These soft baked almond flour cookies are quick and easy! They are a healthier and wholesome version of classic chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are great for any fun occasion!
These homemade almond flour cookies are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional cookies! This quick and easy recipe takes just 20 minutes in total. The cookies come out soft, gooey, thick, and flavorful. Almond flour is a nutritious, high-protein flour. It is great for baking cookies. These grain-free cookies are so fun for any occasion!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- These almond flour cookies are gluten-free and lower in sugar.
- This makes them a great option for people with gluten intolerance or who are following a healthier diet.
- These soft cookies are delicious.
- These cookies are moist and thick, with a slightly nutty flavor.
- This cookie recipe is easy to make.
- The recipe is simple and straightforward.
- Only one mixing bowl is needed!
- No need to chill the cookie dough.
- They are versatile. You can customize the recipe to your liking by adding different flavors or mix-ins.
- They are perfect for any occasion. These cookies are a great snack or dessert for people of all ages.
- This recipe is Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. Only some unrefined coconut sugar adds sweetness!
- Check out these Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies for another fun dessert!
Ingredients & Substitutes
These are the ingredients and substitutions for almond flour cookies. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full recipe.
Use solid coconut oil. It should not be softened or melted. Use refined coconut oil for a neutral flavor. Unrefined coconut oil tastes slightly like coconut.
Coconut sugar is a delicious healthier sweetener. While brown sugar can be used, we love the taste of coconut sugar. In addition, it is much less processed than brown sugar.
Eggs help the cookies stay together. We have not tried using a vegan egg replacement. For that reason, we strongly recommend not replacing the eggs.
Vanilla extract adds a delicious cookie flavor.
Use finely blanched almond flour for the best texture. Do not use almond meal. Almond meal is much more coarse than almond flour.
Baking soda helps these cookies rise while baking.
A teaspoon of sea salt helps balance out the flavors.
Lastly, use dark chocolate chips or a low-sugar option. We love Hu Kitchen chocolate chips for a healthier option.
What is Almond Flour?
Almond flour is a versatile and increasingly popular alternative to traditional wheat flour! It is made from finely ground blanched almonds, which have had their skins removed.
The process involves blanching the almonds in boiling water to loosen the skins, then cooling and drying them before grinding them into a fine powder. This results in a flour with a light, fluffy texture and a mild, nutty flavor.
Due to its gluten-free nature, almond flour has gained significant attention from those with gluten sensitivities or those following gluten-free diets.
In terms of taste, almond flour is subtly sweet and nutty. It is not as neutral in taste as traditional wheat flour.
Additionally, almond flour has several health benefits. It is a good source of healthy fats, particularly monounsaturated fats, which can help support heart health.
Almonds are also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium. Moreover, almond flour is low in carbohydrates and has a lower glycemic index compared to wheat flour. This makes it a suitable choice for individuals watching their blood sugar levels or following a low carb diet.
Taste & Texture
Almond flour cookies are moist and soft, with a slightly nutty flavor.
They are not as sweet as traditional cookies, but they are just as delicious!
The almond flour gives the cookies a light and airy texture. They are not crispy or dry.
How to Make
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius). Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the coconut oil and coconut sugar. Beat together for 2 minutes, until light and frothy.
Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix together.
Next, add in the almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt. Stir to combine.
Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
Use a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough. Place on the prepared pan. Use your hands to lightly press down on each dough ball.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes or until the cookies look lightly golden around the edges.
Finally, remove the pan from the oven. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Sprinkle extra sea salt on top if desired.
Expert Tips for Success
Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best almond flour cookies.
Use blanched finely ground almond flour that is finely ground. This will help the cookies to be light and chewy.
Do not use almond meal.
Do not overmix the cookie dough.
If the dough is sticky, chill the dough before baking. This will help the cookies hold their shape.
Bake the cookies until they are golden brown, but do not overtake.
These almond flour cookies are more soft and fragile than traditional cookies. Therefore, handle them carefully after baking.
Flavor Variations & Add-Ins
You can easily customize this recipe to your liking by adding different flavors or mix-ins. Here are a few ideas.
Add in cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm and cozy flavor.
Add in raisins to the cookie dough.
Mix in mini chocolate chips.
Add in pecans or walnuts for a nutty crunch.
Mix in dried fruit, such as cranberries.
How to Serve & Store
These almond flour cookies are best served once cooled.
Serve them with milk, coffee, or tea. These cookies are great with a smoothie too!
For the ultimate treat, serve them with a scoop of our homemade ice cream.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
If needed, freeze these almond flour cookies for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, you can make these cookies ahead of time and freeze them. Just let them cool completely before freezing them. When you’re ready to serve them, thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and then bake them according to the recipe instructions.
To prevent the cookies from spreading too much, chill the dough before baking. You can also add an egg white to the dough, which will help to bind the ingredients together.
You can decorate these almond flour cookies with a variety of different toppings, such as frosting, sprinkles, or nuts. You can also pipe the frosting into different shapes, such as flowers or hearts.
Almond flour adds a delicious nutty flavor to cookies. In addition, it stays soft while baking.
No, do not substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour. They are very different.
Almond flour contains more protein and has fewer carbs than regular flour.
Almond flour is sold in all grocery stores.
Pyrex 3 Glass Mixing Bowls: These are my favorite mixing bowls for baking these almond flour cookies.
Pyrex Glass Measuring Cups: I love these measuring cups for easily measuring out the ingredients.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer: We love this stand mixer for baking cookies!
USA Pan 3 Piece Cookie Sheet Set: This cookie sheet set is heavy-duty.
Pre-Cut Parchment Paper Sheets: Use parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Hand Mixer: This hand mixer is easy to use and great for creaming the coconut sugar and coconut oil.
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