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Almond Butter Cookies with Coconut: Gluten and Cow Milk Free

Updated on May 30, 2016
With or without a coconut topping, almond cookies offer more than great taste.
With or without a coconut topping, almond cookies offer more than great taste. | Source

Cow's Milk and Gluten Free Recipes

Recipes without cow milk products (some of the most common being butter, cream, yogurt, sour cream, and cheeses) are a must for me, but gluten free is a choice that we try to make a priority as an effort to avoid added gluten to foods. When I can work on a great recipe that is free of both, I am a happy camper.

Gluten free, cow milk free almond cookies with coconut--yum!
Gluten free, cow milk free almond cookies with coconut--yum! | Source

This recipe came together as I studied alternatives to peanut butter cookies. Though we don't necessarily avoid peanuts, those who do need to may find that this recipe is one they can use.

Whether you have food allergies or not, I think you'll find this cookie will go on your must serve list when you have to make a dessert plate for special occasions. Waiting for a special occasion would be a mistake though, for they make an easy and yum late night snack!

Almond Butter Cookies with Coconut

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 11 min
Ready in: 21 min
Yields: Approximately 32 1 1/2

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Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almond Butter
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut, set aside
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Almond cookies have healthy ingredients!A beautiful cookie dough!Dipping almond cookie dough into flaked coconut.Coconut on the bottom...…baked up nicely.Coconut on the top...…baked up just as nice!A pretty plate of almond cookies with coconut baked into the bottoms.And a pretty plate with coconut on the top.Can you smell these almond cookies?
Almond cookies have healthy ingredients!
Almond cookies have healthy ingredients! | Source
A beautiful cookie dough!
A beautiful cookie dough! | Source
Dipping almond cookie dough into flaked coconut.
Dipping almond cookie dough into flaked coconut. | Source
Coconut on the bottom...
Coconut on the bottom... | Source
…baked up nicely.
…baked up nicely. | Source
Coconut on the top...
Coconut on the top... | Source
…baked up just as nice!
…baked up just as nice! | Source
A pretty plate of almond cookies with coconut baked into the bottoms.
A pretty plate of almond cookies with coconut baked into the bottoms. | Source
And a pretty plate with coconut on the top.
And a pretty plate with coconut on the top. | Source
Can you smell these almond cookies?
Can you smell these almond cookies? | Source

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the almond butter, sugar, coconut flour, and baking soda together by hand until you have a smooth mixture.
  3. Add the egg to the side of the mixture and beat it in separately until it is well blended, then add the vanilla and mix all ingredients together until smooth again.
  4. Stir coconut flakes into dough until evenly distributed.
  5. Using a teaspoon of dough, make balls and dip into the coconut flakes that are set aside, then place the dough balls 1 1/2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  6. Bake approximately 11 minutes, according to whether you like cookies slightly browned or well browned.
  7. Cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then place on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before serving or storing.

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Side Notes:

If you looked through the photos you saw that I baked one batch of these cookies with the dipped coconut flakes on the bottom and another with the flakes on the top, as well as come without the coconut.

Doing this makes a simple cookie plate more interesting. Each batch baked up beautifully so I imagine that from now on I will be doing this same thing because they made for such a pretty plate of cookies.

If you use sweetened coconut flakes they will brown faster than expected, so watch the cookies carefully during their baking time to prevent burning. I prefer the unsweetened because it allows more of the coconut flavor to come through.

To read more information on almonds, see the benefits of magnesium in almonds, get an almond-poppy seed bar recipe, and read a newsletter from the Outlook (Almond Board of California).

It is amazing to see how well almond flour or almond milk substitutes for gluten and cow's milk products. You might like to check out the videos below to learn more about using almonds when cooking.

A Bit About Coconut

Coconut is a really good for us food with many uses. Even though science gave it a bad reputation a while back people are learning to use it in unique ways. I hope to grow this section as I find coconut information to fill it out:

• Learn about coconut as you check out a fabulous dessert recipe.

• Learn important tips on using coconut flour in gluten free recipes.


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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ezzly:

      Not sure about the healthiest cookies ever, but that rank high in that category and in the yum category. :) Thanks bunches for checking out this recipe.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      These sound delectable and almonds are great for you.Also coconut has any health benefits, dare I say these are the healthiest cookies ever? Voted up and sharing on twitter! Thanks for always writing such inspiring hubs

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      peachpurple:

      Almond butter is comparable to peanut butter. Hope you get to try these yum cookies soon!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      does almond butter cost more than cow butter?

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      ladyguitarpicker:

      Thanks much for stopping by! :) These cookies really are too good and always a nice treat to surprise guests with or give as a gift (but reserve a few for your own dessert). Enjoy!

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, Just stopped by to check out your recipes. I think I will like this.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      peachpurple:

      Thanks for stopping by and for letting me know you like this recipe. Here's a link to help you understand using coconut flour better.

      http://nourishedkitchen.com/baking-with-coconut-fl...

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i never try on co onut flour, thumbs up

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      mumsgather:

      Hope you get to try these soon! Thanks much for checking put this almond butter cookie recipe!

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      mumsgather 3 years ago

      I'm currently on a baking craze. So, thanks for this. I will bookmark it for trying later. :)

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      joedolphin88:

      They are quite good, too good actually, and I hope you can enjoy them soon. Thanks much for checking this recipe out!

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      can't wait to make these, I bet these would be so good.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      DDE:

      These cookies really are delicious. I can't make them as often as I wish simply because I would eat too many! Coconut is one of my favorite flavors, and it's a healthy ingredient in this cookie. Thanks for checking out this recipe. I hope you get to enjoy it soon.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I would try this delicious treat it sounds a great idea and I like to try new recipes. I also like the coconut flavor.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Nadine May:

      Hope you are able to find the ingredients--thanks much for checking out this recipe! Hope you like these easy cookies as much as we do.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow I'm now going to look our for coconut flour and almond butter. Many thanks

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      susi10:

      Thanks very much for leaving all your feedback on this hub! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do. :)

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      Susan W 3 years ago from The British Isles, Europe

      These cookies look absolutely delicious Roberta! It is incredible that you can make such delicious cookies with no gluten. I love baking and these will definitely be on my To-Do list. :) I'm looking forward to making them soon. Voted up+++. shared and beautiful.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for stopping in!

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      Preston and Kate 3 years ago from the Midwest

      Oh wow these look yummy!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      CraftytotheCore:

      Thanks very much for letting me know that this recipe is useful to you. They are just plain yum and I promise you will be glad you are gluten free! I'm thinking through a new GF cookie recipe that I hope to publish before Christmas, but by New Year's for sure…right? :)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      These sound so delicious and look amazing! Recently, I have stopped eating gluten. So I truly appreciate this recipe as I was contemplating whether or not to make cookies at all this year. Thank you for this wonderful recipe.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      JPSO138:

      Hope you get to enjoy this cookie soon!

      Thank you for stopping in and leaving your feedback.

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      JPSO138 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Thank you for this awesome recipe. I will certainly try this at home. I am happy indeed to have read this hub.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      Pinning surely does make it easy to track recipes. I keep breaking my Ways w/ Food category up into more boards for that very reason.

      Since you love almonds, I promise you won't be disappointed in these cookies. Thanks bunches for checking this recipe out.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      These sound so good. I figured I would pin them easier to keep track of the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      MarleneB:

      You are right about this being a great holiday cookie. Easy to make, a bit unusual, good of those who have to be careful about what they eat, and a great gift, I'm already making good use of it. Your feedback is very much appreciated!

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I enjoy all of your recipes. This one is amazing. The videos are wonderful additional aids. This Almond Butter Cookie recipe is great for the holiday cookie jar.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345

      Thanks bunches for all of your feedback here! I've been doing more GF reading and thinking… Hope you this recipe works well for you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Yum, and milk free is a plus! I also am trying recipes that are gluten free and this one is a winner. I am attaching to my coconut cake recipe in return. Now, pour a cup of tea and hand me a cookie! Voted up++

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      suzettenaples:

      I've been wanting to stop for 2 days and take the small amount of time and effort required to make these but haven't yet. Thanks for spurring me toward that goal! :) And thanks bunches for your generous feedback!

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love almond cookies! You have some of the best recipes for foods that I love. How did you know? LOL

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      epbooks:

      Thanks for letting me know that they are appealing to you. Hope you get to enjoy them soon. :)

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      These look fairly easy to make. Hope to try baking them soon!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Alison Graham:

      Thanks for your input on this cookie recipe! Hope you get to enjoy them soon. :)

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      Alison Graham 4 years ago from UK

      Definitely one to add to my recipe list! These look yummy and can't wait to try them. Voted up and pinned!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      vespawoolf:

      Thanks much for your feedback on this post! We've enjoyed the recipe a little too much since I first worked it out … :) Hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      What an interesting and delicious recipe! The little cookies look so beautiful in the photos. I like the idea of using almond butter and coconut flour, besides the other healthy ingredients. I hope to try this soon! Voted up and shared!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      MsDora:

      They are definitely a great combination in this wonderful little cookie--thanks! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      livingsta:

      So appreciate all you feedback on this GF and Cow Milk Free cookie recipe. It was a hit with guests this weekend! :)

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Gluten free and with coconut sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you for this recipe. Voted up, sharing and pinning!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      tebo:

      Thanks for checking this GF and cow milk free cookie out. They are definitely healthier than the average cookie, and they are really good. Hope you get to make them soon!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      AliciaC:

      Thanks bunches!

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      These cookies look great and sound delicious. I use to do a lot of gluten free baking and still do from time to time. I must make these as they must be healthier than your average cookie.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      peachpurple:

      I hope you and your son get to enjoy these cookies together soon. :)

      Thanks very much for coming by and adding your input!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The cookies do look very attractive. I like the idea of combining almond butter and coconut flour. The combination of tastes sounds very nice! It's great to see a recipe for a new kind of cookie. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Ingenira:

      Yes they are! :) Thanks for stopping in to check them out!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      carter06:

      Thank you kindly for all of your feedback on this cookie recipe. Maybe in future hubs we will read of recipes you develop with the almond milk and butter you make!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      BlossomSB:

      Thanks very much for your input! Coconut flour is easy to make and it can be purchased online if it is not available in your area. Hope you get to try these out soon!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love coconut cookies. Most cookies are either vanilla, dried fruits and almonds. Very rare to find coconut cookies. My son and i are coconut fanatics! Thanks for sharing. Love this cookie idea. Voted up

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      rebeccamealey:

      Hope you get to enjoy these gluten free cookies soon! Thanks bunches for coming by and letting me hear from you.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Careermommy:

      Thanks much for your visit and comments!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      The upside downside effect with the coconut was a spur of the moment idea that turned out great. :) So appreciate all of your feedback here.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      kashmir56:

      I appreciate your positive feedback!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      randomcreative:

      Hope you get to enjoy this short recipe soon! Thanks much for your visit. :)

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      Ingenira 4 years ago

      Gluten free cookies, wonderful ! Thank you.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      This is fantastic help for anyone looking for gluten free or milk substitutes..loved the videos & am going to make my own almond milk & butter now & try the cookies.. They sound delicious..Voted UUAI pinned, shared & tweeted..thanks so much..cheers

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      This looks like a great recipe, but I've never even heard of coconut flour before. I'm going to have a look for it in the local health food shops as I'd like to try this. Thank you.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is a wonderful recipe, and I have really been considering going gluten free, too.Thanks!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Claudia Tello:

      Thanks for all your input here!

      You might like to read up on buying coconut flour online or learning to make it at home since it's easy to do, and these cookies are definitely worth the extra effort.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These cookies look and sound amazing! I'm definitely pinning.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds like a great cookie recipe. My hubby does not like coconut in cookies but I know plenty of other people who do! Up & useful votes and will share and also pin to my Cookie board. I like the effect of the coconut on the bottom and also others baked with it on top.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      My Cook Book:

      Thanks much for stopping in!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Vacation Trip:

      So appreciate your feedback on this recipe!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These coolies look and sound so yummy !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      These cookies look delicious and so easy to make! I love recipes with a short ingredient list. Thanks for sharing!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      I am a big almond fan and I would love to make these cookies, unfortunately, coconut flour is unavailable in Mexico :(

      Great poll by the way, good idea to get some valuable info for your next recipe hubs!

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Sounds delicious, great recipe.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      These cookies look great. Thank you for sharing.