Want to add sweetness to your Valentines day? Look no further... I have created a recipe for low carb Valentine's day sugar cookies. They are decorated with royal icing, but you could skip the icing and opt for chocolate instead. These cookies make for a wonderful edible gift.
The best way to say I love you! is with something from the heart. These cookies truly say 'I love you' with all the sweetness, effort and glamour that they present.
Sugar cookies are one of the best dessert or treat to celebrate the holidays or special days like birthdays, weddings or Valentine's day. By just adding a bit of decor to them, it makes them look and taste better.
It doesn't mean because you are trying to be healthier this year that you can't celebrate Valentine's day in a romantic way. These cookies are simple to prepare and don't require any special equipment to make. Of course you will need an oven to bake them in but that is it.
These cookies are low carb but they are also vegan. To keep them vegan don't use royal icing to decorate them, I would suggest using chocolate, coconut butter or any other vegan icing you would like to use.
To make these cookies even lower in carbs, you can use powdered sweeteners instead of regular powdered sugar. There are so many ways to make these cookie to fit into your diet and lifestyle.
They taste absolutely amazing no one will know that these are a healthier alternative to the traditional sugar cookies.
Get baking and decorating, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day.
Low carb sugar cookies
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 7-8 minutes
¼ cup/ 60ml powdered sugar
¼ cup/ 60ml vegan butter, softened
½ cup/ 125ml almond flour
1/8 cup + 2t/ 40ml coconut flour
1/8 cup/ 30ml barley flour
1/8 t/ 0.6ml xanthan gum
1/8 t/ 0.6ml baking powder
Pinch of salt
2t/ 10 ml vanilla essence
For royal icing
2 cups/ 500ml powdered sugar
Pinch of salt
1 t/ 5 ml vanilla essence
1 large egg, separated, only using egg whites for this recipe
Gel food colouring of choice
Lemon juice, as needed, to thin out icing
1. In a large mixing bowl mix together powdered sugar and butter, until light and fluffy.
2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until you have a smooth dough.
3. Cover the dough in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
4. Preheat the oven to 170°c and line a baking tray with baking paper.
5. Remove the dough from the fridge and place between two baking papers. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness. Using your favourite cookie cutters, cut out different cookie shapes.
6. Place the cut out shapes on the prepared baking tray, leaving space in between for cookies to spread out slightly.
7. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. Baking time will depend on the thickness of the cookies. Rotate the baking tray after 5 minutes of baking.
8. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the baking tray before removing. Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
9. To make the icing, sift powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add in salt and slowly add in the wet ingredients whilst whisking slowly, to incorporate the wet and dry ingredients.
10. Add in food colouring if you desire, whisk to incorporate the colour in. To make more than one colour dived the icing into smaller bowls.
11. The icing should be at a thick consistency, making it easy for you to pipe a border. If you like the icing to be thinner to dip your cookies, add a teaspoon of lemon juice one at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
12. Decorate the cookies as you desire.
13. Have fun and enjoy!
NUTRITION per Cookie without icing
calories 34 | cabs 3g | fat 2g | protein 1g