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5 Ingredient Keto Cookies

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Five ingredients and less than half an hour — that's all you need to make these quick keto cookies. I used homemade nut butter made from almonds and cashews, and coconut butter that give these cookies an amazing flavour and chewy-crumbly texture (depending on how much you bake them). They need some time to firm up though so it's best to keep them on the baking tray to crisp up overnight.

I don't like them too sweet so I used just a small amount of sweetener and a pinch salt (key ingredient!). For more Holiday low-carb cookie recipes, check out this post at All Day I Dream About Food. In the next few weeks, I will be sharing even more cookie recipes suitable for the ketogenic diet so stay tuned :-)

Tip: If you have our KetoDiet App, try dipping these keto cookies in my Creamy Spiced Cocoa - it's sugar-free and dairy-free!

Hands-on Overall

Serving size cookie

Allergy information for 5 Ingredient Keto Cookies

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, cookie)

Net carbs3.2 grams
Protein5.1 grams
Fat19.1 grams
Calories204 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 10%, fat 84%
Total carbs5.8 gramsFiber2.6 gramsSugars1.6 gramsSaturated fat4.7 gramsSodium70 mg(3% RDA)Magnesium57 mg(14% RDA)Potassium165 mg(8% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 10 cookies)


  1. Preheat the oven to 160 °C/ 320 °F (fan assisted), or 180 °C/ 355 °F (conventional). Make the Almond & Cashew Butter by following this recipe. Since you will be baking the nut butter, you can skip roasting the nuts. I use this mixer with a food processor attachment to make any nut, seed or coconut butter in just a few minutes. Mix the nut butter with softened coconut butter.
    How to soften nut or coconut butter: Place it in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small saucepan filled with a cup of water. Bring to a boil over a medium heat and let it melt. 5 Ingredient Keto Cookies
  2. Add the powdered Erythritol, salt ... 5 Ingredient Keto Cookies
  3. ... and egg. Mix until well combined. 5 Ingredient Keto Cookies
  4. Using your hands, crate small cookie dough balls (one should be about 1 1/2 oz). Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a non-stick silicon baking mat. 5 Ingredient Keto Cookies
  5. Using a fork, press down to flatten each cookie ball until about 1/2-inch thick. 5 Ingredient Keto Cookies
  6. Place in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Keep an eye on the cookies - nuts burn faster than regular flour cookies. When done, remove from the oven and let them cool down. At first, they will be fragile but will harden as they chill. Store in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to 3 months. 5 Ingredient Keto Cookies

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, cookie)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Almond & cashew butter
2.6 g4.1 g15.2 g161 kcal
Coconut butter, organic, unsweetened
0.4 g0.4 g3.4 g35 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0 g0.6 g0.5 g7 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, cookie
3.2 g5.1 g19.1 g204 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (54)

Can you use non-powdered erythritol?

Hi Jana, yes you can use either powdered or granulated (sorry for the delayed response!)

Can I use vanilla extract instead of vanilla powder?

Absolutely! I'd use 1 tbsp of sugar-free vanilla extract instead of 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder (or use less to taste). You can even make your own: Homemade Sugar-Free Vanilla Extract

These look scrumptious, but how much does it cost to make them?  The ingredient list is quite something.  I am used to low carb ingredients costing at least double what my other grocery budget is.

You can try any nut or seed butter. I suppose you can find some affordable options, especially if you can make your own nut or seed butter - any will work 😊 5 Ingredient Nut-Free Keto Green Cookies

Hey Martina,
I'm intolerant to eggs (well egg whites to be specific) and was wondering if this recipe would work with a gelatin egg. I have vital proteins unflavoured beef gelatin at home.  
Let me know.

Hi Jasmine, these will work great with egg yolks if you can eat them. I have a similar recipe here: 2-Minute Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie
Otherwise, I'd try flax or chia egg instead (1 tablespoon or flax meal or ground chia seeds + 3 tablespoons o water). I don't think gelatine would work here.

I just made them but using only coconut homemade butter and they are really good!
Thank you Martina, as usual your recipes are the best!

Thank you, I'm glad you liked them!

Loved these!! I used Buff Bake Snickerdoodle almond butter and they were amazing.  Definitely need to freeze to handle, but the taste was really good!

Thank you Michelle!

I love these cookies! I make and I freeze them, because I think they hold together better that way, but then I don't have to eat them in a week and I can just grab and go when I need them. I might try adding vanilla protein powder to them.

Sounds great! You may need to add 1-2 tablespoons of coconut milk if it ends up too dry.

Hi 😊  Do you know if this would work with Tahini?  My sons are highly intolerant to nut butters 😞
And would Peanut butter work for those of us in family who can eat nuts? ;)

It may work with tahini - or you can use sun butter: 5 Ingredient Nut-Free Keto Green Cookies

What is the measurement for the almond butter?

It's about one cup.

Note: these will not work on every variety of nut-butter. mine was apparently too smooth or dry or ..something, and my cookies aren't "delightfully crumbly" they're "can't pick them up, can't get them to my mouth" crumbly. 😞

Good to know! Which nut butter did you use? Adding one more egg or some flax meal with water should make them less crumbly. Here's another recipe t you can try: 5 Ingredient Keto Chocolate Cookies

Just baking these right now. I made my own almond and macadamia nut butter and coconut butter in the Thermomix. Dough is delicious sure they are going to be great

I hope you like them! 😊

Hi Martina,
I posted a comment few days ago but still hasn't seen it approved? Is there a reason for it? Apologize if I posted something sensitive in nature.

Hi Sha, it just takes time to approve & reply to my blog comments 😊

Hi Martina,
First of all, thank you for creating this blog, it is a God send 😊. I've been reading for the past two weeks trying to digest everything, as much as I can, before I start Keto lifestyle tomorrow.
Okay so I have a question about the recipe above. Can I just use coconut butter alone? At the moment I only have that on hand, can't make any other nut butters for now as my FP had just died on me (RIP FP sob sob) last week and currently having no budget to purchase a new one.
Okay I lied, I have another question, although it's trivial, the calories printed above, 204kcal, is that PER COOKIE, or for the whole batch of 10 cookies? I'm asking because they do not look big enough in the picture to be 200 calories.
Thanks Martina, love, love your site. Keep up the great work to help others.

Thank you Sha! Yes, I think you could but I haven't tried it - any nut butters or even seed butters will work too. Yes, the calories listed are per one cookie only but trust me, it's quite filling 😊 Thank you for your kind words, I hope you like them - let me know how they are if you try other nut butter or just coconut butter!

I do not know if you going to get this twice. But I posted a comment yesterday and I don't see it.
Thanks for all your recipes...helped me a lot.
One question on this one. I do not have handy peanut butter or any other. I have some pecans. Can I make my own butter and then the cookies???

Hi Maricruz, every comment has to be moderated so that's why you don't see them instantly. It may take a few days before I go through all of them. Yes, you can use pecans - I'd maybe add some cinnamon too, it goes great with pecans 😊 Or you can try this one: Homemade Coconut & Pecan Butter

Oh my!  I've just made these and they are lovely.  So crumbly and gorgeous, thank you - you must have spent hours and hours trying out new ideas, amounts and as they say, practice makes perfect and these certainly are!
I used Walnut Oil in my Almond & Cashew Butter mix as my youngest daughter is not keen on Coconut, and it's a really nice flavour.  I also added a liberal sprinkle of mixed spice to the cookie mix as we're so close to Christmas and I thought it would add to it.  Simply lovely.
Merry Christmas!! x  

Thank you Caryn, I'm glad you all enjoyed them! Merry Christmas to you too 😊

These  look so good! I hope to make these to use as a cheesecake base for a keto cheesecake. I however don't know where in the UK to get coconut butter from? Is there an alternative that I could use please? Would normal butter work? Thanks 😊

I think that will work! I use a similar dough for cheesecake (without the egg).
You can get coconut butter (aka coconut mana) on Amazon. I recently got mine from Amazon - they call it also "creamed coconut" - search for " Tropical Sun Premium Creamed Coconut" on Amazon 😊 Normal butter would not work but you can use more nut butter instead (almond or almond & cashew).

Thanks Martina that's really helpful ! I can easily find creamed coconut in supermarkets ! I can't wait to try this !
I wonder if you were going to make the cheesecake filling , what would you use? Cream cheese and cream or mascarpone ? Thanks 😊

you can use a combination of cream cheese and mascarpone, heavy whipping cream or creme fraiche - I've tried all sorts of fillings so it depends on what you like. Some people even add full-fat yogurt 😊 / Here is one: Keto No-Bake Mini Berry Cheesecakes

So simple and tasty. I'm feeling some ground ginger going in my next batch too. Your coconut butter is genius. Thanks

Thank you! Sounds like a great addition! 😊

I made these for the second time yesterday and they were quite different from the first batch. Then I realized I used coconut oil instead of coconut butter in the first batch and that is why they resembled the Chinese almond cookies. I like them both ways. These will make nice Christmas cookies and they are so easy. I am definitely a Cookie Monster and it is heaven to have a cookie that is both a treat in the traditional sense and a good food.

I'm glad you liked them Tara! 😊

You. Are. AMAZING!
On another note, is there an egg-free version? I have a couple of vegan friends, who would love this recipe.

Thank you! 😊 I think it might work - I'd use some flax meal or chia seed meal mixed with water instead of the egg.

These are better than great, they are divine.  The textures is lovely.  It is hard to believe you can get a cookie as good as this with just almond butter, a little sweetner, and an egg.
I didn't have any cashews so I used my cuisinart to make the almond butter. I live at 6500 feet so I have to adjust cooking times.  I found I had to bake these about 5 minutes longer than was suggested in the recipe.  I took them out when I saw the edges beginning to brown.
I have been 100% keto for about seven months.  I can't eat most of the keto "goodies" that are meant to replace baked goods.  For some reason the recipes that rely on coconut flour and even almond flour upset my stomach. So I was very happy when I was able to consume these with no problem.
Next time I bake these I am going to add a small amount of almond flavoring.  I love chinese almond cookies and I think by adding the flavoring these will be a very close approximation to those cookies.  I also thought about drizzling a little 88% chocolate over them.  
Thanks Martina

Thank you Tara, I'm glad you like them! Yes, almond extract and dark chocolate sound like a lovely addition 😊

We have a hard time finding the ingredients around us that some of the recipes call for Like sweetners .

You can use another sweetener or leave them sweetener-free. Here are some tips: Complete Guide To Sweeteners on a Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet

Made these and they are awesome! I miss eating "goodies" and these hit the spot! Thank you.... I feel so special!

Thank you Marybeth, I'm glad you like them!

could you do a mixture of Pecan/Almond butter?

Yes you can - any nut/ see butter will work 😊 This one is another option: Homemade Coconut & Pecan Butter

I would love to try these.  If I just used ready made almond butter, how much would I use?  It says 8.8 oz, so a little more than a cup?  Just want to make sure I am not misinterpreting the amount.

Yes, it should be about one heaping cup, I hope you like them! 😊

These sound yummy and the picture at the top is really appealing.
Cashews are a highish carb nut, high enough that I usually avoid them. Any particular reason you picked them? Did they add to the flavor or texture in a special way?

thank you Missy! Yes, cashews are relatively high in carbs (compared to other nuts). The nut butter I use is mostly made from almonds and cashews are added just for the taste. These have the lovely cashew taste without all the carbs you would get in a pure cashew butter 😊

Hi! These look delicious! Could you sub honey, rice-malt syrup or maple syrup for the artificial sweetner? I don't like the taste of sweetners...
or would they make it too runny/sticky?

Hi Louise, yes, you can definitely use honey, rice-malt syrup or maple syrup instead. Just as a note, erythritol is not an artificial sweetener (it's a natural sweetener made from fermented fruits and vegetables - sugar alcohol): Complete Guide To Sweeteners on a Low-Carb Ketogenic Diet