Vanilla-Almond Shortbread Cookies
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Yields: 15 cookies
Rich, buttery vanilla and almond-scented cookies with only 104 calories and 1 gram of sugar per 3-cookie serving.
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted grass-fed butter, slightly softened (See Note)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon powdered stevia, which is equivalent to about 2 packets (see Note)
  • 1/16 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup (115 g) almond meal
  • 15 thin almond slices, for topping (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F; line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
  2. Beat together the butter, vanilla, stevia, and salt in a medium bowl until smooth. Stir in the almond meal.
  3. Scoop the dough out and roll into 2 teaspoon-sized balls. Arrange the balls on the prepared baking sheet about 1 to 2 inches apart, and use the palm of your hand to slightly flatten each ball. If desired, lightly press 1 thin almond slice into the top of each cookie.
  4. Bake until the cookies are a very light golden color on the bottom, but are still sandy colored on top, about 11 to 13 minutes, rotating the tray once.
  5. Cool completely on the tray before removing; store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Stevia: Here is a guideline on how sweet 1 packet of stevia is: the amount of stevia in 1 packet measures 1/2 teaspoon, which is about as sweet as 2 to 3 teaspoons of regular sugar.

Vegan Option: For a vegan version, use coconut oil instead of butter.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 cookies Calories: 104 Fat: 21 Saturated fat: 7 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 5 Sugar: 1 Sodium: 29 Fiber: 2 Protein: 5 Cholesterol: 48
Recipe by Healthy Sweet Eats at