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Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies (Video)

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies just might become your favorite Christmas or Valentine’s Day cookie! And these delicious cookies are also gluten-free. Use the Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

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 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 Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, and now I am liking a combination of Stevia Granulated and 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.

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

Put the butter in a plastic bowl and let it soften for a while before you start the cookies. Preheat the oven to 300F/150C. You can make these cookies with a hand mixer, but we used a KitchenAid Stand Mixer to combine the softened butter, Stevia Granulated Sweetener, Monkfruit Golden Sweetener, salt, and vanilla.

Then add the 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. We used parchment paper sheets to bake these on.

Use a fork to mash down the balls and make the cookies the same size. Bake Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies at 300F/150C for 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.  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.

Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

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 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
  • 6 T Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener (or use your favorite no-calorie sweetener)
  • 4 T Lakanto Golden Monkfruit sweetener (or use your favorite brown-sugar flavored sweetener, or use brown sugar if you prefer)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 T dark cocoa powder
  • 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

Directions:

  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 on to a large baking sheet.
  3. Use a stand mixer or a hand mixer to combine the softened butter, Stevia Granulated Sweetener, Monkfruit Golden Sweetener, 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:

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

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Flourless Sugar-Free Chocolate Shortbread Cookies found on KalynsKitchen.com

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. Kalyn, these cookies sound like a *wonderful* present for yourself and everyone who reads this recipe. Happy happy birthday to you!
    Maura in Charlotte, NC

  2. Whoa! Christmas cookies WILL be mine after all! THANK YOU. This looks fantastic.

    And birthday cheers!

    — Anne

  3. I want to give these cookies a try- but I'm frightened I might eat them all!

    Georgie Fear RD
    http://www.askgeorgie.com

  4. kalyn ,I hope your birthday was as good as your cookies…thank you for all your great recipes I'm enjoying them one at a time!!!

  5. Oprah.com… you hot hot thing you! And to say I knew you when…

    Read the title, and I was reminded of a story… I got married in Jamaica. One of those resorts that takes care of everything, including the wedding cake. there is a three day waiting period that you have to be on the island prior to getting married. We kept seeing these beautiful wedding cakes, in the trash barely touched after people who arrived before us had their nuptuals.

    Long story short, local custom is good luck to serve a flourless cake for a wedding…

    There was a reason all those cakes were in the trash…

    BUT, as a cookie, these sound wonderful. I think it was more the expectation (they looked wonderful) of the cake.

    And OPRAH… you ROCK!

  6. Happy Bday Kalyn! Treat yourself to an extra cookie….they look great!

  7. Oh, these look so yummy!

  8. those look delicious! I'm excited to try them.

    Happy birthday!

  9. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes and Oprah congratulations too. I woke up to tons of snow on my birthday, so now I'm trying to decide whether to go out in it, or just lay low and postpone the plans to another day! So wonderful to have the option though!

  10. I am still so excited for your Oprah gig, you are a superstar! The cookies look wonderful. I hope you have a happy happy birthday.

  11. Happy Birthday, Kalyn! I'm so glad you are enjoying the plate. I am amazed that gluten-free shortbread cookies can look and sound so delicious. I am definitely going to make these for my mostly gluten-free dad.

  12. Happy Birthday! What a great sugar free cookie! Wow – Oprah!

  13. happy birthday! and that plate is gorgeous! i can't wait to pass this and the pistachio cookie recipe on to my Celiac friend 🙂

  14. Oh happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!! and here you are giving US another gift! I appreciate you so much. 🙂 The cookies look faboulous and the plate does them justice. Can't wait to try them. Have a wonderful day!!!

  15. Those look great! I have a lot of patients that will enjoy a sugar-free/gluten-free cookie recipe!

  16. Happiest of Birthdays to You!

    Your food and you are both so delightful – so glad to have met you this year.

    I wish you many more joyful years to come!

    — Donna

  17. Happy Birthday Kalyn! And how nice of you to give us a present with this recipe. 😉

  18. These look great: I'll be trying them for sure. Congratulations on both the birthday and the Kitchen Aid! And, as always, thanks for these recipes. Your blog has become a real "go-to" source for me (and I'm sure, others). Oh – and congrats on the Oprah gig. Very nice!

  19. Happy Birthday, Kalyn! Here's wishing you much laughter and love, friendship and good food in the coming year.

    Your flourless cookies all look so good. I'm struggling to figure out which one to make.

  20. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. My dad has been having a rather bad day today, so I actually haven't done too much birthday celebrating yet, but I've got a birthday lunch tomorrow and a birthday dinner on Thursday, so I'm definitely not being neglected!

    My cookies, are gone, but they were really good!

  21. 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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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! 🙂

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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!

  31. 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.

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

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

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