Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Bring a little joy and sunshine to your tea or coffee time with these delicious low-carb, gluten-free lemon cookies. Inspired by the traditional shortbread cookies, this recipe is a healthified version using grain-free, paleo-friendly and keto ingredients. If you’re looking for healthy cookie recipes to try, this is the one! Let me know in the comments below if you make them, and don’t forget to rate this recipe. 


Low Carb Gluten Free Lemon Cookies Shortbread

Lemon Shortbread Cookies

This healthy lemon cookies recipe is inspired by the lovely buttery shortbread biscuits you’d have with a cup of English breakfast tea on a rainy afternoon. I wanted to adapt a recipe for a low-carb and gluten-free diet, so the texture is a little different but you still get that ‘buttery feel’.

You can make a batch to bring to an office party or a kids gathering; these lemon cookies also freeze well so you can enjoy them over a period of time.  

You will find step-by-step pictures of how to make these low-carb and gluten-free lemon cookies below the recipe card.

How To Make Low-Carb Lemon Cookies

You will find the full list of ingredients and more details on how to make these low-carb and gluten-free lemon cookies in the recipe card below. Here are some notes on ingredients and step-by-step pics.

Ingredients

With a hint of lemon flavour and scent, these grain-free cookies are made with almond meal, coconut flour and nut butter, keeping them low-carb and keto-friendly – great for those of you watching sugar intake. Sugar alternatives such as monk fruit sweetener or something like Natvia (a combination of stevia and erythritol) work really well here and a little lemon zest and juice are used as main flavours.

Ingredients for lemon shortbread cookies
 

Step 1. Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and sugar-free sweetener. In another bowl, whisk the egg, almond butter (melt it slightly if needed), lemon zest and juice and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture into the egg and nut butter until well combined. 

How to make lemon cookies step 1

Step 2. Roll the dough into 15-16 balls (approx. 25-grams for each ball) and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave space between the balls. Press the cookies down lightly with the palm of your hand.

Gluten-free lemon cookies step by step recipe
 

Step 3. Bake in a preheated 350 °F (175 °C) oven for 11-14 minutes until lightly golden. Once done, they’ll be very soft while hot but will continue to cook as they sit on the cookie sheet. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or longer in the fridge.

Baked lemon shortbread cookies

Voila! I hope you enjoy these yummy lemon shortbread cookies.

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Low-Carb Gluten-Free Lemon Cookies

Lemon Shortbread Cookies (Low-Carb, Gluten-Free)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Author: Irena Macri
Servings: 15 cookies
Course: Treats
Cuisine: British
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Calories: 139kcal
Learn how to make healthy and delicious lemon shortbread cookies that are gluten-free and grain-free, low-carb, and sugar-free. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free sweetener e.g. monk fruit or Natvia powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 12 tablespoons almond butter slightly melted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (4 tablespoons)
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and sugar-free sweetener. 
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg, almond butter (melt it slightly if needed), lemon zest and juice, and vanilla extract. 
  • Stir in the flour mixture into the egg and nut butter until well combined. 
  • Roll the dough into 15-16 balls (approx 25 grams for each ball) and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Make sure to leave space between the balls. Press the cookies down lightly with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes until lightly golden (depends on your oven). Once done, they'll be very soft while hot but will continue to cook as they sit on the cookie sheet. 
  • Let them cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or longer in the fridge. 

Notes

You can use coconut sugar instead of sugar-free alternatives. The nutritional information is calculated using alternative sweeteners.
You can make the cookies vegan by replacing the egg with 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds or linseed mixed with 4 tablespoons of water (let it sit 5-10 minutes). 

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Almond Meal, Coconut Flour, Cookies, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Lemon, Low-Carb, Paleo
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Irena Macri
By Irena Macri

About the author: Hi, I’m Irena Macri. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I am a published cookbook author, have been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food. More about me here | Subscribe to my newsletter and freebies

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5 Comments
  1. Is there a substitute I can use for Almond Flour? I am assuming that the Almond Butter can be substituted with other nut butters (Cashew or Sunbutter) – yes?

    1. Yes, indeed. You can use any other butter. If you can’t do almonds specifically, you could use flour/meal made by grinding any other nuts/seeds.

    1. Sorry, was meant to be 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons (same amount, depending on what you have to measure with).

    2. Sorry, was meant to be 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons (the same amount, depending on what you have to measure with).

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