Sugar Free Keto Gingerbread Cookies Recipe


Are you ready to make the best Keto Gingerbread Cookies? I can’t imagine holidays without these! I remember I always used to decorate these as a child and I’d love to keep that tradition with Theo as well. He actually loves the taste of gingerbread, so these sugar free gingerbread cookies will be a real treat for all of us.

Gingerbread Cookies on an over rack

How to Make Sugar Free Keto Gingerbread Cookies?

There’s no keto holiday cookies without gingerbread ones! Around this time of the year, we love using warm spices in our baking. Cloves, ginger, cinnamon… you name it, we love it.

Take a look at the ingredients we used in this Keto Gingerbread Cookies recipe – remember to look at it carefully in case you wanted to swap some of them out.

Ingredients

Our sugar free keto gingerbread cookies are low in net carbs and won’t kick you out of ketosis! We only used healthy, low carb ingredients for this recipe so you’ll be happy with the macros.

ingredients for making gingerbread cookies

Almond flour

You’ve definitely seen this gluten free, low carb flour in all kinds of ketogenic recipes. It’s high in fats and low in net carbs, which makes it perfect if you want to use it instead of regular all purpose flour.

Coconut flour

We’re using a mix of almond flour and coconut flour for this Keto Gingerbread Cookies recipe. Mixing both is the best alternative to all purpose flour and will result in chewy Keto Gingerbread Cookies.

Keto sweetener

In this recipe, we’re using half a cup of a keto friendly sweetener. I don’t suggest using less or more because the amount will also impact the dough itself, but you can swap it for monk fruit sweetener if you’d like.

Try to stay away from xylitol as well since it raises blood sugar a tiny bit more than other keto friendly, low carb sweeteners.

Xanthan gum

We add a tiny bit of this ingredient to help our keto cookies hold their shape and consistency. In regular recipes when you’re using all purpose flour, there is a lot of glucose to help with that.

Baking powder

Make sure you use baking powder and not baking soda – that one needs acid to work at all and we’re not using any in this recipe. Adding this ingredient will help Keto Gingerbread Cookies rise a bit and make your cookies softer.

Butter

In this keto gingerbread cookie recipe we use 4 tablespoons of butter. If you’re heavily lactose intolerant, you can swap it for coconut oil (same amount, solid state).

It worked in some of our previous recipes, but we personally haven’t tried it in this one so no idea if the end result will come out similar. You might want to stick to lactose butter instead.

keto gingerbread cookie on a cooling rack close up

Egg

You only need 1 egg for this recipe. Although we’re using coconut flour which is highly absorbent, we’re balancing it out with butter here. Make sure to pick an organic egg and don’t use a liquid egg substitute – it won’t work for this Keto Gingerbread Cookies recipe.

Ginger extract

To add a more flavor, we’re using 10 drops of a low carb, keto friendly ginger extract. You can add more or less to taste if that’s what you prefer, however we found that amount to be absolutely perfect.

We highly recommend it for this recipe, however you can also use vanilla extract instead. Your gingerbread cookies will come out a little different in taste, but it’s a good alternative.

Spices

Gingerbread cookies are usually made with a pre-made gingerbread spice, however most of the time those have a lot of sugar inside.

Instead, we decided to make our own mix with ground powdered ginger, ground cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. It’s seriously an awesome combo to try even in your morning coffee, it’s absolutely delicious!

Step by step guide

Read below and follow our detailed step by step guide on how to make Keto Gingerbread Cookies. We’ve listed everything you need to make the entire recipe without any hassle.

Step 1: Combine butter and keto sweetener

First, grab a large mixing bowl and cream together melted butter and a keto sweetener until lighter in color. You want the sweetener to be dissolved as much as possible to avoid a gritty feeling under your teeth.

combining melted butter and keto sweetener

Step 2: Add an egg

Add in a whole egg and continue to mix again until combined. I can’t stress this enough, but the more of a uniform consistency your batter will have, the better Keto Gingerbread Cookies you’ll get in the end.

the egg added to the mixture of melted butter nad sweetener

Step 3: Add spices

Add all the spices to your mixture – sprinkle in cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves and a pinch of salt. Again, mix until completely smooth. This is the moment I usually get absolutely hungry since you’ll finally get to smell all the ingredients!

Adding spices to the mixture

Step 4: Add dry ingredients

We’re almost there with the dough! To your mixture, add Xanthan Gum, baking powder, coconut and almond flour. Stir it throughly to combine. You can also use your hands a bit to work it together into a ball.

adding dry ingredients to the gingerbread mixture

Step 5: Chill the dough

Place the dough in a plastic wrap and cool completely in the fridge for at least 45 minutes, preferably for an hour. Don’t skip this step – it’s crucial to roll out the dough later!

chilled gingerbread dough

Step 6: Get the cookie craze going

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take two pieces of parchment paper and roll out the dough between the two sheets. You want the dough to be about 1/8th of an inch. Then, grab a cookie cutter of your choice and cut out the shapes. Keep in mind that these won’t spread in the oven.

spreading the gingerbread dough on the plastic wrap

Step 7: It’s baking time

Take a piece of parchment paper and place it on a baking sheet. Transfer your cookies to the sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the center is set.

gingerbread-dough placed on a baking sheet

Step 8: Finish line

Take cookies out of the oven and transfer to a cooling rack using a spatula. This is important because it will allow the cookies to dry evenly on all sides and not break.

gingerbread cookies drying on a cooling rack

Ideas for decorations

You can decorate these Keto Gingerbread Cookies with anything you want, but just in case you needed some inspiration, here are a few cool ideas:

  • Melt keto friendly chocolate and coconut oil together, then dip gingerbread cookies and set aside to dry
  • Use a cookie cutter and make a small gingerbread house. Remember to keep the size small so it doesn’t fall apart.
  • Make low carb frosting with cream cheese and softened butter.

Are you looking for more holiday baking recipes? Check out our list of the 12 Easiest Christmas Cookie Recipes!

FAQs

Any questions? Below you’ll find a few most commonly asked questions readers have when making sugar free Keto Gingerbread Cookies. In case your question isn’t listed below, ask us in the comments and we’ll be happy to help!

Do I need to use both almond flour and coconut flour?

Yes! A combination of both will give you the texture you’re looking for in a low carb gingerbread cookies recipe. We believe that a mixture of both in the correct ratio resembles all purpose flour the most.

Don’t use just one – your low carb, keto gingerbread cookies will not come out right. Although both of these flours are keto and low carb friendly, they are absolutely different in composition and cannot be used in lieu of the other one.

Is xanthan gum healthy?

Although it doesn’t sound healthy at all, xanthan gum is nothing more than a fermented carbohydrate. It’s completely safe to eat and since it’s used in small quantities, there is no need to worry about eating too much of it.

When used in low carb, keto recipes it helps to thicken whatever you are making and keep the texture and shape from changing. Simply put, it holds all ingredients in place.

Keto Gingerbread Cookies on a cooling rack

How do I store keto gingerbread cookies?

There are several ways to store these, but the best thing about this Keto Gingerbread Cookies creation is that you can store the pre-baked cookie dough in the freezer and simply defrost it whenever you’re ready to bake them. That way you can always get them fresh in just minutes!

To freeze the cookie dough, wrap it in plastic wrap then keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months.

If you want to store them in the fridge, you can keep them in an air-tight container for up to 1 week. They will soften up a bit, but to be honest they’re the best after spending the night in the fridge.

Keto Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Sugar Free Keto Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

These delicious keto gingerbread cookies are a must have for your holiday season. They are also low carb and sufar free!

Instructions:

  • Melt the butter and cream it together with sweetener until lighter in color.

  • Add in a egg and mix again until combined.

  • Sprinkle in the cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Mix until smooth.

  • Pour in the xanthan gum, baking powder, almond flour, and coconut flour. Stir thoroughly to combine.

  • Place dough into plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes to an hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the dough to an 1/8th of an inch thick. Using cookie cutters, or a glass cut out a desired cookie shape. They will not spread in the oven.

  • Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center is set.

  • Place cookies carefully on a cooling rack using a spatula to prevent breaking.

Notes

  • You can decorate these Keto Gingerbread Cookies with anything you want.

Nutrition Facts

Sugar Free Keto Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 78
Calories from Fat 63

% Daily Value*

Fat 7g11%

Saturated Fat 3g15%

Trans Fat 1g

Polyunsaturated Fat 1g

Monounsaturated Fat 1g

Cholesterol 24mg8%

Sodium 46mg2%

Potassium 18mg1%

Carbohydrates 11g4%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 138IU3%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 21mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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