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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Marc Johns

Author

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

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: low carb chocolate pinwheel cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 99kcal
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

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking sheets.
  • Beat the butter and sweetener in a large bowl until combined and light, then mix in the vanilla.
  • Measure in the almond and coconut flours and mix together thoroughly to make a dough.
  • Divide the dough into two equal parts. Take one half of the dough and mix in the cocoa powder.
  • In the other half of the dough, mix in the extracts and food coloring if using.
  • 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.
  • Remove the parchment paper and set the dough one on top of the other careful to keep in flat and even.
  • Roll up the dough like a Swiss roll cake, using a piece of the parchment paper to help guide it around.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Keto Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Keto Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

Preview: Brilliant Christmas flavors packed together in one melt in your mouth shortbread. Keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies are the perfect low carb addition to any Christmas dessert table.

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

We’ve made it to cookie number seven in the 12 Days of Keto Christmas Cookies and let me tell you a little secret. These are some of my favorites and always the first to disappear at family parties or around our house. I love this recipe because it’s super-convenient, and the dough can be pre-made and stored in the freezer ready to slice and bake.

To be honest, I have this recipe or similar slice and bake keto cookie dough recipes in my freezer almost all the time for that last-minute keto cookie emergency. Also, emergencies in my book can be parties, family desserts, or simply my own craving. 

Why keep cookie dough in the freezer at all times? Well, for those of us who need an alternative to the barrage of Christmas sweets, donuts, candies, and other goodies constantly around at work, school, home, daycare, the insurance agent’s office, etc. another easy keto option in a lifesaver!

Sugar has always been my downfall, and one of the main reasons I eat keto is to counter that sugar addiction. I need healthier options to stay true to the keto way of life and not fall prey to sugary sweetness!

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Keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies are sheer low carb Christmas perfection. Packed with orange, almond, and cranberry flavors, they're a surefire keto diet winner. #ketocookies #lowcarbrecipes

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Family traditions: Cranberries, Oranges, and Almonds

The flavors in these keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies bring so many memories of Christmases past, Christmas in literature, the holidays in general. Contented sigh. Tell me, what comes to mind when you smell these scents?

Christmas Cranberries

Cranberries. When I think of cranberries I think of cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Cranberry and popcorn garlands encircle my college Christmas tree. Cranberry bliss bars. Then there are cranberry and walnut salads. Cranberry orange pound cake. What else do you think of?

Oranges for Christmas

When I smell oranges at Christmas I think of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The March family prepares for Christmas and the delights of Christmas dinner after the Civil War. Little Amy is delighted by the idea of oranges for Christmas and is dismayed when the family decides to share their Christmas foods and especially the oranges, with a poor German immigrant family nearby. The spirit of Christmas pervades and they have a grand time and share the oranges.

Another memory I have of oranges personally is in my stocking. Growing up, I always had an apple, an orange, and a bunch of loose nuts in the stocking from Santa. The smell of oranges always reminds me of Christmas morning!

Christmas Almonds

Imagine, roasted cinnamon almonds. Just breathe them in! Nuts are always a part of Christmas and Christmas recipes. With a nut allergy in the house we have to be super-careful with the nuts we have now, but almonds are safe for us and therefore celebrated! Almond biscotti, almond truffles, almond roca, yum! Do you have favorite almond recipes?

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And every day when I’ve been good,
I get an orange after food.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Author, Poet

You’ll need to make keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies: 

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How to make keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies

First things first. To make keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies, make your life a little bit easier and get all your ingredients and kitchen tools out before you begin. Second, put the butter and sweetener in a large bowl beat them together until combined and light. Next, beat in the extracts and zest, and then measure in the almond and coconut flours and mix together until everything’s well incorporated.

Now’s the fun stuff. Sing a little Christmas song while you add and stir in the almonds and cranberries. After that, turn out the dough onto a clean surface and form it into two equal-sized logs about 2 inches in diameter and roll them in cling wrap or parchment paper.

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Easy slice and bake now or whenever!

Put them in the freezer to chill for at least 1 hour. Sometimes I just leave them in the freezer, ready to slice and bake whenever I feel like it, and it’s so convenient to have them just waiting for me there.

However, if you want to bake them right off, preheat the over to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Try to cut each log into 12 slices (for a total of 24 cookies) and place them on the baking sheets at least an inch apart.

Last, bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, until the edges start to brown. Be sure to let them cool completely on the baking sheets. Once they’ve cooled they should have a shortbread texture and snap like shortbread when broken. There are two cookies in a serving, but let me tell you! They’ll disappear fast!

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Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

Washington Irving

American Writer

Christmas Cookies

Our family’s had some serious health issues in the past and present, which have lead me to a keto way of life and influenced what I feed my children. Everyone’s different in the way their body reacts to foods. I find the best way to stay on track is to provide healthier options so I don’t completely fall down the rabbit hole during the Christmas season.

I hope you try out this recipe. Be sure to let me know how you like it! I need to stock up our freezer with more dough because as I said, it doesn’t last long around here!

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Keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies are the perfect low carb, sugar-free holiday treat! Gluten-free with almond and coconut flours and packed with flavor these Christmas cookies disappear quickly! #lowcarbcookies #ketorecipes

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Merry Christmas and happy cookie eating!

Keto Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies Printable Recipe

 

Keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies have spot-on flavors for Christmas. The perfect holiday cookie to help you stay on the keto diet. #ketocookies #ketorecipes
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Keto Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies

All the good tastes of Christmas come together it these shortbread style melt-in your mouth keto cranberry orange shortbread cookies. The tang of orange with roasted almonds and cranberries will be a hit with everyone on your list!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill time30 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto orange cranberry shortbread
Servings: 24
Calories: 228kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sweetener Swerve Confectioner's
  • 4 tbsp orange zest (zest of 2 oranges)
  • 3 1/2 cups almond flour finely ground, blanched
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup toasted almonds
  • 2/3 cup cranberries chopped (or unsweetened dried)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Beat the butter and sweetener in a large bowl until combined and light.
  • Add in the extracts and zest and beat in well.
  • Measure in the almond and coconut flours and mix together thoroughly.
  • Stir in the almonds and cranberries.
  • Form the dough into two equal-sized logs about 2 inches across and roll them in cling wrap or parchment paper. Chill the logs for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut each log into 12 slices (a total of 24 cookies) and place on the baking sheets at least an in apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes then let cool completely on the baking sheets.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving: 2 cookies
calories 228
 
Total Fat 22 g  
Saturated Fat 10 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 41 mg  
Sodium 104 mg  
Potassium 48 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 5 g  
Dietary Fiber 3 g  
Sugars 1 g  
Protein 3 g
*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.
 

Keto Chocolate Truffles

Keto chocolate truffles are chocolate perfection!

Low carb, keto chocolate truffles are the perfect Christmas treat! Gluten-free and made with almond flour, they're the best sugar-free package for the holidays. #ketotruffles #ketochocolate

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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