Almond flour sugar cookies are easy 3-ingredient healthy sugar cookies with almond flour. Plus, they are gluten-free, grain-free, and paleo-friendly!
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There’s nothing easier than baking with almond flour. It’s actually one of the easiest grain-free flours to bake with. It’s not as tricky as coconut flour because it doesn’t contain as much fiber, so don’t hesitate a second and give a try to these simple almond flour sugar cookies!
Plus, as a healthy vegan foodie, you probably have all the 3 ingredients in your pantry, so no need to wait.
- Vegan butter – I love to use a brand made of coconut oil, palm oil-free.
- Almond flour – use blanched fine almond flour for best results.
- Coconut sugar – or any unrefined crystal sugar you like.
These are healthy low-sugar cookies thanks to the small addition of coconut sugar. In fact, 100 grams of coconut sugar contain only 75 grams of sugar, and this recipe uses a tiny amount.
Consequently, one of these almond flour sugar cookies contains only 2 grams of sugar!
Gluten-free, vegan cookies are easy to make, but I recommend following these 3 main steps for the best results.
- First, beat the vegan butter and sugar together to create a fluffy mixture and incorporate it into the butter. This will prevent pieces of sugar into vegan sugar cookies.
- Then, add the almond flour and use the electric beater again to combine and form a crumble. Only use your hands to knead the dough at the end and form the cookie dough.
- Finally, place the dough 10 minutes in the fridge before rolling, and make sure you roll the dough between pieces of parchment paper, or it will stick o the roller pin.
You can play with spices and create a range of flavorsome almond flour sugar cookies. My preferred option is to add one of the following:
- Cinnamon, ginger, or pumpkin spices – 1 teaspoon of ground spices is enough for this dough size.
- Vanilla – 1 teaspoon liquid vanilla extract.
- Grated orange zest or lemon zest – add 1 tablespoon.
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Almond Flour Sugar Cookies
Optional flavoring ideas
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 teaspoon All Spices - cinnamon or pumpkin spices or ginger
- 1 tablespoon Grated Orange Zest
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a cookie tray with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat vegan butter and coconut sugar with an electric beater until fluffy and well incorporated - about 20 seconds on medium speed.
- Add in almond flour (and optional flavoring if desired), and using the electric beater again, beat all the ingredients together to form a consistent crumble. Use your hands to gather the dough pieces and form a dough ball.
- Place the dough ball in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and place the ball between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll the dough with a rolling pin to the thickness of your choice. The thinner, the faster it cooks, and the crispier/harder they get. I recommend not too thin, or they burn. The best is about half a cm thick.
- Peel off the top parchment paper sheet and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
- Lift a flat tool (knife, spatula) under the cookie to transfer onto the prepared cookie tray.
- Gather the leftover dough, form a ball, and roll again, following the same process. You should be able to form 20 sugar cookies with this recipe.
- Bake the cookies in the center of your oven until the sides are slightly golden brown, about 8-12 minutes. If you roll thin cookies, they will bake fast. Otherwise, it can take up to 12 minutes to bake. They will stay slightly soft after 8 minutes, and that is what you want. They harden and crisp when cooling down like all shortbread recipes. Don't overbake to get them hard in the oven, or they will burn.
- Cool down on a cookie rack before decorating with melted vegan dark chocolate, icing sugar, or serve plain.
- Store up to 3 weeks in a cookie jar, sealed, at room temperature.