These low carb and Keto ginger cookies are classic treats with only 2g net carbs each.
Greetings ginger lovers!
If you are looking for some Keto ginger cookies, then you are in the right place, because today I’m going to share my recipe for sugar-free low carb gingerbread cookies. They are grain-free, gluten-free and sugar-free. They are all the frees.
First though, a little ginger cookie back story.
Gingerbread cookies are, of course, ginger spiced cookies (or biscuits, as they say over the pond) that are shaped into stylized people or things. Gingerbread has been around since the 15th century, but it wasn’t until the 16th century that it began taking the shape of tiny little men.
So, like so many things, it was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I that things got interesting.
She had her cooks create gingerbread cookies that were shaped like important people who were visiting the court. Which, honesty, seems very odd to me. First off, how did they make gingerbread people with enough detail to tell them apart? And then there is the question of royal etiquette. When the Queen gives you a cookie shaped like yourself, do you eat it in front of her? The whole thing seems awkward.
But yes, we have the English monarchy to thank for these people shaped gingerbread cookies.
And because we are living in the 21st century, we’ve got different ideas about what and what not to eat. If you are reading this, then you are likely on a sugar-free diet, or know someone who is. It’s not always easy to stick to low carb diets, but I’ve found that having a sugar-free dessert handy saves me from slipping up and eating sugary treats. (Usually.)
That’s where these Keto ginger cookies come in.
I make up a batch of these babies and keep one or two in my bag in case of emergency. Like…the kids scream for ice cream and I give in…but out comes my crispy Keto ginger cookie. Crisis averted. The kids are in ice cream heaven and I’m cool in the shade with my 2g net carb sugar-free treat.
So what are the ingredients for these crispy Keto cookies?
You’ll need some low carb staples, like almond flour, protein powder, sugar-free brown sugar substitute and sugar-free syrup as well as more common baking ingredients like baking powder, eggs, butter and almond milk. You’ll also need a gingerbread spice blend made from a combination of ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom and ground cloves. But in a pinch, plain old ground ginger will do. Keto ginger cookies on their own are just as delicious as their gingerbread cousins.
And what about the texture of these gluten-free gingerbread cookies?
This Keto gingerbread cookie is soft, with a nice hefty chew to it. It is perfectly spiced, and packs a flavorful punch at the end. And did I mention that each medium sized cookie has just 2g net carbs? I think I did. Well, it bears repeating. 2g net carbs, I tell you, just 2g net carbs!
So all in all, I think Queen Elizabeth would be happy to see what has become of her gingerbread men.
(Or she could send us to the guillotine, it could really go either way with that one.)Print
Keto Ginger Cookies
This recipe for low carb and Keto ginger cookies is gluten-free, sugar-free and grain-free. (All the free’s.) And each cookies has just 2g net carbs.
- Prep Time: 15
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 20 medium sized cookies 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: English
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 2 cups super fine almond flour*
- ¼ cup Isopure Protein Powder or equivalent zero carb protein powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 5 teaspoons Swerve Brown or equivalent brown sugar substitute
- 1 tablespoon gingerbread spice blend or ground ginger
- 1 large egg white
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- ¼ cup sugar-free pancake syrup
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
Step 1. In a large bowl, mix together almond flour, protein powder, baking powder, granulated sweetener, and gingerbread spice. Use a wooden spoon to smash the big clumps of brown sugar substitute against the walls of the bowl to break them up.
Step 2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together egg white, butter and syrup.
Step 3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix well to combine.
Step 4. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
Step 5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and cover 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Step 6. Roll the dough out between 2 sheets of parchment until it is ⅛ inch thick.
Step 7. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and add to the prepared cookie sheets.
Step 8. Mix together egg yolk and almond milk wash. Brush mixture over each cookie.
Step 9. Bake for 8-10 minutes until firm and slightly browned around the edges.
Step 10. Cool on cookie sheets for 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for several days, in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 6 months.
*If you take these cookies to a party, make sure to clearly mark that they contain nuts. Most people don’t expect cookies to use almond flour, so people with nut allergies might inadvertently eat it.
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- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 94
- Fat: 8
- Carbohydrates: 3
- Fiber: 2
- Protein: 4
Keywords: Low Carb Gingerbread Cookies, Keto Gingerbread Cookies, Low Carb Ginger Cookies, Keto Ginger Cookies
Susanne Swisher says
Luscious! But I was really looking forward to your recipe for the gingerbread spice mix! Would you post that, please?
Yay, I'm so glad you like the cookies! I'll be honest with you though, I have never tinkered around with a gingerbread spice mix. It's so much easier and cheaper to just buy the stand alone spice mix. Here's a basic recipe though, if you do want to make it from scratch https://www.food.com/recipe/gingerbread-spice-mixture-261857
Here’s a link to an excellent gingerbread spice mix that I’ve tried with phenomenal results. You can also halve the spice recipe easily if you’re not batch baking for the holiday season.
Mandy M. says
These cookies are so good! I've been trying to find a Keto version of these gingerbread cookies that my mom used to make every Christmas. This recipe was the 3rd one I treid and it is definitely the winner.Thank so much for sharing it!
Awesome! I am so happy when the Keto version of a recipe tastes just as good as a "normal" sugary one.