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Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies are magically simple yet rich in buttery pecan flavor. Grain-free, sugar-free, with a dairy-free option, I Can’t Believe They’re Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies are here for any and all of your entertaining needs.

Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies - grain-free, sugar-free, delicious buttery nutty cookies that are so easy to make and fun to share!

Buttery, nutty flavors shine through these Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies, and the texture is just so addicting! It’s difficult to stop at one (or three). 😉

Plus, you’d never guess these are sugar-free and grain-free!

My Keto Shortbread Cookies made their debut last year, and while they were a very well-loved and received keto cookie recipe, I felt a couple simple additions would make them even better.

Pecans and shredded coconut!

If you aren’t a fan of nuts or coconut, no sweat! You can easily refer back to my original recipe.

But for those of you who love the little bursts of texture in cookies, these pecan shortbread are magnificent.

Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies - grain-free, sugar-free shortbread cookies made with almond flour for a healthier Christmas cookie

Now these pecan cookies may not look like your traditional shortbread cookies, but they taste exactly the same.

With typical shortbread, you would form the dough into a cylinder and cut the cookies. We’re skipping that step here and are taking a drop cookie approach to make the preparation extra easy.

Let’s dive into the details!

Ingredients for Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies:

If you were around for my Keto Cowboy Cookies recipe, you’re already familiar with the ingredients here.

This is essentially an exact replica of those cookies, minus the oat fiber and chocolate chips. 

What we need to make these cookies happen is butter, sugar-free brown sugar (use regular brown sugar if you aren’t keto), eggs, almond flour, vanilla extract, almond extract (optional), shredded coconut, pecans, cinnamon, baking powder, and sea salt.

This combination yields that sweet, buttery nutty blissful flavor you get with a classic shortbread.

If you aren’t keto and want to make a paleo shortbread, check out my Make-Ahead 3-Ingredient Paleo Shortbread or my Maple Pecan Gluten-Free Shortbread

Keto Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies made with almond flour and sugar-free sweetener. Grain-free, sugar-free, delicious cookies!

Recipe Adaptations:

While the almond extract isn’t mandatory, I love that it gives an extra warmth to the cookies for an enticing experience. Skip it if you don’t like it or if you don’t keep it on hand.

You can replace the shredded coconut with ½ cup of additional almond flour if you aren’t a fan of coconut.

If you’re dairy-free, replace the butter with softened (not melted) coconut oil or vegan butter spread. You can also use ghee instead of butter.

Swap the sugar-free brown sugar for regular brown sugar if you aren’t low-carb.

Let’s bake a batch!

Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies - no-slice drop shortbread cookies made with almond flour and sugar-free sweetener for a grain-free sugar-free treat

How to Make Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies:

Add the butter and sugar-free brown sugar to a stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using an electric hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until combined and fluffy.

Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl, then add one egg. Beat until combined, then add the other egg.

Again, scrape the sides of the mixer with a rubber spatula.

Pour the remaining (dry) ingredients into the mixer. Beat on medium-high until the dough is very well combined, thick, and sticky.

Keto pecan shortbread cookie dough in a stand mixer

Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour before baking, or until the dough has set up.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Scoop the cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 13 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies. For regular sized cookies, go with 8 to 11, and for larger cookies, bake for 11 to 13.

Scoop mounds of dough onto the baking sheet and bake

Note: I use a dough scooper to scoop the dough, which gives it the rounded look, or I form the dough into round discs. You can also shape the cookies according to your preference.

Grain-free keto pecan cookies on a baking sheet

This is what the cookies look like if you shape them into discs:

Shortbread cookies on a baking sheet

Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from the tray. If you touch the cookies before they are completely cool, they may crumble.

That’s it!

An easy peasy super sharable cookie that everyone loves to love. Put them on repeat for your friends and family!

More Keto Cookie Recipes:

Enjoy these pecan-studded warmly flavored rich and buttery keto shortbread cookies!

If you make these butter pecan cookies, feel free to snap a photo and share it on Instagram, tagging @The.Roasted.Root!

Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies - no-slice drop shortbread cookies made with almond flour and sugar-free sweetener for a grain-free sugar-free treat

Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 18 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Butter pecan shortbread cookies made easy peasy! Grain-free and sugar-free!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the butter and sugar-free brown sugar to a stand mixer (or mixing bowl if using an electric hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until combined and fluffy.
  2. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl, then add one egg. Beat until combined, then add the other egg.
  3. Again, scrape the sides of the mixer with a rubber spatula.
  4. Stir together the remaining (dry) ingredients in a bowl and pour it into the mixer. Beat on medium-high until the dough is very well combined, thick, and sticky.
  5. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before baking, or until the dough has set up.
  6. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Scoop the cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 13 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies - for regular sized cookies, go with 8 to 11, and for larger cookies, bake for 11 to 13. I use a mini ice cream scooper to scoop the dough, which gives it the rounded look, or I form the dough into round discs. You can also shape the cookies according to your preference.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool completely before removing them from the tray. If you touch the cookies before they are completely cool, they may crumble.

Notes

*To make these cookies dairy-free, using softened (not melted) coconut oil or vegan butter spread.

**If you aren't keto, you can replace the sugar-free brown sugar with regular brown sugar. You can also use any regular granulated sugar-free sweetener.

Nutrition Information
Yield 18 Serving Size 1 of 18
Amount Per Serving Calories 168Total Fat 16gCarbohydrates 2gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g
Keto Pecan Shortbread Cookies - grain-free, sugar-free with a dairy-free option. A low-carb Christmas cookies recipe that is so easy to prepare!

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