Keto Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookies

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I have to create a few new Christmas cookies every year.  This year I created a simple keto lemon basil shortbread cookie made with almond flower, lemon zest and fresh basil, and it’s not just for the holidays but will be perfect all year round.

Keto Lemon Basil Cookies are the kind of bite-sized treats that will happily accompany a morning coffee, an afternoon tea or that after dinner need for a bite of something sweet.

keto lemon basil shortbread

I got the idea for the lemon/basil combination watching a Food Network Cookie competition. The sound of those made me want to run into the kitchen and start baking, although I use almond flour and swerve and they used all-purpose flour and sugar.


I already had basil because I have an Aerogarden growing in my kitchen. I started this garden from seed pods and I can’t believe the bounty of fresh herbs available to me in the dead of winter. The herbs grow hydroponically with LED lights. Right now I’m growing basil, Thai basil, mint, parsley, thyme and dill.

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This is a keto lemon basil shortbread cookie made with almond flour.

This recipe uses almond flour, an egg, butter, lemon zest, basil and xanthan gum.

Low Carb Lemon Basil Shortbread

To keep it low carb I am using Swerve, but you could use sugar if you desired. I made 15 cookies, each at 1 carb.

Baking Options for Lemon Basil Shortbread Bites

The base of this cookie is good and you can switch out lemon for vanilla and or cinnamon flavors. You could also use orange zest instead of lemon, or switch out basil for rosemary.

keto lemon basil shortbread cookies from spinach tiger

These are bite-sized Lemon Basil Shortbread that get better each day.

When I use erythritol in baking products, I notice it takes a day sometimes for that cooling effect to go away. I haven’t figured that out yet.  Also with almond flour cookies, it’s best to let them sit out (to dry out a bit). Honestly, my cookies sat out all week uncovered and seemed to get better every day!

More Low Carb Cookies from Spinach Tiger

Low Carb Pecan Tassies (probably my all-time favorite)

Maple Pecan Cheesecake Bars (my viral post every day, all day)

Coconut Flour Ricotta Cookies

Grain Free Lemon Cake (because you love lemon)

Low Carb Lemon Basil Shortbread
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Keto Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookies

Low Carb Grain Free Lemon Basil Shortbread Cookie.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • zest of 1/2 large lemon or 1 small lemon
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Erythritol I use Swerve
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • dash salt


  • Mix lemon zest with sweetener.
  • Add butter to sweetener.
  • Mix basil, salt, xantan gum into almond flour.
  • Add almond flour to butter mixture.
  • Add egg.
  • Add vanilla.
  • Mix everything together.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  • Roll out between parchment paper. Cut out.
  • The dough can get sticky. Flour your cookie cutter frequently.
  • Bake for 8 minutes (check at 6 minutes) at 350 F. degrees.


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The amount of cookies depends on the size of the cutter and thickness of the cookie. These are bite-sized. You can make the cookies larger.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g

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  1. Hi Angela,

    Thank you for adding that. One last thing, when do you add the egg to the mixture?

    Thank you,


  2. 4 stars
    In the recipe description you mention using xanthan gum, but this is not listed in the ingredient list. Did you use xanthan gum to make the cookies?

    Thank you,


  3. Hi,
    I love your recipes and appreciate your talent. I don’t care for the after taste from erythritol, so I avoid using it. I’ve tried the pure monk fruit which is fine but it doesn’t work much in baking because you use so little. Have you tried Bocha? It’s all natural and 1:1 measures with sugar. I searched your website and didn’t get any results. Just wondering what your thoughts are on using it in place of swerve.
    Thank you,

    1. I just looked it up. It appears to cause stomach distress reading the reviews. However, if you’re good with it, you should use it. I find with erythritol you need to wait or refrigerate the desserts. It seems then that that cooling effect goes away.

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