Keto Lemon Cookies

by hungryelephant

Ive never really been a fan of lemon. I always think it’s too tart!! The only thing Ive ever liked was the lemon poppyseed loaf from Starbucks.. Mainly because it had a subtle lemon taste. However someone messaged me the other day to ask if I could try making some keto lemon cookies and of course I said yes!




GUYS, these are amazing. I actually really like them. The lemon isn’t tart, its not too sweet or overpowering at all! They are perfect!

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So the tip/trick I used to make it turn out so good is to use lemon in 3 different ways – the zest, the juice and extract (I found a basic extract at the local grocery store)

Using extract will help calm the tartness of the lemon. Ive never actually used it until now but it really adds a boost of flavour to to the cookies!

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Now, before you bake these cookies, I HIGHLY recommend that you chill the dough in the fridge for at least a half hour. If you don’t, they might spread too much or burn too quickly.

As well, when you bake them, keep an eye on them. Once the edges start turning a golden brown, time to take them out!

If you like this recipe, make sure to check out my keto lemon pound cake or keto lemon cake!


Keto Lemon Cookies
Yield: 15

Keto Lemon Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A yummy lemon cookie made gluten and sugar free. These keto treats are the perfect snack. To make these cookies I used lemon 3 ways - zest, juice and extract!



In a large mixing bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to whip together the butter, sugar substitute, lemon zest, extract and juice.

Mix until nice and creamy with no major chunks of butter.

Crack in the egg and mix thoroughly again.

Pour in the almond flour, baking soda and xanthan gum and mix until a dough forms.

Place the bowl in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Once chilled, take a small scoop of the dough and use your hands to roll into a ball.

With your palms, press down slightly on the dough ball to flatten it a little.

Place the dough cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 350°F/175°C for 10 minutes.

Take out when the edges start to brown.

This recipe makes approximately 15 cookies.


Nutritional information per cookie:

CALS: 124

FAT: 12.1

CARBS: 2.7

FIBRE: 1.4



Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 12.1gCarbohydrates: 2.7gFiber: 1.4gProtein: 2.9g

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Arianne January 12, 2019 - 7:34 pm

Do you use salted or unsalted butter?

hungryelephant January 12, 2019 - 8:39 pm


Shannon July 16, 2019 - 10:22 pm

Shucks. I read this after making the dough. They’re already in the oven so it’s a little too late. Hopefully it doesn’t make a big difference.

Christine June 12, 2019 - 7:57 pm

Hi! Do you know if these freeze well?

hungryelephant June 13, 2019 - 7:07 am

hey! i havent tried freezing them but it should be fine!

Christine June 13, 2019 - 7:33 am

Thank you!

Janet July 7, 2020 - 1:51 pm

What can you use in place of the lemon extract? More lemon juice?

hungryelephant July 7, 2020 - 4:19 pm

Yes but I highly recommend the extract. Its really good!

Marcelle May 16, 2021 - 9:15 am

Is this cookie soft or crispy?

Marcelle May 16, 2021 - 9:35 am

I’m looking for a crispy wafer-like lemon cookie. If I leave out the xanthan would it make the cookies crispier?

hungryelephant May 16, 2021 - 9:42 pm

I think if you left them in for a few minutes longer theyd be crispier!

Eli September 11, 2022 - 4:54 pm

What happens if you do not use the xanthium gum? This looks like just the recipe I want, except I’m not sure about that xanthian gum. (Not even going to try to spell it correctly. Lol)

hungryelephant September 25, 2022 - 1:35 pm

it would fall apart easier.


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