Almond Butter Cookies


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These almond butter cookies are soft and chewy and need just three ingredients to make. They bake in just 12 minutes.

Love wholesome cookie recipes? Try my cashew butter cookies, healthy peanut butter cookies, almond flour cookies, and coconut flour cookies.

almond butter cookies.

My almond butter cookie recipe is a weekly staple in my household, mostly due to the fact that one family member has a peanut allergy, and also, we just love cookies. It’s also why I whip up a batch of homemade almond butter so quickly!

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make almond butter cookies
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More recipes using almond butter
  8. Almond Butter Cookies (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • 3 ingredients. All you need is almond butter, eggs, and brown sugar.
  • No flour is needed. Traditional cookies call for flour, but these are completely flourless. It’s perfect if you follow a gluten-free diet.
  • Ready in 12 minutes. From prep to plate, these cookies take no time at all. Also, there is no chill time needed!
  • Perfect texture and flavor. Soft, chewy, and crisp around the edges. The cookies themselves are sweet and taste even better with some chocolate chips mixed through and a sprinkle of salt on top.

★★★★★ REVIEW 

“Wow, these are delicious and SO easy! I may double the batch next time. I used coconut sugar and thought they were amazing!”Sherri

Ingredients needed

  • Almond butter. Smooth almond butter, not the crunchy type. If I’m not making my own, I like to use Kirkland almond butter (from Costco). It’s affordable, drippy, and tastes delicious. Not a fan of almond butter? Other nut butters like smooth peanut butter and cashew butter work, as do nut-free subs, like sunflower seed butter and tahini.
  • Eggs. Room temperature eggs.
  • Brown sugar. Keeps the cookies soft in the middle but crisp around the edges. You can also use coconut sugar.
  • Chocolate chips. Optional, but take these cookies to another level. 
  • Flavor boosters. Vanilla extract and flaky sea salt.

How to make almond butter cookies

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Make the cookie dough. Add the almond butter, eggs, and sugar to a mixing bowl and stir well. Fold through the chocolate chips if using them. 

Step 2- Shape. Roll out balls of cookie dough and place them on a prepared baking sheet. Lightly press down each ball of cookie dough into a thick cookie shape. 

Step 3- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until the edges are firm to touch. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely.

almond butter cookies recipe.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Always use smooth almond butter. This mixes easily and creates smooth and even cookies. 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, making 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. 
  • For crispier cookies, swap out half the brown sugar with white sugar.

Dietary swaps and substitutions

Almond butter cookies are super forgiving and are easy to customize for various diets or eating styles. You can also try out some tested substitutions: 

  • Make them without eggs, by trying out an egg substitute.
  • For low carb almond butter cookies, swap the sugar for a keto brown sugar
  • Substitute the almond butter for cashew butter, peanut butter, or tahini. 
  • Add mix-ins like raisins, dried fruit, vanilla extract, nuts, or seeds. 

Storage instructions

To store: Leftover cookies can be stored at room temperature, covered, for up to one week. If you’d like the cookies to be kept longer, store them in the refrigerator.

To freeze: Place the cooled cookies in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

flourless almond butter cookies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use almond butter instead of butter in cookies?

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.

Can I make the dough ahead of time?

You can 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.

More recipes using almond butter

almond butter cookies recipe.

Almond Butter Cookies

5 from 1001 votes
These almond butter cookies are soft and chewy and need just three ingredients to make. They bake in just 12 minutes.
Servings: 12 Cookies
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 14 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, brown sugar, and egg until completely mixed. If using chocolate chips, fold through at the end.
  • Form 12 balls of cookie dough and place them on the lined tray/cookie sheet. Place balls of dough 2 inches apart. Press down on each ball into a cookie shape. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden on the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the cookie sheet.


* Coconut sugar or keto brown sugar work. 
TO STORE: Store cookies at room temperature, covered, for up to 5 days. Refrigerate the cookies if you’d like to keep them for up to two weeks. 
TO FREEZE: Place cookies in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 180kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 178mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 23IUCalcium: 85mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 14g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!

Originally published November 2019, updated and republished April 2024

Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 5 stars
    I always buy peanut butter instead of almond as its cheaper. But will make cokkjes using this recipe but with peanut butter. Will it be good?

  2. 5 stars
    This is one of the best keto cookies ever! I have made them 5 times now. I experimented with different sugars and the Swerve Brown sugar is the best for Keto. The coconut Palm sugar is best for Paleo. I also agree that Costco’s Almond butter works the best!
    Thank you for this great recipes and your other ones as well.

  3. 5 stars
    This man is an absolute GENIUS! He truly has unlocked the secret of flavorful keto recipes! Keep it up my good Sir, you are appreciated!

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