Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Keto Gingerbread Cookies – a traditional Holiday cookie, turned low-carb. The most flavorful, crunchy and delicious gingerbread cookies, that are sugar and gluten-free.

Keto gingerbread cookies on a plater

I’m very excited to share the recipe for these Keto Gingerbread Cookies, just a little over a week before the holidays. While testing the recipe and baking these cookies, my house smelled amazing!

These are by far my favorite of all Keto cookies I’ve ever made. The nuttiness that is brought by the almond flour and caramelly flavor from the brown sweetener and blackstrap molasses makes these extra flavorful and unique.

What ingredients do you need to make Keto Gingerbread Cookies?

  • butter
  • Swerve Brown
  • egg
  • blackstrap molasses
  • almond flour
  • coconut flour
  • salt
  • vanilla (optional)
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • baking powder
  • Xantan gum

Keto gingerbread cookies on a plate

What kind of sweetener to use to make low-carb gingerbread?

Fot the Keto Gingerbread Cookies dough, I used Swerve Brown Sweetener, which is technically a brown sugar substitute, that is sugar-free and low carb.

There is another brand that offers a brown low-carb sweetener, called Sukrin Gold. You can use either one.

What if you can’t get your hands a low-carb brown sweetener, you can still use granulated erythritol, but keep in mind that the final product will not have a rich taste and golden color as the cookies pictured here.

Can you use blackstrap molasses in Keto cookie recipes?

What is blackstrap molasses? You may have seen some Keto and low-carb recipes calling for it.

Blackstrap molasses is the syrup produced after the third boiling.

It is thick and dark in color. It has a bitter taste and should not be used as a substitute in recipes that call for molassesBlackstrap molasses is the version of molasses that is has the most health benefits.

Since blackstrap molasses still has carbs, I used just one tablespoon of it to add sweetness and unique flavor to these cookies.

Golden brown Keto gingerbread cookies on a plate

How to make these Keto gingerbread cookies?

  1. Beat together softened butter and sweetener with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla (optional) and blackstrap molasses. Whisk to combine.

  2. In a bowl combine the flours, cinnamon, ginger, Xantan gum, baking powder and salt.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Beat until incorporated.

  4. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  5. Roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using 3-4 -inch cookie cutters, but out cookies with different shapes. My favorite are gingerbread men.

  6. Bake on trays lined with parchment paper, for 15 minutes, at 350 F.

  7. Store cookies in air-tight container at room temperature for 5 days.

    Keto gingerbread cookie on a plate

How to roll out the dough for these low-carb Gingerbread Cookies?

It is important that you chill the dough for at least 2 hours, to make it easier to work with.

Even chilled dough will be sticky. This is why, I recommend (very important!) rolling out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. Then very carefully transfer the cookies to a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper or Silpat.

If transfering the cookies is troublesome, they break or fall apart, you can just roll out on the same parchment paper sheet that is going to be used for baking, leave the shaped cookies on it and remove the dough around them.

Keto gingerbread cookie dough rolled out and cut

How long to bake?

Baking time will depend on the thickness of the dough and size of the cookies.

For cookies that are around 3 inches long and between 1/4 and 1/8 – inch thick, I recommend that you bake them for 8 minutes, until the edges start to turn golden. Do not over bake these cookies, keep a close eye on them because it is very easy to burn these.

Once you take the cookies out of the oven, let the cookies cool down on the baking sheet completely, then carefully remove.

Do not attempt moving cookies from the baking sheet, while hot or still warm, because they are very fragile and will break.

How to decorate?

You can leave the cookies as they are. I made a simple frosting (Keto Royal Icing ) by mixing together 1/3 cup of confectioners erythritol (or Swerve) with 1 tablespoon heavy cream. Then I added some water to get it to a runny consistency and filed a zip lock bag with it. Cut off the tip and decorated the cookies.

If you have a favorite sugar free icing recipe, feel free to use it.

Best way to store low-carb gingerbread

You can wrap these Keto Gingerbread Cookies in clear cookie bags and gift them to people.

For best results, keep in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

The dough could be frozen for up tp 1 month.

More Holiday Keto Cookie Recipes:

  • Walnut Snowball Cookies
  • Low-Carb Cut Out Cookies
  • Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 20

Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Swerve Brown "Sugar" Sweetener
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp Xantan gum
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Beat together softened butter and sweetener with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla (optional) and blackstrap molasses. Beat to combine.

  2. In a bowl combine the flours, cinnamon, ginger, Xantan gum, baking powder and salt.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Beat until incorporated.

  4. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  5. Roll out the dough 1/4 inch thick. Using 3-4 -inch cookie cutters, but out cookies with different shapes. My favorite are gingerbread men.

  6. Bake on trays lined with parchment paper, for 15 minutes, at 350 F.

  7. Store cookies in air-tight container at room temperature for 5 days.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Keto Gingerbread Cookies

Nutrition Information

Calories: 117, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 76mg, Potassium: 55mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 2g, Vitamin A: 3.1%, Calcium: 4.6%, Iron: 3.3%