These delicious keto cookies are inspired by a traditional Derby Pie. They are packed with chocolate chips, pecans, and a hint of bourbon plus they are perfectly soft and chewy with an almond flour base!
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Looking for a regular (not keto) version of this Derby Cookie? Find the Recipe here!
Derby season was one of the coolest things about growing up in Louisville and the festivals, parades, and other events were such an exciting time to be a part of the city.
It’s 2020, which means that due to the coronavirus and Louisville’s horrendous response to the death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of the Louisville police department everything is canceled. Including all of the fun, and food-filled events that surround the Kentucky Derby.
Luckily I have got you covered with tons of Low Carb, Derby-themed recipes so that you can still enjoy your favorite treats all from the comfort of your own home.
One of my favorite Derby foods in the Kentucky Derby Pie. There are several different versions, but the most popular (and in my opinion, the best) is essentially a pecan pie with chocolate and bourbon.
Ingredients for these Keto Derby Cookies:
- Butter – I haven’t tried but if you want to make these cookies dairy-free you can try Nutiva Butter Flavored Coconut Oil - Just proceed with caution!
- Vanilla Extract
- Almond Flour
- Vanilla Protein Powder – I like to use About Time protein!
- Unflavored Gelatin Powder – This is essential for keeping the cookies soft and chewy.
- Kentucky Bourbon - you can adjust the amount of bourbon up or down to suit your preference.
- Baking Soda
- Sugar-Free Chocolate Chips – I use Lily’s Chocolate!
- Pecans or walnuts
- Lakanto Golden Sweetener or another brown sugar substitute.
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Is Bourbon Keto or Gluten-Free?
Straight bourbon has no carbs or sugar so it is fine in moderation on a keto diet. Furthermore, this recipe only uses two tablespoons of bourbon and is then cooked so most of the alcohol is long gone by the time it is eaten.
Bourbon must be made mostly from 51% corn, but the rest can be made from a variety of grains such as wheat, barley, or rye – all of which contain gluten. This gluten is removed through the distillation process.
With this in mind, the NIH says that distilled alcohol is considered safe for those with gluten sensitivity. But, since gluten-containing grains are involved the US government prohibits the bottles from being labeled as ‘Gluten-Free.’
So bottom line – you just have to do what is best for you. Depending upon your level of sensitivity you may or may not be comfortable with consuming bourbon and it is probably best to consult your physician if you aren’t sure.
Tips for making the best Keto Cookies:
Just like regular cookies, keto cookies are SO easy to make. The most important thing about making these cookies compared to traditional cookies is that you MUST chill the dough before baking.
This prevents the cookies from spreading too much and becoming thin and definitely not soft and chewy.
Also, be aware that when the cookies are initially removed from the oven they will be super soft and fragile. As they cool, they will become sturdier and will be easy to handle 🙂
For these cookies, I used a 1 tablespoon cookie dough scoop. If you want to make larger cookies, you may need to increase the baking time.
Can I freeze the cookie dough?
If you are like me and can’t be trusted with a full batch of cookies sitting around, then this is the tip for you!
After preparing the cookie dough, scoop the dough into rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Don’t allow the cookies to touch, but you don’t have to leave the full 2″ between them either.
Place the cookie sheet full of the formed dough into the freezer. Freeze until completely solid, then transfer the cookie dough to a tightly sealed freezer-safe container for up to 6 months.
To cook from frozen, preheat the oven to 350 degrees f and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the frozen cookie dough balls onto the baking sheet leaving 2″ between each cookie.
Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes or until the edges are just beginning to brown. Remove them from the oven and then allow them to cool slightly before serving.
Be sure to check out these other great recipes:
- Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake Bars
- Low Carb Milano Cookies
- Low Carb Bourbon Balls
- Mint Julep | Sugar-Free
- Hot Brown Pizza
- Keto Hot Brown Casserole
Keto Derby Cookies | Chocolate Bourbon and Pecan
- Electric Mixer
- Cookie Sheet
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
- Combine the butter and the Lakanto Golden in a large bowl, using an electric mixer until it is light and fluffy and the sweetener has begun to melt.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, and bourbon and mix again.
- Next, add the almond flour, protein powder, gelatin, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well combined.
- Fold in chocolate chips and pecans.
- Scoop the dough into rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheet leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.
- Chill the dough for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are beginning to brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool slightly before serving.
Be sure to read the entire post for tips, tricks, and help troubleshooting.
The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.