low carb brownie shortbread cookies

Low Carb Brownie Shortbread Cookies

Low Carb Brownie Shortbread Cookies, Yes Please!

Have you ever been in a mood for both a brownie and and shortbread cookie? Well, my low carb brownie shortbread cookies with birthed out of that craving. So if you are looking for a recipe that includes two favorites, you are in for a major treat.

Sometimes, when I am creating a recipe I immediately know it’s a winner. That’s what happened with my low carb brownie shortbread cookies. It’s moments like these that truly get me excited about baking low carb.

Two For One

I wanted  low carb shortbread cookies, because if I had to pick just one type of cookie, shortbread would definitely be my choice. My goal was to create a low carb option that resembled a cookie that I used to make all the time for my friends and family before my lifestyle change. They had a combination of both a brownie and a shortbread cookie. So the challenge of creating low carb brownie shortbread cookies was on!

Who wouldn’t want the best of a classic brownie with a rich layer shortbread? Exactly! Well, I am happy to share that this goal was achieved with my low carb brownie shortbread cookies. Honestly, they are simply amazing! And just like that I created a new favorite low carb cookie recipe.

Low carb brownie shortbread cookies have a bottom layer of rich buttery shortbread cookies. Like the Danish ones that come in a tin can. Come to think about it, I probably kept those people in business single handedly as a teenager.

The added brownie top layer is a game-changer in my book. Why? Because you know what’s better than a low carb shortbread cookie? One that has a low carb brownie layer. It’s perfect for those times when you can’t decide what you’re in the mood for.

Frankly, I don’t know why it took me so long to sit down and create these low carb brownie shortbread cookies. All I can say, is you’ll be glad I finally did.

I was so inspired by this cookie that I also  created the  low carb shortbread cookies

Low Carb Brownie Shortbread Cookies

Serving Size 1 slice

Low Carb Brownie Shortbread Cookies

A delicious low carb brownie with a shortbread base. It gives you the best of a brownie and a shortbread cookie.

15 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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    Low Carb Shortbread Base:
  • 1 cup of finely ground almond flour (it needs to be finely milled)
  • ¼ cup of sugar substitute (I use Swerve)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter allowed to soften at room temperature.
  • ¼ teaspoon of sea salt
  • Low Carb Brownie Topping:
  • 3 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate bar (I use Baker’s)
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar substitute (I use Swerve)
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease an 11X7 pan or a 10-inch round spring form pan like I did.
  3. Create the base of this cookie by mixing the almond flour and sugar substitute in a stand-up mixer.
  4. Once combined add the softened butter until dough forms.
  5. Place the layer of this dough into the bottom of your pan. I use wet hands to pat the dough so it doesn’t stick.
  6. Bake until light and golden brown for 20 minutes and then allow to fully cool before proceeding.
  7. Leave your oven on and prepare the low carb brownie topping:
  8. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double-broiler or use the microwave in 1 minute intervals. Make sure to mix well and then set aside to cool.
  9. To the melted and cooled butter and chocolate mix, add the 2 eggs,sugar substitute, baking powder and sea salt. Whisk well until fully combined.
  10. Spread this low carb brownie mixture to the low carb shortbread base evenly.
  11. Bake for about 20 minutes until the top rises slightly. The center will drop once it cools. You don’t want to over bake them so that they maintain a rich fudgy texture on top. Allow them to cool completely before slicing and enjoying.
Cuisine: Dessert | Recipe Type: Low Carb Brownie Shortbread Cookies
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 12
Servings Per Container 1 cookie

Amount Per Serving
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 12.3g 62%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 122mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 2.7g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.4g 6%
Sugars 0.2g
Protein 2.5g 5%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Do you use the powdered Swerve or the granulated? Does it matter? Thanks for the recipe!