Low-Carb Sugar-Free Cranberry Walnut Cookies

low-carb cranberry walnut cookies
Low-Carb Cranberry Walnut Cookies. Photo © Judy Barnes Baker
Total Time 29 min
Prep 20 min, Cook 9 min
Yield 32

With their festive red cranberries, these drop cookies make a nice Christmas cookie, but they are a great healthy cookie anytime. They are sugar-free, low-carb, gluten-free, and full of nutritious ingredients. See notes on some of the ingredients below.


  • 1 and 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 1 cup whey protein powder
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese (can use a low-fat version)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia (or other sugar substitute equal to 1 and 1/2 cups sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup whole cranberries (fresh or frozen; no sugar added)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F.
  2. Cream the butter and the cream cheese together until the mixture is fluffy. Add the sweetener, cinnamon, and salt, and beat again. Add the eggs, and beat until combined.
  3. Add the almond meal, protein powder, and baking soda and combine well.
  4. Mix in the cranberries and the walnuts.
  5. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, or one covered with a silicone mat. The size is up to you but avoid very large cookies.
  1. Bake about 7 to 9 minutes, until the tops are just browning. Cool the cookies completely before eating -- really, they are so much better after they are cool. I don't know why. Store the cookies in a sealed container.

Notes on Special Ingredients: In this recipe, a combination of almond meal and whey protein powder takes the place of regular wheat flour. If you use a flavored protein powder, you will probably want to cut down the amount of sweetener in the recipe. I used Designer brand Vanilla Praline, which does have artificial flavorings in it. If I didn't use the flavored powder, I'd be more inclined to add a little black molasses, which has about 4 to 5 grams of carbohydrate per teaspoon. 

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