These keto soft sugar cookies are not only delicious, super festive but also made with minimal effort! A soft vanilla sweet keto cookie topped with colorful “sugar” crystals. The perfect any time of the day snack!
Made with almond flour and sour cream these keto soft sugar cookies are fantastic for those of you monitoring your keto macros with only 1.4 net carbs per cookie! They’re so easy to make that I’m sure you’ll be making these over and over again!
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This recipe was inspired by our keto sour cream cookies, they’re perfect for when you are craving an old fashion cookie.
Keto Soft Sugar Cookies
You might find adding sour cream to a cookie recipe strange, but trust me when I tell you it just works. When you add a dollop of sour cream to cookie dough, it adds a depth richness that is simply magical.
The addition of sour cream gives these cookies a slight tang and the feel of soft-baked old fashion cookies, making them an instant favorite for anyone who tried them! Plus, this recipe for low-carb soft sugar cookies comes very together quickly and easily.
I love how easy these sugar-free sugar cookies can be customized by simply making your own colored “sugar” crystals.
How To Make Keto Soft Sugar Cookies
I decided to use some food coloring to make red and green colored “sugar” for decorating them into Christmas keto soft sugar cookies.
This step is optional but makes for very fun and pretty cookies without spending tons of time decorating all of your keto cookies.
A great bonus about these low-carb soft sugar cookies is that they don’t require any rolling or cutting of your cookie dough. If you ask me, that’s a win for a keto-friendly dessert!
This keto “sugar” cookie dough does require a little chill time in the refrigerator so you’ll have to plan accordingly.
I find that making the dough before dinner and allowing it to chill in the refrigerator while cooking gives just enough time for them to be ready to pop in the oven. This way they’ll be ready to eat and still slightly warm after dinner
Keto Soft Sugar Cookies Ingredients
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The following are the ingredients you’ll need. Note that a printable recipe card can be found at the bottom of the page.
- Almond flour, sifted
- Unsalted Butter
- Granulated Sugar-substitute
- Sour Cream
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking Powder
- Sea Salt
- Plant-based natural food coloring, for the sugar-free crystals
Materials Needed To Make Keto Soft Sugar Cookies
In order to make these keto-friendly soft-baked sugar cookies, you will need a few items. Thankfully, these materials are also pretty standard kitchen tools.
- Baking cookie sheet
- Small cookie scoop
- Electric mixer, stand-up or handheld
- Mixing bowls
Tinting Sugar-free Substitutes For Cookies
Making the tinted “sugar” is quick and easy! It also adds such a festive feel to your keto cookies! I’ve tried making keto-colored sugar a couple of times and I’m sure I’ve found the simplest way to mix it well.
The key is to use a sugar substitute that is actually granulated. My favorite to use for this is Lakanto but you could also use Swerve. Unfortunately, Splenda’s sugar substitute is not granulated and won’t work for this.
To make the tinted “sugar” you’ll simply add the desired amount for each color in a sandwich bag and add in a couple of drops of food coloring. I’ve found that 4 drops for every 1/4 cup work very well.
Then you’ll close your sandwich bag and massage the food coloring into the sugar substitute until it’s fully combined and even. You can add more as desired but know that the more food coloring you add the more likely it is to bleed onto the cookie dough.
This still results in a beautiful cookie and is more likely to occur when using sugar substitutes but I assure you it tastes amazing!
I also prefer to use natural food coloring and have linked my favorite but you are free to use any food coloring you like. The trick is to use a tiny bit at a time. A little really goes a long way here.
Sugar Substitute Options
When it comes to choosing which sugar substitute to use for the base of these sugar-free soft sugar cookies, I have several options for you to pick from.
My number one choice is Lakanto Monk Fruit because the texture and flavor are what I have found to be the closest to real sugar and because the flavor fools your taste buds like nothing else I’ve found in the market. It works great to make the colored “sugar” topping for thee cookies
Having said that, I’m also partial to the brand Swerve which is an erythritol blend. Similar to Lakanto it uses sugar alcohols and has a 0 % impact on blood sugar. Swerve also works great for the colored “sugar”
Personally, I don’t like using stevia because I am sensitive to the aftertaste. But if that’s not the case for you, you could certainly use the stevia and erythritol-based brand Pyure for this cookie recipe.
However, if you go this route, I wouldn’t recommend adding the colorful “sugar” because it’s much sweeter than most sweeteners.
Lastly, if you can’t easily find a more natural granulated sugar substitute you can also use Splenda with great success.
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- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup of granulated sugar substitute
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup of full-fat sour cream
- 2 1/2 cups of finely milled almond flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
Keto Sugar-free Topping
- 6 tablespoons of sugar granulated substitute
- Food coloring, optional
- Measure and sift the almond flour and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl using an electric mixer combine the softened butter, granulated sugar substitute, and vanilla extract. Mix until light and fluffy.
- To this mixture add the 2 eggs one at a time and sour cream. Combine until well incorporated.
- Next add the sifted almond flour, baking powder, salt, and mix until just combined.
- Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator and allow to chill for 30 minutes before baking.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- To make the sugar-free topping. place the sugar substitute and food coloring in a sandwich bag. Massage the bag until the sugar substitute and food coloring are fully combined.
- Transfer your tinted "sugar" into a small shallow bowl.
- Using a small cookie scoop, place the dough into the bowl of sugar and lightly cover with the "sugar"
- Then place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment-lined sheet and press down to flatten the cookie.
- Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until lightly brown around the edges about 10-12 minutes. You'll know they're ready when an inserted toothpick comes out clean but the cookie is not yet firm.
- Allow the cookies to fully cool on a baking rack and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 weeks.
Your colored sugar substitute may melt due to not being traditional sugar. This is hard to avoid but you can simply press some leftover "sugar" on top of the cookies before they cool.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 10.7gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 2.7gNet Carbohydrates: 1.4gFiber: 1.3gSugar: 0.1gProtein: 3.2g