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Easy Keto Shortbread Cookies


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. 

Oh and here is a coconut flour shortbread cookie recipe in case you need a nut-free version.

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 was 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 as 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

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keto shortbread cookies made with almond flour

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 handled. 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

low carb shortbread cookies almond flour on a white napkin

low carb shortbread cookies almond flour on a white napkin

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. 

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 diet.

Today, I understand the important role healthy fats offer and how it’s vital to the process of being in ketosis. This 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 the best results.

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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 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 the 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 the 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 pan 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

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Monday 15th of March 2021

I was so excited to find this recipe but really disappointed not to find metric measurements. I'm in England and do not use cups as I find the amounts vary sat different times. Such a shame.

Hilda Solares

Saturday 20th of March 2021

Hi Liza, adding metric measurements is something we hope to do in the future but not sure when that would become available. In the meantime, you might want to pick up a set of U.S. measuring cups and spoons. I do want everyone to be able to enjoy our recipes it's definitely something we will work on. Blessings.

Angelia Kwok

Sunday 20th of December 2020

First, I couldn’t find a 12x12 pan. I had a 12x9, so I figured it would just be thicker, but it actually didn’t fill up the pan. Also, never mix stuff while your husband is rushing you out the door. After 5 min, I thought it wasn’t enough, as I could see pieces of butter everywhere. By then, I had managed to mix enough so it looked like dough, however. It was time to leave, so I put that in the refrigerator & came home to put it in the oven. My pan wasn’t filled, so maybe this won’t work...

The taste is great! Since mine didn’t cover the bottom of my pan, I think I’ll make it next time in a 9X9 pan & it should be much better. I’ll have more finished edges that way, since the crispy texture of those end pieces are the best.

Hilda Solares

Monday 28th of December 2020

Glad you found a work around Angelia!


Friday 3rd of July 2020

We love this recipe! I used it as a crust for a strawberry pie and it was like strawberry shortcake! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Hilda Solares

Friday 3rd of July 2020

Yay Mindy! Thanks for encouraging me with your lovely comment.


Saturday 16th of May 2020

Hi. Is there any substitute for almond flour as I have a nut allergy. Is there much difference between coconut flour? I love the idea of making these recipes but as soon as I see almond flour it puts me off as I'm not sure if theres an alternative that will still result in the end product

Hilda Solares

Sunday 17th of May 2020

Hi Emma, I have had great results using sunflower seed flour. The brand matters so I recommend this one: Sunflower seed flour


Thursday 16th of January 2020

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.

Hilda Solares

Friday 17th of January 2020

Hi Karen, you are supposed to sift mesh sieve but instead a sifter. Here is a link to one for reference:

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