Lemon Cardamom Cookies – Sugar Free-Keto-Low carb: 0.66g carbs each.
Only a few weeks to go before Christmas is upon us! I have a delicious biscuit recipe to share with you today. If you use star shaped pastry cutters, you too can make beautiful, edible, Christmas tree decorations. A miniature cookie tree sitting in the middle of your Christmas dinner table is sure to wow your guests! But of course you can make these biscuits any time of the year, in any shape you fancy.
The Lemon Cardamom Cookies – Sugar Free-Keto-Low Carb are incredibly easy to make. Bake a sample batch and taste for yourself how good they are.
Using lemon zest and cardamom gives the biscuits a unique zing and subtle spiced flavour. Not spicy enough for you? Double or triple the amount of cardamom and taste the difference!
What is cardamom?
It’s a wonderful, delicate spice with a unique fragrance. But that’s not all, as it also boasts excellent health benefits. Cardamom contains lots of essential oils, vitamins and minerals. It is particularly high in calcium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc. You can read more about its health properties here.
The spice is widely used in Indian cuisine. It is a relatively new introduction in my kitchen, but one that I’ve quickly become very fond of. There is a black cardamom spice which is more pungent and tends to be better for savoury dishes. Because I’m not a lover of potent spices, I use green cardamom for both my sweet and savoury recipes.
By the way, I had to order my cardamom on line, as none of the shops in my area stock the ground green cardamom I was looking for. The pods are easier to find, and I tried grinding them at first. But I wasn’t keen on the ‘hairiness’ of the result. If you want to order the same ground cardamom I use, here is the link.
Lemon Cardamom Cookies – Sugar Free-Keto-Low Carb: How to Make them.
First of all, starting with butter at room temperature will make the job easier. Once you’ve put all ingredients into a large bowl, knead for a few minutes to combine everything well and get a pastry-like dough.
Next, wrap the dough in cling film and leave it in the fridge to cool down for at least 1 hour.
Then, roll out your biscuit dough, cut out your desired shapes and bake.
Finally, decorate with Royal Icing or anything else you might fancy. (This step is optional).
The recipe will make about 28 average size cookies. I used different size pastry cutters and managed to end up with 36.
These delicately flavoured, Lemon Cardamom Cookies – Sugar Free-Keto-Low Carb literally melt in the mouth. They are great as they are, without any adornments. However, if you choose to decorate them, the recipe below gives instructions for easy sugar-free Royal Icing.
I hope you enjoy them!
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- Servings: 28
- Calories: 72
- Fat: 6.4g
- Net Carbs: 0.66g
- Protein: 2.18g
- 90g ground almonds
- 90g lupin flour
- 150g butter (room temperature)
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1 organic wax-free lemon (zest only)
- 100g erythritol
- ¼ tsp pure stevia crystals
- pinch of salt
- whisk 1 small egg white
- 4 tbsp Sukrin Icing 'Sugar'
- 10ml warm water
- beat butter, stevia and erythritol until smooth.
- stir in cardamom (use 2-3 tsp if you prefer a stronger flavour) and grated lemon zest.
- incorporate ground almonds, lupin flour and salt.
- knead until well amalgamated then wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- pre-heat oven to 160C fan (180C static oven or halogen oven).
- place pastry over a sheet of parchment paper and cover with another sheet.
- roll out to 5mm then cut out desired shapes.
- re-work cut offs until all the dough is used up.
- place over tray(s) lined with parchment paper and bake for about 10 mins (11 mins in halogen oven) or until you see them starting to become golden.
- remove from oven and let the biscuits cool down completely before handling.
- whisk egg white until firm.
- add Sukrin and water and whisk to a thick paste consistency (add a little more warm water if too dense).
- transfer to a piping bag and decorate your biscuits as you wish.
- leave to dry for a couple of hours before handling.
Once all the biscuits are ready to go in the oven, you can poke holes using a skewer (without handling them).
To hang them on a tree, as I did, simply thread string through the holes, or use long s-shape pins.
Handle with care as the biscuits are fragile.
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