Low Carb Christmas Butter Cookies
Have you ever had a spritz cookie? You probably have. Spritz cookies are little buttery cookies that tend to pop up everywhere around the holidays. They are popular because they hold their shape when baked so you can mold pretty shapes out of the cookie dough and it will bake intact. If you have seen those beautiful rosette cookies with jelly in the middle, those are spritz cookies. If you have ever enjoyed a cookie that was made using a cookie press, those were spritz cookies too! They are everywhere!
So what exactly is the difference between a spritz cookie and a butter cookie? Well, on a basic level, spritz cookie have more eggs than a typical butter cookie which helps them hold their shape. They also are a lot less crumbly than a butter cookie or shortbread. The cookies actually originated in Germany where they were called “Spritzgeback” cookies. The German word “spritzen” means “to squirt” which is how these cookies are formed. The dough is put into a cookie press and “squirted” onto a tray. I definitely like the name Spritz cookies over squirt cookies…It sounds much more fancy.
In true So Nourished style, we wanted to make spritz cookies that all our keto followers would love. We decided to take on this classic cookie and make it low carb but still delicious and as close to the classic recipe as possible. We began where we usually begin- replacing the sweetener!
For our spritz cookie recipe, we opted to use So Nourished powdered erythritol. The powdered sweetener has a much lighter texture and is ideal in these soft cookies. It also instantly dissolves into the cookie dough so that there is no grainy texture. Powdered erythritol gives these cookies the perfect amount of sweetness that makes a cookie a real dessert.
We also used almond flour to make these keto spritz cookies. Almond flour is one of the lighter, low carb flour options so it is perfect for these tender cookies. We added a little xanthan gum to the dry ingredients to help hold the cookies together as they bake. Keto cookies can sometimes get a little crumbly due to the lack of gluten but xanthan gum solves this problem! And with spritz cookies, you definitely don’t want crumbly! You want the decorative cookies to hold their shape.
Once you have put together the stiff, spritz cookie batter, load the cookie dough into a cookie press or just into a piping bag with a star tip. Pipe or press (or spritzen!) the cookies into any shape you’d like. Add a few keto sprinkles and then bake until they are barely browning on the edges. The lighter, the better with these cookies!
Spritz cookies are a holiday tradition and now keto spritz cookies can make their way to your festive table as well. They will melt in your mouth with buttery goodness. They really are incredible. We love a good spritz!
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