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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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  • 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


  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.

Will you try this almond butter cookie recipe?

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      These cookies look great. Thank you for sharing.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Sounds delicious, great recipe.

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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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      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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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      These coolies look and sound so yummy !

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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