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Keto Soft Sugar Cookies

These easy keto sugar cookies are not only delicious but also very festive.

Almond flour sugar cookies come to the rescue for those who want a recipe for low-carb sugar cookies that are also gluten-free.

It’s a soft-baked vanilla keto sugar cookie recipe topped with colorful, homemade sugar-free crystals.

They are sure to silence cravings for traditional sugar cookies and are slated to become among your favorite Christmas cookies.

With only 1.4 net carbs per cookie, these soft keto cookies make the perfect any-time-of-the-day snack!

These keto soft sugar cookies are fantastic for those monitoring their keto macros who want a sweet treat.

They’re easy to make and have the best texture for those who love a tender cookie. I’m sure you’ll be making them over and over again!

If you’re a big fan of cookies and are looking for more keto cookie recipes, then you’ll be happy to know I’ve put together an entire collection of keto cookies!

This almond flour sugar cookie recipe was inspired by our keto sour cream cookies; they’re perfect for when you are craving an old-fashioned cookie.

Keto Sugar Cookies

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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 depth and richness that are simply magical.

The addition of sour cream gives these keto sugar cookies a slight tang and the feel of soft-baked, old-fashioned cookies.

It’s sure to be an instant favorite for anyone who tries it!

Plus, this recipe for low-carb soft sugar cookies comes together quickly and easily since you just need to form balls with the cookie dough and roll in the granulated sugar-free sweetener.

You can have holiday cookies that look just as festive as cutout low-carb sugar cookies but without the use of cookie cutters.

I love how easily these sugar-free sugar cookies can be customized by simply making your own colored “sugar” crystals.

How To Make Keto Soft Sugar Cookies

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Keto Almond Flour Sugar Cookies Ingredients
Keto Almond Flour Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Keto Soft Sugar Cookies Ingredients

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The following are the ingredients you’ll need to make this keto sugar cookie recipe. Note that a printable recipe card can be found at the bottom of the page.

Materials Needed To Make Keto Soft Sugar Cookies

keto soft sugar cookies up close with glass of almond milk
keto soft sugar cookies up close with a glass of almond milk

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. 

Keto Sugar Cookies Recipe

keto soft baked sugar cookies process pictures
keto soft baked sugar cookies process pictures

I decided to use some food coloring to make red and green colored “sugar” for decorating them into Christmas keto soft sugar cookies.

But any color would work for these buttery sugar cookies.

But any color would work for these buttery sugar cookies.

Use pastel colors for Easter, red for Valentine’s Day, or green for St. Patrick’s Day.

The sky is the limit when it comes to this cookie recipe!

This step is optional but makes for a fun and pretty cookie without spending tons of time decorating.

But really, you can leave out the food coloring entirely and still have a lovely option for sugar-free cookies.

A great thing 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 when it gets busy in the kitchen.

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 it to be ready to pop in the oven.

This way, they’ll be ready to eat slightly warm and make chewy sugar cookies courtesy of the “sugar” crystals.

Tinting Sugar-Free Substitutes For Cookies

keto homemade colored sugar
keto homemade colored sugar

Making the tinted granulated sugar substitute 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 monk fruit, 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 of each color to a sandwich bag and add in a couple of drops of food coloring. I’ve found that four drops for every 1/4 cup work very well.

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!

Then, you’ll close your sandwich bag and massage the food coloring into the sugar substitute until it’s thoroughly combined and even.

Alternatively, you can just combine the food coloring and sweetener in small bowls with a long toothpick.

I also prefer to use natural food coloring, and I’ve 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, since a little goes a long way here.

keto soft sugar cookies for Christmas with a bite missing
Keto soft sugar cookies for Christmas

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 n 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 on the market, It works great to make the colored “sugar” topping for the cookies.

Having said that, I’m also partial to the brand Swerve, which is an erythritol blend. Similar to Lakanto, it uses sugar alcohol and has a 0% impact on blood sugar. Swerve also works excellent 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.

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Keto Soft Sugar Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These keto soft sugar cookies will remind you of the old fashion cookies you grew up on. They make the perfect holiday cookie recipe.


Keto Sugar-free Topping


  1. Measure and sift the almond flour and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, using an electric mixer combine the softened butter, granulated sugar substitute, and vanilla extract. Mix until light and fluffy.
  3. To this mixture, add the 2 eggs one at a time and the sour cream. Combine until well incorporated.
  4. Next, add the sifted almond flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until just combined.
  5. Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator and allow it to chill for 30 minutes before baking.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  7. To make the sugar-free topping. place the granulated sugar substitute and food coloring in a sandwich bag. Massage the bag until the sugar substitute, and food coloring are fully combined.
  8. Transfer your tinted "sugar" into small shallow bowls.
  9. Using a small cookie scoop, place the dough into the bowl of sugar and lightly cover it with the "sugar."
  10. Then place the dough on a lightly greased baking sheet or parchment-lined sheet and press down to flatten the cookie.
  11. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until lightly brown around the edges, about 10-12 minutes.
  12. Allow the cookies to fully cool on a baking rack and enjoy!
  13. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze them for up to 3 weeks.

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

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