Want to make something that will leave your family and guests wanting more? This keto cream cheese cookies recipe is an easy keto dessert for all occasions! Get playful with the toppings and enjoy!
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Keto Cream Cheese Cookies
Cookies are difficult sometimes. Flour. No flour. Eggs. No eggs. Bake. No bake. Dairy. No Dairy.
There are so many people looking for good cream cheese cookie recipes and for good reason! They are AMAZING! Now, finding a KETO cream cheese cookie recipe that is amazing is another story. Until now!
These keto cream cheese cookies are the first cookies that I've made that actually have the consistency of "regular" cookie dough.
Before I chose to partake in a keto lifestyle, I baked cookies, cakes and pies ALL the time. I baked them for friends, family, parties, just about anything. In fact, I was known for my baking.
It was the hardest thing for me to give up when first transitioning to keto. And it was the most difficult for me to LEARN. But I did learn!
I think these might be good with a bit of keto peanut butter. Almond butter perhaps? Isn't everything better with a bit of nut butter? Hmmm..... I might have to try that.
Don't be surprised if you make a batch and they disappear. That's what happens with a house full of teens and tweens in my house!
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Keto Cream Cheese Cookie Toppings
I tried 3 different "toppings". And truthfully, you don't need any toppings, I just wanted to make it fun! I tried Lily's dark chocolate chips, another with cinnamon, and the last with powdered monkfruit.
The consensus was the powdered monkfruit was the best! I happen to think so too.
These were super easy to make too which is always a bonus in my house!
You might be wondering....
Is Cream Cheese Keto Friendly?
YES! Most definitely! As with most cheeses, I stick with the full-fat version. Cream cheese does have carbs so it is not a FREE food, but as long as you account for it all, then enjoy your cream cheese!
There really isn't anything exotic that you need to make keto cream cheese cookies.
Hand beater - a good old fashioned hand beater will do! Nothing fancy needed!
Wire rack for cooling is always nice. I think it adds a little extra something when cookies cool off on a wire rack.
The Sweeteners in this Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe
I am a fan of erythritol. liquid stevia and monkfruit. Those are my goto sweeteners. These are the three that I suggest to always have on hand. When I use erythritol, I will almost always mix liquid stevia along with it. Not always though!
I chose monkfruit for these cookies as well as the topping.
Of course, the toppings act as sweeteners to some degree as well. This is where you get to be creative and playful!
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Low Carb Cream Cheese Cookie Flavors
There are 2 things that really make these keto cream cheese cookies the BEST!
The first is the cream cheese. I love cream cheese. It makes everything taste better, kind of like butter.
The second is almond extract. I've seen many cream cheese cookie recipes, but never any with almond extract. It adds to the cream cheese flavor with perfection.
I encourage you to consider what your favorite topping might be and then test it out. My favorites happen to be chocolate chips, powdered monkfruit and cinnamon. But YOU might enjoy some other ones!
As I noted, the dough will be sticky and look (but not feel) crumbly. This is perfect. Just ball it up and you can see how it smooths out.
The recipe calls for you to lightly flatten the cookie dough balls. What does that mean? Well, take a look below at my lightly flattened dough balls! You'll see an unflattened row and a flattened row.
Are you wondering how to make powdered erythritol? Check out this quick instructional video! Yes, I am wearing my Nightmare Before Christmas Jammies!
The details: If you have a high powered blender and some regular granular erythritol then you are all set. In this video, I am using monk fruit, but erythritol works the same.
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Let's dive into how to make keto cream cheese cookies!
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup low carb granular sweetener
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon Pink Himalayan sea salt
- cinnamon, powdered monkfruit, and/or dark, Lily’s dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lightly grease baking sheet with your choice of grease (I use coconut oil).
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, monkfruit, egg, vanilla extract and almond extract with a hand beater. Make sure it is well blended.
- In a medium bowl, mix together almond flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add almond flour mixture to cream cheese mixture and continue beating with hand beater.
- The mixture will be sticky. Form a large ball and just manipulate it a bit and it loses the stickiness.
- Form 1 inch ball and place on prepared baking sheet. Flatten just a tad so they are flat on the top yet still very thick.
- Bake for 11 minutes or until the bases just starts to get brown.
- Allow to mostly cool on the baking sheet and then move to cooling rack.
- Play around! I sprinkled some with cinnamon, some with powdered erythritol and put a few Lily's chocolate chips on others!
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232.76Total Fat: 23.66gSaturated Fat: 10.9gSodium: 31.46mgCarbohydrates: 2.98gFiber: 1.51gSugar: 0.66gProtein: 3.73g
Trina Krug is a Holistic Nutritionist, Integrative Health Coach and host of the Carbless Conversations Podcast. With a Master’s Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, her single mission in life is to facilitate self-healing in herself and those around her through awareness, lifestyle shifts and low-carb eating. As a current Doctor of Science student, she continues her studies in functional nutrition.