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Low-Carb Cinnamon Stacks

Updated: Nov 27, 2020

If Pie Crust and Cinnamon Rolls Had A Baby, It Would Be These Delicious Treats

I have always adored cinnamon rolls. For me, the flavor of cinnamon, in general, has a warm and nostalgic feel to it. This recipe started as an oopsy in my kitchen. My goal that day was to create a delicious low carb cinnamon roll recipe. However, when the dough was a little too delicate to roll, I decided to cut it into big pieces and stack them on top of each other. I honestly didn't think it would amount to anything extraordinary...but in a stroke of good fortune and creativity, the result blew me away. The dough transformed into a crumbly delicate, and oh so delightful texture, somewhere in between flaky pie dough and buttery soft shortbread. Each bite-sized cookie is comprised of three stacks, with tons of cinnamon sugar filling between each, packing a powerful cinnamon sugary punch of flavor, which created the perfect balance of sweetness when combined with the not quite as sweet pastry layers. Oh, and did I mention how beautiful they are? They also happen to have only .5 grams of net carbs per cookie...yep, and only 36 calories! I must be dreaming! For me, this is the ultimate cinnamon pastry treat.

Cinnamon Stacks

Makes 24 cookies

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For the dough:

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp coconut oil plus 1/2 Tbsp to spread onto rolled out dough

1/2 tsp vanilla extract or Nielsen-Massey pure vanilla bean paste

1/4 c unsweetened almond milk

1/2 c water

For the filling:

1 Tbsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp nutmeg


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut flour, oat fiber, Swerve granulated, baking powder, and salt.

Mix until well incorporated. Next, add the coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond milk, and water and mix until just combined. Finish mixing with your hands until the dough sticks together in one solid ball. It should not be sticky. Wrap the dough ball in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling. In a small mixing bowl, combine all of the filling ingredients except the coconut oil until thoroughly combined. Set aside.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place the dough ball between two pieces of plastic wrap, parchment paper, or foil. Using a rolling pin, roll out into a rectangle approximately 1/4 inch thick. Leaving the dough in the plastic wrap, place on top of a large cutting board or sheet pan, and place in the refrigerator to chill for 5 minutes. Remove the dough from the fridge and remove the top piece of plastic wrap. Flip over onto a large cutting board. Using your fingers, spread the coconut oil evenly over the entire surface of the dough. Next, sprinkle the cinnamon filling mixture over the top of the dough. Cut the filling topped dough into six even rectangles. Using 3 of the pieces, stack on top of each other to create one big three-layer piece. The dough is very delicate so if you are having trouble stacking the pieces, use a spatula sprayed with coconut oil in between picking up each piece. Repeat with the remaining three rectangles. Cut evenly into 1-inch by 1-inch squares with a sharp knife. Alternately, you can use decorative cookie cutters to cut out into pretty or festive shapes. Place the mini stacks on a large sheet pan approximately one inch apart. They will not spread much at all—Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the sheet pan and cool on a wire rack completely before transferring to an airtight storage container.

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories: 36

Carbs: 0.5 g

Fat: 2.8 g

Fiber: 2.75

Protein: 0.8 g

Dry Ingredients mixed

Wet ingredients mixed

This is how the dough should look once the wet and dry ingredients are combined

The filling mixture

Dough rolled out to approximately 1/4 inch thickness

Dough with filling spread evenly on top

Here's what it should look like once you've cut into 9 pieces

One of the finished stacks, comprised of 3 pieces. Now just cut into desired pieces/shapes with a knife or cookie cutters.

The finished cookies! I just know you'll love them! Comment down below if you give them a try, I'd love to know what you think!

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