Keto shortbread cookies
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Keto Shortbread Cookies

Buttery keto shortbread cookies are made with almond flour. They are wonderfully rich and flaky. Another sweet victory for gluten-free baking!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Scottish
Keyword cookies, gluten free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Rest time 20 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 6 cookies
Calories 161kcal
Author Vered DeLeeuw


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (42 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia glycerite (equals 2 tablespoons sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
  • 1 cup blanched finely ground almond flour (4 oz; it's best to measure by weight and not by volume)


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the butter in a medium, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high until butter is very soft, about 30 seconds. It’s OK if it becomes melted.
  • Add the stevia, vanilla, and salt. Whisk to incorporate.
  • Add the almond flour. Mix with a rubber spatula or a fork until dough forms. You might find it easier to lightly knead the dough.
  • Scoop the dough with a 1.5-tablespoon cookie scoop. Shape each cookie with your hands, working the crumbly dough into a smooth ball and then flattening it into a ¼ inch thick cookie, as shown in the video. 
  • Place the cookies on the parchment paper, 1 inch apart.
  • Bake the cookies until they turn golden, about 12 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies in the pan for 10 minutes – they will still be soft at this point - then carefully transfer them to a cooling rack and cool 10 more minutes before serving.



The dough will be very crumbly, but don't worry about it. Simply shape it with your hands, using it like you would use play dough, until it comes together into a cookie. It's a very forgiving dough, and since it does not contain gluten, you don't need to worry about overworking it.
However, since almond flours greatly vary, if you feel that the dough is so crumbly that it's impossible to work with, add a little water - one teaspoon at a time - until it's workable.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 23mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g