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Keto Lemon Cookies Recipe

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These keto lemon cookies are one of my favorite sugar-free lemon cookies. You’ll want to make a batch of this keto lemon cookies recipe today!

These keto lemon cookies are one of my favorite sugar-free lemon cookies. You'll want to make a batch of this keto lemon cookies recipe today!

Keto Lemon Cookies Recipe

Following a keto diet doesn’t have to mean giving up your favorite desserts. These easy keto lemon cookies are one of my favorite lemon desserts, and they have only a few net carbs!

These lemon keto cookies have a delicious citrus flavor and fit perfectly into your low-carb diet. The cookies are sugar-free and have a wonderful lemon flavor.

Almond flour is one of the most popular types of keto flour. Most have very few net carbs.

What is almond flour?

Almond flour is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional wheat-based flour. It is made from ground almonds and has a slightly sweet flavor and nutty aroma.

Blanched almond flour is low in carbs and high in healthy fats, making it great for keto baking. The almonds add a delicious flavor to sweet treats.

Get your almond flour here.

a scoop of almond flour in a measuring cup

What type of almond flour do I need?

This keto lemon cookies recipe uses traditional almond flour. Almond meal will not work.

You can also experiment with other types of gluten free flour. I have heard that sunflower seed flour works well with cookies.

Get your almond flour here.

Can you have almond flour on keto?

Yes, almond flour is an excellent option for keto baking. It is low in carbs and high in healthy fats, making it a perfect choice for those following the keto diet.

Is almond flour low-carb? Yes, it is 100% keto friendly.

half a lemon near a mixing bowl

Can I use bottled lemon juice?

Yes, you can use bottled lemon juice for this recipe. Make sure to choose a brand that does not have added sugar or preservatives.

I recommend using fresh lemon juice because the recipe also needs lemon zest. I make lemon zest using this type of zester.

Lemon zest adds a delicious lemon flavor to these keto lemon cookies.

Is lemon extract Keto friendly?

Yes, lemon extract is keto friendly and adds a bright flavor to your cookies. Make sure to choose a brand that does not have added sugar or preservatives.

You can use lemon extract instead of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. You will need to leave out the lemon zest if you don’t have a fresh lemon.

lemons and a zester on a wooden board

What is lemon zest?

Lemon zest is the finely grated outermost layer of the lemon peel. It has a vibrant yellow color and is packed with flavor and aroma. Lemon zest adds an amazing flavor to this keto cookie recipe.

I like to add it to recipes when I am using fresh lemons.

How should I store these cookies?

These keto lemon cookies should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay fresh for up to a week. To store your keto lemon cookies for longer, put them in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze the keto lemon cookies in a freezer-safe container for up to three months.

These keto lemon cookies are one of my favorite sugar-free lemon cookies. You'll want to make a batch of this keto lemon cookies recipe today!

How many carbs are in a lemon cookie?

Check the recipe card for the complete nutrition breakdown. These keto lemon cookies have only two net carbs. They are a delicious low-carb treat.

Can I use other citrus fruits?

Yes, you can use orange or lime in this recipe. Just keep in mind that both oranges and limes are sweeter than fresh lemons, which may increase the carbs.

a scoop of sweetener in a plastic cup

What is the best powdered sweetener?

Most of my keto cookie recipes use Swerve. It’s one of my favorite sugar-free powdered sweeteners. If you prefer, you can experiment with another kind, like monk fruit sweetener.

Any powdered erythritol should work well. Whole Earth, Nativo, and Anthony’s are other brands that make powdered erythritol.

ingredients to make frosting in a bowl

What is the filling made of?

These healthy lemon cookies have a cream cheese filling. They are delicious crisp sandwich cookies.

If you prefer, leave the filling out and enjoy them as lemon sugar cookies. You can also top them with a lemon glaze made with powdered sweetener (sugar-free). It adds even more lemon flavor!

You can add sugar-free shredded coconut to the filling for a different taste. Enjoy them with a big glass of almond milk.

Do I need to chill the cookie dough?

Yes, chilling the cookie dough helps it to firm up and makes it easier to roll. You should chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking.

Keto lemon cookies are an easy, delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth on a low-carb diet. Enjoy!

rolled cookie dough with circle cut outs

Equipment needed

I don’t have a circle cookie cutter

If you don’t have a cookie cutter, you can use the top part of a drinking glass. Or, you can use a cookie scoop and press it flat before you bake it.

ingredients for cookies in small bowls

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 ¼ C. Almond flour
  • ¼ C. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • 4 Tbsp. softened butter (unsalted)
  • 1 oz. Cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • Zest half a lemon
  • 2 tsp. Lemon juice

For the cream filling:

  • 4 oz. Softened cream cheese
  • 1 C. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Zest from half a lemon

flour and butter in a mixing bowl

How to make keto lemon cookies

  1. Mix all of the ingredients for the cookies in a mixing bowl until smooth. 
  2. Chill the cookie dough for 1 hour.
  3. Roll the chilled dough to about ¼ of an inch thick between two pieces of parchment paper. 
  4. Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut out circles of dough. 
  5. Place the circles of dough on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  6. Bake the cookies in a 350-degree oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely to room temperature. 
  7. Mix the ingredients for the filling in a separate bowl. 
  8. Spread the cream cheese filling on the cooled cookies and top them with another cookie to form a sandwich. Make sure you let the cookies cool before you add the filling.

almond flour lemon cookies on a white plate

Keto baking tips

When baking with almond flour, it’s important to remember that your dough will be a bit crumblier than regular cookie dough. This is ok and the norm.

For best results, measure the ingredients accurately using a kitchen scale

If you are using an electric mixer to mix your keto lemon dough, use the lowest speed setting.

Don’t overbake the cookies. They continue to cook after you remove them from the oven.

More keto cookie recipes

If you enjoyed this keto lemon cookies recipe, you might want to try these gluten-free cookies for more delicious keto desserts. Use the menu bar above for more keto recipes. All of the recipes on this site are low-carb.

Yield: 12

Keto Lemon Cookies Recipe

Keto Lemon Cookies Recipe

These keto lemon cookies are one of my favorite sugar-free lemon cookies. You’ll want to make a batch of this keto lemon cookies recipe today!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes

Ingredients

For the cookies:

  • 1 ¼ C. Almond flour
  • ¼ C. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • 4 Tbsp. softened butter (unsalted)
  • 1 oz. Cream cheese softened
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • Zest half a lemon
  • 2 tsp. Lemon juice

For the cream filling:

  • 4 oz. Softened cream cheese
  • 1 C. Swerve confectioners sugar substitute
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • Zest from half a lemon

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients for the cookies in a mixing bowl until smooth. 
  2. Chill the cookie dough for 1 hour.
  3. Roll the chilled dough to about ¼ of an inch thick between two pieces of parchment paper. 
  4. Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut out circles of dough. 
  5. Place the circles of dough on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  6. Bake the cookies in a 350-degree oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly browned. Cool completely to room temperature. 
  7. Mix the ingredients for the filling in a separate bowl. 
  8. Spread the cream cheese filling on the cooled cookies and top them with another cookie to form a sandwich. Make sure you let the cookies cool before you add the filling.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 198Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 3g

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