Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Bring a little joy and sunshine to your tea or coffee time with these delicious low-carb, gluten-free lemon cookies. Inspired by the traditional shortbread cookies, this recipe is a healthified version using grain-free, paleo-friendly and keto ingredients. If you’re looking for healthy cookie recipes to try, this is the one! Let me know in the comments below if you make them, and don’t forget to rate this recipe. 


Low Carb Gluten Free Lemon Cookies Shortbread

This healthy lemon cookies recipe is inspired by the lovely buttery shortbread biscuits you’d have with a cup of English breakfast tea on a rainy afternoon. I wanted to adapt a recipe for a low-carb and gluten-free diet, so the texture is a little different but you still get that ‘buttery feel’. You can make a batch to bring to an office party or a kids gathering; these lemon cookies also freeze well so you can enjoy them over a period of time.  

You will find step-by-step pictures of how to make these low-carb and gluten-free lemon cookies below the recipe card.

 

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Low-Carb Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x
  • Category: Treats
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: British
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Learn how to make healthy and delicious lemon shortbread cookies that are gluten-free and grain-free, low-carb and sugar-free. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, minus the sugar!


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Ingredients

1 cup almond flour
1/3 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup sugar-free sweetener (e.g. monk fruit or Natvia powder)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg
12 tablespoons almond butter (slightly melted)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup tablespoons lemon juice
12 teaspoons of vanilla extract


Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sugar-free sweetener. 
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg, almond butter (melt it slightly if needed), lemon zest and juice and vanilla extract. 
  • Stir in the flour mixture into the egg and nut butter until well combined. 
  • Roll the dough into 15-16 balls (approx 25 grams for each ball) and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave space between the balls. Press the cookies down lightly with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes until lightly golden (depends on your oven). Once done, they’ll be very soft while hot but will continue to cook as they sit on the cookie sheet. 
  • Let them cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or longer in the fridge. 

Notes

You can use coconut sugar instead of sugar-free alternatives. 

You can make the cookies vegan by replacing the egg with 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds or linseed mixed with 4 tablespoons of water (let it sit 5-10 minutes). 

Keywords: Cookies, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Paleo, Lemon, Almond Meal, Coconut Flour

 

HOW TO MAKE LOW-CARB LEMON COOKIES

With a hint of lemon flavour and scent, these grain-free cookies are made with almond meal, coconut flour and nut butter, keeping them low-carb and keto-friendly – great for those of you watching sugar intake. Sugar alternatives such as monk fruit sweetener or something like Natvia (a combination of stevia and erythritol) work really well here and a little lemon zest and juice are used as main flavours.

Ingredients for lemon shortbread cookies

Step 1. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sugar-free sweetener. In another bowl, whisk the egg, almond butter (melt it slightly if needed), lemon zest and juice and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture into the egg and nut butter until well combined. 

How to make lemon cookies step 1

Step 2. Roll the dough into 15-16 balls (approx 25-grams for each ball) and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave space between the balls. Press the cookies down lightly with the palm of your hand.

Gluten-free lemon cookies step by step recipe

 

Step 3. Bake in a preheated 350 °F (175 °C) oven for 11-14 minutes until lightly golden. Once done, they’ll be very soft while hot but will continue to cook as they sit on the cookie sheet. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or longer in the fridge.

Baked lemon shortbread cookies

Voila! I hope you enjoy these yummy lemon shortbread cookies.

Healthy Lemon Cookies Keto & Grain-Free

 
Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free, Keto)
BY IRENA MACRI

About the author: I share tasty recipes, tips, and meal plans to help you get healthier and lose weight. I am a qualified nutrition coach with an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Weight Management. More about me here.

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