to dissolve into the liquid. You really can’t boil it too long, but I’ve seen recipes between 8 and 18 hours.

A really good bone broth will gel into a good meat Jello. Doesn’t that sound appetizing?! I remember when I first joined the Peace Corps, one of my first meals at our training location in Georgia (the country, not the state) was a gelled meat square and a plate of cheese curds with sour cream on top. Being jet-lagged and not quite my usual adventurous self, you may imagine my reaction to that meal.

Now, however, it doesn’t sound all that bad! In fact, I’m making the bone broth myself or buy it when I don’t have the time. Bone broth is said to be good for hair, nails, skin and promotes a healthy gut. I use it in all my soups.

Keto taco soup: delicious, gluten-free, low carb and a comfort taco in a bowl. #lowcarbtacos #ketodinners

“Well,” Claire said, “at least we have tacos. Everything goes better with tacos.” 

Rachel Caine, Bitter Blood

Author

How to make easy keto taco soup

This keto taco soup came out of a taco craving and what was on-hand at the time. Now it’s an easy family favorite, super simple to throw together for a couple of weeknight meals.

First, brown the ground beef and add in the 3 tbsp of taco seasoning. Second, stir it up to combine and cook for another couple of minutes. When choosing any meat, I try to get good quality, the healthiest possible for my family.

Good quality beef and meat products

If you frequent the meat counter at the grocery store, look for good grass-fed beef without hormones or antibiotics. There are also quite a few mail-order meat companies out there to make life more convenient. The beauty of this is you can get it delivered directly to your door, and as I still have youngish kids I avoid going into stores if at all possible.

We use a company called ButcherBox and have had great luck with them for our meat. You can check out my blog post here about our first delivery. Also, if you purchase a ButcherBox through my link here, they will also throw in 2 pounds of Alaskan Wild Salmon for free! Yum.

ButcherBox unboxing ground beef

How to put the soup together

Now set aside the taco meat. Then pull out a dutch oven or soup pot and pour in the bone broth. On medium-high heat, warm the bone broth then whisk in the cream cheese.

Tip: When I’m running late and haven’t set out the cream cheese to warm, I just throw the bone broth and cream cheese in a blender for thirty to forty seconds then pour it into the soup pot. Voilà! No lumps.

Next, add the meat to the pot, then the tomato sauce (or you can also used finely diced tomatoes for a chunkier soup), and the salsa. Make sure to you use homemade or a good-quality low carb tomato sauce and salsa. That way you can be sure there’s no extra sugar added and keep the carb count down. The carb count can go up and down drastically with the kind of sauce and salsa you use.

Now heat it on medium-high until it’s simmering then mix in the cabbage and cheddar cheese. Turn the heat down and continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

A spoonful of keto taco soup. Easy, kid-friendly, low carb recipe. Perfect for gluten-free diets and a healthier option. #ketosoup #ketorecipes

My secret ingredient: cabbage

What? Did you just say cabbage?! Why yes, yes I did. I’ve found very thinly sliced cabbage mimicks the lettuce on a taco and is perfect in this soup. It holds its shape and has a good texture. To make it even easier, look for the angel hair cut cabbage in a bag at the grocery store. Easy peasy.

Lastly, serve up the soup in bowls topped with optional cheddar cheese, cilantro, lime, and/or avocado. Yum!

Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible.

Isabel Quintero

Author

Want more keto soup recipes?

Try this easy creamy keto Italian sausage soup!

Creamy keto Italian sausage soup. Delicious and easy. #ketosoup #ketorecipes

Comforting soup in winter

I love a good soup when it’s cold outside. Do you know what? I also love how easy it is to re-heat for an even quicker hot meal. So, I challenge you. Put a twist on taco Tuesday and try out this keto taco soup. I know you’ll be glad you did.

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An easy weeknight meal! Keto taco soup is the perfect low carb recipe for an easy family dinner. Gluten-free, a great recipe for your keto diet and ketogenic lifestyle. #ketodinners #lowcarbsoups

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Keto Taco Soup Printable Recipe

Keto Taco Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

A taco in a warm spicy low carb bowl of soup. Keto taco soup is quick and comforting on a cold evening.

Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Ketogenic, Mexican
Keyword: keto, low carb, soup, taco
Servings: 10
Calories: 309 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 32 oz beef bone broth
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 14 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 tbsp taco seasoning (sugar-free)
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 2 cups angel hair chopped cabbage
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • cilantro chopped
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef and add the 3 tbsp of taco seasoning. Stir to combine and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Take a dutch oven or soup pot and pour in the bone broth. Warm then whisk in the cream cheese (or blend in a blender and add to the pot).

  3. Add the meat to the pot along with the tomato sauce and salsa. Heat until it's simmering then mix in the cabbage and cheddar cheese. Continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Serve in bowls topped with optional cheddar cheese, cilantro, lime, and/or avocado.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

 
Servings 10.0
 
calories 309
 
Total Fat 22 g  
Saturated Fat 12 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 77 mg  
Sodium 392 mg  
Potassium 188 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 6 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 3 g  
Protein 18 g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

40 Next Books Reading Challenge

40 Next Books Reading Challenge

Preview: Join me in my New Year 40 next books reading challenge! I’m turning 40 this year, and this booklist looks back at the past and is motivation for new learning.

Welcome, 2019!

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It’s here, it’s here! It’s finally 2019! Actually, 2018 seems to have gone by in a flash, and my kids are no longer babies or toddlers. What’s more, this is a significant year for me as I’m turning 40! How did that happen?!

Rather than dwell on the negative, I’ve decided to embrace this 40th year and look to the future. With the New Year, my resolutions vary with health, exercise, nutrition, and family goals. Also, I’ve decided to add a fun resolution just for me!

Because I love books so much I will commit to getting organized and focus on a reading goal for the year. Rather than haphazardly pick out books, this booklist is perfect to broaden my reading choices. Do you get in a reading rut? I admit it, I do! I look to my favorite authors and series and well-loved characters. It’s where I’m comfortable, and I’ll always go back to my favorites, sometimes I need a little push to try new things.

That’s where the challenge comes in!

40 Next Books Reading Challenge

40 next books reading challenge. Booklist for all, join us! #booklist #40nextbooks

Are you ready to read? I am so excited to continue picking out books for this year! It’s fabulous to have an excuse to take some time to explore new and past books you’d like to read. I can disappear for hours at a library or on online book websites just getting ideas and coming up with books I’d love to read.

I almost always have a long list of to-read books. What about you? With the 40 next books reading challenge, I’ve been inspired by my own 40th year and making time for my own personal growth. So often as moms we are pulled in so many directions and focus on everyone but ourselves.

What’s best for the kids, the family, our home? But do you know what? Taking care of yourself and growing your own mind and outlook will help everyone. You can make yourself a priority!

40 Next Books Reading Challenge booklist #40nextbooks #2019booklist

Credit where credit is due

Now, I have to give credit where credit is due. The 40 next books reading challenge was inspired by my friend Marci from my Peace Corps days. She pointed out how fortunate it is to be 40 and started her own reading challenge. Of course, I thought this was a fabulous idea and have joined her challenge but tweaked the list slightly. I plan to read several of the books she has on her own list and have many of the same categories in my list of forty books.

What I’m reading: the first 5 books

To begin the year, I’ve picked out the first 5 books for the 40 next books reading challenge! Select your own in the categories or read along with me. Use the hashtag #40nextbooks and join the book discussion in the blog comments. I’d love to see what you’re reading and add to my own booklist!

1. Published in 1979 (the year I was born!)

I have a couple of books in this category I feel like I should have already read and still want to. Therefore, let’s remedy that and start with one.

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

This book is on so many booklists of best books ever. Have you read it? Does it live up to its reputation and how would I feel about it? I guess I’ll find out!

2. Set in Colorado

I grew up in Colorado and kept leaving, but I’m always drawn back. Truly, I love my Rocky Mountains, and it’s the perfect place for our family. This is a book I read long ago but feel like I’ll have a new perspective on it now.

Centennial

by James Michener

Here’s another non-fiction book I love about an amazing lady that reads like an adventure novel. I highly recommend it!

A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains

by Isabella Bird

3. Animal Book

This book is in honor of my childhood love of animals in nature, and now my son’s obsession with peregrine falcons, panthers, and learning about all living things. To be honest, it’s an unusual pick for me, but I’m branching out. Moreover, I’ve heard good things about this book and can’t wait to dive in!

The Animal Dialogues

by Craig Childs

Want some more book suggestions?

Spring book list book with a flower. What to read next. Book suggestions. #readingchallenge #booklist

4. A book about an artist

This book was recommended to me as a fun read with the history in the background I would enjoy. Have you read it? What do you think?

The Masterpiece

by Fiona Davis

5. Family

This story is more of a woman searching for her family’s past in India after her own heartbreaks with miscarriages and family struggles in New York. Interpret this category however you want for your book, but this is one I’ve been seeing over and over again and just hadn’t gotten around to reading.

The Storyteller’s Secret

by Sejal Badani

Join the 40 next books reading challenge!

Do you make a reading goal for the year? This list is not to limit or pass judgment if you don’t get through all 40 books, but a tool to help motivate and explore. No matter the time you have to commit or the number of books, I’d love for you to join in our book conversations! If nothing else I hope you find a fabulous new book to read and learn something in the process.

If you can, follow along with the challenge! I’ll be posting on Instagram and other social media with #40nextbooks, and I hope you do the same. Who doesn’t love to talk about books and share stories? It’s a part of human nature and helps us grow! I can’t wait to hear about your books and reading journey.

Post your reads for the challenge at #40NEXTBOOKS!

Happy reading!

More books suggestions:

Women’s What To Read Next: A Cold Weather Booklist

Summer What To Read Next

What To Read Next For History Fans

Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Preview: Keto cut out sugar cookies are a must around any holiday! Buttery deliciousness and the perfect family activity. Kids love to roll these out and select the shapes. Frosted or not, these are the perfect holiday cookies!

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me!

It’s the 12 Days of Keto Christmas Cookies, and we’re on cookie number 9! Keto cut out sugar cookies are a necessity in our household. In fact, I grew up on Grandma’s cut out butter cookie recipe. They’re my dad’s favorite cookie at Christmas, and we’ve used the same cookie cutters since I was a small child. 

Now that my daughter and I eat gluten-free and sugar-free we needed another option! It’s a family tradition to make the holiday-shaped cookies and frost them uniquely. Don’t you think?

To be sure, it’s extremely difficult for me not to eat the dough, lick the frosting, and eat several cookies during this process. It’s even harder for a kid not to lick the spoon and sample the cookies as they’re made! So many of my recipes come out of the need to provide a healthier, tasty alternative for my girl.

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Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies are so fun for kids and family activity at Christmas or any holiday. Buttery low carb cookies to hold the perfect holiday shapes. #ketocookies #lowcarbdesserts

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Family traditions: Frosting the cookies

Frosting the cookies at Christmas is a laughter-filled, colorful tradition kids look forward to every year! For me, Christmas traditions are all about family and home and being present to enjoy time together. We have the busy outdoor activities like ice skating, snowman building, Christmas lights viewing, and so many more. Don’t neglect the cozy around the kitchen projects!

Whether we like it or not, food brings us together. Of course, I love food as does anyone, but it makes it difficult for those with allergies or health restrictions. This recipe gives us a chance for everyone in the family to participate and share in laughter together.

When we make cookies, I let the kids select the frosting colors to use. We generally separate the frosting out into about 4-5 different colors. You can find some great natural food coloring options or use the normal set from the grocery store.

Kids making keto cut out sugar cookies. #kidsbake #ketocookies

 

C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me!

Cookie Monster

To make keto cut out sugar cookies you’ll need: 

What you need for Christmas cookie baking. #christmascookies #lowcarbcookies

How to make keto cut out sugar cookies

Cut out cookies can seem intimidating, but they’re really actually pretty easy! All you have to do is follow the steps, and you’ll get a pretty, buttery, cookie anyone would love to eat at a holiday party.

First, get all the ingredients and supplies out and preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Second, prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Then, take out a large bowl and beat together the butter and sweetener. Add the eggs in one at a time beating them as you go.

After that, take another bowl and whisk together the almond flour, gelatin, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix them in slowly until everything is fully incorporated and a dough is formed. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

I take half the dough out to roll to about 1/4 of an inch thick and leave the rest in the fridge to continue to chill.

Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies closeup

Tip: Roll the dough out sprinkling on some extra almond flour. If it sticks you can roll it between two pieces of parchment paper handling it as little as possible.

Have all members of the family pick out their favorite cookie cutters and cut out the cookies! Put them on the baking sheets about an inch apart, and bake them for 10-12 minutes or until the edges only just start to brown.

Let the cookies cool for 20 minutes on the pan until they can be moved to a cooling rack. Once completely cooled, you and the kids can top your cookies with your favorite keto frosting. Have fun decorating!

Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies frosted in fun colors #familychristmas #lowcarbrecipes

It’s hard to be sad when you’re eating a cookie!

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Family time around the holidays

I have some of my favorite family memories around Christmas time. It can be difficult to plan activities and be actively involved with the kids and other family members, but it is so important! Not everything has to be Pinterest perfect, mine are not. However, my kids LOVE to take time to play a board game, play basketball, or make cookies. My mindset has to change to make time to separate work time and time for family.

Cookie baking and everyday activities are priceless memories to a child when you do them together! So have fun, be silly, and enjoy your time together! They will remember it!

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Keto cut out sugar cookies are delicious, buttery, goodness. A great low carb recipe for Christmas family time. #ketocookies #lowcarbrecipes

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Merry Christmas and happy cookie decorating!

 

Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies Printable Recipe

Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Chill time
30 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Festive keto cut out sugar cookies are just like you used to make as a kid! Use different cutter shapes for every holiday and let the kids go wild with these delicious cookie treats!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto cut out sugar cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 131 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sweetener Swerve Confectioner's
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare 2 baking sheets.

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sweetener then add the eggs in one at a time.

  3. Take another bowl and whisk together the almond flour, gelatin, salt, and baking soda.

  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix them in slowly until fully incorporated.

  5. Form into a dough and chill for at least half an hour.

  6. Roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4 of an inch thickness.

  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.

  8. Let the cookies cool for 20 minutes on the pan until they can be moved to a cooling rack.

  9. Once completely cooled, top your cookies with your favorite keto frosting. Have fun decorating.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 24.0
Amount Per Serving 1 cookie
calories 131
 
Total Fat 12 g  
Saturated Fat 3 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 26 mg  
Sodium 156 mg  
Potassium 107 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 3 g  
Dietary Fiber 1 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 4 g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Need more keto cookie recipes?

Does your family love pumpkin at Christmas? Try these keto pumpkin cookies.

Stack of keto pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice and chocolate gluten-free, low carb goodness! #sugarfreecookies #ketopumpkin

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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