Healthy 3-ingredient almond flour shortbread, ready to eat in under 30 minutes! They are also vegan, Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, and keto (with one ingredient swap).
Super Easy Almond Flour Shortbread
It is 100 degrees outside, but I cannot help myself: I am ready for fall baking to begin!
School starts next Monday, so I am planning ahead, filling the freezer with quick and easy options I can add to lunches.
Confession: it’s mostly cookies. I’ll get around to savory options soon enough, but I need to be true to my cookie monster self :).
My 3 ingredient almond flour cookies continue to be a hit, so I decided it was time for more of a good thing. Specifically, 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread!
These cookies are tender, teatime-perfect shortbread heaven. They are also:
- Keto (with one easy ingredient swap)
Fast , Easy & Foolproof Grain-Free Shortbread
They are ridiculously easy, and almost foolproof, too. Simply mix together 1 cup of blanched almond flour (not almond meal), 2 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or a keto substitute), and 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil, plus 1 tablespoon water and a pinch of salt.
No Electric Mixer and No Chilling Required
You read correctly: this shortbread cookie dough is made with MELTED coconut oil. No electric mixer required. A bowl, a spoon, and about 30 seconds of stirring are all that you need for the preparation.
Moreover, the dough does not need to chill before baking.
Roll & Bake the Cookies
Simply roll the dough into balls, place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and flatten halfway down (so that they are about 1 cm thick). I chose a fork for my flattening, but a cookie stamp, the flat bottom of a measuring cup, or fingertips will also do the trick.
Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the centers no longer look wet. The cookies will still seem somewhat soft, but that is due to the high amount of fat (almond flour + coconut oil). They will become firm once completely cooled.
Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
That’s it! With minimal time and effort, a dozen delectable shortbread cookies are yours for the eating.
You can double or triple the recipe according to the needs of your household, or the occasion.
Like my other minimalist cookie recipes, the opportunities for flavor personalization are boundless. Some quick ideas to jumpstart your creativity include the following:
(1) Extracts: replace 1/2 teaspoon of the water with vanilla extract, or 1/4 teaspoon of the water with almond, orange or lemon extract;
2) Citrus: replace the water with an equal amount of freshly squeezed lemon, lime or orange juice and add 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon, lime, or orange zest
(3) Spices: add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite spice (you can taste the dough to determine how much; begin with a little add more as needed). For example, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, or nutmeg.
(4) Chocolate: Add 2 to 3 tablespoons miniature chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (sugar-free, keto-friendly options for keto cookies). Cacao nibs are also an excellent choice (they have no sugar and are naturally keto).
Happy baking, and stay cool!
More Grain-Free & Vegan Almond Flour Cookies to Try:
- 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies
- 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies
- Almond Flour Gingerbread Cookies
- Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies
- Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Fresh Apple Almond Flour Cookies
Monday 20th of February 2023
Yum yum yum! These cookies were so good! and they were easy to make. I only had one problem, I didn’t have almond flour so I had to bled my own so it was a little chunky, but this brought out the almond flavor which made it delicous! I’m defintely making this agian, also I only used 2 Tbsp of coconut sugar, because I prefer a little less sweetness. I added a bit of cinnamon, too. Thank you for this recipe!
Thursday 2nd of March 2023
How clever are you, Kaja! Way to make it work! And now you have me thinking about chunky almond cookies... :)
Monday 20th of February 2023
Yum yum yum! These cookies were so good! and they were easy to make. I only had one problem, I didn't have almond flour so I had to bled my own so it was a little chunky, but this brought out the almond flavor which made it delicous! I'm defintely making this agian, also I only used 2 Tbsp of coconut sugar, because I prefer a little less sweetness. I added a bit of cinnamon, too. Thank you for this recipe!
Tuesday 20th of December 2022
These are wonderful! I added finely grade orange rind and a sprinkle of nutmeg. perfect elegant cookies that fit our eating plan, thank you!
Monday 16th of January 2023
Im so glad you like them, Emily! I love the sound of adding orange and nutmeg, so Christmas-y.
Saturday 3rd of December 2022
I believe water, salt & pepper are normally not counted in the ingredient count as they are so basic. Instead of getting caught up in the counting just make and enjoy!
Tuesday 15th of November 2022
I have a hard time finding no/ low sugar cookies in Amsterdam. Oh boy I just made these cookies - they’re divine! Seriously they’re the BEST cookies I’ve ever made, I followed this recipe wholeheartedly using almond meal, melted coconut oil and good quality maple syrup, salt, lemon zest. The cookies have the look and soft crunch. I didn’t wait for them to cool. Thank you so much Camilla. Please keep these effortlessly recipes coming.
Tuesday 29th of November 2022
@Mak, can you tell me how much maple syrup you used please? i prefer using it to sugar. also - the lemon zest sounds like a super addition!
Tuesday 15th of November 2022
Mak, thank you! I am so happy that you decided to give these recipes a try. Enjoy every last crumb!!!