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3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies

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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).
3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies that are Vegan, Paleo, Grain-Free & Keto Option

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!
3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies that are Vegan, Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and have a Keto Option
These cookies are tender, teatime-perfect shortbread heaven. They are also:

  • Vegan
  • Grain-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Paleo
  • 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. 
3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies that are Vegan, Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and have a Keto Option

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.

Simply roll the dough into balls, place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and flatten halfway. 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.
3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies that are Vegan, Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and have a Keto Option
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.
3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies that are Vegan, Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and have a Keto Option

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.

3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies that are Vegan, Paleo, Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and have a Keto Option

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:

  1. 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies
  2. 3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies
  3. 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies
  4. Almond Flour Gingerbread Cookies
  5. Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies
  6. Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies
  7. 3-Ingredient Fresh Apple Almond Flour Cookies
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3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 13
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Tender and decadent-tasting almond flour shortbread, made with 3 ingredients. The cookies are extremely simple to make, as well as vegan, Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, and keto (with one ingredient swap).


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients, stirring to combine (be sure to break up any lumps in the flour and/or sugar).
  3. Shape dough into twelve 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls (I use my small cookie scoop). Space balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet. Flatten halfway (e.g., with a fork, I chose a fork, cookie stamp, the flat bottom of a measuring cup, or fingertips).
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until golden (the cookies will seem somewhat soft while hot; they will firm up as they cool).
  5. Remove from oven and cool on sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Because of their high fat content, the cookies are best stored in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for up to 2 weeks (or the freezer for up to 6 months).

Keto Variation: Replace the coconut sugar with an equal amount of keto-friendly brown sugar replacement (e.g., Sukrin Gold, Swerve). Keto Version Macros per Cookie: Calories: 75; Total Carbs: 2 g; Net Carb: 1 g; Sugars: 0.3 g.

Other Sugars: An equal amount of brown sugar or granulated sugar of your choice can be used in place of the coconut sugar.

Butter and other Fats: If not following a vegan diet, you can use melted butter or ghee in place of the coconut oil. Because butter has a higher water content than coconut oil, I suggest increasing the butter to 2 and 1/2 tablespoons and only adding 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of water.

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 85
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 24.2 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.6 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: 3-ingredient vegan cookies, 3-ingredient almond flour cookies, 3-ingredient keto cookies, vegan, keto, Paleo, egg-free, dairy-free, almond flour

 

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AnneMarie

Monday 5th of April 2021

Would love to make these for my daughter, but like many other gluten free recipes they are almond flour based. Unfortunately, she is reactive to almonds. What other flour would you recommend? (she is gluten, dairy, sugar and almond free)

Danielle

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

I don't know, man. I think I love shortbread too much. I made these with coconut oil and with butter. Neither thrilled me. Both made me long for wheat flour and cain sugar. For someone that cant/ wont cheat, these are a good cookie recipe to try to squash the sweet craving. For anyone that can/will cheat on occasion, there is nothing like the real thing.

Stresa

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Just made these and added a few tablespoons of chopped pecans and Lily’s chocolate chips. Delicious! So easy and I love the texture and flavor. Definitely making these again! Thank you for the recipe!

Shari Schroeder

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Love this recipe! Made them into pecan sandies. Chopped and toasted pecans - prob 2-3 T, but I didn't measure. And 3T of water. I bake for 20-22 mins until the top is golden brown (as opposed to just edges) and they are so amazing. We like very crunchy cookies and that definitely takes more time in the oven. 😁

Tammy Ellis

Friday 1st of January 2021

I made these with butter as the notes instructed (under the recipe). Added a little almond extract. OMG so good. The boyfriend loved them too.

Camilla

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Yum yum yum, glad you two enjoyed them!

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