These low-carb brown butter coconut cookies are loaded with dried coconut chips. The cookies are also packed with butter flavor and completely gluten free.
This is the first time I've ever done a low carb recipe makeover per reader request. A blog reader was looking to use up a bag of coconut chips and asked me to help convert a recipe for Coconut Brown Butter Cookies found at Smitten Kitchen. Well, I just happened to have a bag of coconut flakes that needed to be used up as well because they were nearing expiration.
For those of you who find a scrumptious recipe online and aren't sure how to convert it to low carb, I'll give a few hints in this post. First of all, you'll want to replace the flour with low carb flours. The easiest way to do this is to use a blend of almond and coconut flour in a 3:1 ratio
You can easily make the flour blend up beforehand, but I just make the blend up when I need it. If you look at the original recipe, it calls for 1 ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons of regular flour.
This works out to about 1 cup almond flour and ⅓ cup coconut flour if you use the 3:1 ratio.For those of you who don't like to do the math, it might be easier to just mix up your own all-purpose low carb gluten free flour mix using 3 cups almond flour and 1 cup coconut flour.
I've never browned butter before, so this was interesting learning. I thought I was going to burn the butter for sure, but that's not where my mishap happened. Once the butter had cooked for a while, it turned a dark brown and I removed it from the heat, then poured it into a Pyrex measuring cup.
It measured just shy of 1 cup, so the original recipe calls to add about 2 tablespoons of water to get it to a full cup. So here's where things literally exploded. I quickly poured in one tablespoon of cold water and the hot butter foamed up and started pouring out of the top of the Pyrex cup. PLEASE... do not follow my lead. Either allow the butter to cool down a bit or SLOWLY add the water.
I ended up having to brown another ¼ cup of butter as that is about how much I lost from my hot butter explosion. I should also add that I used salted butter and not unsalted because that is what I had. You can see in the photo above how the brown butter looked after sitting in the refrigerator for a couple hours.
I used a stand mixer to blend everything together except for the flaked coconut. The coconut chips were stirred in at the end with a wooden spatula because the cookie dough was rather thick and I didn't want to have to scrape it off the beaters. Stirring by hand gave me a much needed workout.
Here's a few more low carb baking tips. The original recipe calls for brown sugar. I used Swerve Brown Sweetener in a smaller amount and increased the white low carb sweetener, but you could just add a touch of molasses, preferably blackstrap which adds a small amount of carbs.
I also increased the amount of egg from one to two because I find that most gluten free baked goods need more egg. The only other change was to add some baking powder which may or may not be needed, but I find it usually helps with leavening.
I decided to make medium-sized cookies by doubling up on my 1 tablespoon cookie scoop. So, each one of these cookies had about 2 tablespoons of dough. They came out a good size, but not as large as the ones you typically get at the bakery.
I also experimented by baking some on a Silpat silicone mat and others on parchment paper. Not sure if it was just coincidence, but the brown butter coconut cookies baked on the silicone mat ended up browning up faster.
I'd like to thank Jenn, the blog visitor who asked me for help in converting the original recipe to low carb, for bringing this recipe to my attention. Give it a try. I think you'll enjoy this brown butter coconut cookie recipe.
It was a terrific way for me to use up some unsweetened coconut flakes I had sitting in the refrigerator. Have a recipe you need de-carbed? Send me a note and I'll see what I can do!
Low Carb Brown Butter Coconut Cookies
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Brown Butter Coconut Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks or 225 grams
- 2 tablespoons water
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons low carb sugar substitute or Swerve, see note
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup Swerve brown sugar substitute or Swerve with a touch of blackstrap molasses, see notes
- 1 cup almond flour
- ⅓ cup coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ slightly heaped teaspoon flaky sea salt or ¼ teaspoon table salt
- 4 cups unsweetened flaked coconut 240 grams
- In medium-sized pot, melt butter on medium heat, stirring frequently. Once it melts, it will eventually foam, turn a clear golden color, and then become dark brown with a nutty aroma.
- Remove browned butter from heat and pour it and any browned bits into a heat safe measuring cup. Slowly add enough water to bring measurement back to one cup. (it takes about 2 tablespoons of water and be careful not to pour the cooler water too fast into the hot butter)
- Place butter in refrigerator for 1-2 hours or until solid.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
- Cream white low carb sweetener and browned butter with electric mixture until fluffy (if using extra white low carb sweetener and molasses, it should be creamed in with the butter as well).
- Add egg and beat until well combined, scraping bowl as needed. Then beat in vanilla.
- Mix brown sugar sweetener, almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl.
- Pour half of the dry flour mixture into creamed butter mixture and mix until combined. Mix in the other half of the flour mixture.
- Stir in unsweetened coconut flakes, half at a time.
- Scoop dough into desired size balls on prepared baking sheets, leaving room between to spread. (1-2 tablespoons or 2-inch scoop)
- Flatten each dough ball with fingers or spoon.
- Bake 10-11 minutes for 1 tablespoon scoops, 12-14 minutes for 2 tablespoon scoops, or 14-16 minutes for 2-inch scoops. (these are approximate times, cookies are done when deeply golden all over)
- Allow cookies to cool at least 15 minutes before removing to cooling rack (they may crack if moved when still hot).
- Since these are sugar-free cookies, I recommend storing in the refrigerator.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 149 [carbohydrates] => 10.1 [protein] => 2.7 [fat] => 14.8 [sodium] => 13.9 [fiber] => 5.3 )
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Lisa, I absolutely love this recipe! This is my new go-to cookie recipe. For years I have used your chocolate chip coconut bar recipe as my base cookie recipe, switching things out as needed. (Different flavor chips, nuts, etc.) I used it as a cookie more than a bar, but both were equally good.
This one surpasses that, and I've made 4 batches now, each slightly different. The first time, I realized I only had the very small shredded unsweetened coconut, not the bigger flakes. It worked great! I did notice the dough was way too sweet for me so I cut that down by about 1/3 to 1/2 on the following batches and that was plenty sweet enough. I used the brown Sukrin Gold for the brown sugar part (which is a combination of erythritol and steviol glycosides) and a combination of Bocha Sweet and erythritol for the white sweetener. On one of the batches I didn't have quite enough coconut flakes, so used crunched up slivered almonds for about 1/3 of the amount.
You could easily add a few drops of oatmeal flavoring extract and call these "No oatmeal oatmeal cookies." And if your particular low carb lifestyle allowed it, chop up a few raisins (to disperse throughout the cookie but not add too much to the carb count) and throw them in. The browned butter flavor kind of leans them in that direction anyway. You could flatten them more and use them as the base for something like whoopie pies or even ice cream sandwiches. They are so doggone good!! I served them along with several other fancier low carb cookies on my Christmas cookie platter and everyone gobbled these up first, even the non-keto people loved them! Next time I'm going to try making it as bar and see how that works out. Thank you!
Does Swerve contribute to the texture? I can't tolerate Swerve, unfortunately, and Stevia is really the only sugar substitute that doesn't upset my stomach. I'm wondering if eliminating the Swerve and just adding some stevia (in much smaller quantities) would make it bake strangely.
I don't think the bulk is needed for this recipe. But what I've done in the past is use unflavored protein powder to mix with pure stevia powder for recipes in place of one-for-one sugar substitutes. So if it doesn't work with just stevia, try that little trick.
I love the idea of a browned butter cookie, but I am not a fan of coconut. Any ideas what I could substitute for the coconut?
Maybe almonds or another nut and some chocolate chunks?