Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Brown Sugar Shortbread
Brown Sugar Shortbread

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

Recipes   Gluten Free     Seasonal     Sweets    

Brown Sugar Shortbread Cookies

  • 1 ¾ cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour 
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened 
  • ⅔ cup Swerve, Brown 
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract 
  • Grated nutmeg or holiday sprinkles for decorating
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, and salt. 
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and Swerve Brown until lightened and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the vanilla extract, then beat in the almond flour mixture until the dough comes together. 
  3. Gather the dough together and transfer to a parchment or silicone mat. Pat into a circle and cover with another piece of parchment. Roll out to about ¼ inch thick and refrigerate 20 minutes. 
  4. Preheat the oven to 300F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners. 
  5. Use small 2 inch cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place on the prepared baking sheets. You can re-roll the dough to cut out more shapes. If it becomes too soft to work with, simply refrigerate again. 
  6. Decorate as desired and bake 15 to 20 minutes, until edges are just golden brown and the cookies are firm to the touch. Remove and let cool completely on the pan. 

Makes about 30 cookies. Serves 15.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 cookies

Servings 15

Calories 130
Total Fat 12g
Total Saturated Fat 4.5g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 70mg
Total Carbs 12g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 1g
Added Sugar 0g
Swerve 8g
Protein 3g
Net Carbs: 1g


  • Thia

    So excited to have brown “sugar” again!

  • Emily J Buckshaw

    I absolutely love your recipes and am looking forward to making these cookies and snickerdooles and butter tarts. Where can I order this brown sugar from?? Thank you again for all you recipes Emily

    • Swerve

      Hi Emily! You can find Brown Swerve on Amazon at this link:

  • Mary Kinnikin

    It' the most wonderful thing of this year!

  • Jody

    Where can I buy the brown version? My grocer only carries the powdered.

  • Yvonne

    I can't wait to try this recipe.

  • Joy Wallen

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!! Thank you

  • Nancy Loy

    Oooooo! Can't wait to make these...

  • Jacky Mallory

    I was wondering if these could be made ahead and frozen?

    • Swerve

      Hi Jacky, these should be fine to freeze!

  • Sherry Hoster

    Looks delish. Love brown Swerve. It looks and feels and tastes real close to the real thing.. FYI. When making for family cut into diamonds and you don't have to reroll it.

  • Jane

    What can be substituted for the almond flour? My family has nut allergies making almond flour a no-no for us. I've heard coconut flour might be subbed but would need extra liquid?

    • Swerve

      Hi Jane, that's a tough one! We would recommend trying something like Bob's Red Mill 1 for 1 Gluten free baking blend. Using only coconut flour would not work for this recipe.

  • Beth

    My brown Swerve is arriving today. I ordered it just to make this recipe and can't wait to try and share it!

  • Rosalba

    Could the dough be made using a food processor?

    • Swerve

      Hi Rosalba, We have not tried this recipe with a food processor, but a mixer would probably be a better idea. Hope this helps!

  • Annie R

    These are good. I would develop a taste for them if I was going going completely sugar free. I love the Swerve products and haven’t baked for the past couple years. When I saw Brown, I had to pick some up and try something. I put the dough in the fridge for about 15 minutes and it helped firm it up for rolling out.

  • Marilyn Lira

    These are seriously my go to treats. I love these cookies so much. And they’re so easy to make. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Olga Jimenez

    Thanks for the recipe! I would like to know the amount in grams for 1 cup of brown Swerve, Confectioners Swerve and white granulated Swerve. Thank you.

    • Swerve

      HI Olga! 1 cup of Swerve, Granular weighs 7 oz (200 g). 1 cup of Swerve, Confectioners weighs 4.5 oz (125 g). 1 cup of Swerve, Brown (packed) weighs 7 oz (200 g). Have a sweet day!

    • Swerve

      HI Olga! 1 cup of Swerve, Granular weighs 7 oz (200 g). 1 cup of Swerve, Confectioners weighs 4.5 oz (125 g). 1 cup of Swerve, Brown (packed) weighs 7 oz (200 g). Have a sweet day!

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