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From the Kitchen: Almond Butter Cookies {Gluten-free}

April 16, 2012

Peanut butter cookies have always been a favorite of mine, something about them will always remind me of my childhood as they’re one of the first treats I can remember making with my mom as a young girl. This cookie uses almond butter as its base, but has the same nutty, chewy, not too sweet characteristics of my old favorite and best of all, it’s gluten-free. Dark chocolate chips give it a decadent and sophisticated flavor that begs to be paired with tea or coffee (or my favorite, a glass of ice-cold milk). Recipe after the jump. xoxo!

Gluten-Free Almond Butter Cookies (adapted from A Girl Defloured)

Makes about 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup almond butter (unsweetened)
  • 3/4 cup maple sugar or palm sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat almond butter with sugar until combined. Add egg and mix well. Beat in baking soda, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until dough is smooth. Stir in almonds and chocolate chips.

Measure dough into tablespoon size balls and place evenly spaced (about 2 inches apart) on a cookie sheet. Flatten slighty. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and let rest on the pan for 5 minutes, then remove cookies from the pan and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2012 4:11 am

    Wow, no almond flour? How does the dough handle? They sure look delicious – love your glass of milk ;)

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      April 17, 2012 12:55 am

      Yep, no almond flour, just almond butter! Pretty amazing, right? The dough handles really well, it tastes and feel like a regular cookie!

  2. April 16, 2012 4:52 am

    I have nominated/awarded you with The Versatile Blogger Award :)
    Thanks so much for your lovely blog!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 17, 2012 12:55 am

      Thank you SOOO much Jaime, that’s very kind of you :)

  3. April 16, 2012 11:22 am

    This is a fantastic recipe. Whenever I try, I’ll definitely link back. Love almond butter so dang much.

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      April 17, 2012 1:00 am

      Thanks so much! It was actually surprising how good these cookies were, I’m always afraid gluten-free is going to me flavor-free as well but so far, I’ve been wrong every time. I’ll definitely be making them again :)

      • April 17, 2012 9:35 am

        Its awesome to not have to buy flour! I think I’m going to hack these a little bit and incorporate some leftover Easter candy within their depths.

  4. April 16, 2012 6:40 pm

    Yum! I am allergic to peanuts and have been eating almond butter for a long time – I love it! I’ve never thought to create cookies with it, though. I am going to save this to my list. Thanks for sharing!

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      April 17, 2012 1:01 am

      Oh, I’m so glad this recipe found you! Peanut allergies are no fun at all! I think you’re going to LOVE these cookies, they’re quite tasty and so easy to make :)

  5. April 22, 2012 10:17 am

    Reblogged this on booksandasummergirl and commented:
    I made these cookies at my friend’s house on Friday. I must say, impatience lead them to be slightly lackluster (also a lack of all the correct ingredients).
    We still made them into the most fattie ice-cream sundaes ever (birthday cake flavored ice cream from Target, cookies crumbled on top, with Reese’s flavored magic shell) and probably was the best dessert I’ve ever had.

    I still can’t believe it used an entire jar of almond butter though. Oh the humanity.

  6. April 23, 2012 7:16 am

    so, how are these? I avoid Gluten like an influenza experiment and am always on the lookout for great GF desserts :-)

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      April 23, 2012 10:47 am

      Taste-wise, they’re AWESOME! I whipped up the batter in a matter of minutes and they only bake for about 10 minutes, so making them is easy peasy. And it’s the kind of recipe you can alter to your liking- omit the extra nuts, add dried fruit, etc. All in all, a great little recipe.

  7. Amanda permalink
    April 25, 2012 6:42 pm

    This is seriously delectable! I love food and my waistline is showing that! But these look amazing to try!! Thanks for sharing! I’m trying recipes as an ametur blogger. Would love to know what you think! Thanks!

  8. Nicole L permalink
    August 3, 2013 9:12 pm

    These are AWESOME!!! Finally a healthy cookie recipe that’s easy and delicious.


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