Delicious Sugar-Free (or Low-Sugar) Cookies for the Holidays
Here are my favorite delicious sugar-free (or low-sugar) cookies to bake for the holidays, and many are gluten-free as well! And December 4 is National Cookie Day, so it’s the perfect time to bake some cookies. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like these.
Through many years of food blogging I’ve probably tried about 50 different variations for sugar-free cookies or low-sugar cookies, and yet not many cookie recipes have been posted on Kalyn’s Kitchen. That might be partly due to my poor baking skills, but it’s also because I feel there’s not much sense in making a low-sugar or sugar-free cookie if it doesn’t really taste good.
Admittedly, nothing tastes quite like real sugar, which I’m sure is why so many people have a hard time avoiding it. But these Delicious Sugar-Free (or Low-Sugar) Cookies for the Holidays are all tasty, and all of them can be made with Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener or your sweetener of choice (or sugar, if you don’t care about the whole low-sugar thing.) Many of the cookies are also flourless, which makes them gluten-free as well. Of course making a cookie that’s low-calorie is another matter indeed, so use portion control when indulging if you’re trying to avoid holiday weight gain!
In my experiments through the years with low-sugar baking, I’ve learned that whether you use Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener or another calorie-free sweetener as your primary sweetener, using a blend of sweeteners makes a big difference in the taste. Nowdays I prefer a blend of Stevia and Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, and I’m slowly testing out the various cookies with that combination. Most of these cookies were made with butter, but I’m guessing you can substitute coconut oil or Smart Balance in any of them if you prefer.
(If anyone tries a slightly different variation on any of the cookies, please let us know in the comments on that recipe. And please, use either Stevia, Splenda, another sweetener, or sugar, depending on your personal dietary needs or preferences, but no judgements about what sweeteners other people choose to use. Those kinds of comments will not be published.)
First up, Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies that are also gluten-free. These cookies use butter and almond meal so they’re definitely calorie-dense, but delicious!
Low-Sugar Coconut Almond Macaroon Cookies use unsweetened coconut, and even though that keeps them from being sugar-free this is a pretty low-sugar cookie. These cookies are also gluten-free and Phase One for the South Beach Diet.
Sugar-Free Flourless Cookies with Almond Flour and Flaxseed taste a bit like Snickerdoodles, with a flavor that’s slightly more complex. These are gluten-free.
Whole Grain Low-Sugar (or Sugar-Free) Chocolate Cookies with Pecans are a healthy cookie made with whole wheat flour.
These Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Triple Almond Cookies have almond butter, almond flour, and chopped almonds in the cookies, and if you really want a strong almond flavor use the optional almond extract.
Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate are a reduced-sugar version of the famous Ranger cookie.
If I had to choose a favorite cookie, it might be these Flourless Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies that are also gluten-free.
My first cookie success with coconut oil (instead of butter) was these Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cookies with Almonds and Coconut Oil.
These Flourless Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are also gluten-free.
Sugar-Free and Flourless Chocolate Oatmeal Cluster Cookies are a tasty cookie made with oatmeal, and if you make sure the rolled oats are gluten-free this is a gluten-free cookie.
Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Molasses Almond Cookies are another of my personal favorites.
Flourless and Sugar-Free Pistachio Cookies are also gluten-free. This is a tiny cookie that’s really fun for Christmas.
We loved these Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate Coconut Drops with Almonds, and these are gluten-free.
I hope those of you who are limiting your sugar will enjoy trying one of my sugar-free or low-sugar cookie options!