These Keto Pecan Cookies are a delightful twist on a classic dessert, perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings without derailing your low-carb lifestyle. Plus, they only take a couple of minutes of hands-on time and only 9 ingredients, so grab your apron, and let's get baking!
Easy Keto Holiday Cookies
I am a huge fan of "quick and easy" and this recipe is one that fits in that category. These sugar-free holiday cookies are just the right balance between a nice and chewy cookie with the added crunch from the chopped pecans.
Why you will love these Keto Pecan Cookies
- Low-Carb Goodness: If you're on a keto diet or trying to reduce your carb intake, these sugar-free pecan cookies are a perfect choice. They are made with almond flour and flaxseed meal, both of which are low in carbs, making them a great treat for keto enthusiasts.
- Decadent Flavor: These cookies capture the rich, indulgent taste of pecan pie. The combination of buttery, nutty pecans packed into a cookie will satisfy your dessert cravings without the sugar overload.
- Guilt-Free Indulgence: Indulging in a dessert often comes with a side of guilt, but not with these keto pecan cookies. They allow you to treat yourself without worrying about straying from your healthy eating habits, making them the perfect sugar-free holiday cookies.
- Simple Ingredients: With basic ingredients like almond flour, pecans, and sugar-free sweeteners, these cookies are easy to make. You don't need a long list of complicated ingredients or hours of preparation. Simple, wholesome, and delicious!
- Customizable: While this recipe provides a solid foundation, you can get creative with your keto pecan cookies. Add a dash of cinnamon, a sprinkle of sea salt, or even a drizzle of sugar-free chocolate for variety. The adaptability of the recipe allows you to tailor the cookies to your taste preferences.
- Perfect for Sharing: These cookies are great for social gatherings, potlucks, or family events. Sharing these treats with friends and family allows you to introduce others to the delightful world of keto-friendly desserts, making everyone happy.
- Satisfying Texture: The combination of the crunchy pecans and the soft, buttery cookie base creates a delightful texture. Each bite offers a satisfying crunch, making the eating experience enjoyable and leaving you craving more.
Easy Keto Cookie Recipe Ingredients
Below are the 9 ingredients needed to make these sugar-free pecan cookies along with ingredient substitutions.
- Sweetener - For this recipe, I used a brown sugar substitute. My favourite brand is Swerve. If you do not have a brown sugar substitute you can use any sugar-free sweetener.
- Butter - You will need to allow your butter to come to room temperature. This can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. If you only have salted butter, omit adding any additional salt.
- Egg - You will need 1 large egg that has been left out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes so that it is at room temperature.
- Almond flour - Super-fine almond flour (I use Blue Diamond) works best for these keto cookies
- Flaxseed meal- I almost always add flaxseed meal to my keto cookie recipes as the flaxseed meal keeps the cookies nice and chewy. Whole flaxseeds will not work in this recipe.
- Vanilla, Salt, and Baking Soda - These ingredients help to round out the flavour of these sugar-free holiday cookies.
- Pecans - You can buy chopped pecans but to save money, you can simply chop them yourself. If you have extra time, you can always quickly roast the pecans before adding them to the sugar-free pecan cookies for a nuttier flavour.
How to Make Sugar-free Pecan Cookies
These keto pecan cookies are going to most likely be one of the easiest sugar-free holiday cookies you will ever make!
In a medium-size mixing bowl, beat together the softened butter, sweetener, and vanilla for 2 minutes.
Add in the egg and beat until just combined. Add in the almond flour, flaxseed meal, salt, and baking soda and beat on low speed until incorporated. Fold in the pecans and place the bowl in the fridge for at 1 hour.
Using a cookie scoop (I used a 4 teaspoon cookie scoop), place the cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet, at least 3" apart. You should be able to get 8 cookies per baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes and remove from the oven. Allow the cookies to cool by carefully transferring the parchment paper to the cookie rack.
Hint: These sugar-free holiday cookies will spread so make sure to allow enough space between each cookie. Also, the cookies will firm as they cool.
Why did my cookies spread so much?
If you followed this recipe exactly, then the only reason your cookies spread too much was that the cookie dough was not chilled properly.
Why did my cookies turn very dark?
If you use allulose as your sweetener, your cookies will be much darker than if you use an erythritol-based sweetener.
Can I replace the almond flour with coconut flour?
I would not replace the almond flour with coconut flour but you could possibly replace the flaxseed meal with coconut flour. Coconut flour is VERY absorbent so it will definitely cause your cookies to not spread as much.
Can I use vegetable shortening instead of butter for cookies?
Yes. However, your cookies will not spread quite as much since butter contains a slight amount of water.
More Easy Keto Cookie Recipes
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More Keto Holiday Recipes
These are my keto holiday recipes to share with family and friends!
- ½ - ⅔ cup brown sugar substitute (I used Swerve)
- ½ cup butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup flaxseed meal
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the brown sugar substitute, butter and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add the egg and beat until combined. Add the almond flour, flaxseed meal, salt, and baking soda and beat on low until combined. Fold in the pecans.
- Place the bowl in the fridge to chill for 30 mintues.
- While dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Use a cookie scoop and place cookies on baking sheet, leaving 3" between each cookie.
- Bake for 8 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to allow them to cool completely.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Chilling Time: 60 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Desserts, Snacks
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American, Fall, Holidays, Winter
- Serving Size: 1 cookie
- Calories: 135
- Sugar: 0.5
- Fat: 11.6
- Carbohydrates: 2.3
- Fiber: 1.3
- Protein: 2
Keywords: keto, gluten-free, sugar-free, holiday cookies, easy keto cookies, pecans, low carb