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Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies with Coconut Oil

CRISPY Almond flour cookies are Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free and a Healthy treat. Made with only 3 ingredients, this shortbread is mildly sweet and made using coconut oil.

We love baking cookies with almond flour like our Gluten Free Thumbprint Cookies, Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies or Lemon Cookies.

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Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies

This is one of the first cookie recipes we made using almond flour and it has been a HUGE hit with anyone trying this recipe. Baking with Grain free flours or flourless cookies are always a bit tricky due to the absence of gluten. But, the success of this recipe has resulted us in coming up with a huge list of cakes and desserts using this flour.

Best and Easiest

Also known as almond flour biscuits, it is crisp, simple, buttery (without any butter), made with only 3 ingredients and not-too-sweet!! These have no additional add-ins like chocolate chips, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut, raisins, cranberries or so on. Seriously simple, tastes irresistible (good for breakfast or a perfect munch for the kids).

The 3 Ingredients

The ingredients are almond flour, coconut oil and brown sugar (not including water and salt). All you have to do is mix them in a bowl, shape and bake <— One of the easiest cookies that you will ever make.

MORE DETAILS

Almond flour – It is finely ground blanched almonds. It can be easily found in all major grocery stores or Amazon. Make sure you use “Super Fine” for the recipe. We always have a Costco bag of Almond flour, stored in the refrigerator.

Coconut oil – Use melted liquid coconut oil, but not hot

Brown sugarGolden brown sugar gave the perfect color and taste (check out more recipes using brown sugar).

Why will you love these?

  • Only 3 ingredients
  • Quick and Easy
  • Using Coconut oil
  • Healthy
  • No Egg / Eggless
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free / Dairy Free / Grain Free
  • Without butter
  • No Baking powder or baking soda
  • Made from scratch

Difference between almond flour and almond meal

Almond meal is almond ground along with skin whereas the latter is made with blanched almonds and hence much finer in texture.

Some varieties tend to be much more fine and is labelled “superfine” on the package. These are widely available in Costco, Amazon, Sprouts and all major grocery stores in the US. Superfine flour makes a healthier alternative in baking or even while making pancakes or waffles.

It is best stored in the refrigerator or freezer for a longer shelf life. It is rich in protein and high in heart healthy fats and omega 3s.

Almond Flour VS All Purpose Flour

The former is made from finely ground almonds, is high in fat and have a completely unique property in baking when compared to all purpose flour. So, you cannot substitute almond flour in place all purpose flour in baking recipes and vice versa.

easy almond flour cookies cooling on a wire rack

What do these cookies taste like?

It is crisp, buttery (without any butter), mildly sweet, almost tastes like European butter biscuits and utterly delicious —> Best Cookies ever!

What does almond flour do to cookies?

Apart from giving a nutrition boost, they also add mild sweetness and amazing tenderness to the recipe. Due the high fat content, it tends to not make cookies dry upon baking.

How to make ?

Whisk flour, brown sugar and salt together in a bowl. Stir in coconut oil and water, mix with a rubber spatula, until wet and crumbly. Shape into a tablespoon measure balls, flatten slightly and press a sliced almond in the middle.

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes, until deep golden brown. Cool completely.

Pro Tips for Success

Use SUPER FINE almond flour

Do not use almond meal instead – almond meal is much more coarser and also contains almond skin. So, the cookie texture and taste changes.

Do not use hot coconut oil – If your coconut oil is not liquidy, then melt in the microwave and cool to lukewarm before making cookie dough.

Deep golden brown – If the cookies are removed from oven earlier, then they will be softer in texture.

Flatten them to 1/2-inch will result in a crispier cookie.

To make homemade almond flourRefer this helpful instruction from Minimalist baker.

sheet pan lined with parchment paper with shaped almond flour cookie dough ready to be baked

I usually buy a big bag of almond flour from Costco and use it in various recipes. Some of our favorites include : Gluten Free Apple Crisp, Almond Flour Chocolate Cake, Lemon and Almond Shortbread, Cookie Dough without Eggs, No Bake Brownie Balls, Almond flour cake, Almond Flour Pancakes without banana, Almond Flour Banana Muffins, Almond Flour Brownies, Cranberry Almond Croissant, No Bake Almond Butter Bars, Raw Almond Bites, Sweet Potato Waffles and Nutella Brownie Muffins.

sheet pan with freshly baked vegan almond flour cookies

More healthy baking: Air Fryer Baked Apples, Baked Oatmeal Cups, Chocolate Hummus, Baked Mangoes, Persimmon Bread, Baked oatmeal, Chocolate Avocado Muffins, Date and Nut Salami and Carrot Oatmeal Cookies.

a hand with broken cookie to show the inside of the cookie

Frequently asked questions:

Can I use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar?

Coconut sugar alters the color and taste of the cookie. We loved the taste that is achieved from golden brown sugar.

I don’t see vanilla extract in the ingredients?

The combination of almond flour and coconut oil is delicious together, you will not need any other flavorings! Bonus, these smell amazing too.

Are Almond Flour Cookies healthy?

With 21 grams of protein, 12 grams fiber, 36 grams carbs, these cookies are rich in protein, fiber, iron, vitamins and minerals.

Love recipes with very few ingredients? Check out these 5 ingredient sweet recipes: Shortbread cookies using light brown sugar, How to make homemade Mocha, Homemade Candied pecans, Chocolate Swirl Cookies, Wedding cookies Recipe with Pecans, Healthy Black Forest Smoothie, Avocado Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Banana Date Smoothie, Almond Butter Cups, Raw Almond Bites, Nutella Mug Brownie , Nutella Brownie Muffins, Date and Almond Candy and Nutella Brownies.

How to store?

Place biscuits in a sealed container at room temperature for few days. They tend to lose some of the crispness but taste the same.

How to freeze?

Place in a ziplock bag, seal and freeze for up to 3 months. Simply leave cookies at room temperature for few hours to thaw completely.

If you love guilt-free baked treats, here are few more recipe ideas: Baked oatmeal, Oat waffles, Persimmon bread, Date smoothie or Banana oatmeal cups or healthy and easy after school snacks for kids.

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Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies with Coconut Oil

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies with Coconut Oil

Yield: 15 Cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

CRISPY Almond flour cookies are Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free and a Healthy treat. Made with only 3 ingredients, this shortbread is mildly sweet and made using coconut oil.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add almond flour, brown sugar and salt into a medium bowl and whisk to combine (making sure to break any lumps).
  3. Add coconut oil and water and stir with rubber spatula until the dough is thoroughly combined (the dough will feel wet yet crumbly).


(To test - roll a tablespoon measure dough into balls and flatten them,

- if it breaks apart / feels dry, then stir in 1 or 2 teaspoons water

- It it feels wet/greasy, then mix in 1 or 2 tablespoons additional almond flour)

4. Scoop up a tablespoon measure dough, GENTLY roll into a smooth ball and flatten them into a 1/2-inch thickness (If you are having trouble with rolling the dough into balls, then mixing in few drops of more water will help with that).

5. Place on the prepared baking sheet, spacing about an inch apart.

6. Press one sliced almond on the middle of each cookie disc, pressing the almond slightly into the dough (this helps it to stay intact after baking). This step is optional and it is purely for decorative purposes.

7. Bake cookies for 18 to 21 minutes (rotating pan halfway through baking), until the cookies are deep golden in color.

8. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Use SUPER FINE almond flour

Do not use hot coconut oil – If your coconut oil is not liquidy, then melt in the microwave and cool to lukewarm before making cookie dough.

Deep golden brown – If the cookies are removed from oven earlier, then they will be softer in texture.

Flatten them to 1/2-inch will result in a crispier cookie.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 621Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 12gSugar: 7gProtein: 21g

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Gitanjali Ramamurthy

Monday 15th of November 2021

Can I substitute coconut oil for any other oil like vegetable oil?

Maria Doss

Tuesday 16th of November 2021

Hi Gitanjali,

You could replace coconut oil with melted butter (cooled to lukewarm) and a touch a vanilla extract. Both butter and coconut oil adds flavor and richness to the cookie, that vegetable oil will not! That being said, you could use vegetable oil, however we will suggest adding a touch of vanilla extract and reducing the oil to 1/4 cup and remaining water. Hope it helps, Maria

Ghazal

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Love this recipe, would I be able to substitute the sugar with maple syrup?

Maria Doss

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Hi Ghazal, Unfortunately the answer is NO! Addition of maple syrup tends to make the cookie batter not as thick, which in turns makes them flat. Sorry, Maria

Debbie Kuhn

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

I was unable to roll into a ball. Shaped it as best I could with my fingertips. Dough felt almost greasy, so I might try leaving the two tablespoons out next time. I like the taste of them. I don't like real sweet things, so these are good.

Maria Doss

Wednesday 19th of May 2021

Hi Debbie, Just a touch of more water will help with binding the dough, Maria

Baker

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Followed the instructions exactly but turned out too dry. Don’t like it at all.

Maria Doss

Saturday 15th of May 2021

Hi Baker, I'm so sorry that it didn't work for you. It could be that the almond flour was a little excess. Our sincere apologies again, Maria

Sandra R

Sunday 9th of May 2021

Found the extra two tbsps of coconut oil unnecessary. Just by removing that it was not as greasy but still moist and flavourful. Very strong coconut flavour.

Maria Doss

Tuesday 11th of May 2021

Hi Sandra, I'm glad that you were able to modify the recipe to your liking, Maria

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