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Gingerbread Crinkle Keto Cookies

Gingerbread Crinkle Keto Cookies

Nothing says holiday season like gingerbread crinkle cookies. And if you're eating low-carb keto, this sugar-free version will give you yet another reason to celebrate. They're chewy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, all while smelling like Christmas – just the way crinkle cookies should be.

Follow the instructions below to make these delicious keto cookies this Christmas or for your New Year's celebration. And keep reading to learn about their nutrition facts and health benefits. Yes, these cookies come with a healthy twist!

Gingerbread Crinkle Keto Cookies Recipe

Because this recipe calls only for almond flour, the cookies are very moist and dense. If you like your cookies to have more crunch, replace ¼ of the almond flour with coconut flour. However, we think they're good as they are. See by making them yourself – the proof is in the pudding.  

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serve: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup room-temperature butter
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups Swerve powder, reserve ½ cup
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, sugar-free
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (176°C) and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and Swerve until soft peaks form.
  3. Add the almond flour, cacao powder, baking powder, ginger powder, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, eggs, and orange zest.
  4. Using a wooden spoon or mixer, stir all ingredients until well combined.
Gingerbread crinkle keto cookies before going into the oven
  1. Shape the dough into 24 balls. Wet your hands to prevent the dough from sticking.
  2. Place remaining Swerve in a shallow dish. Roll the balls through the Swerve.
  3. Arrange 12 balls per baking sheet.
  1. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until crinkled and slightly browned.
  2. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Recipe notes

Do not overbake these cookies. Cookies made with almond flour can become too crumbly if overbaked.

Do not replace Swerve with other non-nutritive sweeteners. Swerve contains oligosaccharides that serve as binders in this recipe together with the eggs.

Gingerbread Crinkle Keto Cookies Nutrition Facts

These cookies are fairly low in calories (60 per cookie), as well as carbohydrates while also providing a moderate amount of fat. One cookie has around 3g net carbs coming from cacao powder and a bit from the almond flour.

Calories

60

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5.7g

7%

Saturated Fat 2.8g

14%

Cholesterol 33mg

11%

Sodium 37mg

2%

Total Carbohydrate 3.9g

1%

Dietary Fiber 0.6g

2%

Total Sugars  2.6g

Protein 1.5g

Gingerbread Crinkle Keto Cookies Health Benefits

Researchers found that almonds help lower blood cholesterol [1]. Nut consumption, in general, is linked to a plethora of positive health outcomes like lower inflammation, less oxidative stress, lower cancer risk, diabetes prevention, and more [2].

These cookies contain ingredients that are known to be rich in powerful antioxidants and phytochemicals, namely cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and orange zest. But newer studies show that even eggs have antioxidant properties [3].

Besides providing you with valuable keto nutrients (protein and fat), these cookies also help feed friendly gut bacteria and protect your gut health. They contain fiber, some of which comes from Swerve. Research show that oligosaccharides improve bowel health, protecting against malabsorption, cancer, inflammation, and infections [4].  

Takeaways

At only 3g net carbs per cookie, you can definitely indulge guilt-free in these festive keto snacks this holiday season. Make the dough a day ahead before your holiday celebration or even freeze it for later. The cookies hold well for up to 7 days when stored in a cool, dry place.

And what's best, they provide added health benefits like disease prevention and lower blood cholesterol. Do you plan on making these or similar cookies this holiday season?

References

  1.     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22296169
  2.     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257681/
  3.     https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4632414/
  4.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22129339

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