Do you or a family member need to watch carbohydrates, or follow a gluten free diet? If so, I have a delicious recipe for snickerdoodle cookies to share with you.
Even if you don’t have diet restrictions, you are sure to love these! They have the same, sweet and buttery flavors, with a cinnamon and sugar coating that you’ll find in any snickerdoodle cookie, they’re just low carbohydrate and gluten free.
You may recall a story I shared about my son awhile back, who was inquiring why I didn’t pack dessert in his lunches. The reason I hadn’t ever packed a dessert in his lunch is because he is a type-1 diabetic, and I was too nervous about how a treat would affect his blood sugar while at school. Just as I’ve had to do many times while navigating through new phases of life, having a child with diabetes, I decided I had to start letting go a bit. As silly as it may sound, packing dessert in his lunch was one of those “letting go” lessons.
I found so many healthy, low carbohydrate options for desserts and immediately began experimenting. However, I did find that some desserts, specifically baked goods, were a little trickier to make low carbohydrate. Fortunately there are many substitutions that you can use to make many desserts lower in carbohydrates.
Of course the biggest issue is with sugar. Fortunately there are substitutions you can use for a sweetener. Once you have found an alternative sweetener, you can really reduce the amount of carbohydrates by making a substitution for flour. I have experimented with several different flour replacements, but my favorite one thus far has been almond flour. Not only is it low carbohydrate, it is high in protein, gluten free, and also a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.
Now the list of low carbohydrate desserts I’ve found that my son enjoys is growing rapidly. These snickerdoodle cookies are high in the rankings.
Below are more tried and true MOMable treats that all contain carbohydrate calculations:
- Banana Split Bites
- Baked Cinnamon Chips & Dip
- Frozen Mini Cheesecake Cloud Bites
- Monkey Ice-Cream Sandwiches
Low Carbohydrate Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Yield: Makes 24 cookies. 1x
- Cuisine: Treats
- ½ cup butter (1 stick), softened at room temperature
- 1 ½ cups almond flour or almond meal
- ¾ cup granular Stevia-in-the-Raw (or regular sugar if you don’t need them to be low carbohydrate)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
Ingredients for Rolling Cookies:
- 2 Tablespoons granular Stevia-in-the-Raw
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, almond flour, sugar or substitute of choice, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and cream of tartar and blend with a mixer until well combined (the mixture will be stiff).
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and chill one hour or longer.
- When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Combine 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small dish.
- Scoop out heaping teaspoons of dough, and roll dough into balls about 1 inch across.
- Roll each ball in the wet mixture and put on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake for 14-16 minutes, or until they start to brown.
- Remove cookies to a cooling rack and let cool for 20-30 minutes before serving.
- Store in a plastic container for several days.
Egg Free Option: substitute 1 large egg for 1 flax egg (1 Tablespoon ground flax + 3 Tablespoons warm water).
Snickerdoodle Carbohydrate Breakdown:
*Recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.
1 cookie= 4 carbohydrates