The perfect mason jar cookies gift for your keto and low carb friends or slightly chewy cookies to make for yourself! These keto Christmas cookies are packed with white chocolate, cranberries, and almonds. A delicious low carb holiday snack or gift.
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What flavors are more festive than cranberry, white chocolate, and toasted almonds?
These keto Christmas cookies are a delicious low carb treat to have on hand around the holidays. In fact, I invite you to make them for yourself and/or as a fun gift in a jar for low carb or keto friends and family.
Have you made or received gifts in a jar in the past? These jars are fun to make and are a thoughtful gift for those on a low carb or keto diet. Who doesn’t want an easy cookie prepped to make, homemade, for the holidays? They’re really that helpful, especially with so many other things to make leading up to Christmas, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day, and so on!
In a hurry?
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Here’s what you’ll need to make keto white chocolate cranberry cookies – one of my favorite keto Christmas cookies!
- large or medium-sized bowls
- a spatula
- measuring cups and spoons
- stand or hand-held mixer (optional)
- baking sheets/pans
- parchment paper or silicone baking mats
For these gifts in a jar, I use:
- 32 oz mason jars
- a wide-mouth funnel
- holiday ribbon (3/4 to 1-inch or whatever you have)
- free printable recipe card
- 7-inch mini whisks
- miniature clothespins
- mini spatulas
- Get creative! What would you like to receive on a mason jar gift?
To include in the jar:
- 2 cups finely ground almond flour
- ¼ cup brown sweetener
- ⅓ cup powdered sweetener (confectioners)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup white chocolate chips (no added sugar)
- ½ cup roughly chopped almonds
- ½ cup unsweetened cranberries (or if sweetened with apple juice will add carbs)
Add in later:
- ½ cup softened butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
A note on the ingredients
For these cookies, I really like the combination of butter and coconut oil. It gives the cookies a traditional American-style chewy texture I love. It’s almost assured anyone following a keto or low carb diet will have these ingredients on hand, but MCT, avocado, or olive oil can also be subbed for the coconut oil.
Also, we must discuss dried cranberries. The cranberries people usually use in cookies, on salads, and in trail mixes are packed with sugar. Cranberries are sour, as anyone knows who bakes with fresh ones regularly or makes their own cranberry sauce.
Therefore, it makes sense that unsweetened dried cranberries WILL NOT BE SWEET. They will be super-sour and dry. Personally, I love this cranberry flavor, and they bake well, but it is not what everyone’s used to.
If you really want that sweetened cranberry taste, there are a couple of options. First, make your own dried cranberries using your preferred keto sweetener. Obviously, this will not work for everyone and takes time.
Another idea, if unsweetened cranberries or making your own sweetened cranberries do not appeal, find a dried cranberry sweetened with apple juice.
While apple juice is basically sugar and increases the carb content, it is an option available at many grocery stores and a slightly better last resort than the sugar-packed ones. I have to say it’s not ideal for a keto diet, but a slightly better choice.
Keto white chocolate
I love white chocolate. Well, to be fair, I love almost any chocolate!
In the past, I tried to make my own white chocolate using various experiments. However, now it’s so much easier to find acceptable sugar-free white chocolate I’m a little spoiled! The two brands I use most often are Lily’s white chocolate baking chips and ChocZero white chocolate baking chips.
Their textures are a little different, and I find Lily’s to be closest to a traditional white chocolate baking chip. Also, my local King Soopers (Kroger) has the Lily’s in stock regularly which makes it almost too easy to get my hands on them! Either will work.
To begin, get out the equipment and all the ingredients so they’re close at hand.
To prepare the mason jar
In the 32 oz mason jar, combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in the bottom. Mix it up then tap the jar down several times firmly on the table to get the flour mixture in one layer.
Next, add in the brown sweetener and pack it down as much as possible. In the same way, add in the powdered sweetener and again pack it down.
After that, layer in the unsweetened cranberries, white chocolate chips, and chopped almonds. Press it all down firmly in the jar.
Now, put the lid on the mason jar to seal, add a ribbon and any other desired decorations. There are so many fun things you can add from mini whisks, or spatulas to a mini-cookie cutter. Or, just use ribbon and attach a recipe card with instructions on how to prepare the cookies.
📋 Printable recipe to attach to the mason jar
A hand-written recipe is always nice, but we don’t always have the time or legible handwriting! 😂
If you’d like the printable I use, it includes a page of 8 cards and a page with one individual card in case you’re only making one mason jar. Also, you’ll get access to many of my other free printables, and I’d love to share those with you!
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How to make keto Christmas cookies – white chocolate cranberry
If you’re not making a mason jar gift, but just want to make these cookies on your own, they’re easy to do.
First, mix the sweetener and wet ingredients together in a large mixing bowl using a hand or stand mixer.
Second, add in the almond flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until well incorporated.
Then, stir in the almonds, cranberries, and white chocolate chips.
⏲ Bake time
After that, drop the dough by rounded tablespoon onto lined baking sheets. Press them down slightly into rounds.
They will bake for 9-11 minutes at 325 degrees F or until lightly golden brown. At my altitude and oven, they need the full 11 minutes.
Then cool the cookies on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack to set.
🥣 How to store
If these lovely keto Christmas cookies are not eaten immediately, they can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to about five days.
Alternatively, they can be kept in freezer bags or other air-tight freezer storage. Freeze and pull them out for Christmas Eve, or one at a time for a treat.
🍪 Keto holiday goodies
I absolutely love to bake. It’s relaxing for me, and I have a huge sweet tooth to match. During the holidays, I’m not determined to lose weight but to maintain and still enjoy the Christmas treats and flavors.
If I’m not prepared I’m destined to fail and eat all the holiday goodies full of sugar and gluten. Why not make your own or make keto gifts in a jar for other friends and family? It shows you care and will make their lives easier at the same time. Good luck!
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And while you bite into your keto Christmas cookie, why not check out my list of Cozy Christmas Books for books to read in winter and around Christmas. I’m always on the lookout for a new good book!
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🎄 More keto holiday cookies
- Low Carb Lemon Cookies
- Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies
- Keto Butter Spritz Cookies
- Low Carb Keto Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- Keto Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies
- Best Easy Keto Pumpkin Cookies
- Keto Cheesecake Butterscotch Bars
- 2 cups finely ground almond flour
- 1/4 cup brown sweetener
- 1/3 cup powdered sweetener (confectioners)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips (no added sugar)
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cranberries (or sweetened with apple juice will add carbs)
Add in later
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- In the 32 oz mason jar: combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt in the bottom of the mason jar. Tap the jar several times firmly to get the flour mixture in one layer. Press it down as much as possible.
- Next, add in the brown sweetener and pack down as much as possible. Next, add in the powdered sweetener and again pack it down. Layer in the unsweetened cranberries, white chocolate chips, and chopped almonds. Press down firmly.
- Seal the mason jar, add a ribbon and any other desired decorations, and attach the free printable recipe attachment (or the following directions).
- Recipe to attach: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat butter, oil, egg, vanilla, and almond extract in a large mixing bowl until blended. Add contents of mason jar and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto lined baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
Directions without a mason jar:
Mix the sweetener and wet ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Add in the almond flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until well incorporated. Stir in the almonds, cranberries, and white chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto lined baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes at 325 degrees F or until lightly golden brown. Cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
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White Chocolate Style Baking Chips By Lily's Sweets | Stevia Sweetened, No Added Sugar, Low-Carb, Keto Friendly | Fair Trade, Gluten-Free & Non-Gmo | 9 Oz, 3 Pack
Cherry Bay Orchards - UNSWEETENED 1 lb. Low Moisture Dried Cranberries - No Added Sugar, All Natural Ingredients, Gluten Free, Non GMO
Swerve Sweetener, Brown, 12 ounces (12 ounces (3 Pack))
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 10gCarbohydrates: 2gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
*Nutrition facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For the most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe. **Nutrition facts do not include white chocolate chips as brands vary.
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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.
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