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4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies {Grainfree, Vegan, Paleo, Oil-Free}

4-ingredient chocolate almond flour cookies that are rich, decadent, and good for you! They are vegan, oil-free, grain-free, Paleo, & only 61 calories per cookie

close-up of a 4-ingredient chocolate almond flour cookie on a piece of parchment paper

Oh. My. Chocolate.

I can hardly contain my excitement for these cookies, they are so luscious, fudgy, and decadent!

And easy. EASY. As in mix-the-dough-in-under-1-minute easy.

They require no more than 4 ingredients (plus water & salt), too

Did I mention that they are also healthy? Looks like I just did. I’ll get to the specifics in a moment.

Oh, and then there’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious fact that with one recipe you can make umpteen variations. Here’s a brief tableau of blissful possibilities:

cameo photos of the differnt variations for the recipe for 4 ingredient chocolate almond flour cookies

It’s easy to understand my excitement, yes? I hope that it is rubbing off.

These wonderful cookies are great year-round (chocolate is always in season), but are guaranteed to deliver heaps of joy, both to makers and eaters, during the holidays ahead.

Recipe Benefits

Here’s a quick summary of their healthful attributes:

  • Grain-free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Oil-free
  • Paleo friendly
  • Rich in healthy fats (from the almond flour)
  • Rich in antioxidants (from the cocoa powder)

The cookies have a deep, dark chocolate flavor and have a tender yet fudgy texture. Yum!

close up of a chocolate almond flour cookies wih a bite taken out

Ingredients for 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Here are  the four humble ingredients:

You will also need some water (regular tap water). I like to add salt to the cookies (the salt boosts the flavor significantly)., but it is completely optional/adjustable according to your needs.

How to Make 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.

  • Add the water and stir until blended. It will look dry, at first, but keep stirring (do not add more water).
  • Scoop the dough by tablespoons onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. I use a small size cookie scoop to do the job. You can also roll the dough into balls if you do not have a scoop and want perfectly sized cookies.
  • Licking the bowl is strongly encouraged.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes until the surface of the cookies appears dry and small cracks begin to appear. The centers should feel just set when lightly touched with your fingertip.

Hello, gorgeous.

Customize Your Cookies {with Ease}

I have included the six variations pictured above in the recipe, but go ahead and experiment to the moon and back. Here are some other ideas to consider:

Mocha Almond Fudge Cookies: Replace the water with 4 tablespoons of cold espresso or strong cold coffee.

Tipsy Chocolate Cookies: Replace half of the water with the spirt of your choosing (e.g., bourbon, liqueur, rum, oh my!)

Zests, Spices, and Extracts: Add a teaspoon of finely grated citrus zest (e.g., lime, orange, lemon), or a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, or anywhere from 1/4 to 3/4 of a teaspoon of ground spice (chocolate + cardamom is the bomb!).

Can I get a Joy to the World?!

More Grain-Free & Vegan Almond Flour Cookies to Try:

Yield: 12 cookies

4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies

4-ingredient chocolate almond flour cookies that are rich, decadent, and good for you! They are vegan, oil-free, grain-free, Paleo, & only 61 calories per cookie

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (84 g) blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup (37 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 and 1/2 tablespoons (32 g) coconut palm sugar (see notes for options)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Optional/adjustable: 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) water

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, baking powder and salt (breaking up all lumps in the flour and cocoa powder). Add the water and stir until blended.
  3. Drop by tablespoons (I used a small cookie scoop) on the prepared baking sheet, spacing 2 inches apart.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes until the tops appear dry (& are beginning to crack a bit) and are set at the centers.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container at cool room temperature for 3 days, the refrigerator for 2 weeks or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Sweetener: An equal amount of the granulated sweetener of your choice can be used in place of the coconut sugar.

Variation Ideas:[br]
Chocolate Raspberry Thumbprints: Using your finger or the back of a 1/2 teaspoon measure, make a small indentation in each scooped dough mound before baking; filling with 1/2 teaspoon raspberry jam.

Chocolate Almond: Add 1/8 teaspoon almond extract to the dough. Gently press a whole almond into the center of each scooped dough mound before baking.

Double Chocolate Chip: Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of miniature semisweet chocolate chips to the dough before baking.

Double Chocolate Mint: Add 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract to the dough before baking. Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips and drizzle over cooled cookies

Toasted Coconut: Finely chop 2 tablespoons of unsweetened flake coconut. Shape tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in coconut before baking.

Turbinado Sugar Coating: Shape tablespoons of dough into balls and roll in turbinado (raw) sugar before baking.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving Calories 61Total Fat 4.2gSaturated Fat 0.7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 54.7mgCarbohydrates 6.1gFiber 1.6gSugar 3.9gProtein 1.9g

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marissa

Friday 19th of August 2022

theyre rlly good, i added more water than listed and used regular sugar. my family liked it :)

Camilla

Friday 2nd of September 2022

Outstanding, Marissa! And yippee that the whole family liked them :)

Gail

Saturday 30th of July 2022

Seems to me that there are 6 ingredients used.

Camilla

Monday 1st of August 2022

Hi Gail, I am not counting water (assuming that if you are baking, you have running water available :) Just like I would not counting the water for boiling pasta in a pasta recipe as an ingredient). And the salt is optional.

Gayatri

Sunday 19th of June 2022

This recipe is outstanding! Perfect proportions. The only addition I make is vanilla essence. I have made these several times now…hands down my favorite chocolate recipe and everyone I have served it to loves it. Thank you for sharing!

Camilla

Monday 20th of June 2022

Oh wow! Thanks so much Gayatri, I am so happy that you love these cookies!❤️

Lisa

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

I was the only one in my family who liked these. Instead of 3.5 tablespoons of coconut sugar I used 1.5 tablespoons of monk fruit sweetener. It was too bitter for my husband and kids. Oops.

Camilla

Thursday 9th of June 2022

Hi Lisa, I'm sorry the cookies were not to your family's liking. Cocoa powder is naturally bitter, so decreasing the sweetener to a 1/3 the total amount is a pretty dramatic change. But I am glad that you liked them!

Yukti

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

Heyy I made these little babies. I found the cocoa overpowering and sweetness negligible . By what qty would l u recommend increasing the amount of sugar? Thanks :)

Camilla

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

Hi Yukti, I'm sorry these did not live up to expectations. You can try reducing the cocoa powder to 3 tablespoons and adding an extra tablespoon of coconut sugar (or more, to taste).

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