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Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies: the Ultimate Holiday Cookie Recipe

Ah, Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies – they are a festive treat! These delicious cookies are not like your regular chocolate crinkle cookies. Instead, they bring the joy of Christmas with delightful orange and spice flavors and a jolly atmosphere to every bite. They are perfect for those who are on a keto diet, as they contain no added sugar and use almond flour instead of wheat flour. It’s like taking a bite out of Christmas itself!

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With every crisp and chewy cookie, you’ll be able to see and taste the beautiful combination of dark chocolate, orange, and hints of warming spices.

Not even Santa will be able to resist these treats. Enjoy them all season long, or give them as gifts to friends and family. Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies make it easy to spread holiday cheer and stick to a ketogenic way of eating.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

What’s your favorite season? While my favorite season is fall, my favorite time of the year is the month of December, anticipating Christmas and all of the festive delights that come with it. There’s the planning, prepping, baking, crafting, and family time, I love it all!

This year, Christmas cookies are getting a keto-friendly makeover. We always have a spread of Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve, and this time I wanted to make something special with a festive twist. So, I created these Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies, and they are truly the ultimate holiday cookie recipe!

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Upon editing this blog post, it seems I was in one of my odd moods, something my kids like to call the “creative zone”! I haven’t edited out the winter jokes and Christmas cookies poem, but I will add this “Jump to” menu for those of you in a hurry!

What are keto crinkle cookies? | Macros | Equipment | Ingredients | Instructions | Bake time | Top tip | How to store | More keto Christmas cookies | A Poem | Printable Recipe Card

A stack of five keto Christmas crinkle cookies on a plate

These cookies have all of the flavors and textures you would expect from classic chocolate crinkle cookies, but take a bite, and it’s Christmas in your mouth! Mmmmmm.

Close your eyes and taste the chocolate, orange, the warm mixed spices – this is the most comforting happy thing I’ve eaten in a long time!

🍪 What are keto crinkle cookies?

Keto crinkle cookies are a low carb, no added sugar version of the classic chocolate crinkle cookie. They are made with almond flour, coconut flour, and cocoa powder, and are flavored with orange and traditional spices. These keto Christmas cookies are also known as “chocolate orange crinkle cookies” or “spiced chocolate crinkle cookies”.

Are chocolate crinkle cookies keto?

Chocolate crinkle cookies made with traditional ingredients are not keto-friendly, as they contain wheat flour, added sugar, and other non-keto ingredients. However, this recipe for Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies uses almond flour and coconut flour instead of wheat flour and a keto friendly sweetener. This makes them a perfect choice to stick with your way of eating through the holidays!

📏 Macros and nutritional information

Let’s take a look at the macros. In this recipe for keto crinkle cookies, one serving is one cookie. A keto chocolate crinkle cookie has 76 calories, 2 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 grams carbs per serving.

These macros for low carb crinkle cookies are figured with MyFitnessPal, with the ingredients I use in the recipe. If you have any questions, I always recommend figuring out your own nutrition facts with the exact items/brands you use. It’s especially important to determine them yourself if you’re keeping close track and want to be accurate.

Keto Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on a piece of parchment paper

🍽 Equipment needed to make keto chocolate crinkle cookies

Here’s what you’ll need to make these keto Christmas crinkle cookies:

Overhead view of three keto crinkle cookies on a festive plate with cinnamon sticks next to an orange

🥘 Ingredients in low carb chocolate crinkle cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sweetener (It’s okay to use a granulated sweetener or powdered Swerve, allulose, or Lakanto Monk Fruit)
  • 1 cup finely ground almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract (or 3 drops food grade orange essential oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar free chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener (Instead of powdered sugar, to roll the cookie balls in before baking)

Can I just say something right here? Don’t leave out the orange or the spice! These Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies are just the right amount of zesty, sweet, and spicy goodness. And that’s what Christmas is all about!

Ready to get baking? I’m so excited for you to try this keto recipe out!

Overhead view of ingredients in keto Christmas crinkle cookies

🔪 Instructions

Are you ready? Now it’s time to get festive and make some delicious keto Christmas crinkle cookies! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to whip these treats up in no time. 

First, preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C), and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. This way, your cookies don’t stick! 

Almond flour and other dry ingredients

Then, in a medium bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients: cocoa powder, sweetener of your choice (sugar free Swerve or Allulose works great), finely ground almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and last but not least – don’t forget the salt!

Give it all a good whisk until everything is nicely combined. 

A whisk in the dry ingredients for the keto cookies

Random winter joke #1:

What did one snowman say to the other? “Do you smell carrots?” Hahaha! 🤣 

Mix the wet ingredients

In another bowl, whisk together two large eggs until they form a nice foamy texture. Add in the zest of one orange (it adds lots of extra flavor!) along with some orange extract or 3 drops of food grade orange essential oil and the vanilla extract. The vanilla enhances the chocolate flavor.

Now it’s time for the melted coconut oil – slowly add it to the egg mixture while stirring continuously so that everything is blended nicely together. If the coconut oil is too hot, either wait for it to cool or pour it directly into the dry ingredients so we don’t end up with scrambled eggs!

Finally pour your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix everything with a spatula until you get a nice cookie dough consistency. At this point, you might need to use your hands if necessary so that all the ingredients are properly mixed together.

Keto chocolate crinkle cookie dough in a silver metal bowl

Also, if you are using sugar free chocolate chips, mix them in now. They are not necessary but do add a bit more chocolate richness to the keto chocolate crinkle cookies.

Random winter joke #2:

What do snowmen eat for breakfast? Snowflakes! Get it? 😉  

Bake time

Now take out a tablespoon full of dough at a time and roll them into small balls with your hands before coating them in powdered sweetener (this gives them that classic crackled effect!).

It also gives the cookies a bit of a crunch crust around the outside while the middle stays soft and moist.

Place each ball onto a large baking sheet whilst making sure they have enough space between each one as they will expand slightly when cooking. Next, flatten them down to about a 1/2 inch using your hand or the bottom of a glass.

After that, pop them into the preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the edges begin to brown lightly but the centers are still soft when touched lightly with your fingertip – voila!

Let them cool for about 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

💭 Top tip

When they are still warm, dust some more powdered sweetener over top the cookies. The original baked-in powdered sweetener tends to blend into the color of the cookies. Therefore, it’s nice to add that classic white contrast color on top.

Overhead view of a pan of baked keto Christmas crinkle cookies
Note how one cookie didn’t even make it to pictures before it got eaten!

👩‍🍳 Eat the keto cookies!

Once your cookies have cooled, it’s time to enjoy them!

Serve the gluten free cookies on a festive Christmas plate as an after-dinner treat or on a platter for guests to snack on. The powdered sweetener adds a special touch and provides a lovely contrast with the dark chocolate coating.

For a real showstopper, arrange the cookies in the shape of a Christmas tree and use sugar free candy canes to form the trunk. Kids will love this fun presentation!

A bite out of a keto Christmas cookie

🥣 How to store keto crinkle cookies

When you’re finished, put any leftover crinkle cookies in an airtight container. They’ll stay fresh for up to about four days—but trust me, no one will be able to resist, and they won’t last that long!

And of course, don’t forget to take plenty of pictures so you can share your creations with all your family and friends.

Random winter joke #3:

What do elves learn in school? The elf-abet! 

Close up side view of keto crinkle cookies

Let’s make some keto chocolate crinkle cookies!

These delicious keto Christmas crinkle cookies are not only easy to make but are also incredibly tasty and full of holiday cheer. Even if you don’t follow a strict ketogenic diet, everyone will appreciate these flavorful cookies during the holiday season.

You know what they say…it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas crinkles everywhere!

(Now who says that? Maybe just I say that!)

A half-eaten low carb crinkle cookie on a plate

🎄 More keto Christmas cookies

or just search “cookies” in the Explorer Momma search bar. It seems I really like cookies because there are quite a few low carb cookie recipes!

🤶 A poem to Keto Christmas cookies

(I get far too into making odd poems around the holidays! Read through it if you wish, roll your eyes, but I hope it puts a smile on your face!)

Keto Christmas Cookies are a treat,

Delicious goodness that can’t be beat.

No added sugar, almond flour instead,

A festive flavor that’s sure to spread.

With dark chocolate, orange, and spice,

These cookies make the holiday nice.

Crisp and chewy with every bite,

It’s like you’re eating Christmas tonight!

So don’t miss out on this festive treat,

Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies are a must-have to eat.

Enjoy them all season long,

A keto diet doesn’t have to be wrong.

Merry Christmas and enjoy the cookies too –

They’re the ultimate holiday cookie recipe!

Happy Holidays from me to you!

📌 Pin the keto recipe here:

A plate of keto chocolate crinkle cookies with oranges and cinnamon

🖨 Printable recipe card

Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies on a festive plate

Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Keto Christmas Crinkle Cookies are an irresistible low carb treat to bring out the magic of the holiday season. These special cookies feature a crunchy exterior and chewy center, loaded with cocoa powder and festive orange zest. With just the right amount of spice, these treats tantalize your taste buds and fill your kitchen with the sweet scent of Christmas.


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, sweetener, almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger until combined. Add in salt and stir until incorporated.
    3. In a separate bowl whisk together eggs until foamy then add the zest of one orange, vanilla extract, and orange extract or essential oil to the eggs and mix well.
    4. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
    5. Add the melted coconut oil to the dough and mix until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
    6. Roll dough into tablespoon sized cookie balls and coat them in powdered sweetener before placing on a prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart from each other. Flatten them down gently with your hand or a glass until they're about 1/2 an inch thick. The cookies spread very slightly when baked.
    7. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the edges begin to brown lightly but centers are still soft when touched lightly with your fingertip.
    8. Let cool on a baking sheet for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sweetener as desired, and then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before serving. They will firm up as they cool but still be soft in the center. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 4gProtein: 2g

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

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