Keto Pecan Pinwheel Cookies


An easy Holiday keto cookie for your cookie tray

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Slice, bake and even freeze your keto pinwheel cookies made of a sugar cookie base and rolled in a maple pecan filling. These cookies will leave you mesmerized by more than just their iconic spiral swirl.

Baking around the holidays is almost as important as the season of giving itself. I start my baking list early to make sure I get every Christmas treat on that list – from classics like sugar cookies and keto chocolate chip cookies  to fun unique recipes like these swirl cookies or gingerbread house made out of waffles.

Traditional pinwheel cookies involve layering two colors of cookie dough on top of each other and rolling them to form an alternating colored spiral when you slice them. To make those cookies can be a lot of work because you have to color the dough with food coloring and layer the two colored doughs right on top of each other in a rectangle shape.

This recipe is much easier to make. We create a swirled keto cookie effect without using two layers of dough, instead we layer down a dark mixture of crushed pecans and maple syrup – such a classic holiday flavor combination.



How to make keto pinwheel cookies

Make shortbread cookie dough

  1. Sift together dry ingredients. I highly recommend sifting the almond flour, coconut flour and salt together as it creates a light, airy flour that will yield a cookie with the softest crumb.
  2. Cream in butter, sweetener and flavor. Shortbread cookies are all about the butter. The butter gives these cookies lots of flavor without making them greasy.
  3. Chill and roll. Since these cookies are gluten-free, they aren’t as resilient as regular cookie dough. Keto cookie dough lacks the elasticity and structure that gluten provides in a cookie made with all-purpose flour. In order to be able to roll out our low carb cookie dough without it sticky to the rolling pin or parchment paper, the dough must be chilled prior. Once chilled, roll dough out into a rectangle shape that is about 1/4 inch thick.

Make maple pecan filling

  1. Toast and crush pecans. For ultimate nutty flavor, toast the pecans in the oven on a baking sheet or over the stove top in a skillet. This step is optional but makes for tasty cookies. Crush the pecans in to coarse ground using a food processor.
  2. Make it sticky. Add in sugar-free maple syrup and egg yolks. This will help bind the pecans creating a sticky paste.

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Gluten-Free Pinwheel Cookies Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar free sweetener
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed pecans
  • 1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg white, optional

Keto Pecan Pinwheel Cookies Directions

  • Keto Pecan Pinwheel Cookies
  • a stack of pinwheel cookies and a glass of milk nearby

    What are slice and bake cookies?

    Slice and bake cookies are the perfect cookie to make around the holidays. Christmas time can be hectic so having a cookie where you can make the dough in advance and can leave to chill in fridge or freeze it until you are ready to bake is a life saver! When you go to make cookies, you just remove the cookie dough roll and slice off as many cookies as you like – either the whole or just a few to satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s so much easier than rolling and cutting cookies like a traditional sugar cookie.

    How to store pinwheel cookies?

    Baked keto pinwheel cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can freeze the dough in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months. When you go to make them, let them thaw on the counter for a few hours before baking.

    pinwheel cookies laying on a parchment lined baking tray

    Can I make substitutions?

    The common substitutions I get asked are:

    • What can I use instead of almond flour? Although I having tried it in this recipe, sunflower seed flour measures cup for cup with almond flour and is nut-free.
    • What can I substitute the coconut flour with? Many people find the flavor of coconut flour off-putting but I love using the combination of almond flour and coconut flour in my keto baked goods as it provides a flavor and texture similar to all-purpose flour. I promise, these low carb cookies do not taste like coconut. But if you must omit the flour, you can try adding more almond flour in it’s place. I haven’t tried it so I’m not sure how well it works, but you might be able to add an additional 1 – 1 1/4 cup of almond flour in place of the coconut flour. Coconut flour is more dense and absorbs more moisture compared to almond flour, that’s why you have to add lots for almond flour to get the same effect as coconut flour.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Pecan Pinwheel Cookies

    Servings: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 126
    Fat 12g
    Protein 2.1g
    Total Carbs 4.7g
    Net Carbs 1.2g

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