Almond Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

Almond Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free. A recipe by It’s Not Complicated Recipes.
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Almond Cookies are an easy and delicious biscuit recipe. They are also Gluten and Dairy free. The biscuits are very simple to make, to the degree that I believe they are foolproof. Both the experienced cook and the novice will enjoy how easy it is to make these Almond Cookies.

Containing just 5 ingredients they will take about 10 minutes to mix and another 15 minutes to bake. You will be enjoying these with a cup of tea or coffee in roughly 30 minutes.

There’s no creaming of butter and sugar; the dough is easily stirred together by hand in just a couple of minutes. Just mix the almond meal, caster sugar, almond essence and egg whites in a bowl. Roll the dough into small balls, roll the balls in flaked almonds and then bake. That’s it! They’re so simple.

This is a great way to use egg whites which are left over from recipes which require egg yolks only, such as my No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream. I put the egg whites into an airtight container, label with the date and number of egg whites, and freeze.

If you are just venturing into the world of gluten-free baking, these biscuits are a good place to start. It can be a minefield when beginning to eat gluten-free. There are so many labels to check as gluten is an ingredient in many foods. There are many flours to experiment with – and there will sometimes be disappointment with the results. However, with this recipe, you will not be in the least deprived. The biscuits contain almond meal which is a great substitute for flour. Almond flour is high in healthy fats, protein and fibre, and adds a sweet, nutty flavour to baking.

When you bite through the crunchy exterior of these biscuits you will discover a rich, chewy interior. The dense texture that the almond meal provides is deeply satisfying.

A good biscuit recipe is a must-have in your repertoire and you will find this one a keeper.

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Do let us know when you try these delicious cookies!


Xx Alex and Faye

5 from 49 votes

Almond Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

Containing just 5 ingredients and mixed by hand, these delicious biscuits are crunchy and chewy with a sweet nutty flavour and are made in 30 minutes. 

Course Snack, Sweet
Cuisine Italian
Keyword almond, biscuit, cookie, dairy free, delicious, easy, gluten free, simple
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 biscuits
Calories 139 kcal
Author Alexandra


  • 3 cups almond meal spooned into the cup, loosely packed*
  • 1 cup caster sugar superfine
  • 8 drops almond essence or to taste (approximately 1/8 tsp)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup flaked almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 180 Degrees C (360 F).

    Place non-stick baking paper onto oven trays.

  2. Put almond flakes into a flat bowl or onto a plate.

  3. Combine almond meal, sugar and almond essence in a large bowl. Add the lightly beaten egg whites and stir until the mixture forms a firm paste.

  4. Roll small balls of the mixture, about 3 cm (or 1 1/4 inch) in diameter in the flaked almonds.

  5. Place the balls onto baking paper-lined oven trays and gently flatten them a little.

  6. Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly browned.

  7. Cool on racks.

    Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

To measure the almond meal, spoon it into the cup. You will get a different measure if you push the cup down into the almond meal.

You can sprinkle sifted icing sugar over these biscuits if you wish.

Nutrition Facts
Almond Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free
Amount Per Serving
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 37mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Almond Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free

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263 Comments on “Almond Cookies – Gluten and Dairy Free”

  1. 5 stars
    These look so good! I will be making them for sure! I learned about freezing egg whites. Never knew you could.

  2. 5 stars
    These look heavenly! I’m on a keto diet right now and might try with a sugar substitute. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Me and my daughter and big almond fans and I love that this recipe is gluten free. Nicely done!

  4. This looks like a simple recipe to follow. Thank you. We have been needing more GF recipes for extended family.

  5. 5 stars
    I must try this, I make a gluten free almond cake but I’ve never tried biscuits. I must say they sound and look good.

  6. 5 stars
    i like gluten-free recipes for those relatives who can’t have gluten. this is a great alternative!

  7. 5 stars
    Gluten and Dairy!! Those are two things I have really been trying to avoid lately so this are definitely going on my list of things to cook

  8. 5 stars
    Sounds super delicious! i love almond cookies and try to avoid regular sweets so it must be just a proper version to me

  9. My mouth is watering! These look so tasty and they’re quick and easy to make. What’s not to love?

  10. Yum! These look unreal, im going to have to try and make them this weekend! hehe 🙂

  11. I love Almond Cookies, but have never tried making them myself. These look and sound delicious!

  12. I love gluten free and dairy free options! Unfortunately for me I’m allergic to almods (and most nuts really) 🙁

  13. I love cookies, so much they make me and my family happy. But I have jist been talking about going GF and this is perfect.

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  15. These look so delicious!! I will have to try them! I think my kids would love these because they are older now so they are not so much into the “kiddie” cookies!

  16. These look so good and I love that they’re dairy-free 🙂 I’ve never tried almond cookies!

  17. 5 stars
    This sounds great and although I haven’t tried this recipe yet I want to say that your format for posting the recipe is perfect. I get so annoyed by scrolling though a dozen similar photos that do not explain the process. You clearly show each step and a great picture of the final product. Nicely done.

    1. Hi Mark!
      We have only tried this recipe with almond meal before. They’re very similar, but the almond meal usually has a little more texture to it.
      If you do give it a go, please let me know how it goes with the flour.
      Definitely delicious with the almond meal.
      All the best, Alex 🙂

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  19. 5 stars
    I totally need to try out this recipe. I wish I had seen it before the holidays; this would have been perfect for Christmas! Thanks a bunch for sharing.

  20. 5 stars
    I love so much about this recipe I can’t wait to try! I enjoy almonds, low fat desserts and quick recipes; thank you for sharing!

  21. Oh these look yummy and so simple to make. My daughter used to have lots if allergies and although she can now eat with no restrictions I always appreciate a good free from recipe.

  22. 5 stars
    These almond gluten-free cookies look incredibly delicious and perfect with my coffee. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us! I’d love to try it!

  23. These look great! However I don’t have almond essence… would they be too bland without it? Otherwise can you suggest an alternative? Thanks!

  24. 5 stars
    I’m all for fail proof recipes! lol This seems really easy to make and it’s something different than the typical cookie recipe, especially that’s gluten- and dairy-free.

  25. I love these as a gluten free option. The simple ingredient list and simple steps make these even more appealing.

  26. Omg can we say yum?!? These almond cookies look absolutely delicious! Definitely giving your recipe a try!

  27. I am a big fan of eating cookies and almond cookies is one of my favorite. Making this looks so easy and I am sure my kids would love it.

  28. These cookies look delicious! And great that they’re dairy and gluten free – means they’re a good alternative if you have guests that cannot tolerate those ingredients x

  29. Looks so very delicious! I wouldn’t mind a cookie or two now, hehe. Looks so very tempting, thankfully I don’t have time to cook following your recipe right now (too late)!

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  32. Mmmm, I love almonds haha. I’m also a huge fan of it being gluten free, now my bff and I can eat the same cookie!

  33. I have actually never cooked with almond meal so this looks super good to me, I need to try this is it the same as crushed almonds?

    1. Hi Joan, this is a great way to start if you haven’t used almond meal. The almonds are very finely ground, often called almond meal. Let me know if you make the cookies. 🙂 🙂

  34. 5 stars
    These almond cookies look truly delicious. That’s also great that they are gluten and dairy free. I’ll share this recipe with my friends for sure! 🙂

    1. Hello Leah, I’m so glad that you like our dairy-free recipe. I currently have a batch of these in the oven. Please let me know if you make these cookies. 🙂

  35. 5 stars
    This almond cookies delicious, I like that it is gluten free as well as diary free too. Healthy at the same time addictive cookies.

  36. Made a batch today. Very tasty. Thank you. Next time I’ll try s sugar substitute and see how that goes ?

    1. Mandy I’m delighted that you enjoyed them. I haven’t tried them with a sugar substitute so would be interested to hear how you get on. 🙂

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  38. Wow these look delicious! I have a family member who has recently had to go gluten free and I know she will greatly appreciate these! Thanks for the share, i’m so excited to try them out 🙂

  39. 5 stars
    Thanks for your great recipes, especially my very favourite almond biscuits.
    I used to buy them, now I can bake them myself.
    Great work Alexandra!

  40. 5 stars
    These cookies look so delicious and healthy! I can’t wait to try this out, we try to do gluten free and this would be perfect. Thanks!

  41. This is amazing! It looks really delicious! I do wish I have an oven to start baking. I’m sure by following your recipe I can do it too! I’m reading your recipe now in the early morning, it makes me hungry haha

  42. I’m always looking for great recipes, because I love cookies but I’m always trying to find ways to indulge without the guilt. I’m definitely going to try this recipe, and it looks super easy which I also love!

  43. These cookies are simple and beautiful. Almond cookies are my favorite , I can’t wait to try them!!

  44. 5 stars
    Such a delicious treat, I really love almonds, I haven’t tried baking cookies. This recipe would be great for my first try..

  45. I am gluten free and love when I come across recipes for my favourite treats in gluten free recipes. I have missed proper cookies, these sound so good!

  46. Almond!!! my favorite…
    Thanks for the recipe. Is there any other way to bake cookies?? I mean I don’t have an oven. I always search for alternative but when I tried it – failure.. huhuhu

  47. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome. Why is Pinterest blocking it? Makes me mad. Great job Alexandra!


    1. Thank you, Monique! We have reported the issue – apparently, a number of people are experiencing a glitch at the moment. Fingers crossed it will be resolved soon. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  48. I have a friend that is gluten-intolerant – totally gonna try baking your recipe for her when she visits me the next time! Looks really delicious and easy to make!

    1. Hello Riya, I have weighed the ingredients. I have 300 gm almond meal, 210 gm caster sugar and 80 gm flaked almonds. Please let me know if you make the cookies. 🙂

    1. That number totally confused me, which is why I asked. I think I see that you mean one and a quarters inches, or 3 cm. (I’m a little slow to catch on.) Anyway, thanks, and I look forward to trying the recipe!

      1. Hi Chessie, yes that is correct! I can see what you mean – it is spaced together. I will separate it to make it easier to read 🙂 Love to know what you think when you do try the recipe! All the best, Alex

  49. Hi Alex – I have made these cookies twice now. They seem to be uncooked at the end of the baking time. They taste good, just gooey in the center.
    Is that what the texture should look like, almost like the raw dough?
    Thx, Lyn

    1. Hi Lyn! They are meant to be soft in the centre – crispy on the outside though. The interior is a soft cookie 🙂 We describe it as “chewy” in the post – I think that is a good way to think of it 🙂
      Thanks! Alex

  50. Hi Alex – cookies look fantastic and so easy to make. Just wondering if I can substitute Stevia for caster sugar?
    Thx Glors

    1. Hi Gloria, I don’t have any experience with Stevia so I can’t say if you could use it. A quick Google shows that a much smaller amount of Stevia would replace the sugar. This may mean that you would need to add more almond meal but unfortunately, I can’t say for sure. If you do try it I would be interested to hear how it works. 🙂

  51. Hi Alex – I have made these “cookies” a few times (my husband is diabetic) & also shared at a brunch. Everyone just loves them.
    Thx for the recipe.

    BUT – am I able to make ahead – maybe freeze the balls of dough, then later thaw, roll in almonds, & bake?

    Thx for your response.

    1. Hi Lyn!
      Great to hear that.

      Yes – the cookies freeze well! I have frozen them after they have been baked, and also before. Both worked absolutely fine!
      (When raw I did as you suggested and rolled in almonds before baking).

      Thanks so much!

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