3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies {Keto Option, Vegan, Grain-Free, Paleo}

  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 13 mins
  • Total Time: 18 mins
  • Yield: 12 shortbread cookies 1x


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).



  • 1 cup blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar (see notes for keto)
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a 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 12 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls. 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.


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; Carbs: 2 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: 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 1-1/2 teaspoons of water.

  • Category: Cookies, Dessert


  • 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
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