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I Baked Sugar Cookies with 3 Different Keto Sweeteners — Here’s the Best One!

Keto Sugar Cookies

yield: 24 SERVINGS

prep time: 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES

cook time: 8 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 23 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, and alternative sweetener* until combined. Add in egg and extracts, mix on high until fluffy.

*See the notes below the recipe for the 3 alternative sweeteners we tested.

3

Add remaining dry ingredients into the bowl and mix on low making sure everything is mixed well.

4

Shape cookie dough into a large ball and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

5

Once chilled, remove from refrigerator and scoop with a cookie scooper about a 1-2" dough ball.  Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Since these do not flatten like other cookies, I dip a cup that has a flat bottom in water and press the cookie down (if you do not do this, you will end up with a ball-shaped cookie).

6

Bake in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the edges turn slightly golden brown. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Do NOT remove cookies from the cookie sheet until they are completely cooled. Cooling will take about 10 minutes.

7

Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 24, Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77, Total Carbohydrates: 4, Fiber: 1, Sugar Alcohols: 1, Net Carbohydrates: 2, Total Fat: 6, Protein: 2

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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.

woman sitting behind three bags of alternative sweeteners

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.

Be sure to check out our keto sweetener conversion chart for recipes. We even include a free printable!

keto sugar cookies on table with numbers below each batch

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.


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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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, and alternative sweetener* until combined. Add in egg and extracts, mix on high until fluffy.

*See the notes below the recipe for the 3 alternative sweeteners we tested.

3

Add remaining dry ingredients into the bowl and mix on low making sure everything is mixed well.

4

Shape cookie dough into a large ball and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

5

Once chilled, remove from refrigerator and scoop with a cookie scooper about a 1-2" dough ball.  Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Since these do not flatten like other cookies, I dip a cup that has a flat bottom in water and press the cookie down (if you do not do this, you will end up with a ball-shaped cookie).

6

Bake in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the edges turn slightly golden brown. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven. Do NOT remove cookies from the cookie sheet until they are completely cooled. Cooling will take about 10 minutes.

7

Enjoy!

Nutritional Information

Yield: 24, Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 77, Total Carbohydrates: 4, Fiber: 1, Sugar Alcohols: 1, Net Carbohydrates: 2, Total Fat: 6, Protein: 2

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

swerve sugar cookies

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.

Monk fruit sugar cookies

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.

Pyure sugar cookies

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?

picking a sugar cookie winner

Swerve granular!

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!


Check out more keto cookie recipes!

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Comments 13

  1. Christina

    Is there suppose to be one cup or two cups of almond flour????

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m sorry! We just fixed it. It’s one cup, Christina!

  2. Lorrie MN Keating

    It wasn’t a level comparison, since you used granular versions of the two Stevia blends, but a brown sugar version of the Monkfruit blend. Lakanto has a granular AND a baking blend. Get back to the kitchen!

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Lorrie! We chose the 3 different products as they’re all popular keto-friendly sweeteners and wanted to see how the variations between the brands/products would affect the overall end product. You can try this test out yourself if you have a different preferred keto-friendly sweetener 😊

    • Joe

      I’m new to this an read that monk fruit is 200 times sweeter than sugar . What is the sweet scale for the other two sweeteners ? Do they compare ? Also I was impressed with monk fruit as it has antioxidents and other health benefits.

  3. David Young

    Try a blend of 3 parts allulose to 1 part pyure. Allulose is a natural, rare sugar, that behaves just like cane sugar in baking, browning, and caramelization, but is only about 70% as sweet as cane sugar and is non-nutritive (humans cannot metabolize it, and it has zero glycemic response and nearly zero insulin response. You can go all allulose, by adding 30% to your measurement for sweetness. But, doing 3 parts allulose to 1 part pyure gives you the sweetness of cane sugar without the cooling effect of the erythritol. Which is probably why you like the swerve. It is a fructooligosaccharide + erythritol blend that helps negate that cooling (exothermic reaction) effect of the erythritol (sugar alcohol). Inulin is another FOS that acts as a prebiotic and natural fiber sweetener that is also non-nutritive.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for taking the time to share your helpful suggestions, David! We sure appreciate the feedback!

  4. Nancy Treece

    Equal Sugarly does not have an after taste and you use half of the amount stated in the recipe. I use it for someone who is watching there sugar- like diabetics.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Nancy Treece!

  5. Cheryl Ward

    Can you use all coconut flour?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi, Cheryl Ward! You could sub out the almond flour for coconut flour but remember it is not a 1:1 ratio. It is more like a 1:7 ratio.

  6. Becky Turner

    Quick question…Do any of these cookies have a crunch or snap ?
    Real tired of soft cookies

    • Angie (Hip2Keto Sidekick)

      Hi Becky! Unfortunately all of these recipes will yeild a soft cookie. However, High Key carries an amazing line of products including crunchy cookies! They are a staff favorite! Hope this helps❤
      https://hip2keto.com/product-reviews/high-key-mini-cookies/

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