Easy Keto Shortbread Cookies

Keto Shortbread Cookies Plated

It’s a recipe for rich, buttery keto shortbread cookies. It’s the most simple way to create an authentic shortbread cookie that is low in carbs and keto-friendly. 

If you’re a fan of shortbread cookies, you’re going to love these low carb shortbread cookies. Imagine a keto cookie recipe that allows you to enjoy the classic flavor of shortbread minus the carbs. That’s what this keto cookie recipe offers and in case you don’t know I have a complete list of Keto Cookies that any cookie lover doing keto would enjoy exploring. 

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Keto Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies were always a favorite of mine back when I baked with regular flours. The richness that the butter provided in these cookies were pretty addictive.

Of course today, I embrace the fat and just push away the bad carbs. So coming up with a keto shortbread cookie option was a must.

Can I tell you these keto shortbread cookies did not disappoint?


Keto shortbread cookies
Keto shortbread cookies

I mean what’s not to love? These cookies have the same texture and taste of traditional shortbread cookies without the worry of being kicked out of ketosis.

But not only are these keto shortbread cookies a tasty solution for individuals on a ketogenic diet but even if you’re not doing keto it’s a cookie you can share with the entire family.

How To Make Keto Shortbread Cookies

So when it comes to making authentic keto shortbread cookies, you need to leave the food processor alone and use your fingers instead. 

We all love to save time in the kitchen, but I promise you these cookies are worth the little extra time it takes to do them by hand.

Sure if you use a food processor these keto cookies can be ready to bake much sooner but for a true shortbread that has a nice crumbly texture, you’ll need to use your fingers to form the dough. 

The reason being is that shortbread cookie dough should not be over handle. By using your fingers you can ensure you do not over process the dough.

I opted to add finely chopped pecans to these keto shortbread cookies but you can safely leave them out and not impact the recipe.

Tips To Perfect Keto Shortbread Cookies

Another vital tip when making keto shortbread cookies is to make sure that your butter is cold. It doesn’t have to be ice-cold but it should not be at room temperature.  

The butter should be cold enough that you can slice it and it retains its shape easily.

My recipe call for pressing the shortbread dough into a 12X12 pan and then placing the pan in the fridge for at least 45 minutes before baking. That extra step is important in getting the texture right.

You can also form the dough into a log and refrigerate the cookie log for about an hour so that you can slice and bake them instead of baking them in a pan. 

If you opt to slice and bake the cookies will cook a little sooner and they will be done in about 20-25 minutes versus the 35-40 minutes if baked in the pan. 

These keto shortbread cookies need to be baked in a 300-degree oven. Again this helps the cookie have the “short” bread texture. Cooking them at a lower temperature for a longer period of time helps the cookies be crisp. 

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Embracing Health Fats While Doing Keto

One of the things that took a complete mind-shift when I went keto was the fact that fat was not the enemy. For years I banished all fats from my diets.

Today, I understand the important role the healthy fats offer and how it’s vital to the process of being in ketosis. Which simply means I have no problem enjoying a cookie that features butter as the main star.

If I am allowed butter on a low carb keto plan then I am going to take advantage of this and use it in abundance. Because not only does fat enrich the flavor of food but it keeps your hunger hormones stable.

Customizing Your Keto Shortbread Cookies

Having created a shortbread cookie recipe that was low in carbs meant that I could now have a favorite cookie back in my life. 

I decided to elevate this recipe by adding some chopped pecans. You can, of course, choose to use any other low carb nuts or leave them out entirely.

What’s more, you could also add 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips to these and have another keto shortbread cookie option.

If you’re a fan of shortbread cookies, I’ve also created these keto brownie shortbread cookies you would also enjoy. It’s a shortbread brownie combo.

I always encourage you to feel free to customize my recipes once you have mastered them. But follow the steps exactly before you attempt to customize for best results.

I sure hope you will give this recipe a try. Once you do, make sure you remember to tag us on Instagram and Facebook. It’s what keeps this girl encouraged to keep sharing and perfecting her recipes.

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Being in a deeper level of ketosis will help reduce your appetite, carb cravings, and give you lasting energy.  It’s been our experience that the use of exogenous ketones helps make the low carb keto lifestyle a viable sustainable option.

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Keto Shortbread Cookies

Keto Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

An easy recipe for keto shortbread cookies. It's low in carbs and rich in flavor.



  1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Use an un-greased 12X12 baking pan. Or line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or leave un-greased if you are slicing and baking instead of pressing the dough into a baking pan.
  2. Measure then sift the almond flour. Then combine the almond flour, sugar substitute, salt, and baking powder in a medium sized bowl. If you are adding the finely chopped pecans to your recipe, add them now to your dry ingredients.
  3. Take out the butter out of the refrigerator and then slice the butter into about 30 slices.
  4. Distribute the butter and vanilla extract into the flour mixture with your fingers. Using your fingers rub the pieces of butter into the flour mixture and work into the mixture for about 5 minutes until the dough forms together. (note this recipe should be done by hand for best results)
  5. Press the dough into a 12x12 un-greased square pan.
  6. Place baking pan into the refrigerator to cool for at least 45 minutes. This will ensure that the cookie has the traditional crisp texture of shortbread. Don't skip this step.
  7. If you choose to bake your shortbread cookies individually, then form a cookie roll and wrap it in wax paper and allow dough to chill for an hour before attempting to slice and bake.
  8. I score the tops of the shortbread with the tines of a fork before baking.
  9. Bake in a 300 degrees oven until the edges are lightly golden brown about 35-40 minutes
  10. Allow the baked shortbread cookies to cool in the panl completely before slicing and serving. You should store leftovers in the fridge.


For best results follow the recipe exactly and use your fingers to form the dough.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 18.7gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 110mgCarbohydrates: 1.8gFiber: 0.7gSugar: 0.3gProtein: 1.5g












  1. These look great. Shortbread is traditional at Scotland’s New Year celebrations. I have a hazelnut recipe and this looks even better. Thanks a million!

  2. Sincerely appreciate you posting what I’m sure will be a delicious recipe, but you might want to look a bit closer at the recipe. I know most start out with “preheat your oven”, but it makes no sense when a step that requires a 45 minute cooling prior to baking comes after preheating the oven. I followed the instructions then turned the oven off after I realized it’d be running with nothing in it for close to an hour when I got to step 6.

  3. Elizabeth Hale

    I’ve made these twice and will make again!! Thanks for sharing this ‘go-to’ recipe!!

  4. Can I use coconut flour instead of almond?

    • Hi Trisha, Unfortunately, you cannot simply swap out the almond flour for coconut flour because they behave entirely different.I recommend you reak my Keto Baking Tips so you understand a little better about the science behind this type of baking.

  5. Could I use a cookie press to create Christmas cookies

  6. Thanks about the cookie press. I made them like your recipe said but they turned a dark brown and we’re crumbly. They still tasted good but what did I do wrong

  7. Tesa Wittmeier

    This is my go to recipe for a tasty snack, but I’ve also found that it makes the BEST crust for cheesecake. When I make a batch I reserve a bit of the dough and press it into a couple of ramekins and bake them for a few minutes like you would a graham cracker crust. Then I use my favorite cheesecake recipe… perfect. It even works for my instant pot cheesecake recipe! Thank you!

  8. I was so excited to try these, but sifting almond flour? Man what a pain. I’m using a mesh sieve. What did everyone else use? Its taking me forever. I use the Kirkland brand of almond flour.

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