Why shouldn’t you enjoy the pleasures of Funfetti on your low carb diet? With sugar-free sprinkles, these keto Funfetti Cookies are a truly delicious treat. The kids love them too!
Okay, I suppose I shouldn’t actually be calling these Funfetti cookies. Because Funfetti is a trademark and I didn’t use anything related to actual Pillsbury product. Nope, not even the tiniest bit.
So perhaps I should call these keto sugar cookies something like “confetti sugar cookies”. But what I was really trying to do was make a Funfetti knock-off and I think I nailed it. And when you think about it, they shouldn’t be called sugar cookies either, since there isn’t even a drop of sugar in them.
Made with my homemade sugar-free sprinkles, these sweet and pretty cookies are easy to make, fun to eat, and so very festive. So I think they are deserving of the Funfetti name for the time being!
What are Funfetti Cookies?
If you happen to be scratching your head, wondering what a funfetti cookie is, you aren’t alone.
Being Canadian born and bred, I had never even heard of Funfetti until a few years ago. Then I started to see Funfetti treats all over the food blogger world. Cookies, cakes, brownies, ice cream… if it had colorful sprinkles in it, someone was going to call it Funfetti.
Mind you, Funfetti is actually a cake mix made by Pillsbury, and most “Funfetti” treats are made with that very cake mix. There are also Funfetti canned frostings that have the sprinkles mixed right in.
Neither of which are options for those of us following healthy diets. I haven’t looked at the carb count on either the cake mix or the frosting but I am sure it’s 18 bajillion carbs or something like that.
So my version of Funfetti cookies means making deliciously soft almond flour cookie with some sugar free sprinkles mixed into the batter. Then topping them with a delicious sugar-free cream cheese frosting and a few more sugar free sprinkles. You get all the same flavor without the sugar-high.
Wait, what? Sugar-Free Sprinkles?
Sugar free sprinkles have changed the keto baking game, my friends. They have made funfetti cookies like these a possibility.
After discovering the gorgeous keto sprinkles from The Sprinkle Company, I felt like a whole world of possibility was opening up. They really are lovely, and come in a wide variety of colors and styles. Of course, they are pricy but very much worth it.
But knowing that sugar-free sprinkles were possible, I decided to try my hand at making my own. Homemade sugar free sprinkles aren’t hard to make, but they are somewhat time consuming. Still, mine are made with all natural vegetable dyes and they are great for decorating your favorite keto cakes and cookies.
My kids were overjoyed by both the purchased ones and the ones I made. We’ve been having a lot of fun with both kinds. And these keto funfetti cookies are just the tip of the iceberg.
How to make Keto Funfetti Cookies
These delightful keto sugar cookies aren’t hard to make at all, and they are soft and pillowy, just as a good sugar cookie should be. With a light cream cheese frosting and beautiful pastel sprinkles, they appeal to everyone.
A few extra tips for Funfetti cookie success…
This is my new favorite soft keto cookie recipe, one I developed for my upcoming Ultimate Guide to Keto Baking (due out December 3rd!). Be sure to use finely ground blanched almond flour for the best keto cookies.
This time I added a little bit of cake batter flavouring. There are a couple of good options here but I really like the ones from One-to-One flavors. It really does make the cookies taste more like they are made from a cake mix. If you can’t find any such thing, it’s fine just to use regular vanilla extract.
I used my own sugar-free sprinkles here but the ones from The Sprinkle Company would work just as well. They both tend to melt into the cookies as they bake, leaving more of a colored stain in the cookie, rather than an actual sprinkle. So when my cookies came out of the oven and were still quite soft, I pressed a few more sprinkles into the tops.
This way, I could leave a few of them unfrosted and they still looked pretty. But my kids preferred the frosted ones so most of them ended up with frosting and a few more sprinkles on top.
This is a basic keto cream cheese frosting. I left mine white but you could easily add some natural food colouring and make them a lovely pink, blue, or green. So many options!
These funfetti cookies are so easy to make, my 9 year old helped me with them. For the record, she’s the one who frosted them all. We had a great time together and I had trouble keeping her from devouring them all. A regular cookie monster, that one!
Keto Funfetti Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 325F and line 2 cookie sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sweetener until well combined and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and cake batter flavor, if using, and beat until well combined.
- Add the almond flour, baking powder, and salt and beat until the dough comes together. Gently stir in the sugar-free sprinkles.
- Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and space about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Press each ball down to about 1/2 inch thick with the heel of your hand.
- Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until just golden around the edges, switching the pans halfway through baking. They will still be a bit soft. Remove and let cool on the pans.
- Beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Beat in the powdered sweetener, then beat in the cream and vanilla extract.
- Spread over the cooled cookies and sprinkle with additional sprinkles.