Almond butter cookies are a delicious and healthy treat that is perfect for those who are looking for a gluten-free and dairy-free option.
Made with almond butter, which is high in protein and healthy fats, these cookies are a great source of nutrition and can help you stay fuller for longer. Almond butter cookies have a rich and nutty flavor that pairs well with a variety of ingredients, including chocolate chips, coconut, and dried fruits.
They are soft and chewy and can be enjoyed as a snack or a dessert. With their irresistible taste and health benefits, almond butter cookies are a must-try for anyone looking for a guilt-free indulgence.
These almond butter cookies are the tastiest I’ve tried and make a great addition to your regular cookie baking. This almond butter cookie recipe is the perfect alternative if you have a peanut allergy!
Why these Almond Butter Cookies are the Best!
One of the first cookie recipes I ever shared here on Good Life Eats was this recipe for almond butter biscuits.
At the time, my sister was only about 4 years old. She’s 14 now and getting ready to start his freshman year of high school this fall!
When she was just over a year old we learned that he had a severe peanut allergy. For years and years, we didn’t keep any peanuts or anything processed/potentially contaminated with peanuts in the house.
I didn’t even eat peanuts myself because I was worried it get on my hands, or what if he got ahold of my toothbrush or any number of things that never happened but that a first-time mom worries about.
I missed peanut butter cookies. Yes, there were other nut butter options on the market. But, pretty much all of them were labeled as “may contain peanuts” and our allergist said those were a big NO.
One day I stumbled across Barney Butter and I saw that their label stated their Almond Butter was Peanut Free. I had also seen that Blue Diamond Almonds were also labeled as peanut Free.
Most other nuts “may contain” or are “processed on shared equipment,” so I was pretty excited!
Why I Love these Almond Butter Cookies?
These almond butter biscuits have been Good Life Eats family-approved!
Ever since I discovered Barney Butter and Blue Diamond Almonds, I’ve been making this recipe for Almond Butter Cookies.
I have to say, I think I like almond butter biscuits better than peanut butter cookies! They have all that classic taste without the allergen. Almond Butter Cookies are delicious.
We recently made them again, so I snapped a few new photos and thought I’d give it a re-share since It’s been more than 10 years since I first shared the recipe! I have also written an article on Indulge in a Blissful Bite of Almond Joy Cookies.
This recipe has plenty of the usual suspects. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 16 Tbs (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but still cool
- 1 c brown sugar
- 1 c granulated sugar
- 1 c almond butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/2 tsp vanilla
Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Beat butter until creamy.
Add sugars beating until fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.
Scrap the bowl as necessary.
Beat in almond butter until incorporated.
Beat in vanilla and then eggs, one at a time.
Gently stir in the dry ingredients (I switched to the paddle on my kitchen aid mixer).
Add ground almonds and stir until just incorporated.
Roll cookies into 2 Tbs-sized balls.
Place on baking sheets and press each ball twice with a fork to make a crisscross design.
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes.
Edges should be slightly browned and the cookies puffed.
Cool on sheets for 4 minutes before transferring to a cookie cooling rack.
Why Do You Make Fork Marks on Almond Butter Cookies?
Almond butter biscuits dough is pretty dense thanks to the almond butter and ground almonds. The denser dough has a harder time baking through and spreading while baking.
Making the classic criss-cross fork pattern on the cookie flattens the dough and allows for more even baking. Plus, you get nice crispy edges where the fork pattern was made. You can read more about Almond Milk Powder: The Nutritious and Delicious Milk Alternative.
Can You Freeze Almond Butter Cookies?
Make sure you check out my How to Freeze Cookie Dough tutorial for instructions on freezing these tasty almond butter biscuits.
This almond butter biscuit dough freezes extremely well and is the perfect sweet treat for stashing in the freezer.
You can also freeze already-baked cookies if you want to pre-bake a big batch. Follow these steps:
Cool the cookies COMPLETELY! This is super important.
Transfer the completely cooled almond butter biscuits to a freezer storage bag with a zip top.
Label with contents and date.
Layer the cookies flat in the bag.
Remove as much air as you can without crushing the cookies. I like to zip the bag almost all the way, insert a straw, and suck out the extra air.
Tips to Make The Best Almond Butter Cookies Recipe
Always use smooth almond butter. This mixes easily and creates smooth and even almond butter biscuits. Do not use crunchy or natural almond butter, as it will be too stiff.
Room-temperature eggs are a must. Refrigerated eggs firm up the almond butter, which will make it difficult to mix.
Lightly wet hands before rolling into balls. This prevents bits of cookie dough from sticking to your fingers and helps you create a more uniform dough.
Add baking soda. While unnecessary, this helps produce thicker cookies. Another on Nutritious and Delicious: The Best Simply Almond Milk.
Almond Butter Cookies Promotes Heart Health
Almond butter biscuits are high in monounsaturated fats (about 5 grams per tablespoon). Monounsaturated fats help to reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind) and raise HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind).
A review on tree nuts and peanuts concluded that higher nut intake can be beneficial to overall health. The researchers concluded that eating nuts is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as total cancer and all-cause mortality. It also reduced the risk of mortality from respiratory disease, diabetes, and infections.
An earlier study on almonds also showed that they helped lower coronary heart disease risk.
Almond Butter Cookies Supports Bone Health
Almond butter biscuits are high in calcium, which is good for strong bones, normal blood clotting, and proper muscle and nerve function. They’re also high in magnesium, which helps the body absorb calcium.
Magnesium is essential for the formation of healthy bones. Almond butter biscuits make an excellent plant-based source of these minerals to help ward off issues with bone health that can occur on a plant-based diet. You can get more from this video.
Almond Butter Cookies May Help Control Blood Sugar
Magnesium is also essential for hundreds of different biochemical processes that take place in your body every day, such as regulating blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
One study of magnesium supplements found that they helped with blood sugar control in people with diabetes and improved insulin sensitivity in people at risk of diabetes. Another study found similar effects with almonds themselves (rather than magnesium supplements).
Almond Butter Cookies Repairs Cell Damage
The vitamin E in almonds contains antioxidants, which help repair damage caused by oxidative stress. Antioxidants also can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and some cancers.
Almond butter biscuits have significantly more vitamin E than other tree nuts and also have other healthy antioxidant compounds, such as polyphenols and flavonoids.
Did you love this Almond butter biscuits recipe? I’ve tried and made a great addition to your regular cooking baking.
Almond butter isn’t an accurate swap for butter in cookies or any dessert recipe. It’d be best to use a butter substitute instead.
Pre-make the cookie dough up to five days in advance and keep it refrigerated. Let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
While made with almond butter, these cookies don’t have an overpowering flavor at all and taste like any good cookie recipe.