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Keto Pfeffernüsse with VitaFiber™

Recipe by Gina Scheller | @ketopig

Have you ever had a Pfeffernüsse? As a special request from my husband, this was my first time making them… And wow, let me just say these are fantastic! They have a lot more zing than gingerbread, making them a bit more of an “adult” cookie that goes great with coffee or something stronger.

This is a healthier twist on that famous German cookie using absolutely no grains or sugars, making them nutritious and delicious. The word “pfeffernüsse” means “peppernuts” and while some versions of this classic European cookie do contain nuts, this recipe doesn’t specifically, although our keto substitution brings some almond flour into the mix. Some variations role the finished cookie in powdered sugar, but I’ve yet to find a good sugar substitute that gives the right taste in recipes like this. Instead, drizzle some sugar-free chocolate on top of these delicious bites and it will complement the spicy surprise these cookies bring to your holiday table.

Baking sweet treats on a low carb diet can be a challenge. Too many low carb recipe variations result in bland and dry mini-bricks that scratch the top of your mouth like they were rolled in all the sand your brought home from your last beach vacation. This low carb cookie is sure to please with no sugar, lots of flavor and just enough sweetness to make you go, “Hmm, I think I’ll have another please.” In my opinion, VitaFiber is the key ingredient for any kind of keto cookie. Not only does it cut the carbs in half and keep the sweetness but it gives the cookie the right texture and helps it hold together.  No matter what kind of low carb, keto or paleo cookie you plan to bake, I can just about guarantee that if you add VitaFiber, you will be happy that you did.


  • 3/4 Cup VitaFiber
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • Larg Eggs
  • Tsp Anise Extract
  • 1 Cup Blanched Almond flour
  • 1 and 1/2 Cup Coconut flour
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Monkfruit sweetener
  • 2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 Tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Black pepper


  1. If your cookie dough is ready, preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a bowl add the dry ingredients and combined.
  3. In a sauce pan add the VitaFiber, butter and melt over low heat while stirring continuously. Remove from heat add in the anise and eggs and mix well before adding the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  4. Wrap and chill in the fridge for two or more hours.
  5. Roll into 1 and 1/2 inch sized balls and place on a baking sheet, flattening slightly if desired. Bake time is 15 minutes for all 30 cookies.
  6. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then frost or drizzle with chocolate glaze.