Low-Carb Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

I know, I’ve been a horrible blogger lately. I haven’t been updating enough. And if you’re a fellow blogger, I haven’t been reading and commenting. First, I was traveling for the holidays, but as soon as I got back to Florida last week, I have been oh so sick with the flu which then turned into a sinus infection. Needless to say, having the flu doesn’t really make a person want to jump in the kitchen to cook and even worse, eat! My diet last week and this weekend mostly consisted of toast, applesauce, chicken soup, and tea. And forget about being on the computer! Just looking at the screen made me so nauseous! I am slowly recovering though and was able to get back in the kitchen on Sunday to make these quick and easy cookies! Baby steps, people, baby steps!

Low-Carb Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

From Kalyn’s Kitchen

Makes about 16 cookies


– 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

– 2 cups almond flour

– 6 tbs. Stevia or Splenda + 2 tbs. brown sugar*

– 1/2 tsp. salt

– 1 tsp. vanilla

– 3 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder

– 1/2 cup semi-sweet or sugar-free chocolate chips (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, add the softened butter, almond flour, Stevia and brown sugar, salt, and vanilla. Mix together with a hand mixer or stand mixer until well-combined. Add the cocoa powder (and chocolate chips) and mix until well-combined.

2. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick mat or parchment paper. Scoop out batter about 1-2 tbs. (it really depends on how big you want your cookies to be!) at a time and roll into a ball. Place the dough balls on the baking sheet leaving enough space to smash the cookies down. Using the back side of a fork, smash the cookies down so they are about a 1/4 of an inch thick. Bake for about 35-40 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before serving.

– If you want to make these completely sugar-free, replace the brown sugar with two additional tablespoons of the sugar substitute of your choice.
– Be careful when handling and storing these cookies. The almond flour makes them extra crumbly!



  1. Sorry to see that you have been sick, I hope you are feeling much better by the time you read this.
    I like shortbread cookies and the fact that they are chocolate makes me like them better! I have a package of hazelnut flour that I need to use up so this may be the recipe to take care of that. Your cookies look delicious, great post.

  2. I’m glad you’re feeling a bit better to even venture to the kitchen. I love that you used almond flour here… I need to find it now. What a great low carb cookie. I usually use splenda in my baking…. now I can make it even more low carb. Thanks for the tip! Hope you’re back to feeling 100% soon! Take care! ~ Ramona

  3. Hope you will recover soon and do take care. I like this healthy version of cookies, less sugar because I am all in for cookies or food with not overly packed with sugar.

  4. Mmmmmmm…..chocolate…and low carb! I’m sorry that you’ve had the flu…and a sinus infection! Ugh, those are both miserable conditions. I hope you feel 100% soon!!!

  5. We’ve all been there! Just focus on getting the rest of the way better, and we’ll be here when you’re ready!! Feel better! :)

  6. Sorry you were so sick! The cookies look great, I hope they helped tempt your upset tummy.

  7. I hope you feel better!
    These look soo tasty, and it’s hard to believe they’re low-carb :) Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  8. I just made some almond cookies that are very similar. They were great! I’m going to give your recipe a try too! I’d much rather have chocolate!

  9. Yes! I love shortbread cookies, this sounds fabulous!

  10. Stephanie, these look delicious and the important thing is that you get better. We’ll be here when you get back on your feet!

  11. Stephanie…..I’m so sorry you’ve not been feeling well. We know how hard it is on our best days to keep us sometimes, so don’t worry about us…we’ll be here….just rest and get better! On the other hand….these cookies look wonderful….I LOVE shortbread and don’t think I’ve had chocolate yet! And they look so pretty….love the ‘peanut butter cookie’ imprint! : )

  12. I hope you are feeling better! I’m a huge shortbread fan, but have actually never tried chocolate shortbread. These cookies look delicious!

  13. I’m glad to hear that you are starting to recover! I swear, if I ever get sick, it takes weeks to feel normal again (having to run around after kids doesn’t help) But anyway, these cookies look great! I usually stay away from the sweets because the carb lover in me would rather eat a bowl of pasta over a brownie, but I would love to have one of these after dinner and not feel guilty.

  14. Hoping you are feeling better than before. The addition of almond flour makes this chocolate cookie even more tempting to me! Great post

  15. Happy following your blog :)

  16. My goodness! I hope you are feeling better! I have a feeling these cookies might help a bit, they look delicious :)

  17. I was in the same boat…maybe I still am. Sometimes you just need a break. No apologies needed. This looks like a great cookie to get back into the swing of things.

  18. Oiy!! I’m drooling over these!!

  19. I hope you’ve gotten better Stephanie! Being sick is the pits – but these cookies sound like the perfect cure =)

  20. Hope you’re feeling at least a little better–take comfort in knowing that your cookies are lovely!

  21. Anything that is chocolate and low sugar is a win in my book! These look great!

  22. Your shortbread cookies look fabulous. I’ve never tried chocolate shortbread before, but I’d love to in the future. I hope you’re feeling better!

  23. Thanks so much for the well wishes my friends! I’m finally starting to feel much better!

  24. Baby steps for sure…. I hope you are feeling better. It happens to the best of us and seriously the computer and bloggers aren’t going anywhere lol. Cookies sound Fab. :)

  25. Sounds like it’s a perfect cookies for me as I’m trying low carb and less sugar for my dieting (just trying my best to reduce weight that I gained last year. Ugh!). My kids love chocolate flavors and they will be thrilled with these cookies!

  26. Im glad you are feeling a bit better!! These cookies look wonderful and low carb and low sugar are always a plus!

  27. so sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. Hope these cookies made you better. they look delicious

  28. Glad you are feeling better. The first thing that sounds good to me after being sick is something sweet like this! I love using almond meal for baking – I need to try these!

  29. I’ve got my first batch in the oven right now. But I added an egg to the recipe. Is it on purpose that there is no egg in the recipe? Maybe my cookies are going to turn out very different?

    • Shortbread cookies aren’t typically made with eggs. They are supposed to be crumbly in texture. Adding an egg shouldn’t make the the cookie bad, but it won’t have that crumbly texture that shortbread cookies typically have, but I’m sure they will still taste good! Let me know how they turn out for you! :)

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  32. What is the nutrition chart regarding LOW-CARB CHOCOLATE SHORTBREAD COOKIES for the calories, carbs, and fat?

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