Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies + video

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Made with just 5 ingredients, these flourless almond butter cookies are chewy and packed with nutty goodness. They get a sprinkle of sea salt on the top, and are a delicious gluten free cookie!

Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies {heartbeet kitchen blog}
Incredible, 5 Ingredient Almond Butter Cookies {gluten-free}

I know what you’re thinking, these are probably just like the standard flourless peanut butter cookies (1 egg, 1 cup pb, 1 cup sugar). I’ve tried those – they’re good, but not great. Average. And I’m not here for average when it comes to baked goods.

They always seem a bit dry and lacked a toothsome bite. Pushing down on them with a fork to make a criss-crossed pattern would cause the edges to crack (like this), which causes anxiety for a slight perfectionist.

These almond butter cookies….. well, they’re the cookie of my dreams! And I do not say that lightly.

Soft and chewy, with ripples of dynamic flavors.
A sturdy edge with a tender dome, making the perfect pillow for your teeth to sink into.
A sprinkle of salt to bring out the nutty sweetness.
Glossy tops with a ribboned pattern.

Even though there are only five ingredients to a recipe like this, little intricacies can make a big difference when there isn’t much to work with. That doesn’t equal difficulty, but more so the science of slightly changing ingredient quantities and technique to drastically change the outcome.

Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies {heartbeet kitchen blog}

So what makes these so much better than all the other almond butter cookie recipes on the internet? 

Leave it to the Brooklyn bakeshop, Ovenly (as detailed by Smitten Kitchen), whose Salted Peanut Butter Cookies bring people in droves, to figure out the magic equation for an incredible flourless cookie like this.

  1. Less sugar and nut butter per egg, rather than the classic 1:1:1 ratio.
  2. The intense softness comes from using brown sugar (molasses adds moisture) instead of white. It adds a layer of caramel flavor too.
  3. That picture perfect height and pretty layers comes from using a cookie scoop (the one with a lever that pushes the dough out) to create the balls after freezing the dough for 15 minutes.

My adaptations were minimal, scaling down the recipe to make a small batch, one dozen cookies, because it’s just two of us. And using almond butter instead of peanut butter. I’m definitely not against peanut butter, in fact I love it, but I love experimenting with the different textures and flavors of nut butters.

And since peanut allergies are so prevalent, I thought almond butter would be an unbeatable alternative. Here’s another peanut free cookie recipe, that happens to be made for breakfast, and these almond butter and jelly brownies look amazing! 

Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies {heartbeet kitchen blog}

How to Make Chewy Almond Butter Cookies:

  1. You’ll mix everything in one bowl, the important thing being the order, which is included in the recipe below. What at first seems like a giant blob, whisks into a sticky ball that slowly peels itself away from the edges and holds it shape.
  2. To get those pretty marks on the top and keep the tall height, pop the bowl of dough in the freezer for 15 minutes, covering lightly with a cloth.
  3. Bake for 18 minutes on middle rack, until lightly browned on the edges and glossy on top (if you use smaller scoop, bake about 15 minutes). When finished, cookies should be golden at edges.
Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies {heartbeet kitchen blog}
5 Ingredient Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

Five ingredients – one bowl – one dozen cookies that are nothing like the standard, in the very best of ways. The vanilla (quality counts!) and coarse salt are super important, so don’t leave them out. Because to every good sweet is a little bit of salt.

If you turn on your oven for one reason this summer, let it be for these almond butter cookies (or these ever popular gluten-free chocolate chip cookies

You could also try adding chocolate chips

Or these, with candied sage that have a beautiful, festive look for the holidays. 

Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies {heartbeet kitchen blog}
Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies {heartbeet kitchen blog}

Incredible Flourless Almond Butter Cookies

These flourless almond butter cookies are easy to make in one bowl, no mixer needed! So soft and chewy.
4.45 from 27 votes
Prep Time :10 minutes
Cook Time :12 minutes
Additional Time :15 minutes
Total Time :37 minutes
Yield: 12 cookies
Author: Amanda Paa

SCALE:

Ingredients

  • 145 grams brown sugar 3/4 cup, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 195 grams almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt + additional coarse salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet (make sure it is not a super dark sheet) with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and egg until smooth and frothy. Whisk in the vanilla extract, and salt. Then switch to a spatula and add the almond butter, stirring vigorously for at least one minute, until the dough becomes firmer and shinier, and pulls away from the sides of bowl. It is a scoopable dough.
  • To get those pretty marks on the top and keep the tall height of the cookies, pop the bowl of dough in the freezer for 15-20 minutes, covering lightly with a cloth. (Make sure it's in a ball so the edges don't freeze way before the middle) Remove and scoop dough using a size 40 cookie scoop, onto cookie sheet.
  • Sprinkle the dough balls lightly with coarse-grained sea salt just before baking. Bake for 17 minutes on middle rack, until lightly browned on the edges and glossy on top (if you use smaller scoop, bake about 15 minutes). When finished, cookies should be golden at edges. Let set on the sheet for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack. Let these mostly cool before eating so the different textures (crisp outside, soft inside) can set up.
  • Store in covered container and enjoy!

Notes

I recommend using a size 40 cookie scoop for this recipe. It makes the best size cookies, and helps them keep their shape. Worth it for so many cookie recipes, to keep them consistent!

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June 17, 2016

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  1. I love these cookies! But I have a question, is the 1/4 teaspoon salt for the sprinkling? Or is it supposed to be added into the batter? Because it doesn’t say anywhere where to add that 1/4. And then next to it there is the sprinkling salt..

  2. Hi,
    Tried baking these and they didnt spread out as much as yours and remained in somewhat of a macaroon kinda texture😞 any ideas why that would be?

  3. What an amazing recipe! I love using almond butter in baking, and cookies with nut butter as a base are one of my favorite kinds of cookies! Can you use a flax egg for this recipe? I wonder if it will work with a vegan alternative!

  4. Got the munchies last night tried this recipe for the first time they are delicious. I would just like to know how many calories are there in each cookie thank you

  5. Made it quickly last night for a late nite snack ;D
    Loooved it. not too sweet n perfectly chewy
    i used palm sugar instead of brown sugar

  6. Wow, these were just amazing! I was skeptical but so yummy and easy! Kinda tasted chewy like they had coconut in them. Hmmm….

    • You should butter or grease the sheet pan then, to make sure they don’t stick. I would also bake one lever higher up in your oven than your normally do.

  7. These cookies were so easy to make and 10x better than I had expected them to be! Very easy to scoop out after 15 minutes in the freezer. One of the best/easiest gluten-free cookie recipes I have tried!

  8. Is there any substitute for the sugar? Honey, maple syrupt, stevia (not liquid), or coconut sugar?

  9. Amanda, I’m quite smitten with the five ingredient feature – it appeals greatly to the minimalistic part of my brain – and it’s a beautiful way to dive right into the kitchen with no delay or excuse! I love the idea of flourless cookies – almond butter is divine. xo

  10. The thing about some flourless cookies is that they’re a bit too crunchy for my liking! Sometimes they’re really hard to bite into as well–yikes! I really think you nailed the recipe on the head. These almond butter cookies look fabulous!

    • Hello! Unfortunately the egg is a must for this recipe because of it’s molecular properties that combine with the other ingredients in just the right way to make these turn out.

  11. These sound like perfection!!! I’ve NEVER been a fan of the standard peanut butter cookie. Boring and dry with a bad texture – NO THANK YOU. But these look absolutely amazing and I would love to try them out. Well done!!

  12. These look amazing. I love the sweet and salty mix in my cookies and I’m in total agreement that the classic 1:1:1 isn’t spectacular. These on the other hand… so so so good. I bet these would also make delicious ice cream sandwiches!

    • Love how you titled these delicious cookies. I made them and wish that I had doubled the recipe because they are so darn good. Couldn’t be any easier with just five ingredients+one bowl=1 dozen scrummy cookies that are soft, chewy and the almond butter flavour totally stands out. Thank you so much for sharing such a fabulous recipe.

    • I usually always have these ingredients on hands so makes it easy to make a quick batch! And no overnight “chill” which is a win in my books. :)