Keto Christmas Tree Cookies

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A keto cookies that really impresses, these Christmas tree cookies will delight friends and family with some holly jolly that's sugar free!

These towering cookies are the ultimate keto Christmas cookie recipe. Three low carb sugar cookies are separated by layers of green sugar-free buttercream frosting. The result, a beautiful Christmas tree cookie that will shine at any holiday party.

Close up of a three tiered Christmas cookie separated by green frosting and sprinkles all over.

The keto sugar cookie bases are made from a gluten-free cookie cut-out cookie dough and pressed into decreasing sizes in order to form a tapered tree shape.

Buttercream frosting is made using softened butter and sugar-free powdered sweetener. Then dyed a brilliant lime green color and the Grinch himself would approve. Keto frosting is piped in between each cookie using a star tip. Sprinkles are dusted around the outside to act as ornaments on the tree.

How to make Keto Christmas Tree Cookies

  1. Sift the dry ingredients – almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
  2. Cream butter with powdered sugar free sweetener. Then add egg, vanilla & almond extracts.
  3. Combine dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until cookie dough forms.
  4. Roll sugar cookie dough into three different sized balls (1 – 1 ¼ inch, ¾ – 1 inch & ½ inch in diameter).
  5. Bake each size together in batches as they different in baking times. Place large balls on a parchment lined baking sheet spacing about 1 1/2 – 2 inches apart. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass.
  6. Refrigerate for 5-10 minutes to prevent spreading.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Repeat with remaining sizes but adjust baking times as instructed below.
  8. Make keto buttercream frosting – combine unsalted butter, powdered sweetener, nut milk or heavy cream, vanilla extract and food coloring.
  9. Assemble Christmas trees. Lay down large cookie. Pipe frosting on top. Place medium cookie on top. Pipe more frosting. Top with smallest cookie and a final dollop of keto frosting.
  10. Decorate your trees. Sprinkle sprinkles all over trees.

Keto Christmas tree cookies on a wire rack with red and white string draped nearby and a red Christmas bulb.

Key ingredients & substitutions

  • Almond flour – The main keto flour for this keto Christmas cookie recipe. Use blanched, finely milled almond flour. If allergic to nuts, you can try using sunflower seed flour as a substitute. It measures cup for cup with almond flour; however, I have not tried it in the recipe so I can’t guarantee results.
  • Coconut flour – The second keto flour in these keto cookies. I prefer the combination of coconut flour and almond flour in many cookie recipes as it gives a similar texture to all-purpose flour and they are readily available at most grocery stores. If you don’t like the flavor of coconut flour, don’t worry – you can’t taste the coconut flour in this recipe!
  • Cream of tartar – Provides a slight tangy flavor to off-put the coconut flour flavor. Helps stabilize the dough and helps the cookies rise when combined with baking soda.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter. Do not substitute with margarine or salted butter. Your cookies will spread if you use margarine. Salted butter can cause your cookies to be overly salty.
  • Powdered sugar-free sweetener – Preferred in this recipe as some granulated sweeteners don’t dissolve well in baking. Powdered sweetener creates a delicate cookie crumb. Use a sugar-free sweetener that measures cup for cup with powdered sugar.

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Variations

Looking for different ways to “decorate” your Christmas tree cookies? Try these ideas:

  • Use Christmas sprinkles! Sugar-free sprinkles only come in two colors (multi-color and chocolate) right now. For that extra festive touch to your cookies uses these confetti sprinkles or other holiday sprinkles. They will have sugar in them, but it will hardly add up to any carbs.
  • Make white chocolate cream cheese frosting for a different flavor. Since this frosting is white, you can still dye your frosting green!
  • Different colored trees or cookies. Try adding food coloring to the cookie dough or a different color to the frosting to make multi-colored trees! Liqua-gel food coloring works best for this.
Sugar cookies sandwiched with green frosting in a way to resemble a tree and topped with a gold star.

Storage information & make ahead instructions

To make these cookies ahead of time, you can stop at several steps along the way.

  • Once the cookie dough forms, you can wrap in plastic wrap and store the dough in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or the freezer in a freezer safe bag for 1 month.
  • After you roll the dough into balls, store the balls in a freezer safe bag or container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or the freezer for 1 month.
  • The frosting can be prepped 2-3 days in advance.

Store your assembled keto Christmas cookies at room temperature for up to 3 days. They will harden the longer they sit out but will still be delicious. To help keep them from hardening, you could store them in a cake saver or storage container.

Keto Christmas Tree Cookies: FAQS

Can I cut out the cookie dough instead of rolling into balls?

Yes, you can use round cookie cutters to cut out the three size of cookies.

My cookies spread after baking. What can I do?

Remember before baking your cookies, refrigerate the dough for 5-15 minutes. This will help prevent spreading. If you cookies still spread, immediately reshape the edges using a knife to gently press the dough back into form the shape.

My keto cookies are crumbly. What did I do wrong?

You have to let the cookies cool completely before handling. They are delicate when first out of the oven; however, they will continue to harden as they cool.

Nutritional information & Macros

Nutrition Information

Keto Christmas Tree Cookies

Servings: 20

Amount Per Serving
Calories 235
Fat 23.4g
Protein 2.7g
Total Carbs 2.9g
Net Carbs 1.2g

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