Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

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My Almond Cookies are an easy and delicious recipe to make, and best of all, they are both gluten-free and dairy-free.

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This is one of the easiest recipes we will share on the blog. The cookies 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.

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Inspiration for this recipe:

This recipe was given to me by a dear Italian friend. It has been in her family for many years. Some years ago, I made these biscuits for a shop I was working in at the time. At that time, more and more people were discovering they couldn’t tolerate gluten, and the biscuits sold out on a daily basis.

I am so happy to be sharing this recipe with you today, so more people can continue to enjoy it. Even if you do not need to eat a gluten-free or dairy-free diet, I am sure you will appreciate these cookies just as much.

Further, this is a great way to use egg whites which are leftover from recipes which require egg yolks only.

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Ingredients in the Gluten-Free Almond Cookies:

Almond Meal/Flour:

The terms almond meal and almond flour are often used interchangeably. The meal/flour can be made from whole or blanched almonds.

What are blanched almonds?

Blanched almonds are whole, raw almonds that have had their skins removed. To do this I add the almonds to a heatproof bowl and cover them with boiling water. After a minute I drain the almonds in a colander and run some cold water over them to cool them down. I then add them to a clean kitchen towel and pat them dry. The skins will easily slip off; just pinch one end of the almond and it will pop out of the skin. Allow them to dry thoroughly.

Almond meal/flour is not actually “flour” but finely ground almonds. When ground from whole almonds the texture will be slightly more coarse than when ground from blanched.

The finer, blanched meal is best suited to French macarons, airy cakes or baked items with a light texture. In addition, it is pale in colour without the little specks of almond skin.

Almond meal/flour is also an invaluable ingredient in diets with specific requirements such as gluten-free, Keto and paleo.

Ground almonds, due to their high oil content and greater exposure to oxygen, are prone to becoming rancid. For this reason, I recommend that you store the meal/flour in an airtight container in the fridge or for a longer time in the freezer.

If you find yourself without almond meal/flour, it is easy and more cost-effective to make your own. Add blanched or whole almonds to a blender or food processor and pulse in short bursts until you have the texture of sand. Stir occasionally. If you take it too far you will have almond butter.

Caster/Superfine Sugar:

Caster sugar refers to sugar which is more finely ground than granulated sugar but not as fine as icing/confectioners’ sugar. It dissolves easily making it ideal for recipes such as meringues, sponge cakes, custards and mousses.

If you don’t have any it is easy to make your own. Use a high-speed blender or food processor and pulse a few times until the sugar grains are smaller in size. They won’t be as even as commercially prepared caster sugar but will still be suitable. Just be sure to not over-process or you’ll end up with icing/confectioners’ sugar.

Almond Essence/Extract:

This is a popular flavour ingredient in baking although it is one that tends to divide people. Even those who love almonds often dislike the flavour which the essence/extract imparts.

I’ve tried to discover why but it seems that this is a complex area. One reason may be that the essences/extracts are often not actually made from almonds. They are often made from the oil of the almond which is found inside a peach or apricot stone. Alternatively, they may be synthetically produced. Or, they may actually be produced from bitter almonds.

Although I always recommend reading labels, this may not provide clarification as details can be vague at best.

Where possible, I recommend using a pure version. It will have a fresher almond aroma and flavour which will hold up better when baked.

Use this ingredient with caution until you are familiar with its strength.

Egg Whites:

Egg Whites are a fantastic ingredient to have on hand – if you have leftover whites, you can store them in the freezer in an airtight container. I clearly label with the date and the number of whites. There are so many ways in which to use them.

I will share with you some recipes below that you can also use just the egg yolk for!

Flaked Almonds:

This is an ingredient that I do not attempt to make myself. It is labour intensive and would be impossible for me to cut almonds into evenly-thin slices. Commercial manufacturers use special equipment to make the flaked almonds which are readily available in supermarkets.

We love almonds and feature them in many of our recipes – both savoury and sweet. You’ll find some of our favourites listed below!

This is how I make the Gluten-Free Almond Cookies:

I start by preheating my oven and preparing my baking tray.

Next, I prepare a flat bowl or plate with my flaked almonds.

In a bowl, combine the almond meal, sugar and almond essence. Add the lightly beaten egg whites, and combine well.

Roll small balls of the mixture and coat in the flaked almonds.

Process Shots of Gluten-Free Almond Cookies.

Place on a baking tray, and lightly press down to flatten.

Bake until the cookies are lightly browned. Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Process Shots of Gluten-Free Almond Cookies.

Tips for Success:

If you are just venturing into the world of gluten-free baking, these Gluten and Dairy Free Almond Cookies 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.

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Can you freeze the Almond Cookies?

Yes! You can freeze the Almond Cookies both prior to baking, and after! I have tried both methods and they are delicious either way.

If not freezing, be sure to store your cookies in an airtight jar or container.

More suggestions for these ingredients:

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Recipes to use your leftover egg yolks in:

Don’t let those egg yolks go to waste! Here are some great ways to use them up:

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

More delicious biscuit and cookie recipes for you to try:

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

I would love to know your thoughts when you try my delicious Gluten Free and Dairy Free Almond Cookies. Be sure to leave a comment below!
Alex xx

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies A recipe by It's Not Complicated Recipes.

Gluten-Free Almond Cookies

These 5 ingredient cookies will become your new favourite sweet treat!
5 from 67 votes
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Course: Snack, Sweet
Cuisine: European, Italian
Keyword: almond, biscuit, cookie, dairy free, gluten free
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Alexandra

Ingredients

  • 3 cups almond meal spooned into the cup, loosely packed – See Note 1
  • 1 cup caster/superfine sugar
  • 1/8 tsp almond essence or to taste
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup flaked almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180 Degrees C (360 F).
    Place non-stick baking paper onto oven trays.
  • Put almond flakes into a flat bowl or onto a plate.
  • 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.
  • Roll small balls of the mixture, about 3 cm (or 1 1/4 inch) in diameter in the flaked almonds.
  • Place the balls onto baking paper-lined oven trays and gently flatten them a little.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the biscuits are lightly browned.
  • Cool on racks.
    Store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Notes

  1. Spoon the almond meal into the cup gently.
    Never use the cup to scoop your ingredients – you may compact the contents in the measuring cup, and this will cause the recipe to not work accurately.
  2. All ovens vary in temperature slightly, and as such we have provided a time range for doneness on this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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I'm Alex – a passionate foodie and writer. I love sharing delicious and simple recipes to inspire you in the kitchen. Try a recipe? I'd love to see your creations! #itsnotcomplicatedrecipes

301 Comments on “Gluten-Free Almond Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    almond cookies looking amazing, Love the idea of rolling down with almond slices. This will definitely give extra crunch. parcel me some please

    1. Thank you so much Bhawana for the lovely comments, I am delighted that you like this recipe. 🙂

    1. Hi Bob, I do agree that chocolate is always a winner. 😉 But if you enjoy almonds you will most likely find these delicious too. 🙂

    1. I am glad that you enjoyed them, Gavin. I guess you could say that they’re “not complicated”. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Isabelle, I am very confident that they will be popular at a cookie swap. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I can’t wait to try these cookies! I love almonds and these cookies look perfectly delicious!

  3. 5 stars
    My granddaughter is gluten free and these are the only cookies she loves! We make them together, we love how easy they are and how delicious!

    1. Thank you Alison, this is such a busy time of year, it’s great to have such a popular, easy recipe. Enjoy! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    If I had to name one type of cookies that I could call my favorite, that would probably be almond cookies. The subtle flavor that almonds add is unmatchable and is truly amazing to enjoy every now and then.

  5. 5 stars
    These cookies were incredible!! I made a double batch and we can’t get enough. Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    So simple, thanks for this recipe. I added 115g sugar (I was aiming for 100g but my son was doing the measuring 😁) and 100g powdered erythritol. Also around 1tsp of almond essence and its not too strong.
    The mixture made around 21 cookies . Absolutely delicious..

  7. 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!

  8. 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. 🙂

  9. 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

    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

    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. 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome. Why is Pinterest blocking it? Makes me mad. Great job Alexandra!

    Monique

    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! 🙂

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. 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..

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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 🙂

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  22. 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. 🙂

  23. 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.

    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. 🙂

  24. 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! 🙂

  25. 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. 🙂 🙂

  26. 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!

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  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)!

  30. 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

  31. 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.

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

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

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

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    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 🙂

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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!

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  45. 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.

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

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

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

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

  50. 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

  51. 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

  52. 5 stars
    i like gluten-free recipes for those relatives who can’t have gluten. this is a great alternative!

  53. 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.

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

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

  56. 5 stars
    These look heavenly! I’m on a keto diet right now and might try with a sugar substitute. Thanks for sharing!

  57. 5 stars
    These look so good! I will be making them for sure! I learned about freezing egg whites. Never knew you could.

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