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Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (Video)

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies just might become your favorite Christmas cookie, and these cookies are also gluten-free. Use Dessert Recipes to find more recipes like this one.

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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 lately there’s been a cookie-baking spree going on at my house as I’ve been working with Kara to update some of my favorite cookie recipes on the blog, sometimes with slight changes in sweeteners or other ingredients to give a better result.

When we’ve tested a new batch of cookies, I’ve been putting cookies in the freezer for later during the holidays. And I’m not going to lie, lately I’ve been grabbing one of these Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies to enjoy with my coffee in the morning.

This is a cookie I previously made with Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (affiliate link) and a little bit of brown sugar, which was my preferred sweetener combination for quite a few years. Then I discovered Monkfruit Sweetener, and then Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) and now I am liking all Golden Monkfruit for a sugar-free cookie.

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 the cookies! I also replaced the coarser-ground almond meal that I first used for these with finer-ground blanched almond flour and used a little more for a slightly firmer cookie.

(Check out Six Delicious Sugar-Free and Flourless Cookies to Bake for Christmas to see all the cookie recipes I’ve been working on!)

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How to Make Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)

  1. Put the butter in a plastic bowl and let it soften for a while before you start the cookies.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300F/150C.
  3. 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 Golden Sweetener, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Then add the cocoa powder  and almond flour and continue to mix until they’re well combined with the other ingredients.
  5. We scooped out the dough with a metal tablespoon measuring spoon, which made 20 cookies. We used parchment paper sheets (affiliate link) to bake these on.
  6. Use a fork to mash down the balls and make the cookies the same size.
  7. 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. They will be somewhat soft until they cool.
  8. 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.

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You can keep these in the freezer like I do if you want to keep from eating them all right away!

More Tasty Ideas for Sugar-Free Cookies:

Check out Delicious Sugar-Free (or Low-Sugar) Cookies for more cookie ideas. (Many of these recipes are being updated for Christmas 2018, stay tuned!)

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Yield 20 small cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies just might become your favorite Christmas cookie! And WAAAY back in my early days of blogging, these cookies were featured on Oprah.com!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (one stick) softened butter
  • 1//2 cup + 2 T Golden Monkfruit sweetener (see notes)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 T dark cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

Instructions

  1. Put the butter in a plastic bowl on the counter and let it soften for a while before you start the cookies.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300F/150C. Put parchment paper sheets (affiliate link) on to a large baking sheet.
  3. Use a stand mixer (affiliate link) or a hand mixer (affiliate link) to combine the softened butter, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweeteners of your choice, salt, and vanilla.
  4. Then add the cocoa powder  and almond flour and continue to mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Scoop out the dough with a metal tablespoon measuring spoon and roll with your hands to make 20 balls.
  6. Use a fork to mash down the balls and make the cookies the same size.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Notes

I used to use a combination of Granulated Stevia Sweetener and a little brown sugar for most of my desserts, but now that I've discovered Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) I prefer the flavor of that to other sweeteners. Sweetener is calculated as zero net carbs for nutritional information.

You can also use your favorite brown-sugar flavored sweetener, or use a combination of sweetener and  brown sugar if you prefer.

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies were adapted from a cookie recipe from 500 More Low-Carb Recipes by Dana Carpender.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 88 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 32mg Carbohydrates: 3g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 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.

I'd love to see your pictures if you make this recipe. Share on social media with the hashtag #kalynskitchen so I can see how it turned out for you!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
The updated version of these Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with almond flour, Stevia-in-the-Raw granulated sweetener, and Lakanato Golden Monkfruit Sweetener should be suitable for low-carb and low-glycemic diets. Cookies made with butter aren’t really approved for the 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, or even if you used butter I don’t think this is that much of a splurge compared to other holiday cookies you’ll run across!

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    39 Comments on “Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (Video)”

  1. Interesting recipe. Can this be made without the chocolate poweder, I am not a fan of chocolate?

  2. These look delicious! Great for a cookie swap, too.

  3. Hi Kalyn

    Happy Birthday from Canada.  Will you please tell me the number of carbs in you delish chocolate cookies. Thanks loads and have a great birthday.

    JoyceE

    • Hi Joyce,
      I first posted this on my birthday years ago but it’s not until Saturday this year!

      Since I switched my blog to WordPress I have spent over a year (with three assistants) inputting recipes by hand into the recipe plug-in format that is preferred by Google. Although I would eventually like to calculate nutritional information I can’t possibly start that until this project is finished.

      There are numerous reasons I’m not easily able to provide nutritional information for the recipes. First, I already spend hours and hours on every recipe by the time I have tested it several times, taken photos, edited photos, and written the recipe. Second calculating that information accurately is difficult because it’s hard to tell what specific ingredients people will use or exactly how much they will eat. Third, (and the biggest consideration for me) there are over 2,000 recipes on this site. I know that once I do it on one recipe, people will expect to see it on every recipe, and I can’t possibly do that at this time. I give two links after the recipe itself (where it says “Nutritional Information”) for suggestion of how to get it. That’s all I can do at this time. Thanks for understanding.

  4. I wish I were more of a cook than a baker. I think I would be a lot healthier! These cookies look delicious! I would definitely be grabbing them from the freezer every day!

  5. So sorry that happened to you. But as I said in the comment above, I have re-checked my original recipe and I did cook them for that long. I only had one pan of course, in the center of the oven. That would probably make a difference. Maybe I will put a caution in the recipe.

  6. Did you notice that the temperature is only 300F? I haven't made these for quite a while but I looked back in my notebook where I jot down the recipe and it does say 40 minutes. Maybe start checking them a bit sooner than that if you're worried!

  7. Tried this recipe and it was great! The almond flour gave the cookie a nice nutty flavor. The only trouble with this cookie is that I eat too many!

  8. Amy, good to know that I'm not the only one who indulges in a little butter once in a while. I also don't eat it often, but in cookies I think it makes a lot of difference.

    Susan, thanks! I do think your Christmas Cookies event is so fun!

  9. I almost forgot! Congratulations on the Oprah spotlight! You have certainly earned it, Kalyn.

  10. Yumma-Yum-Yum! Delicious, chocolate-y, and good for you? Thank you, Kalyn! You have just made many people very happy! Thanks for the kind words about my event too! 🙂

  11. Happy Birthday!! These cookies look fabulous.

    I know South Beach isn't big on butter but I eat it with no problem at all. I don't eat tons of it but I do use it in my baking and cooking. I'm with you – enjoy it!!

    Chelsea – I think you could sub flour for the almond flour. Instead of playing the guessing game (which takes some time!) I'd search for a sugar-free shortbread cookie. Just my two cents!

  12. Chelsea, I don't have any idea how substituting flour for the almond meal would work, so I can't really answer that. All I can suggest is try it and see how it turns out.

  13. Kalyn, these sound good, but I have a question. I found Almond meal at our Walmart but it costs over $9 for a small bag, so I was wondering if I used flour (these would be made for a diabetic, so just looking for low-sugar, not gluten-free), would I still use 2 cups? Thanks!

  14. Happy Birthday Kalyn ! And congrats on the Oprah gig…the cookies sound like a great way to celebrate 🙂

  15. Wow your birthday cookies look fantastic Kalyn, I'm very keen to give them a try. Many birthdays hugs to you and some for your Dad too! xx