Low carb butter pecan shortbread cookies on a vintage noritake plate

Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies: Low Carb Recipe

These quick and easy pecan shortbread cookies are low carb and gluten free but you’d never know it from the rich, buttery flavor and perfectly crumbly texture! With just 1.1 net carbs for each cookie (2 cookies to a serving) this is a recipe you’re going to want to keep handy! Disclosure: I received a free copy of The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen for review. All opinions are my own.

For this recipe you’ll need: pecans, almond flour, coconut flour, erythritol, butter, salt, vanilla

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Low carb butter pecan shortbread cookies on an antique plate with a jadite cup in the background


So in the middle of August I was taking a break with coffee Facebook and a message popped up from Carolyn Ketchum. I was a little surprised because, while we know each other and are “Facebook Friends” we don’t normally chat.

Hey, wondering if you are interested in a review copy of my cookbook?

You know what I said, right?


So a few weeks ago the book got here and I literally dropped what I was doing and curled up on the couch to go through it. I knew it was going to be amazing and I was not disappointed. I mean, this IS Carolyn we’re talking about.

Although I started with low carb and Atkins in the 1970s Carolyn’s blog, All Day I Dream About Food, was probably the first blog that I ever saw that was strictly low carb. Not only that but it easily competed with the “regular” food blogs that I was involved with in the quality of images and recipes. I knew that if she’d written a cookbook it was going to be one that I wanted in my kitchen.

I was definitely NOT disappointed.

Low carb pecan shortbread cookies on a cookie sheet waiting to be baked.

A Quick Review of The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen?

The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen is foundational for anyone who is living (or considering) a low carb, ketogenic lifestyle whether they are brand new or very experienced. It covers everything from factual information and menu plans to recipes for literally everything from appetizers to desserts. There’s even a pictorial recipe index in the back!

The recipes are simple and easy to follow – things that you’ll actually want to eat. The ingredients are mostly foods that you’ll be familiar with especially if you have been low carbing for any time at all. All of the recipes have beautiful images of the finished dish so you know in advance how it’s going to look.

I absolutely do recommend this The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen whether you already have 500 low carb cookbooks or you’re just buying your first. And, to give you a taste of what’s waiting for you inside Carolyn said I could share a recipe from the book… any recipe.

So let’s talk about these Pecan Shortbread cookies, shall we?

Carolyn’s Low Carb Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies

I think cookies are especially difficult to get “right” when you are adapting to low carb. I have trouble getting the right texture and then, even when I do, sometimes they get soft overnight. These pecan shortbread cookies have the perfect, buttery, crumbly texture and they are exactly the same the next day.

In fact, we’re in kind of a cool rainy spell here in Texas with highs in the upper 60s and lots of dark skies and high humidity. I expected that the cookies would be soft the day after I baked them but they held up really well. I didn’t even do anything special – just dumped them in a Ziploc.

So good. When you get your copy of The Everyday Ketogenic Kitchen Cookbook I think you should start with the pecan shortbread cookies. That way you’ll have something to snack on while you go through the rest of the recipes!

Closeup of low carb butter pecan shortbread cookies on an antique plate


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Low Carb Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies Recipe

These low carb cookies are amazing – my new favorite. I’ve used this recipe with permission from the author.?Like this recipe? Please consider giving it a 5 star rating.??????Follow me on?Facebook?and?Pinterest!

Low carb pecan shortbread cookies on a small plate
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Low Carb Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Quick and easy, these buttery, crumbly cookies are low carb and gluten free. They're sure to become a favorite snack!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American - low -carb
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 servings (2 cookies)
Calories 232kcal
Author Katherine Peters



  • Preheat the oven to 325F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sweetener with an electric mixer until lightened and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the almond flour, coconut flour, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until well combined. Stir in the pecans.
  • Roll the dough into (20) 1-inch balls and place the balls a few inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly with your palm.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and use a flat bottomed glass to flatten the cookies again to about 1/4-inch thick. Return to the oven and bake for another 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
  • Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store on the counter for up to 4 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week. The cookies can also be frozen for up to a month.


Nutrition info from book is slightly different from my calculations - all calculators are approximate - From book -  Calories 240 Fat 22.3g Protein 5g Carbs 5.3g Fiber 3.1g  Erythritol 12g
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Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 0.9mg


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29 thoughts on “Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies: Low Carb Recipe”

  1. Because I have a friend that has a SEVERE (almost death causing) allergy to almond flour, is there a substitute? I have flax seed flour and wondering if I can use that & amount if able?

  2. When I make these cookies I use golden trivia instead of white. It makes them carmelie tasting with the chopped pecans. AND I keep them in my freezer….ALSO you should watch them very closely and just bake 12 mins. tops or they get burnt on the bottom very quickly….Ovens are never the same so have look after 10 mins…they do melt in your mouth and great with a cup of tea at night…..enjoy

  3. Delicia Ambrosino

    I haven’t made these yet but definitely intend to in the very near future. One thing I’d like to suggest and that is a Monk fruit erythritol blend that tastes just a couple of points off of real sugar. Erythritol isn’t quite as sweet as sugar where some alternate sugars can be much sweeter such as stevia. Monk fruit is THEE best sugar substitute I’ve come across but it’s quite pricey and I don’t believe the price will go down. China refuses to release any part of the bush/tree and are quite strict about it. I’ve noticed that some of the ladies mentioning the cookies being too sweet. It could be that their sweet tooth has changed over time since doing Keto but it also could be the sweetener they’re using as well.

  4. 5 stars
    I doubled the recipe then divided, making 1/2 with the pecans and the other have with grated lemon rind (no juice) and rosemary. Now I have both sweet and savory…Yummy!

  5. 5 stars
    these are such a wonderful option for me right now on a low carb low sugar diet with gestational diabetes, one of the only things bringing me joy right now!! thank you for sharing!

  6. I tried this recipe and I really love it! The cookies came out really moist and soft at the inside and crunchy at the outside. Ot melts in the mouth. I enjoy it with a glass of almond milk. Highly recommended ????

  7. 4 stars
    I made two versions of this cookie. I followed the recipe for the first and found it a bit too sweet and crumbly. But they were good. The second one I added 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder when I whipped the butter and “sugar”. Then I reduced the almond flour to 1 1/2 c and increased the coconut flour to 1/4 c. I also added some chopped unsweetened chocolate. The result was yummy. i didn’t have any swerve in granulated form so I used Xylitol instead for both batches of cookies. I’m freezing some to see how the hold up as I want to offer these at a family function for a gluten free option.

    1. 4 stars
      I found these to be awfully sweet as well. I think it’s because as we eat keto for a while, our taste buds adjust to be extra sensitive to sweetness. Next time I make these, I’m planning to only use 1/4 cup granulated Swerve. I hope it doesn’t affect the texture of the cookies, because I found everything else about them to be superb.

  8. So I?m guessing the butter has to be softened? I?m in the middle of trying to mix the butter and sweetener, and instead of getting fluffy, the
    butter is flying everywhere. ????

  9. 5 stars
    I have been searching for the perfect low carb shortbread recipe for some time now. Just made these tonight and we are swooning: they are PERFECTION. How rare is that. Thank you!

  10. .yes these cookies are good. I did put the recipe into my fitness pal and it is more like 22 carbs per serving not 5. I now used up my daily carbs on one serving of cookies and will give the rest away.

    1. Fitness pal counts the 0-carb sweeteners as carbs. Erythritol and xylitol do not affect blood sugar and the carbs aren’t counted in my recipes. Hope that clears things up.

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