A collection of the best keto Christmas cookies that you can make ahead and freeze. Want to get a jump on your low carb holiday baking? I’ve got 21 wonderful make-ahead, freezable cookie recipes that won’t blow your healthy diet. Perfect for gift giving or keeping all to yourself!
How much of a planner are you when it comes to holiday baking? Are you a pre-Thanksgiving, get all your ducks in a row early kind of baker? Or are you a mid-December, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants cookie maker? I
Do you rifle through your low carb recipe collections, seeking out the contenders and giving them a test drive well in advance? Or do you bake as you go, when you just happen upon a recipe that appeals to you?
If you’re like me, you’ve already been hunting up and dreaming up low carb cookie recipes for weeks. Possibly even months!
It’s funny, because in much of my life, I am not really the planner type. But when it comes to low carb Christmas cookies, I start the process very early. Very early indeed! I am an Early November, maybe even Late October holiday baker. I just love holiday treats, I love baking them, love sharing them, love everything about them. It really is the most wonderful time of the year.
Freezing Low Carb Christmas Cookies
Let’s face it, if you start baking too early, you’re going to run into some issues. Like stale and moldy cookies, which aren’t going to help you spread the holiday cheer. But on the other hand, if you start baking too late, you might run into a time crunch trying to get it all done. What to do, what to do?
Part of the planning process is deciding what low carb cookie recipes can be made in advance and frozen. Not all recipes fit this bill and they change too much upon freezing and thawing. But others have just the right consistency to be frozen without incident.
A few things to keep in mind when planning your keto holiday cookies:
- Most basic almond flour or coconut flour cookies freeze just as well as conventional cookies and don’t change consistency upon thawing. By “basic”, I mean ones that don’t have fillings or a lot of decoration.
- Let the cookies cool completely before storing in a container or plastic bag. This allows the cookies to firm up properly before storing. Warm cookies will also give off condensation in the freezer which could ruin them.
- Flash freezing the cookies works well. Place them individually on a cookie sheet, not touching, and place the cookie sheet in the freezer. Then remove and place them in your container of choice. This helps them not stick together during the freezing process.
- Chocolate doesn’t freeze well. This is the case even for conventional cookies as the chocolate can bloom and go grey in the freezer. So cookies that are meant to be dipped in chocolate, like biscotti, or have a chocolate center, like peanut butter blossoms, are best frozen without. Then thaw and decorate as desired.
- Raw cookie dough freezes well. Some cookies are actually best frozen in their raw form. Consider doing this for drop cookies like chocolate chips and peanut butter. And my famous Chewy Ginger Cookies! The easiest way to do this is to roll them into balls and flash freeze on a baking sheet, then transfer to a zippered freezer bag once they are solid. Let them thaw before baking.
- Slice and bake cookies like pinwheels are actually designed to be frozen before baking, as it allows you to slice them more thinly.
Freezable Low Carb Cookie Recipes
This post was originally published in 2015. Since then I’ve created a lot more keto cookie recipes! So it was time for a wee update so that I could include the best of them. So many great options for make ahead holiday cookies.
I’ve gathered 21 of the BEST low carb freezable cookie recipes – all of them will be good for about a month when wrapped up air-tight. So you can get ahead now and have time in December to relax and enjoy the festivities.
The best way to make these ahead is to roll the dough into balls and freeze on a cookie sheet. Then store in a plastic bag in the freezer. Simply let thaw on the cookie sheet when ready to bake.
These easy egg-free cookies are best stored frozen without the chocolate coating.
You can freeze the dough logs or the baked cookies.
These tender keto spritz cookies are best frozen before you dip in chocolate.
Best frozen before decorating, although they do okay as decorated cookies too.
These classic cookies are best frozen without the chocolate center. Add that in after thawing.
Freeze prior to rolling in the powdered sweetener. Don’t like walnuts or cardamom? Try chopped pecans instead!
Best frozen before dipping in chocolate.
Freeze the baked shortbread before dipping in chocolate.
These can be frozen after baking. Sprinkle with powdered sweetener after thawing.
These just might be my most popular keto cookies ever! You can roll the dough into balls and freeze or you can freeze after baking.
Freeze these soft Christmas cookies before decorating.
13. Pecan Crescents
My dad’s favorite Christmas cookie! Freeze before decorating.
These can be baked and then frozen, or rolled into balls, frozen and then thawed and baked!
Freeze before rolling in powdered sweetener.
Okay so they aren’t cookies. But they are also known as peanut butter cookie dough truffles so I think they should count! Freeze the balls before dipping in chocolate.
You should be able to freeze this as raw dough or as baked cookies.
This is a perfect slice and bake recipe. You freeze the dough logs and they can last for up to a month. Then you can bake whenever you’re ready.
These are best frozen before adding the chocolate filling.
Freeze the biscotti before dipping in chocolate.
21. Keto Rum Balls
Okay so again it’s not exactly a cookie. But these no-bake holiday treats are delicious and easy to make. And you can freeze the balls before rolling in coconut or dipping in chocolate.