Holiday Sugar Cookie Bars – Low Carb and Gluten-Free


Holiday Sugar Cookie BarsOne of the advantages of aging is that the older I get, the less I worry about making an ass of myself.  That self-consciousness, that concern over what other people are going to think, seems to diminish with each passing year.  I see it as an advantage because it means I am far more comfortable in my own skin than I was as a younger woman.  My kids probably see it as a distinct disadvantage because I can get incredibly goofy and I have no qualms about embarrassing them, in private or in public.  That’s what parents are for, right?  I take great delight in proving myself to be the dork I really am at heart.  It makes me laugh.  Case in point…the guest post I did for Katrina of In Katrina’s Kitchen.  Go read it.  It’s funny.  At least I think it’s funny.  And if you don’t find it amusing, at least you get a great Low Carb Sugar Cookie Bar Recipe out of the deal.

The ever-sweet Katrina invited me to be a part of her second annual “I’ll Bring The Cookies” event and I knew almost instantly what I wanted to bring.  I’d seen Sugar Cookie Bars on Pinterest and other sites a few times and wanted to give them a low carb, gluten-free makeover.   These were really a simple variation on my Low Carb Cut-Out Sugar Cookies.  I had to double the recipe to make enough dough to press into an 8×8 pan, and I added some baking powder to help them puff up a bit and make them really soft.

They turned out perfectly, just as I thought they would.  And I learned a neat little tip for getting a deep rich red for my frosting.  Truth is, I messed up and coloured it all green before I remembered I needed some red for stripes.  So I decided to see if I could just add a few drops of red to some of the green frosting.  And for once, instead of a lurid pinky red, I got a beautiful deep red with a hint of maroon.  Keep that in mind the next time you’re decorating!

Low Carb Sugar Cookie Bars

Please check out the Sugar Cookie Bar recipe at In Katrina’s Kitchen.

Serves 20.  Each bar has 6.1 g of carbs and 2.6 g of fiber.  Total NET CARBS = 3.5 g.

Food energy: 244kcal

Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 0.53g
Total fat: 22.44g
Calories from fat: 201
Cholesterol: 50mg
Carbohydrate: 6.01g
Total dietary fiber: 2.55g
Protein: 5.86g

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  1. Stacey says

    Thanks for making me laugh! I can so relate to the getting older and being comfy in your own skin. I love being silly and one kid rolls his eyes, the other usually laughs. Life is too short not to be happy. I’m definitely going to try these cookies – they look so yummy. Thanks for sharing! (and Merry Christmas)

  2. jo says

    Offering you a little bit of my dorkiness in exchange for your’s: when mixing colours for a painting, adding a bit of a complementary colour to another colour will knock back that second colour. So, a little bit of green will knock back a bright red. And a little bit of orange will knock back a bright blue….and so on. Cool, huh?

  3. Aranna says

    I really love your site! The recipes look amazing, and as soon as I get the special ingredients, I plan to start trying them out. I must say, however, that I don’t like the pop-up banner ad at the bottom that must be “x’ed” out to remove it. After learning that sometimes malware is transmitted via these pop-ups, I’ve started exiting the websites where these appear. Just saying . . . .

    • Carolyn says

      I don’t have pop up banners on my blog at the bottom. Are you looking at it from a smart phone? Because some smartphone browsers have ads you have to opt out of. They aren’t on my blog, I don’t have any ads anywhere at the bottom. Thanks!

      • Aranna says

        I’m so sorry! Was viewing from my iPad. I didn’t know Safari had that option. Thanks for your reply. I will continue following your excellent blog.

        • Carolyn says

          It happens on my Android too, and I haven’t figured out how to get rid of it. Seriously annoying, I agree. I think Apple has a specific way of getting rid of them, just do a google search on it.

  4. Chocolate Rose says

    These sound great! I’d love a sugar cookie I don’t have to roll out. I can’t use the oat flour, though. Do you think these would work with all almond flour?

    • Carolyn says

      YOu probably want a little coconut flour to help stiffen it and keep it together. About 2 tablespoons in place of the oat flour.

      • Chocolate Rose says

        I subbed the coconut flour for the oat flour and these turned out awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your great recipes!! I am so excited to have a bar cookie that can be thrown together pretty quickly. I’m thinking about working some chocolate into these – frosting, chocolate chips…? Mmmmmm

  5. Nancy says

    You have made me laugh and that remark about getting older and not worried about making an ass of myself, I have felt the same way! And I really love the fact that it embarrasses by girls (a two fer!). And I KNOW I am going to love these bars. I get really lazy about making cookies, so just smoosh the dough into the pan, and voila! cookies/bars/whatever!!!! Thank you for sharing. Next on my list (also the fudge you just posted!)

  6. Natasha says

    Do you have the full nutritional information for these cookie bars? Mainly I’m curious about the calories and grams of fat. Thanks!

  7. Natasha says

    Do you have the nutritional information for these cookie bars? Mainly I’m curious about the calories and grams of fat. Thank you!

    • Carolyn says

      Hi Natasha…I do not, but you can easily run the ingredients through some online software like My Fitness Pal.

  8. Jamie says

    Some how, I screwed these up. I say some how, but I think the answer is: don’t cheap out and use almond meal, get almond flour. They were so thick, they didn’t bake completely. It was just a mess. Ah well. Not bad, since this was my only Christmas baking misstep (and I know it was my misstep, not your recipe)! I made the orange spritz cookies to rave reviews from everyone (and I had both types 1 and 2, gluten intolerances and corn syrup intolerances in the house!). I also made the apple caramel coffee cake for Christmas breakfast. Yum! Thank you for your hard work. Your recipes have made a great impact in my house.

  9. Katie Sells says


    I am trying to make these but unfortunately the website In Katrina’s Kitchen is not working. I know this is a variation to your cut out sugar cookies. I was hoping you could pot the recipe or provide me with variations.

    Happy Holiday’s


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