Thumbprint Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Thumbprint Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

Preview: The perfect keto peanut butter cookies with a silky smooth chocolate thumbprint filling. This is my version of a peanut butter blossom cookie redone low carb and fabulous. You’ll love it!

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

We’ve made it to cookie number four in the 12 Days of Keto Christmas Cookies! Now really, chocolate and peanut butter, what could be better?! I’ve branched out a little with this cookie, and you’ll find instead of my go-to gluten-free almond flour I’ve opted for peanut butter and peanut powder in this recipe. Actually, I find it gives it a deeper peanutty flavor different than traditional peanut butter cookie recipes, and I love it!

Peanut butter and I have had a stormy relationship. I’ve always loved peanut butter, peanuts, chocolate with peanuts, you know! However, we had a major impasse when we discovered at age two my daughter had a severe peanut allergy. Food allergies are such a terrifying thing so we parted ways with the dear peanut for several years. Thankfully, she has since grown out of the peanut allergy although we have other allergies and food sensitivities to contend with. 

According to our allergist, only about 25% of children with a peanut allergy grow out of it so it was HUGE that we were in that percentage. I am so thankful not only not to have to be on guard with anything peanut, but also selfishly because I LOVE PEANUTS so much I can indulge in fabulously delightful keto peanut butter cookies and other snacks. As a side note, I’m encouraged to see so many studies going on to prevent or even end such allergies with a vaccine! Here’s to these being successful!

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Thumbprint Keto Peanut Butter Cookies are the ultimate in Christmas cookies. Rich chocolate and peanut butter in a healthier keto diet version. Low carb, sugar-free, and gluten-free holiday cookies. #glutenfreecookies #ketorecipes

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How to decorate the Christmas tree: Family traditions

As I write this I can see big puffy flakes of snow blowing around outside and beginning to stick. The Christmas tree is up and lit, and Alexa is playing some Michael Bublé Christmas music for me this morning. It does seem rather perfect. 

Speaking of Christmas trees, there are so many different family traditions associated with putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. Did you know the first Christmas trees in Germany were said to be decorated with edible Christmas treats like apples and gingerbread? I love a traditional tree with its home-made ornaments, popcorn and cranberry garland, paper chains with an angel or star at the top.

When do you decorate your Christmas tree? Especially in England, it used to be a big event and part of the Christmas festivities for the family to gather together on Christmas Eve and decorate the beautiful freshly cut fir tree. Today, we tend to put ours up just after Thanksgiving or at the beginning of December.

A Nutcracker Christmas tree

A Nutcracker Christmas tree, The Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas

Our Family Christmas Tree Traditions

In our house, we have our own rituals as I’m sure you do your own! It’s always amusing for me to see my kids declare something’s become a tradition we have to do every year after doing it once. However, for them, it makes it all the more special and a fun thing to look forward to. I love to celebrate anything that brings the family together.

For example, every year the tree is put up after Thanksgiving. The first day we put the tree up. The next day the lights go on. Then, the first Saturday after that, we ceremoniously bring up all the ornaments and decorations from the basement. Meanwhile, someone turns on that brilliant movie White Christmas, and we place the ornaments on the tree as Bing Crosby croons in the background. Well actually, there’s much discussion/arguing about the ornaments as they go up! According to my children, there are certain ornaments assigned to different members of the family only they are allowed to put on the tree.

During December, we always make a new ornament and get a new one from church. Then there’s always the new offering from the school craft. It goes on and it’s fabulous. Sound familiar!?


We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.

Laura Ingalls Wilder


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Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.

James A. Garfield

20th U.S. President

How to make thumbprint keto peanut butter cookies

Are you ready? Let’s make the thumbprint keto peanut butter cookies! First, mix together the peanut butter, vanilla, and sweetener. I’ve discussed several sweeteners I like before, but for this recipe, I prefer the powdered Swerve confectioner’s for inside the cookie. Second, beat in the eggs one at a time using a stand or hand mixer. Then, add in the melted butter and next the gelatin, continuously mixing until it’s smooth with no lumps.

Why unflavored gelatin?

Does gelatin sound like an odd ingredient to you in cookies? I’ve found gelatin to be a magic ingredient and really helps these cookies to stick together and remain soft after baking. If you leave it out you’ll find them more likely to be hard and crumble on you. I definitely recommend including this wonder ingredient! Because I use gelatin in many recipes I regularly buy the Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin on Amazon here.

Moving on! Next, for the dry ingredients, dump in the peanut butter powder and baking powder and mix it all together until a dough forms. Now, roll the dough in tablespoon-sized balls. I like to roll the balls of dough in Swerve granular to give the cookies a shine and a little sugar-like crunch expected on peanut butter blossoms. This is optional, but if you wish, put three tablespoons of Swerve granular in a small bowl. Put the cookie dough balls one at a time in the sweetener and shake it around to coat. 

Now place the cookie dough balls about two inches apart on the baking sheets. I use silicone baking mats so the cookies do not stick. Then you are going to press each cookie down in the center with your thumb to make a small indention for the chocolate filling. Next, bake the cookies at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Let cool.

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How to make the chocolate filling

Meanwhile, warm the heavy cream on the stove until it’s almost simmering. Pour the cream mixture over the sugar-free chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl and leave for 5 five minutes. Then stir together the cream-chocolate mixture to make the ganache. It should be shiny and glorious! Lastly, put about a teaspoon of chocolate ganache in the thumbprint of each peanut butter cookie and let them cool to set.


Life is better with fresh baked cookies.


Keto Peanut Butter Cookies and other traditions

What are your favorite peanut butter cookies? Do you prefer the plain and simple traditional cookie or a chocolate or cream addition? Personally, I can go either way and love them all. My husband’s favorite dessert is a non-keto peanut butter pie with an Oreo crust and thick chocolate topping. I’m determined to make an even better keto version over Christmas break! What other peanut butter or other sweet creations would you like to see keto-ized?

All it takes is a little preparation, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the holidays without being tempted by all the other sweet treats. I hope you try out these thumbprint keto peanut butter cookies and enjoy them as much as I do! Cheers.

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Thumbprint Keto Peanut Butter Cookies Printable Recipe

Thumbprint Keto Peanut Butter Cookies

The perfect keto peanut butter cookies with a silky smooth chocolate thumbprint filling. This is my version of a peanut butter blossom cookie redone low carb and fabulous. You'll love it!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time14 mins
Cooling time15 mins
Total Time29 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: keto peanut butter cookies
Servings: 18
Calories: 140kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili


  • 1 15 oz jar peanut butter unsweetened
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sweetener Swerve Confectioner's
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbps butter melted
  • 1 tbsp gelatin unflavored
  • 1 cup peanut butter powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Chocolate Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips Lily's dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream


  • Mix together the peanut butter, vanilla, and sweetener. Beat in the eggs one at a time to combine.
  • Add in the melted butter then the gelatin, continuously mixing with a stand or hand-held mixer.
  • Put in the peanut butter powder and baking powder and mix together until a dough forms and no lumps remain.
  • Form the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and roll in granulated sweetener. 
  • Place on the baking pan 2 inches apart and press down the center of each cookie with your thumb to make a well for the filling.
  • Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-14 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Let cool.
  • Meanwhile, warm the heavy cream on the stove until it's almost simmering.
  • Pour the cream mixture over the sugar-free chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl and leave for 5 five minutes. Stir together to make the ganache.
  • Put about a teaspoon of chocolate ganache in the thumbprint of each peanut butter cookie and let cool to set.


Nutrition Facts

Servings 18.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 140
Total Fat 11 g  
Saturated Fat 4 g  
Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 41 mg  
Sodium 75 mg  
Potassium 122 mg  
Total Carbohydrate 6 g  
Dietary Fiber 2 g  
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 6 g
*Nutrition Facts per For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.


Want more cookies?

Keto gingerbread cookies are the perfect cookie to make with kids!

Keto gingerbread cookies are the perfect family Christmas activity. Low carb, gluten-free cookies to help you stick to your keto diet. #lowcarbchristmas #ketodesserts


12 Days of Keto Christmas Cookies

  1. Coconut Macaroons
  2. Butter Spritz Cookies
  3. Gingerbread Cookies
  4. Thumbprint Peanut Butter Cookies

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What To Plant In Your Keto Vegetable Garden

What To Plant In Your Keto Vegetable Garden

Okay, I admit it. I love seed catalogs. No, not looking at a website online but a REAL, paper printed seed catalog with 20 varieties of pumpkins, berry bushes of all sorts, and pages of suggestions on herbs and seasonings. Generally, they start arriving in the middle of January when we’ve been frozen in long enough to be craving Spring. There’s something immensely satisfying in planning out your garden if it’s three pots or an acre, in the middle of a deep freeze. But what should I plant in a keto vegetable garden? What are ketogenic vegetables?

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This year, the joyous magazines began to arrive, and I had to stop to think. Last year I was only exploring a ketogenic diet and had not yet started so it did not factor into my garden planting. This year now I’m thinking, okay, how can I best use my small garden space and grow the keto friendly vegetables we’ll actually use? Is there such thing as keto gardening? What exactly is a keto vegetable garden?

Yes, I made that up. Keto garden: keto vegetable garden. What I really mean is what vegetables and plants are eaten in the keto diet, and what should I plant and cultivate. I’ve come up with a list of ideal veggies for our garden, which is not huge, and am in the process of narrowing it down to exactly how many plants, packets of seeds, etc. we actually need. 

What should you plant in a keto vegetable garden?

Keto Vegetables

Two cucumbers with vines and yellow flowers

  • Lettuce blends and individual varieties 
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Asparagus
  • Tomatoes – Monsters, beefy, cherry, grape, jelly bean, Early Girl, Roma, hybrid, heirloom
  • Peppers – bells, Anaheim, sweet banana, jalapeño
  • Green onions – bunching onions
  • Garlic
  • Eggplant
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Green Beans
  • Zucchini squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Pie pumpkins. We don’t eat a lot of pumpkin on a keto diet, but I certainly love them in fall! Can we say pumpkin spice?! 
  • Cinderella pumpkins – Rouge Vif d’Etampes

Keto Herbs

Overhead view of three pots in an herb garden

  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Tarragon
  • Mint
  • Dill
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Keto Fruits

Some people on a low carb or keto diet feel like they have to avoid all fruits. That’s simply not true, and my sweet tooth often craves a good almond flour raspberry muffin. Berries are healthy and can be eaten in moderation just like anything on a keto diet.

Raspberries on a fence in the sun

What must-have kitchen gadgets do you have to prepare a keto diet?

What have I cut out this year?

I chose not to include some of my usual staples this year because they don’t aline with the keto diet. They are not keto plants. Most are high carb or high sugar content, and so not ones I want to tempt myself with or actually use.

  • Beets
  • Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Sweet peas
  • Carrots
  • Butternut squash
  • Sweet potatoes

Kids love to plant for decoration

  • Jack-be-little pumpkins
  • Gourds
  • Wee be little pumpkins

What are some of the flowers I love?

Aren’t lupins beautiful?! My love of lupins stems back to one of my favorite childhood books, Miss Rumphius, who spreads lupin seeds around town to “make the world more beautiful”. We adore flowers, and getting more in our yard this year is one of my big goals.

Purple lupins

  • Zinnias
  • Snapdragons
  • Lupins
  • Roses
  • Lantanas
  • Peonies
  • Phlox
  • Lilacs

Do you not have a garden, but an outside concrete space or balcony? 

No worries! You can have a garden too. There are so many options out there today and new methods of growing. First, take a look at these possibilities, and then enjoy a trip out to your local garden center or farm. Gardening is great for kids and an awesome way to teach responsibility and a love of nature. If you have an outdoor space, even a small one, you can get a few pots together to plant a few vegetables.

  • Pots
  • Tubs
  • Raised bed gardens
  • Tiered planters

Plan and prioritize your keto vegetable garden

What do you prefer to buy, and what do you love to see grow? If it’s easier to buy cauliflower but you’d like to plant a high yielding zucchini plant, do that. Make a plan, experiment a bit, and enjoy it! Take a look at the websites I use in planning my garden.


Jung Seeds Garden Planner This garden planner is a great online way to map out your garden space. It’s easy to use and fun to work with and save from year to year. Of course, a good old pencil and paper work well too, but we all love technology! Jung has some of the best seeds for our Colorado region.

Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co. They send us some of my favorite seed catalogs!

Burpee More seed options.

Miss Rumphius 

by Barbara Cooney

This was one of my favorite childhood books with beautiful illustrations that inspired me to much of my planting. It would make a great gift for any young girl or even yourself!


Why should you plant a keto vegetable garden?

Why do I love gardens? So many reasons. I love to see my kids plant and take care of the vegetables to see where they come from and the work involved to grow our food. I have my own fond memories of following my dad around the garden picking little pumpkins and miniature blueberries I determined he planted just to keep me busy. Truly, there’s something spectacularly rewarding in tending to your garden, seeing it grow, and being able to pick and eat your results. Of course, it also gets us moving and outside in the beautiful sunshine!

My garden is never perfect but always fun and a new way to explore nature. One year all my tomatoes died, the next year bunnies burrowed and had baby bunnies in the center of the garden, you just never know what you’ll get! However, you always learn from it and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

What do you normally plant in your garden or what would you like to plant? Did you grow up with a garden or is it new to you? Oh! One more question, what are your favorite books about gardening, fiction or non-fiction? I’d love some recommendations!

What to plant in your keto vegetable garden. Plan your keto garden for spring and reap the keto friendly vegetables you love! #ketogarden #ketogenicgarden

Must-Have Keto Kitchen Gadgets

Must-Have Keto Kitchen Gadgets

Must-Have Keto Kitchen Gadgets

Here we are January 16. How are your New Year’s Resolutions or goals coming along? I’m learning the necessity for me to write out my goals, mini-goals, short-term, long-term goals, and steps to accomplish those goals. Sometimes I have a brilliant idea in my head, and I say to myself I’m totally going to do that! However, if it doesn’t get written down with the anticipation of the satisfaction of crossing it off when accomplished, it rarely happens.

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Holiday health spiral

According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, only 8% of people actually accomplish their New Year’s resolutions. Only 8%! Are they setting the wrong goals, unattainable goals, or what? In addition, many have already given up on their resolutions. Well, let me tell you, I’m determined not to be one of those giving up!

Before Christmas, I followed a ketogenic diet and was doing really well with it. There’s nothing like measurable progress, i.e. your weight on the scale, to motivate you to continue. I was feeling great and even in a good workout groove.

Christmas hit, and suddenly I was in a downward spiral. Well, maybe not completely, but it feels like it! 😉 After indulging in all our favorite Christmas goodies my sweet tooth came back with a vengeance. Truthfully, mid-way through January, I admit I’m having a lot of trouble rocking my ketogenic diet and workouts.

Keto zoodles with sauce

Keto goal for the year

So let’s start simple, I thought. This is a huge part of my life, and one of my major goals is for my family to eat healthier, simpler meals. What do I mean by simpler? Well, quite frankly, simpler for me so I’m not preparing something different for each member of the family. Yes, another admission! I often make a different meal for EACH MEMBER OF THE FAMILY.

Why in the world would you do that? You’re probably saying. First of all, my husband works nights, so his schedule is different than ours and generally eats his “dinner” late morning. Secondly, we have allergies and Crohn’s disease in the family, vegan fasting days in the Orthodox Church, and my desire to eat keto. Whoa! It’s a lot to organize when I write it all out.

This year I’m determined to prepare healthy, ketogenic meals with which I can win over the entire family. A lofty goal perhaps? I’m going to at least shoot for it, and share my successes along the way on the blog. Hopefully, I’ll be fusing a ketogenic lifestyle with a travel-loving family, and I’m excited!

Therefore, as a simple starter today, I’m going to share with you some must have keto kitchen gadgets. These make my life easier, and more importantly, help me to stay the course and keep on track to make it back into ketosis. Here we go!

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Indispensable must-have keto kitchen gadgets

1. Spiralizer

I love my spiralizer! It’s great for making zoodles (zucchini noodles) and other noodles out of different veggies. It makes it that much easier to eat gluten-free and add those vegetables to your meals. Click here to see an example on Amazon.




2. High-power blender

Honestly, I use my Vitamix blender almost every day. I make smoothies for myself or the kids, salad dressing, soups, and more. It’s almost like the oven or dishwasher for me. If it broke today I would immediately order a new one (that is, if the 7-year warranty had expired!). See an example on Amazon here.



3. Immersion blender

An immersion blender is great to have on hand to partially blend soups or a quick smoothie. I don’t use this as often as the regular blender, but it’s good to have. Super-convenient! Click here for an example.





4. Ice cream maker

There are so many good keto ice cream recipes, and I love to experiment with my own. Unfortunately, I don’t have an ice cream maker of my own yet as I’ve been spoiled. I’ve been borrowing one from my father for lengthy periods of time, but it’s really time to get my own. It’s on the wish list! Click here to see an example.


5. Cast-iron cookware

Cast-iron cookware is great for going on top of the stove and into the oven. It’s classic cookware you can even pick up sometimes cheaply at a yard or estate sale or even a thrift store, so be on the lookout! Take a look at options here or here.



For fabulous cast-iron, but a bit out of my price range at the moment is pretty much anything from Le Creuset. I’ve been wanting this 9-quart Dutch oven it seems like forever. I stick it in my Amazon basket every time it’s on sale and end up removing it. Made by an amazing French company, who can resist cast-iron when it comes enameled and in the color “Marseille”?!? It always has great reviews. See the Le Creuset Dutch oven here.


6. Slow cooker

You can always use a slow cooker for those quick weeknight meals. Throw it together in the morning and voila! A perfect dinner. Click here to find one on Amazon.



Then, of course, there’s the Instant Pot. I’ve yet to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon; however, it’s probably inevitable. So many people have told me how amazing it is, and that it makes daily cooking so much easier and quicker. We all like that now don’t we? For now, it’s on my wish list. See on here on Amazon.

7. Good knives

Fairly self-explanatory. This is another tool to make your life easier. See options on Amazon here.

8. Glass storage containers

I like to put keto meals and snacks together beforehand in portions so they’re ready to go when I need on in a hurry. I love these glass containers. They stack well so as not to use up valuable fridge space, and are awesome to have on hand. I’ve seen similar ones on sale even at the grocery store. Check out an example on Amazon here.


9. Silicone lids

These are fabulous for sealing a bowl, half a can of tomato sauce, half an orange, or whatever you choose to preserve with them. They’re great to have around and oh, so useful. See them here on Amazon.

10. Silicone muffin cups

These are great, and I use them daily. Every morning at breakfast the family vitamins go into one for each person. I bake muffins and cupcakes in them. Also, I use them as molds for my peanut butter cups. Yum! There are many kinds to choose from, but check one out here.

Must-have keto kitchen gadgets, and a lot more

I hope you’ve gotten some good ideas today about some must-have keto kitchen gadgets and maybe a bit of motivation. Likewise, I’m excited about my new focus for 2018 and would love for you to join me on the journey. Let’s get those kitchens cleaned, organized, minimalized, and ready to cook! It’s time for a change.

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