Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (Video)
Chocolate cookies are always a hit, and these Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are flourless, sugar-free, and gluten-free. And these tasty shortbread cookies have only 2 net carbs per cookie, and they’re great any time of year!
If you’ve followed my blog for a while it’s probably obvious that I’m definitely more of a savory cook than a baker, but I do have a few sugar-free cookie recipes that I like to make. And for those who are baking for the holidays, these Chocolate Shortbread Cookies are flourless and sugar-free. And this is a tasty cookie that’s easy to make so I’m reminding you about them for my Friday Favorites pick this week.
When I tested these cookies with my niece Kara, I put some in the freezer to have later. And then I’d enjoy grabbing one of the low-carb chocolate shortbread cookies occasionally to enjoy with my coffee in the morning. If you like the idea of a sugar-free almond flour cookie that’s loaded with chocolate flavor, I hope you’ll try this recipe.
What ingredients do you need?
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- Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or other sweetener of your choice
- Vanilla (affiliate link)
- Cocoa Powder (affiliate link)
- Almond Flour (affiliate link)
What sweeteners could you use?
I first made these sugar-free chocolate shortbread cookies with Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) which I’m liking for a sugar-free sweetener with brown sugar flavor. But now that I’ve become a huge fan of Monkfruit Sweetener I’m realizing that classic Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) will dissolve a bit better in recipes where there’s not much liquid. But if there’s one thing I know about sweeteners, it’s that they don’t taste the same to everyone, so if you have a preferred no-calorie sweetener, go ahead and use that in these cookies!
Can you make the chocolate shortbread cookies with almond meal?
I first used the coarser-ground almond meal for these cookies, but now I’d prefer the finer-ground blanched almond flour.
Want more flourless sugar-free cookie recipes?
Check out My Favorite Flourless Sugar-Free Cookies to see more ideas for cookies to bake during the holidays! Or take a look at 20 Low-Carb Chocolate Desserts for a round-up of sugar-free chocolate desserts from blogs around the web.
How to Make Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies:
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- Put butter in a plastic bowl and let it soften for a while before you start the cookies.
- Preheat the oven to 300F/150C. We used parchment paper sheets (affiliate link) to bake these on.
- You can make these cookies with a hand mixer (affiliate link) but we used a KitchenAid Stand Mixer (affiliate link) to combine the softened butter, Monkfruit Sweetener, salt, and vanilla.
- Then add cocoa powder and almond flour and continue to mix until they’re well combined with the other ingredients.
- We scooped out the dough with a metal tablespoon measuring spoon, which made 20 cookies.
- Use a fork to mash down the balls and make the cookies the same size.
- Bake Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies 30-35 minutes, or until the cookies feel slightly firm to the touch when you press with a finger.
- Cool a few minutes on the baking sheet, then slide the parchment paper off onto a cooling rack and let them cool longer, about 30 minutes total cooling time. They will be somewhat soft until they cool.
- You can keep these in the freezer like I do if you want to keep from eating them all right away!
Want more sugar-free desserts?
- Low-Carb Cheesecake with Cherry Topping
- Flourless Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies
- Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
- Almond Flour Brownies
- Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1/2 cup (one stick) softened butter
- 1/2 cup + 2 T Monkfruit sweetener (see notes)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 T dark cocoa powder
- 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
- Put the butter in a plastic bowl on the counter and let it soften for a while before you start the cookies.
- Preheat the oven to 300F/150C. Put parchment paper sheets (affiliate link) on to a large baking sheet.
- Use a stand mixer (affiliate link) or a hand mixer (affiliate link) to combine the softened butter, Monkfruit Sweetener or sweeteners of your choice, salt, and vanilla.
- Then add the cocoa powder and almond flour and continue to mix until all ingredients are well combined.
- Scoop out the dough with a metal tablespoon measuring spoon and roll with your hands to make 20 balls.
- Use a fork to mash down the balls and make the cookies the same size.
- Bake cookies for 30-35 minutes, or until the cookies feel lightly firm to the touch when you press with a finger. They will be somewhat soft until they cool.
- Cool a few minutes on the baking sheet, then slide the parchment paper off onto a cooling rack and let them cool longer, about 30 minutes total cooling time.
I have made this with Golden Monkfruit Sweetener and Classic Monkfruit Sweetener. I feel like Classic Monkfruit will dissolve a bit better in a recipe without much liquid, but either will work.
Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies were adapted from a cookie recipe from 500 More Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 3g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations. Sweetener is calculated as zero net carbs for nutritional information.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The updated version of Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with almond flour and Monkfruit Sweetener should be suitable for all low-carb diets. Cookies made with butter aren’t really approved for the original South Beach Diet (and almond flour is only for phases two or three) but I bet you could get a good result making these with an approved margarine if you’re strictly following South Beach. (Even if you use butter I don’t think this is that much of a splurge compared to other holiday cookies!)
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
A version of this chocolate shortbread cookie was posted in 2009! Since then the cookies have been update and improved several times when I discovered new sweeteners or switched from almond meal to almond flour. The recipe was last updated with more information in 2023.