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Cranberry Walnut Cookies

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (12 Reviews)


Updated June 18, 2014

Low-Carb Christmas Cookies

Low-Carb Cranberry Walnut Cookies

Photo © Judy Barnes Baker
With their festive red cranberries, these drop cookies make a nice Christmas cookie, but they are a great healthy cookie any time. Sugar-free, low-carb, and gluten-free. 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 low fat)
  • 2 eggs
  • Sugar substitute equal to 1 and 1/2 cups sugar (see below)
  • 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)


Notes on Special Ingredients: In this recipe, a combination of almond meal and whey protein powder takes the place of 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 intense black molasses, which has about 4 to 5 grams of carbohydrate per teaspoon. I use liquid sucralose (sucralose is the sweetener in Splenda®) as a sweetener. More about the advantages of liquid sweeteners

Preheat oven to 375 F.

1) Cream butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Add sweetener, cinnamon, and salt, and beat again. Add eggs, and beat until combined.

2) Add almond meal, protein powder, and baking soda and combine well.

3) Mix in cranberries and walnuts.

4) 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.

5) Bake about 7 to 9 minutes, until top is just browning. Cool completely before eating -- really, they are so much better after they are cool. I don't know why. Store in a sealed container.

Nutritional Information: Each of 32 cookies has 1 gram effective carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber, 4 grams protein, and 94 calories.

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 5 out of 5
Cranberry Walnut Cookies, Guest BLeach33961

This is the very first recipe of this nature that I have tried, that is worth eating! I did add a bit more cinnamon, but other than that, followed the recipe as written. Even my husband said "" hey these are pretty good for no sugar/no flour"". Thought I'd make more and share with a diabetic neighbor as well. Since they have a bit of protein in each one from the protein powder, they also help to keep you from getting hungry. Super good with morning coffee. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!

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