Lemon & Rosemary Low Carb Shortbread

Keto Recipes > Dessert

Can I really call these shortbread cookies? Well yes. The consistency is pretty crumbly, similar to shortbread. The sweetness aspect, however, isn’t much like them at all. Think tea-cakes when you take a bite into this crumbly goodness.

The second you put these in your mouth, it’s hit with a refreshing wave of lemon. Hints of salt might come through before the rosemary finally takes the first strike. When it does, the herbaceousness will fill your mouth for only a moment before the lemon fights back. Balanced fantastically between each other, the lemon and rosemary battle against each other in a vicious war to create a fantastic explosion of flavor in your mouth.

The salt acts as an exchange in the flavor profile that I really can’t get enough of. I’m not the biggest sweet tooth out there, in fact I mostly prefer eating savory dishes, but these have hit the spot for the candy-craver and the meat-muncher.

I’ve been experimenting with different types of almond flour lately. I had stocked up on Bob’s Red Mill almond meal, but I was recommended to try Honeyville Almond Flour. I really have to say that it was one of the best baking recommendations of my keto cooking career that I’ve gotten. It’s so much easier to work with and the final result comes out MUCH better. Almost like real flour, even!

Yields 24 total cookies

The Preparation

  • 6 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Granulated Splenda (or other granulated sweetener)
  • 1 Tbsp. Freshly Grated Lemon Zest
  • 4 tsp. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Rosemary (I used dried rosemary, but fresh would be even better)
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

The Execution

1. Gather all your ingredients together. Ignore the egg I have pictured, I was initially planning to add it to the dough if I had to, but it turned out I didn’t.

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2. In a large mixing bowl, measure out 2 cups of almond flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder, and 1/2 tsp. baking soda. Mix these together well.

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3. Add 1/3 cup Splenda, or other granulated sweetener to the mixture.

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4. Zest your lemon with a microplane until you have 1 Tbsp. lemon zest.

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5. Juice half of the lemon to get 4 tsp. of lemon juice.

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6. In the microwave, melt 6 Tbsp. of butter. I took me about 20 seconds to do this. Add vanilla extract to this and mix together.

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7. Transfer your almond flour and sweetener to a small mixing bowl. Put your butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and chopped rosemary into the now empty large mixing bowl. Add your almond flour back into the wet mixture slowly, stirring as you go.

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8. Keep mixing together the dough until all the almond flour is added.

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9. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap. This will be the shape your cookies will be when they’re finished.

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10. Place the wrapped dough in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until hard.

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11. Preheat your oven to 350F.

12. Remove your dough from the saran wrap, it should look like a log.

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13. Cut your dough in ~1/2″ increments with a sharp knife. If this knife isn’t sharp, it will make the dough crumble. If the dough is still crumbling, that means it needs more time in the freezer.

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14. Get your cookie sheet out. I use these silicon pads which are nonstick and a huge help when baking.

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14. Grease your baking sheet with SALTED butter. This adds a great hint of flavor to the bottom of the cookies.

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15. Place your cut cookies onto your baking sheet, you should have about 24 cookies depending on the size.

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16. Allow them to cook for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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17. Allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes. After that you can remove them from your cookie sheet and enjoy!

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Per cookie, they come out to be: 79 Calories, 7.7g Fats, 1.2g Net Carbs, and 2g Protein.

Lemon and Rosemary Low Carb Shortbread Calories Fats (g) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Net Carbs (g) Protein (g)
6 Tbsp. Butter 600 72 0 0 0 0
2 Cups Almond Flour 1280 112 48 24 24 48
1/3 Cup Granulated Splenda 0 0 2 0 2 0
1 Tbsp. Freshly Grated Lemon Zest 3 0 1 1 0 0
4 tsp. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice 5 0 1.7 0 1.7 0
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 12 0 1 0 1 0
2 tsp. Rosemary 2 0 0 0 0 0
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda 0 0 0 0 0 0
1/4 tsp. Baking Powder 2 0 0.5 0 0.5 0
Totals 1904 184 54.2 25 29.2 48
Lemon & Rosemary Low Carb Shortbread

Per cookie, they come out to be: 79 Calories, 7.7g Fats, 1.2g Net Carbs, and 2g Protein.

The Preparation

  • 6 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Granulated Splenda (or other granulated sweetener)
  • 1 Tbsp. Freshly Grated Lemon Zest
  • 4 tsp. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp. Rosemary (I used dried rosemary, but fresh would be even better)
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder

The Execution

  1. In a large mixing bowl, measure out 2 cups of almond flour, 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. baking soda. Add 1/3 cup Splenda, or other granulated sweetener to the mixture. Set aside.
  2. Zest your lemon with a microplane until you have 1 Tbsp. lemon zest. Juice half the lemon to get 4tsp lemon juice.
  3. In the microwave, melt 6 Tbsp. of butter and then add 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
  4. Transfer your almond flour and sweetener to a small mixing bowl. Put your butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, and chopped rosemary into the now empty large mixing bowl. Add your almond flour back into the wet mixture slowly, stirring as you go. Keep mixing until all the almond flour is added back.
  5. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap.
  6. Place the wrapped dough in the freezer for 30 minutes, or until hard.
  7. Preheat your oven to 350F, remove your dough, and unwrap it.
  8. Cut your dough in ~1/2" increments with a sharp knife. If this knife isn't sharp, it will make the dough crumble. If the dough is still crumbling, that means it needs more time in the freezer.
  9. Grease a cookie sheet with SALTED butter and place your cookies onto it.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Once removed, allow to cool for 10 minutes, remove from cookie sheet, and enjoy!
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