keto gingerbread cookie

Soft Gingerbread Cookies with Cream "Cheese" Frosting | Sugar-free, Keto, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low Carb, Paleo

These frosted soft gingerbread cookies are the perfect thing to get you in the mood for the holidays! They are so delicious that you would never know they are gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. Made with all natural ingredients and no artificial sweeteners, you can eat as many as you want! They are low carb, diabetic friendly, Paleo and Keto diet approved!

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Servings: 35 cookies
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Baking time: 10-12 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Cookies:
3/4 cup coconut oil, softened
1 cup golden monkfruit (sub with coconut sugar for non-sugar free)
1/4 cup monkfruit maple syrup (sub with honey or pure maple syrup for refined sugar-free)
1 large egg, room temperature
3 cups almond flour
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or 3/4 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt (I use Himalayan sea salt)
3 tsp coffee extract (this is optional but it adds the dark color and a rich flavor)

Frosting:
1 1/4 cup powdered monkfruit (sub with 1 cup granulated monkfruit blended into powder)
1 8oz container dairy-free cream cheese (or regular cream cheese for non-dairy free)
5 Tbsp coconut oil, solid
3/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp sea salt, to taste (I use Himalayan sea salt)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the softened coconut oil and sugar for about two minutes until fluffy. Beat in the egg and maple syrup for another minute.

3. In a medium bowl, mix the almond flour, ginger, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and sea salt together. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture in the large bowl while beating. Combine well.

4. Place the dough in the fridge to chill for about 15 minutes. Don’t skip this step or the cookies will spread too much during baking.

5. While the dough is chilling, use another bowl to cream together the frosting ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Place in the fridge to chill. See notes if you don’t have a food processor*

6. Once the dough has chilled, use a small cookie scooper to scoop the dough onto a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. If you left the dough in the fridge for too long and it firmed up too much, let it sit out at room temperature for a few minutes. Scoop eight cookies per baking sheet. Roll each scoop into a round ball using your hands and flatten just slightly. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes. 

7. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool (they will be very soft). Once the cookies have cooled, frost them generously and enjoy!

Notes:
* Using a food processor will result in the creamiest frosting, but if you do not have one you can can use an electric mixer. To avoid clumping, make sure the cream cheese is room temperature and beat it together with the powdered monkfruit until combined. Then add the coconut oil (melted, since you’re using an electric mixer), almond extract and sea salt. It will be runny, so you will need to let it chill in the fridge longer than if you using the food processor.


Nutrition Facts per cookie:
calories: 130kcals
net carbs: 1g
sugar: 0g
fat: 10g
protein: 2g

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