My Almond Cookies are an easy and delicious recipe to make, and best of all, they are both gluten-free and dairy-free.
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.
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.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
This is a great way to use egg whites which may be leftover from recipes which require egg yolks only.
My Almond Cookies are quickly and easily made. They are so simple to make that I believe they are foolproof.
They are ideal for those who have baking experience. Additionally, if you lack experience these will be a great confidence booster.
Being both gluten-free and dairy-free they are suitable for many people with specific dietary requirements.
You can freeze the Almond Cookies both prior to baking and after. This is a great advantage around the festive season. You can freeze them for one month.
If freezing those which are baked, ensure that you freeze them on a baking tray, covered with cling wrap so they don’t dry out.
Ensure that they are not touching each other and when frozen transfer them to an airtight, freezer container.
Similarly, if you have rolled them you can freeze them individually, on a baking tray and covered with cling wrap, before storing in an airtight, freezer container.
Ingredients in this recipe:
Please see the recipe card further along in the post for exact quantities of ingredients and the full method.
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. 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.
Caster/Superfine Sugar – this sugar dissolves more readily than granulated sugar. 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.
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. See below for some ways to use up the egg yolk! If you are looking for an egg free option, try my Vegan Almond Cookies.
Flaked Almonds – adds great texture to the outside of the Almond Cookies.
Almond Essence/Extract – use a pure version for the best flavour.
Step by Step Instructions:
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.
Place on a baking tray, and lightly press down to flatten.
Bake until the cookies are lightly browned. Allow to cool, and enjoy!
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.
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.
Yes! You can freeze the Almond Cookies both prior to baking, and after! I have tried both methods and they are delicious either way.
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.
More delicious recipes for you to try:
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:
- Classic Key Lime Pie
- Lemon Curd
- Creamy Lemon Pie
- No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
- Or, make a custard or use as an egg wash on pastry!
More delicious biscuit and cookie recipes for you to try:
- Gluten-Free Caramel Cookies
- Pecan Puffs
- Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chewy Amaretti Cookies
- Jam Shortbreads
- Toffee Crisps
- Coffee Almond Cookies
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!
Gluten-Free Almond Cookies
- 3 cups (300 g) almond meal or flour – spooned into the cup, loosely packed See Note 1
- 1 cup (220 g) caster/superfine sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon almond essence or to taste
- 3 large egg whites
- 1 cup flaked almonds
- icing sugar to dust optional
For accuracy, we recommend weighing your ingredients. This will produce the best results.
- 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 ¼ 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. The cookies can also be frozen – see Note 3.
Almond meal and almond flour are similar ingredients. Both are made from finely ground almonds but one is made from blanched almonds which have had the skins removed and one from the whole almond. Blanched almond meal has a fine texture, the one made from the whole almond has a coarser texture and darker colour due to the skin. Often, the one made from blanched almonds will be labelled almond flour but this is not always the case. The names are often used interchangeably. I recommend that you select the product by whether they are blanched or unblanched rather than by meal or flour.
Both are able to be used in this recipe, but the colour will vary if you use the whole almond variety.
- All ovens vary in temperature slightly, and as such we have provided a time range for doneness on this recipe.
- The Almond Cookies freeze well – once baked, allow them to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to three months. If you prefer to freeze them raw, once the cookies are shaped, don’t roll them in almond flakes. Put them in an airtight container, and when ready to bake, allow them to defrost, then roll in almond flakes and bake.
- Please note, the nutritional information is based on one cookie. Please note, the nutritional information is an estimate only.
The nutritional information is an estimate only, and is derived from online calculators. For accurate results, we recommend calculating the nutritional information based on the ingredients and brands you use.
Oh my goodness. Fab-u-lous! I was worried when I read chewy, but I needed something gluten free to take to a friend in a hurry. MAN am I gonna make these again!
Thank you for your lovely comments on the GF Almond Cookies. I am delighted that you enjoyed them and appreciate that you took the time to let me know. 🙂
I loved these! I had doubts that 3 egg whites would be enough to produce a moist dough, but I was proved wrong. It was perfect and I can’t wait to experiment with different flavorings. The orange zest suggestion sounds like a great complement.
Hi Pam, I am so pleased that you enjoyed the GF Almond Cookies; they are a favourite of mine also. So simple and so delicious. Thank you for your feedback. 🙂
These were really good. Best the next day as they were more chewy. I took them to a memorial and everyone really liked them. And they made the GF folks happy. Thank you.
Hello Martie, I am delighted to hear that you and your friends enjoyed the GF Almond Cookies. Thank you for taking the time to let me know. 🙂
This is one of the best recipes – I make them all the time. We are going to a friend’s place for lunch tomorrow and when I said I would bring sweets, they requested these. Tks Alex
Hello Margaret, thank you so much for your lovely comments on the GF Almond Cookies. I am so pleased that you and your friend enjoy them and I appreciate that you took the time to let me know. 🙂
Brilliant recipe thank you,I have just made them so looking forward to trying them out 💕
Hello Maureen, thank you for your lovely comments on the GF Almond Cookies. I hope you are enjoying them, they are a favourite of mine. 🙂
I am planning to make your GF Almond Cookies for Christmas – please, how far ahead could I make them without having to freeze them
I would say for them to be at their absolute best, 3 days before would be ideal.
Hope you will enjoy them!
Kind regards, Alex
Thank you Alex – will do – they look like they will become a family favourite. Will let u know. Much appreciated. Merry Christmas
Thank you, Lyn! Merry Christmas to you also 🙂
Lyn de Kauwe
Thank you Alex – made your GF Almond Cookies last evening – absolutely delicious, easy to make – I love love them. Will serve them at my Christmas Eve gathering – am sure they will all enjoy them too. Thank you again. Lyn
So happy to hear, Lyn – thank you so much for letting me know. Merry Christmas!
love these cookies , I’m wanting to know if I can use something other than almond essence I’m not a big fan of it ???
So happy you love the cookies 🙂
You could just omit the almond essence, or add a little vanilla essence if you prefer. You could also add some fresh lemon or orange zest.
Kind regards, Alex
Hi Alex! We’ve been making these cookies several times a month because they’re that good. They come out perfect every time and they’re so easy to make. After trying several versions online, these are the best hands down!
Hi Miranda, thank you so much for your fantastic feedback on the GF Almond Cookies. I am delighted to hear how much you enjoy them and have been making them frequently. I appreciate that you took the time to contact me. 🙂
These have become a new favorite cookie. It’s my go to recipe for when I want something sweet and chewy with crisp edges. It has the perfect texture! So good!
Hi Mia, I am so pleased that you enjoy our GF Almond Cookies. Thank you so much. They are a favourite of mine also. 🙂
5 stars! I highly recommend you try these almond cookies! You won’t regret it. They’re so delicious that I can’t stop eating them and it’s great for any almond lover. I’ve dipped them in chocolate too and it’s even better. Give these a try!
Hi Jessica, thank you so much for your fantastic feedback on the GF Almond Cookies. I am thrilled to hear how much you enjoy them – what a great idea to dip them in chocolate! 🙂