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Anise Cardamom Shortbread Cookies with Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener

Every year the holidays come around and sweet treats of all shapes and sizes appear! We painstakingly attempt resisting these sweet treats, but they somehow end up in our bellies against our will. For one to two months of this Holiday food stampede, our inner strength is put on standby until it's time to roll out our list of new year’s resolutions and get back to our diets.

Yes, traditional baked goods have had a bad reputation, and for good reason! The ingredients in them are just not that healthy.

Do we avoid sugar at all costs? How realistic is this strategy? Let’s face it, sugar is EVERYWHERE. Even in your chicken soup. Oh yeah, read the ingredients in your bouillon. Next best thing is, alternative sweeteners but many of them like stevia and xylitol have an aftertaste not everyone loves.

Thanks to our global networking and culinary adventurists, I’ve stumbled upon a sweetener that not only has no aftertaste but is actually beneficial and even acts as an antimicrobial!

Lakanto monk fruit sweetener is my new best friend and is the new staple in my kitchen pantry. Monk fruit has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries to relieve common ailments like sore throat and extra phlegm. It’s sugar free, acts as an anti-inflammatory and is said to help keep your blood sugar level stable. This sweetener is so versatile it can be used anywhere: hot drinks, pickling, baking, making a winter syrup, and pretty much replaces sugar in anything. Did I mention, if you have kids and want to “treat” them with a reward, for let’s say picking up their toys, you can feel free to give them as many of these shortbread cookies as you like and you won't get the backlash of a sugar spike?

As a mother I am definitely feeling the joy of these sugar free cookies!


3/4 tsp Anise seeds

1/2 tsp cardamom seeds

1/2 cup Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener

1 cup of room temperature salted butter ( I like to use Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter)

2 cups Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour


  • Grind spices in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder/coffee grinder

  • Heat a pan over medium low heat and add spices

  • Swirl around pan and let spices toast up for no more than a minute and a half

  • Remove spices from heat and set aside

  • In a bowl place the softened butter and sugar

  • Whisk together by hand or with an electric mixer until you get a creamy smooth consistency

  • Add you flour and spices

  • Mix until dough comes together

  • Shape the dough into two logs

  • Wrap each long with plastic wrap and chill in freezer for one hour

  • Take your frozen dough and unwrap

  • Leave the dough to sit at room temp for 25-30 min

  • Preheat oven to 350

  • Line a tray with parchment paper

  • After dough has softened, make even slices into log and place your cookie dough rounds onto parchment paper with enough space in-between

  • Place your tray in oven for 25-30 min

  • Take cookies out of the oven (they will still be soft)

  • Let cookies sit and cool (they will harden up as they cool!)

  • Wait an hour or two before eating; the texture changes after cool down and even better the next day!

* For different variations, add some of your favorite spices or roll logs onto chopped nuts before wrapping and setting in freezer.

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