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Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars

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These stars are inspired by some cookies made by nearby bakery which we treat ourselves to each year at Christmas.

They have a rich, cinnamon-y flavour, and the original cookies are made with brown sugar and a little molasses. I use Sukrin Gold here to recreate that taste in these keto-friendly holiday cookies.

I make psyllium husk powder by adding some husks to a food processor and blitzing until it resembles a powder. You obviously need to do this in larger quantities than what this recipe calls for, but it stores well in a sealed jar. The psyllium husk powder helps the ingredients to bind better — you could omit it and still bake these healthy grain-free cookies, although I can't guarantee they will be easy to cut out, and they may have a slightly crumblier (but still delicious!) texture.

They are quite similar to German Cinnamon Star Cookies, also known as Zimtsterne. Compared to my keto cinnamon stars, which have a crumbly-crisp texture, traditional Zimtsterne cookies include egg whites and omit butter resulting in a soft, chewy and lightly crisp texture. You can even decorate these cookies with my simple keto-friendly glaze.

Tips & Substitutions

For a dairy-free alternative you can substitute the butter with palm shortening which is made from palm oil. Beware that the standard practice for harvesting palm trees to produce palm oil destroys tropical forests and habitats of endangered species! Always opt for sustainably sourced palm oil and palm shortening such as Tropical Traditions.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size cookie

Allergy information for Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars

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

Nutritional values (per cookie)

Net carbs0.9 grams
Protein2 grams
Fat7 grams
Calories75 kcal
Calories from carbs 5%, protein 11%, fat 84%
Total carbs1.9 gramsFiber1 gramsSugars0.5 gramsSaturated fat2.1 gramsSodium16 mg(1% RDA)Magnesium21 mg(5% RDA)Potassium57 mg(3% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 26 cookies)

Instructions

  1. Remove the butter from the fridge and let it sit to bring to room temperature.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars
  2. In a bowl, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and psyllium husk.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar substitute and softened butter until creamed, either with a beater or by hand with a fork.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars
  4. Beat in the egg, and then incorporate the almond flour mixture until it forms a dough.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 1160 °C/ 320 °F (conventional), or 140 °C/ 285 °F (fan assisted).
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll out between two sheets of grease proof paper to about 3/4 cm (1/3 inch) thickness.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars
  7. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out star shapes, and place carefully on a lined baking tray. Repeat until the dough is all used up, re-rolling where necessary. If the dough starts to get too soft and delicate at any stage, place back in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars
  8. Sprinkle with the extra Sukrin Gold, and bake 12 – 15 minutes or until just starting to brown.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars
  9. Remove from the oven and cool on the tray 10 minutes, before moving to a rack to cool completely.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.
    Low-Carb Cinnamon Stars

Cinnamon Stars

4.5 stars, average of 49 ratings
Cinnamon Stars
Holiday cookies don't have to be unhealthy! These crispy keto cinnamon star cookies are made of ground almonds so they are naturally gluten-free.
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Overall1h 40m

Ingredients (makes 26 cookies)

  • 2 cups almond flour (200 g/ 7.1 oz)
  • 2 1/2 level tbsp coconut flour (20 g/ 0.7 oz)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar substitute such as Sukrin Gold or use Swerve or Erythritol (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or sugar-free vanilla extract
  • 3/4 stick butter at room temperature (85 g/ 3 oz)
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar substitute such as Sukrin Gold or use Swerve or Erythritol, for topping
  • Optional: decorate with keto-friendly cinnamon glaze from our Glazed Anise Holiday Cookies

Instructions

  1. Remove the butter from the fridge and let it sit to bring to room temperature.
  2. In a bowl, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, salt, cinnamon, vanilla and psyllium husk.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar substitute and softened butter until creamed, either with a beater or by hand with a fork.
  4. Beat in the egg, and then incorporate the almond flour mixture until it forms a dough.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for an hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 1160 °C/ 320 °F (conventional), or 140 °C/ 285 °F (fan assisted).
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, and roll out between two sheets of grease proof paper to about 3/4 cm (1/3 inch) thickness.
  7. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out star shapes, and place carefully on a lined baking tray. Repeat until the dough is all used up, re-rolling where necessary. If the dough starts to get too soft and delicate at any stage, place back in the fridge for 10 – 15 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with the extra Sukrin Gold, and bake 12 – 15 minutes or until just starting to brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool on the tray 10 minutes, before moving to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to a week.

Nutrition (per cookie)

Calories75kcal
Net Carbs0.9g
Carbohydrates1.9g
Protein2g
Fat7g
Saturated Fat2.1g
Fiber1g
Sugar0.5g
Sodium16mg
Magnesium21mg
Potassium57mg

Detailed nutritional breakdown (per cookie)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Total per cookie
0.9 g2 g7 g75 kcal
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
0.7 g1.6 g4 g45 kcal
Coconut flour, organic
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g3 kcal
Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute
0.1 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Psyllium husk powder
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Cinnamon, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0 g2.6 g23 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0 g0.2 g0.2 g2 kcal
Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal

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Dearna Bond
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Comments (4)

just made these cookies… and noticed in the directions, you didn’t mention adding in the cinnamon anywhere…

Thanks for noticing! It's on the picture in step 2 - fixed 😊

Are these crunchy?😊

They do have a nice crunch! 😊