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Light & Flavorful Shortbread Protein Cookies







SERVING SIZE: 1 cookie

YIELDS: 10 Servings

Measurement Style:


– 113g light butter (1 stick)
– 1 egg
– 30g unsweetened applesauce
– 100g all-purpose flour
– 140g vanilla whey
– 40g powdered sugar
– Stevia/Splenda to taste
– 1/4 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

*Note: When baking with protein powder, we recommend staying away from pure isolate powder as that does not bake well (turns recipes to a cardboard texture). Whey/Casein blends usually work best for baking — our favorite is Devotion Nutrition brand. Using another brand of protein powder may result in slightly different macros.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Melt butter in the microwave until about half-way melted.
  3. Whisk in applesauce and egg.
  4. Stir in the rest of the ingredients (only 100g of the 140g vanilla whey) and knead until dough is formed. I recommend using a protein powder with at least SOME carbs/fat (not whey isolate–can cause the recipe to be too dry).
  5. Bake cookies on a sprayed cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes until soft. Remove from cookie sheet immediately and let cool.
  6. In a small bowl, add 40g vanilla whey, vanilla extract, Stevia/Splenda to taste, a little water or almond milk until icing consistency is reached.
  7. Ice cookies and place in freezer for 15 minutes until icing hardens. Enjoy!