Low-carb pumpkin spice cookies

Low-carb pumpkin spice cookies

These pumpkin spice cookies can be whipped up quickly for a weekend treat. They are not overly sweet and are perfect with a cup of coffee after dinner. When I served these to friends I was a little worried about the soft, cakelike texture, but they assured me that these low-carb cookies were a perfect addition to the season of everything pumpkin spice!

Low-carb pumpkin spice cookies

These pumpkin spice cookies can be whipped up quickly for a weekend treat. They are not overly sweet and are perfect with a cup of coffee after dinner. When I served these to friends I was a little worried about the soft, cakelike texture, but they assured me that these low-carb cookies were a perfect addition to the season of everything pumpkin spice!
USMetric
24 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp 3 tbsp butter
  • 13 cup 75 ml (50 g) granulated erythritol
  • 3 oz. 75 g cream cheese
  • ½ cup 125 ml pumpkin puree
  • 1½ cups 350 ml (175 g) almond flour
  • ¼ cup 60 ml (25 g) oat fiber
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp (2.5 g) baking powder
  • 1 1 large egglarge eggs
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp ½ tsp maple extract
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup 60 ml toasted and chopped pecans

Instructions

Instructions are for 24 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to cream the butter and sweetener. Add the cream cheese and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except the chopped pecans and mix until a soft batter comes together. Stir in the pecans by hand.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon to place the cookies on the parchment paper. Use the back of a spoon to lightly flatten the cookie dough to roughly 2” diameter cookies.
  5. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before serving.

Storing

These cookies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and in the freezer up to 2 months.

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21 comments

  1. Kayla
    I really wish some of these treat recipes were made without almond flour. My husband is allergic (we carry an epi pen).
    Reply: #16
  2. Gentiann
    You can substitute other low carb flours but it can be tricky with coconut flour : I usually get good results using 1/3 of the quantity given for almond flour in a recipe.
  3. BARBARA
    Thanks Gentiann, I don’t have any allergies, but Almond “flour” often feels like I have a mouthful of ground up nuts, making it less palatable 😄 I’m going to give your suggestion a try!
  4. Darlene
    Any substitute for oat fiber?
  5. Ann
    Sunflower seed flour is an equal substitute for almond flour and tastes much better in my opinion! Most people who are allergic to nuts can use sunflower seed flour.
  6. Brenda
    What kind of pumpkin purée do I get the ones I have come across have at least 4 g sugar ... I live in US ,Florida
    Reply: #10
  7. Brenda
    Y husband is driving me crazy to try cookies but having trouble finding the oat fiber I would also like to know if it can be substitued
    Reply: #11
  8. Jocelyne
    I found oat fibre on Amazon.
  9. Debbie
    These are delicious!
  10. Kristie Sullivan, PhD Team Diet Doctor
    You want to use pumpkin puree that has no added sugar. Just be sure to avoid pumpkin pie filling.
  11. Kristie Sullivan, PhD Team Diet Doctor
    You can try substituting 2 tablespoons of coconut flour instead of the oat fiber.
  12. Kristie Sullivan, PhD Team Diet Doctor
    Oat fiber is the outer husk of the grain and is insoluble fiber. It is completely undigested and is does not impact blood glucose. Milder brands such as Life Source or Trim Healthy Mama work best.
  13. Kate
    Kristie Sullivan,
    I am in UK, and can't find oat fibre on AmazonUK, is oat fibre the same thing as Oat bran (what they call it in US)?
  14. Kate
    Kristie Sullivan - I did find it! sorry! But hoping to make DD pumpkin spice cookies today or this weekend and oat fibre won't arrive in time. I see the coconut flour substitute in your post, but was wondering if psyllium husk or glucomann would do as well? thanks
    Reply: #15
  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Unfortunately not. Psyllium and glucomannan react completely differently in baking.
  16. Livia Mignogno
    Hi Kayla! Christina from The Castaway Kitchen - also Diet Doctor recipe contributor has tons of recipes that are nut free/AIP compliant! check her out!
  17. Ulrika Charlotta
    I am being told by my keto group on Facebook that oat fibre is not allowed on a ketogenic diet ? Help I just made a double batch of these cookies and now I am really confused since this so far has been an awesome inspiration for meals ... can someone please explain ... thank you
    Reply: #18
  18. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    Oat fiber is not a well known ingredient yet. There is a lot of misinformation about it. It is the 100% insoluble outer husk of the groat. It's not actually "oats" at all. Because it's insoluble, it's not digestible and therefore won't affect blood sugar.
  19. Ulrika Charlotta
    Thank you Kristin for your response yes I was so excited to share because these came out amazingly loved them :) then to be bashed for one ingredient is harsh. I am learning it we have the low carbers and then we have the strict ketos. Thank you for all you do !
  20. Renee
    Kristin, can oat fiber cause stomach issues for folks like erythritol often does? When erythritol is in a recipe I just use pure monk fruit with no problems but I can't use erythritol. I have no issues with ground flax seed.
    Reply: #21
  21. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Kristin, can oat fiber cause stomach issues for folks like erythritol often does? When erythritol is in a recipe I just use pure monk fruit with no problems but I can't use erythritol. I have no issues with ground flax seed.

    I have not heard people complain about oat fiber causing any issues!

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