I Baked Sugar Cookies with 3 Different Keto Sweeteners — Here’s the Best One!
Let the cookie baking taste test begin!
Since making my keto sugar cookies, it got me thinking about which low-carb sugar substitution is the best for baking sweets. There are so many alternative sweeteners out there now, it can be kind of overwhelming.
I decided to put 3 popular keto-approved sugar replacements to the test to see which one actually worked the best for baking my cookies.
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So let’s get to it! I used my basic Keto Sugar Cookies recipe only switching out the sugars. The results left me really surprised as I guess I didn’t realize that switching out just one ingredient would make SUCH a big difference.
Keto Sugar Cookies
yield: 24 SERVINGS
prep time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES
cook time: 8 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR 23 MINUTES
The best sugar cookies allowing for your preference of keto-friendly sweetener alternatives.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup alternative sweetener or more*
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
Keto Sugar Cookie baked with Swerve Granular
I personally am a huge fan of Swerve as I feel the taste is very similar to regular sugar. I kept everything else the same so I could get an honest result. The verdict? These sugar cookies came out like the perfect old fashion sugar cookies—the taste reminded me of grandma’s! Plus, I did not get a cooling after taste as some do with Swerve.
Keto Sugar Cookie baked with Monk Fruit
Monk Fruit has a more subtle sweetness, and I feel it’s not as powerful as Swerve. With that said, I should have added a little more than a 1:1 ratio but I did enjoy the mild taste to the cookie. Using Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener, this cookie was the softest out of the three though I could taste the almond flour more in this cookie than the others.
All in all, I would add an additional 1/4 cup of monkfruit to the 1/2 cup the original recipe calls for.
Keto Sugar Cookie baked with Pyure
For the final cookie, I was excited to test this sugar alternative since I was a newbie to Pyure, which is made from erythritol and stevia leaf extract. When adding to the bowl, it was very powdery and had a powerful smell. Baking seemed fine as the color and texture of the cookie was very similar to the first with Swerve, but this cookie did have a cooling after taste I was not a fan of.
So which was a winner for me?
I could eat all of these cookies all day long but I will say my favorite alternative sweetener was Swerve hands down. In my experience, it behaves the most similar to regular cane sugar and delivers a delicious flavor and texture in a classic sugar cookie.
That said, feel free to try out this recipe with your favorite keto-friendly sweetener and let me know your thoughts!
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