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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 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:

(This is just a summary; scroll down for complete 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.

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
  • 1//2 cup + 2 T Golden Monkfruit sweetener (or use your favorite brown-sugar flavored sweetener, or use a combination of sweetener and  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, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (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.

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. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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!!!

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

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

    Happy birthday!

  14. Oh, these look so yummy!

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!!!

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

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

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

    And birthday cheers!

    — Anne

  20. 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