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Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies

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!

Three keto cut out sugar cookies on a plate

Keto butter cookies for the holidays

Who doesn’t love a good cookie for Christmas or any holiday?

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. This recipe is delicious and so much fun.

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 daughter.

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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 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

🍽 Equipment

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

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

🥘 Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sweetener (Swerve Confectioner’s or other)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  • ½ tsp salt

Keto frosting

  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 2 tbsp powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioners)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream

🔪 Instructions

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!

Dough on a mat with cookie cutters

⏲ Baking time

Place them on the baking sheets about an inch or so apart, and bake for 10-12 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit 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 and toppings.

🧁 Keto frosting

To top the cookies, use your favorite keto frosting recipe, or you can use the one I like for this recipe. It’s super-easy and basically involves mixing up the ingredients.

First, take out a medium bowl and use a hand mixer to mix the cream cheese and butter together until no lumps remain.

Second, add in the sweetener, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream. Mix it all up on high for 2-3 minutes. This will whip up the cream and create a good texture for frosting.

Next, divide the frosting into separate bowls if you wish to color it. Use natural food coloring or the best you can get and blend into the frosting.

My decorating skills could use some work, but it’s lots of fun and kids love the activity. Spread the frosting on the cookies with a knife or use a piping bag.

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!

– Unknown

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. These cookies are perfect for any special holiday. They will remember the fun and time together.

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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!

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

Keto Cut Out Cookies without frosting. Super-fun to make with kids and have a party decorating. #ketocookies #lowcarbcookies

Keto Cut Out Sugar Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 57 minutes

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!

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
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Frosting

  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 2 tbsp powdered sweetener (such as Swerve Confectioners)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

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.

Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to mix the cream cheese and butter until no lumps remain.
  2. Add in the sweetener, vanilla extract, and heavy whipping cream and mix on high for 2-3 minutes. This will whip up the cream and create a good texture for frosting.
  3. Divide the frosting into bowls if you wish to color it. Use natural food coloring or the best you can get and blend into the frosting. Decorate the cookies with a knife or piping bag.

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 Net Carbohydrate 2 g

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 24 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe. **Facts do not include frosting.

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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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Heather Pitassi

Friday 13th of November 2020

Does the icing set up like a royal icing does?

Lauren

Friday 13th of November 2020

No, it's more of a soft butter-style icing. It's the style I grew up on with these cookies so that's how my family likes it. I do need to work on a keto royal icing for gingerbread houses this year!

Laura C Shelvy

Saturday 14th of December 2019

Do you have a link for the frosting that you used?

Laura

Friday 22nd of November 2019

What is the gelatin for? What kind do you use?

Mary

Saturday 12th of January 2019

Does it have to be the swerve confectionary sugar? What about erythritol?

Lauren

Saturday 12th of January 2019

It does not have to be Swerve - you can use a similar powdered sweetener. We use Swerve or powdered Monk fruit because that's what my daughter prefers. I haven't tried it with erythritol, but it's slightly less sweet so you'll want to use more. About 1 cup of Swerve is equal to 1 and 1/3 cups powdered erythritol. You'll have to let me know if you try it that way!

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