Best Low-Carb Christmas Cookie Recipes

My collection of the Best Low-Carb Christmas Cookie Recipes will make your holidays just a little brighter because they’re fun, healthy, and super easy to make.

History of The Best Low-Carb Christmas Cookie Recipes

Growing up in Davis, a small town in Northern California, I made treats for our family friends and wrapped them in boxes, bought from our local Chinese restaurant. This was the 1970s, long before the advent of Michael’s and other craft stores.

Homemade Christmas Cookies

I’d stuff each box with my homemade cookies and fudge, then add the finishing touch, a pretty red ribbon; then my parents would drive me all over town for our own Christmas cookie delivery.

Snow Globe Box

Now we use more festive containers, such as these adorable snow globe, santa, and snowman boxes that you can order online, filling them with my low-carb cookies.

Gluten-Free Christmas Cookie Recipes

When the boys were teenagers our family “Christmas cookie delivery” ended because my healthy gluten-free Christmas cookies rarely made it past the kitchen counter.

Most of the time, close to a dozen teenagers filled our house, eating everything in site! Although it was busy, I love that we were the house where everyone gathered for their favorite gluten-free Christmas desserts and so much more.

Healthy Christmas Cookie Ideas

Now I have wonderful memories of the boys and their friends and I bake onward, giving treats to friends and neighbors. Since you’re probably baking too I thought I’d share my Christmas cookie ideas with you.

Vegan Christmas Cookies

My gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes are all grain-free as well. Better yet? If you’re looking for vegan Christmas cookies I have a bunch of those too, so read on!
Mexican Wedding Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies

If you’ve ever wondered how to make Mexican wedding cookies, you’ll want to try my egg-free Mexican Wedding Cookies recipe. The flavor of this buttery dairy-free Christmas dessert is melt in your mouth delicious.

Paleo Thin Mints

Paleo Thin Mints

Chocolate mint cookies? What a perfect holiday treat! My egg-free Paleo Thin Mints will rock your world.

Chocolate Decadence Cookies

Chocolate Decadence Cookies

What is chocolate decadence? Think of a chocolate bomb in your mouth. Chocolate Decadence Cookies are the gift that keeps on giving!

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

I don’t like to play favorites but these might be the best Christmas cookies. My recipe for Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies contains only six ingredients total and is an egg-free Christmas cookie to boot!

paleo samoas

Healthy Samoas Cookies

Samoas cookies are Girl Scouts heaven made of a gluten-free shortbread cookie base smothered in dairy-free caramel and dark chocolate with a sprinkle of coconut.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Cookies

Chewy or crispy? Which team are you on? If you said team chewy cookies, you’ll want to check out my vegan Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies. The best vegan cookie you’ll ever have.

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies gluten-free paleo cookie recipe

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you’re on team crispy cookies, don’t look any further than my Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies. These dairy-free cookies are a family favorite!

Paleo Snickerdoodles

Paleo Snickerdoodles

My dairy-free Snickerdoodles recipe will quickly become a household favorite. This classic recipe for snickerdoodles couldn’t be easier to make.

Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Vegan Pecan Shortbread Cookies

My Vegan Pecan Shortbread Cookies are a classic Christmas treat made with seven ingredients total.

vegan peanut butter cookies

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

If you’re looking for more Vegan Christmas Cookies, look no further than my Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies, made with seven ingredients total.

Paleo Sugar Cookies

Paleo Sugar Cookies

Every home needs a sugar cookie recipe, and my vegan Paleo Sugar Cookies are a staple in the kitchen!

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies Recipe

Nut-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nut-Free Christmas Cookies? Heck yeah! Nut-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies to the rescue.

Paleo Christmas Cookies

When I made piles of the healthy cookie recipes above, the boys and their friends were pretty darn happy. They had a paleo Christmas cookie feast and left me with a pile of crumbs. I loved that they were devouring healthy treats for the holidays.

Christmas Cookie Platter

Best Holiday Cookie Recipes

So there you have it! I continue to Shut Up and Bake, and share my best holiday cookie recipes with you. They’re sure to spruce up your Christmas desserts whether scarfed hot out of the oven, boxed, or plated on a lovely Christmas cookie platter.

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives. I first shared The Best Low-Carb Christmas Cookie Recipes in 2016.

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64 responses to “Best Low-Carb Christmas Cookie Recipes”

  1. I love your recipes (not just the cookie recipes)! Re the Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies: In the description it says “…if you need a nut-free cookie there’s a substitution that will do the trick!” I see where sunbutter subs for peanut butter, but what subs for the almond flour? Thank you.

  2. Mazel Tov to you and Mr. Pantry, Elana, on 25 years of marriage. Wishing you 25 more in good health and happiness.

  3. How long do these cookies last and how can I store them? I’ve got 4 christmases to go to and need to bring treats my family can eat. Think I can make cookies in bulk and freeze them? Or will they last a while? I just don’t know if I can cookie it up every week for 4 weeks in addition to everything else!! Adore your recipes!!!

    • Elisa, I love that you say, “cookie it up” above, that is soooo cute! I made a bunch of these on Friday and delivered them as gifts on Sunday and they were great. I think these will keep even longer if wrapped and refrigerated –likely for up to a week. I haven’t tried freezing them, so not sure how well that works. If you do please stop back by and let us know :-)

  4. Thank you for sharing these delicious looking recipes. I was wondering if you bake them this far ahead of Christmas and then freeze them ? I would love to give an assortment as gifts ! Do you have any tips for freezing them?

    • Lynne, I usually bake these and give them out a day or so later and they maintain their freshness. I haven’t experimented with freezing them. If you do please let us know how it goes :-)

      • Hi Elana! I know this is an old thread, but in case anybody is planning their Christmas treats too…I made the samoas last year and the are AMAZING!!! They froze beautifully. The texture is like a bakery cookie and lost nothing in the freezing process. I froze them on a cookie sheet and then stacked them in a container, for about 4 weeks. When serving I immediately put them on a single layer plate so if the chocolate and caramel softened they wouldn’t stick. I had two batches, one for each family party, and had a hard time protecting that second batch!!! It was so nice to have a beautiful cookie to serve and give again! Sometimes gluten free recipes, despite being delicious, leave something to be desired on the presentation side!:-) Thank you for your wonderful recipes! Can’t wait to try some more this year.

        • Laura, no thread is too old for a reply from me! Thanks for letting me know the samoas are AMAZING. I loved hearing all the details on how you made them ahead of time and then served them perfectly later. These are a family favorite of ours too :-)

  5. Beautiful recipes Elana. Thank you for inspiration and for sharing. You are full of creative ideas and delicious treats to make. Please can you suggest an alternative to Palm shortening you use in many of these recipes. Due to Orangutans being pushed to extinction by destruction of their natural habitat, replaced by commercial planting and intensive use of Palm oil products and shortening, myself and many people are refusing to use Palm oil, Palm shortening or any products with Palm oil in, to try and help save Orangutans, wild life and their environment. Please provide or advise an alternative to Palm shortening to bake with in your recipes. Thank you.

    • Hi Christina, thanks for your comment! Feel free to experiment with using butter or coconut oil to replace palm oil. If you do, I hope you’ll stop back by and let us know how it goes :-)

  6. I see you use almond flour a lot. Hope this question is not silly, but is it actually almonds? My husband is allergic to tree nuts (they give him headaches) so I’d want to be sure before I let him eat them. Our daughter is allergic to wheat, so I’m interested in wheat free baked goods (gluten-free has been a big help for making up the missed foods).

  7. Thanks for all your efforts in creating familiar tastes attainable to all. I do not feel deprived any time of the year. The Lemon Almond Biscotti is AMAMZING! I altered your recipe a tad by adding the juice from the lemon and its entire rind for a strong burst of lemon flavor and upped the honey a bit. Amazing My granddaughters (4 and almost 2) were in competition to see who could gobble them up faster. They exclaimed “Grams, make these again tomorrow!”… well I plan on making them again and again but maybe without their knowledge on occasion that is if I want some.Have a lovely Holiday Season and Thanks again.

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