Fun sugar-free keto gingerbread cookies that are also gluten-free, low carb, and easy to make. Only 1g net carbs per keto cookie.
These sugar-free gingerbread men are crunchy and have all the warm spices you'd expect in a traditional gingerbread cookie. Your children will love them, they won't even realise they're sugar-free and gluten-free.
Children love these fun sugar-free gingerbread cookies. It's nice to have some low-carb delicious recipes at this time of year. And remember to make my keto snowball cookies too.
This is a great recipe that can be made all year round. There are plenty of variations so you can make different almond flour cookies from the basic cookie dough.
So whether you are reading this at Christmas time or mid-year, these are the best keto gingerbread cookies, the whole family will love.
Ingredients you need
These low-carb cookies taste just like the traditional recipes for gingerbread cookies that are made with wheat flour, blackstrap molasses, baking soda, and sugar.
To make the gingerbread cookies low-carb and sugar-free, the recipe uses two low-carb flours, almond flour, and coconut flour. Instead of sugar, we use a sugar replacement.
These are the ingredients you need to make the best keto gingerbread cookies. The instructions and quantities are in the recipe card below with a printable recipe.
Sugar-free gingerbread cookies
- Butter - you can use salted butter or unsalted butter. Adjust the salt when tasting your dough.
- Sweetener of choice - granulated or powdered sweetener. Erythritol, monk fruit, allulose, or any other powdered sweetener. You can also use brown sweetener to replicate the flavours of brown sugar.
- Eggs - fresh eggs are preferred but you can use an egg replacer.
- Almond meal/flour
- Coconut flour
- Ground ginger
- Ground cloves
Sugar free icing/frosting
- Butter - you can use salted butter or unsalted butter.
- Cream cheese (regular not spreadable)
- Sweetener to taste - powdered sweetener is best.
- Vanilla extract or vanilla essence.
Substitutions and variations
You can enjoy all the warm comforting spices of traditional gingerbread men, or make one of the many variations and substitutions to the basic keto cookie dough.
If you want to make these low-carb gingerbread cookies dairy-free, you may use coconut oil instead. Your cookies may need extra flavors such as additional ground ginger or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
When you use coconut oil in low-carb cookies your cookies may spread whilst they cook.
Instead of ground ginger and cloves, you can use any of the following: Ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, ground cardamom, or mixed spice.
How to make gingerbread dough
In the recipe card below, I explain how to cream butter and sweetener in a medium bowl, then add the egg and all other dry ingredients. However, if you are in a real hurry, you can actually place all the wet ingredients and dry ingredients into the bowl of your food processor and pulse until a dough ball forms.
Be sure to read all the recipe gingerbread cookie recipe notes and FAQs, then you'll know exactly how to make the perfect dough every time, even if your dough is too dry or too wet.
How to roll out cookie dough
Once your dough is ready to roll, place the dough ball between two sheets of baking parchment paper. This stops the dough from sticking to your hands and the kitchen bench.
Take a look at how I roll out my pizza dough, I use the same method.
Use a rolling pin, a wine bottle, a coffee mug, or the back of a measuring cup to roll and smooth out the cookie dough. You want to roll the cookie dough to be about ⅛ inch = 3mm. This makes them sturdy enough to handle and decorate, but thin enough to bake crispy and golden brown.
How to cut gingerbread cookies
Before you begin, always use metal cookie cutters, not plastic cutters.
If your cookie cutters are sticking to your dough, you can spray them with cooking oil or lightly flour each cutter in almond flour.
Once you have perfectly rolled cookie dough, you can use your favourite cutters. Press each shape into the cookie dough, gently wiggle the cookie-cutter from side to side before lifting off the dough, and lift the dough gently with a bread knife or spatula. You can collect all the leftover dough and roll it out again for more gingerbread men.
Place the gingerbread cookies onto prepared baking sheets, sheet pans, or cookie trays that have been lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
Bake at 180C/350F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Place the baked cookies on a wire cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.
Baking tips for crunchy cookies
Cooking times will vary considerably for this recipe depending on how thick you have made your cookies, the moisture of the dough, and how crispy you like your gingerbread men.
Once cooked, you may want to flip each cookie over to turn them upside down onto the baking sheet and cook for a further minute to ensure they are crispy and crunchy.
How to decorate keto gingerbread cookies
How to decorate using icing / frosting
You can cut shapes such as Christmas angels, Christmas trees, hearts, and stars. But you might also like to make other fun shapes too. My son made some trains and dinosaurs, but they never made their way into the shots (these cookies 'disappeared' somehow).
How to make cream-filled cookie sandwiches
If you don't have the patience or time to decorate your gingerbread men then spread some icing/frosting in between the gingerbread cookies and sandwich them together. Just call them gingerbread 'sandwiches' and everyone will be impressed at how creative you are.
How to use marzipan (almond paste)
Using marzipan or fondant is an easy way to decorate cookies, and you don't need any baking skills.
Make my 3 ingredient keto sugar-free marzipan (almond paste) in just 5 minutes. Roll it out and cut the same cookie shape and place it on top of your cookies.
How to add colored frosting
You can also add a few drops of food coloring to your frosting for a more festive look. Dip your cookies in chocolate, drizzle in dark sugar-free chocolate or white sugar-free chocolate, or make royal icing with egg white and sweetener.
How to make a sugar-free gingerbread house
Some readers have managed to make small gingerbread houses from gingerbread cookies cut into the share of the four walls and two roof panels. You can download and print various gingerbread house templates online.
You need two baking sheets to accommodate all the different parts of the gingerbread house.
How to store sugar-free gingerbread cookies
Cookies are always susceptible to absorbing moisture from the air so store keto gingerbread cookies in an airtight container. The cookies must cool completely on a wire rack. Place a small sheet of baking parchment paper in between each layer to ensure the cookies stay dry and are easily separated.
They can be stored in a cool pantry or fridge for up to 4 days, or stored in the freezer for up to 2 months. They are best frozen before decorating.
Your almond flour may be very low moisture or your egg may be smaller than usual. Simply add 1 or 2 teaspoons of hot water at a time to your dough and mix until a traditional dough ball forms.
Add 1 tablespoon of extra almond flour at a time and mix. It's best to add the almond flour slowly because you want to avoid it becoming too dry.
You need to add more moisture. Simply add 1 or 2 teaspoons of hot water at a time then mix until dough forms.
You want to roll the cookie dough to be about ⅛ inch = 3mm. This makes them sturdy enough to handle and decorate, but thin enough to bake crispy and golden brown.
For the best keto gingerbread cookies, always use metal cutters. Plastic ones are never sharp enough to cut cookie dough properly.
Press firmly into the rolled-out dough, wiggle the cutter before removing, lift from the cookie and use a blunt knife or spatula to lift and place on a cookie sheet. If the dough is stuck to the cookie-cutter, use the end of a knife to press the edges or a wooden chopstick to poke small areas of dough away from the cutter.
You can use a sharp knife to cut squares, stars, hearts, and letters. Use a small glass tumbler to cut circles. Or cut a paper stencil to make more intricate shapes such as flowers.
Yes, once you have made the cookie dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for up to 2 days.
This recipe uses coconut flour and almond flour mixture which are both gluten-free flours. You cannot use regular gluten-free flour because it is high in starch such as rice starch and potato starch.
No, it is still sugar and will raise blood sugars. You can use a sugar replacement such as erythritol or stevia, or brown sugar replacers in low-carb gingerbread cookies.
Sugar Free Keto Gingerbread Cookies
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Sugar-free keto gingerbread cookies
Sugar free keto gingerbread cookies
- Mix the butter and sweetener together until creamed, light, and fluffy.
- Add the egg and mix well.
- Add all the other dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
- Adjust the dough with extra almond flour or water until the dough is the right consistency to be rolled out.
- Roll between two sheets of baking parchment, cut out various cookie shapes using cookie cutters and place on a lined baking tray.
- Bake at 180C/350F for 10-12 minutes or until cooked (cooking times will vary considerably for this recipe and how crispy you like your gingerbread men). Once cooked, you may want to turn them upside down and bake for a further minute to ensure they are crisp.
Sugar free icing/frosting
- Microwave for 10-15 seconds or heat on the stove gently to soften (not melt) the butter and cream cheese together. Mix.
- Add the vanilla and add sweetener to taste. Mix.
- Allow to cool slightly and thicken enough to be able to be piped onto the gingerbread men.
- If the icing/frosting is too thick, add a few drops of water, if too thin, allow to cool in the fridge to allow the butter and cream cheese to solidify slightly.
Approximate nutrition information is provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. For the most accurate nutritional data, use the actual ingredients and brands you used in your preferred nutrition calculator.
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