Low Carb, Gluten Free Holiday Cookie Round-Up

What do you think of when you hear the words “low carb diet”? Do you picture someone gorging themselves on bacon, eggs and steak, and little else? Because I have to confess, that was certainly my impression of a low carb diet when I first heard of such a thing. And I don’t think I was alone in this misapprehension, as I believe this is a fairly commonplace view of the low carb world. I remember being so very glad that my little one, the child with whom I developed gestational diabetes, would be born well before the Christmas season. I simply could not imagine having to restrict my carbs during a time of almost obligatory excess and over-indulgence. And what would become of my holiday baking extravaganza, if I couldn’t use copious amounts of flour and sugar?

Chocolate-glazed Mocha Shortbread, Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and Cranberry Pecan Crescents

My, my, how times have changed! Here I am entering my second holiday season as a low carber with no fear of how I will survive without flour and sugar. Indeed, I have too many ideas of goodies to make and not enough time to make them. I think it’s fair to say that this blog is devoted to proving that low carb, gluten free diets are more than meat, eggs and cheese. But just in case you still have your doubts, or you feel you are facing a holiday season of deprivation, I have called upon some of my low carbing friends to help me prove you wrong. I am certainly not the only one who likes to use low carb, gluten free ingredients in new, creative and delicious ways. If you don’t already know these wonderful bloggers, I hope they will be on your radar now!

And if you don’t mind, I’d like to use this platform for a quick, shameless plug about our cookbook. Some of the people included in this round-up are my co-authors, and several others contributed one or two recipes to the book, and I can attest to the wonderful, varied talents that they all have in low carb cooking and baking. If you or any loved ones are on a low carb diet or have been thinking of starting a low carb diet, believe me when I say that this cookbook has so much to offer. Check it out HERE.

And now, on to the recipes. If this collection of cookies doesn’t convince you that there is no need of deprivation on a low carb, gluten free diet, nothing will!

Gingerbread House from Maria’s Nutritious and Delicious Journal

Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies form Splendid Low-Carbing By Jennifer Eloff

Chocolate Mint Ribbon Cookies from 24/7 Low Carb Diner

Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookies from Until the Thin Lady Sings

Vanilla Cream Sandwiches with Chocolate Filling from Ginny’s Low Carb Kitchen

Peanut Butter Cookies from Carb Wars (Judy Barnes Baker)

Homemade Marzipan from Birgit’s Daily Bytes

Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies from Healthy Living How To

Coconut Cookies Your Way from Splendid Low-Carbing with Jennifer Eloff

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ginny’s Low Carb Kitchen

Cinnamon Star Cookies from Birgit’s Daily Bytes

Chocolate Raspberry French Macaroons from Maria’s Nutritious and Delicious Journal

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies from Until the Thin Lady Sings

Frosted Ricotta Almond Cookies by Sugar-Free Low Carb Recipes


Frosted Pumpkin Cookies from Splendid Low-Carbing by Jennifer Eloff

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  1. I only wish I could order the cookbook — lots of issues trying to get it to Canada that doesn't involve paying more than twice the price of Amazon!

    Nonetheless, thank you Carolyn! Amazing work as usual :)

  2. Hi Giuliana,

    Wow, it really shouldn't be like that. But if you really want a copy, we could make some alternative arrangement. I send stuff to Canada all the time (I'm Canadian, my family lives there). You could order a copy, have it sent to me, and I could mail it to you. If you want to do that, email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  3. Do you think my husband will get the hint if I forward him this link? We absolutely need your book because CK's recent medical was quite a bit of a shock. We're now doing low carb without a net, and so far its been tougher than I thought!

    Love all your recipes (this you know) so buzzing your round up! :)

  4. Love this!! Buzzed"

  5. Bravo Carolyn! You know that I'm already a fan of your creativity and ingenuity in the kitchen and this is more proof positive. Now that my mom has diabetes and thinks the world is ending because her IV of sweet treats is cut off, this is going to be a lifesaver for her. Thanks, ladies, for making this cookbook available to everyone.

  6. Wow your food looks great. I am sure am hungry looking and reading

  7. What a great round-up! I pretty much want all of these, but especially those delicious squares!

  8. spiffycookie says:

    Wow! I am always sharing your posts with a gluten-free friend of mine and now I wil also definitely be sharing this!

  9. Delicious roundup of amazing cookies. So nice that they are all low-carb and gluten-free:)

  10. Look at all those yummy cookies! You would never know they are low carb or gluten free!

  11. Wow, they all look beautiful! What a great round-up of talented bakers.

  12. These all look incredible! Hard to believe they are all low carb. Congrats on the cookbook! Looks wonderful.

  13. I want each and every cookie you've rounded up… they all look delicious. I love holiday baking!

  14. Awesome round up!!!! Love how everything looks..yummy!!! Congrats…I love the title, and so glad that you all got to put together one great and helpful cookbook!!!!

  15. how many wonderful recipes for biscuits bars I see … I copy them all .. kiss Simmy

  16. just don't know what to choose…I would love to try specially Gingerbread House.

  17. a spoonful of yumm says:

    great roundup !

  18. a delicious and festive round-up of low-carb cookies. Everything looks amazing Carolyn!

  19. What an awesome collection of Gluten Free cookies. So impressive!

  20. WOW!! These look great. Just recieved new cookbook. Love it. Working my way through each recipe. Thanks.

  21. Amazing! Your low carb treats are more beautiful than my full carb versions! You are an inspiration! I passed your website along to my friend, Kim, last week…she may contact you with a question. She fell in love with your blog instantly :)

  22. thecubiclerebel says:

    Seriously, I think I want to live next door to you. At least on your block. I'd be your best-est friend in the world with these desserts.

  23. Not only does every cookie look fantastic, ut I'm so excited for your recipes in this cookbook! Definitely picking one up! So happy for you and well-deserved!

  24. Carolyn,
    This is such a great collection of low carb gluten free treats. Your cookbook is a wonderful reference for people who need low carb, gluten free foods.

  25. This is a wonderful post Carolyn! Even for someone who doesn't need low-carb options in the same way…the cookbook looks fantastic too. Congratulations!

  26. I always love your complete roundup of a recipe – this time holiday cookies! All looks wonderful and festive! Ahhh the cookbook cover looks beautiful!

  27. Wow! I can't even imagine how you got through putting that post together without snacking every 10 seconds! Congratulations to all of you on the cookbook — it looks great! Theresa

  28. Love this! What a gorgeous round up! I'm going to try baking a couple of these soon! :)

  29. Thank you, Carolyn! Lovely cookie selection for Christmas baking! I read up on some of them and was particularly interested in your Chocolate-Glazed Mocha Shortbread – I thought you were very clever in how you saved that recipe and turned it into something special. The mark of a good baker/cook. It looks so good.

  30. food_dreamer says:

    Glad you're liking the book!


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  31. food_dreamer says:

    Thanks, Liz!


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  32. food_dreamer says:

    I wish you lived next door too. Sometimes we need help eating it all!


    Blog: All Day I Dream About Food
    URL: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com

  33. Great job with this girl. I popped it up on my facebook to show people. xx

  34. food_dreamer says:

    Thanks, Kim!


    Blog: All Day I Dream About Food
    URL: http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com

  35. I am not sure which of those I could choose if pressed. I think I need to make ALL of them and we can just eat cookies for the next month :-D

  36. What a great little collection of holiday recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  37. Gorgeous cookie roundup. Nice to know we don't lose out if we want a low carb option this festive season.

  38. Hi Carolyn – I put the new cookbook on my amazon wishlist and already got it for my birthday this week… only just starting thumbing thru it – it is FABULOUS! Hope you guys sell a ton – I am planning on buying a few for bday gifts in the coming months…

  39. I am really glad that I have found this post and I thank you for letting us know about this information….This is a big help for sure!!Thanks!!

  40. Thank you for advocating the low carb lifestyle to your readers! This is a truly awesome list of resources … Thanks!

  41. I live in Canada and I had a friend visiting from USA, so she was kind enough to bring me back this cookbook!

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