easiest almond cookies

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,cookbook review,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes,snacks,Vegan

easiest almond cookies

My extremely talented friend Ricki just published a book, and based on three recipes I have already tried, it is a new favorite! My copy is already well worn, but I have a second brand new copy to give away to one lucky reader today!

I have several more recipes dog-eared to get to soon – from chocolate buttercream frosting and pastry custard to butterscotch chocolate chip cookies and ultra fudgy brownies, this book is full of deliciousness!

The book has stunning photos from Celine Saki:

Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free

Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free, Allergy Friendly Vegan Desserts gives you one hundred recipes free of gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugars. Many are corn, nut and soy free as well.

best almond cookie recipe

With permission from the publisher, today I am sharing Ricki’s recipe for Easiest Almond Cookies.

These cookies are slightly sweet, naturally nutty and chewy soft – they can go from a hearty breakfast coffee companion to a nutty gem to be dipped in melty dark chocolate – mmm. The second time I made these, I added a larger pinch of salt, which brought a nice contrast to the light sweetness.

vegan almond cookie

easiest almond cookies

YIELD: 15 – 20 cookies

dairy, egg, soy, corn and gluten free, vegan

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups (12 ounces or 340 grams) natural raw skin-on almonds
1/4 cup (23 grams) finely ground flax seeds (2 tablespoons or 30 ml whole seeds)
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) fine sea salt
1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar
2 tablespoons (30 ml) sunflower oil or other light tasting oil
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure almond extract
1 tablespoon (15 ml) water, if necessary 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.

In the bowl of a food processor, whir the almonds, flax, baking soda, and salt until you have a very fine meal (it should be the consistency of a coarse cornmeal or fine breadcrumbs, with no large pieces of almond visible). Watch that you don’t blend so long as to obtain almond butter, however!

Add the agave nectar, oil, and extracts, and process again just until the mixture holds together and leaves the sides of the bowl. It should look like a moist dough. If the mixture is too dry, add the water and pulse quickly to blend.

Using a small ice cream scoop or tablespoon (15 ml), scoop the dough and roll into balls; place them about 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared cookie sheets. Wet your palms (or use a silicone spatula) and press down to flatten each ball to about 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating sheets about halfway through baking, until the edges are barely golden brown and cookies are dry in the center (the tops will still be light). Allow to cool completely before removing from cookie sheets; the cookies will firm up as they cool. 

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GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive a copy of Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free – Allergy Friendly Vegan Desserts.

ONE winner, many ways to enter – leave a comment for each:

#1) what is your favorite cookie?

#2) tweet about this giveaway, including a link back to this post (tweet this):  enter to win Ricki Heller’s Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free cookbook from @spabettie –> http://spabettie.com/?p=12031

#3) Pin this post

#4) follow spabettie on twitter

#5) like spabettie on facebook

#6) follow spabettie on bloglovin’

Enter through midnight Saturday October 12. Winner selected via random number generator and notified via email by Monday October 14. Winners have 72 hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

 

 

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1 Ricki October 8, 2013 at 4:28 am

So glad you liked the cookies, Kristina!! Yay! And I just love your idea of dipping them in chocolate–perfect way to fancy ‘em up! Thanks so much for sharing today, and for being part of the blog tour. And excited for one of your readers! :D

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2 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 8, 2013 at 4:58 am

I love flax-y cookies. Who am I kidding, I love all cookies. ;)

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3 Maria October 8, 2013 at 5:49 am

I love any cookie with chocolate in it!

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4 A. Cook October 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

I love Dreena Burton’s You Got Peanut Butter in My Chocolate Cookies (I think it’s from Vive Le Vegan)! All-time fave.

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5 A. Cook October 8, 2013 at 6:40 am

Also I follow you on Twitter (@acooknthemaking) :)

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6 Pia @ Bread and Beta October 8, 2013 at 7:23 am

I love all cookies, but have a particular affinity for gingersnap and oatmeal cookies.

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7 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 8, 2013 at 7:37 am

Oh, those sound fantastic. I love almonds. I think my favorite cookie is a PB cookie but it’s a close call with a properly done oatmeal raisin.

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8 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 8, 2013 at 7:38 am
9 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 8, 2013 at 7:39 am

I follow on twitter

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10 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

And I like you on facebook

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11 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 8, 2013 at 7:44 am

And I pinned ;-)

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12 Alisa October 8, 2013 at 8:46 am

Yum! I make a variation on these cookies. Mine come out looking quite different, but having Ricki’s recipe as a starting point was great!

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13 Ricki October 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Love those variations, Alisa!! :)

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14 Laurel October 8, 2013 at 8:47 am

Okay. I like you on Bloglovin but not because of this post. Too late. Already on there.

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15 Laurel October 8, 2013 at 8:48 am

And I already like you on FB. Hm.. must be a trend?

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16 Laurel October 8, 2013 at 8:50 am

My favorite cookie is a real honest to Gosh, Raspberry Butter cookie, heart shaped, like you get in European bakeries.

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17 Erin October 8, 2013 at 8:52 am

If I want to use almond meal instead of grinding my own would it be a different amount than the 2 cups?

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18 Ricki October 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Erin, yes, you usually get slightly less than double the volume of meal versus nuts. So, if you grind 1/4 cup nuts, you end up with 1/3 cup meal. That means 2 cups almonds would result in approximately 2-2/3 cups meal (if my math is correct!). The easiest way to be sure you’re using enough meal is simply to weigh it–ie, 12 ounces or 340 grams of nuts will still be 12 ounces or 340 grams of meal.

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19 Elle October 10, 2013 at 9:05 am

What a great tip!

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20 Barb October 8, 2013 at 8:56 am

These look delicious! I can’t have flax, can you suggest an alternative?

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21 Ricki October 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Barb, you could TRY 3 Tbsp ground chia or 3 Tbsp whole psyllium husks, but I can’t guarantee the results as I haven’t tried the cookies with either of them. Let us know how they turn out if you give them a try!

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22 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 8, 2013 at 9:16 am

Oh yum – these look fantastic!! I am in the mood for a molasses cookie right now, so that will be my current fav. :)

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23 Leigh Anne October 8, 2013 at 9:20 am

I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! ;)

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24 Leigh Anne October 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

I pinned this post

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25 Heather October 8, 2013 at 9:47 am

Yum! My current favorite is an oatmeal cookie with an add-in of some kind (which varies, according to my mood and the contents of my cupboard ).

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26 Heather October 8, 2013 at 9:51 am
27 Heather October 8, 2013 at 9:52 am
28 Heather October 8, 2013 at 9:54 am

I “like” you on FB.

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29 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

my favorite cookies are chocolate love affair cookies (on my blog)

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30 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

Tweet tweet!

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31 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

I already follow you on twitter!

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32 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty October 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

and FB too

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33 Miet October 8, 2013 at 11:25 am

My favourite cookies are chocolate chip.

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34 Emma October 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

My copy of the book just arrived today! Can’t wait to have a good read through it tonight. I think I’m going to struggle to decide what to start with! The almond cookies look fab.

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35 Laura October 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Well, I’m a huge fan of peanut butter cookies. But oatmeal raisin is second.

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36 Laura October 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I followed you on bloglovin’!

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37 Laura October 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm

And…I liked you on FB.

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38 Anna McD October 8, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Ginger cookies are my fave!

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39 Anna McD October 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I like you on FB

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40 Chely October 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm

My favourite cookies are Almond Thins, followed closely by any type of biscotti. Crispy, crunchy, sweet…

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41 Marianne @Ragdoll Kitchen October 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Love chocolate chip cookies.

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42 Marianne @Ragdoll Kitchen October 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Pinned this post.

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43 Marianne @Ragdoll Kitchen October 8, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Following spabettie on Twitter

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44 Marianne @Ragdoll Kitchen October 8, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Like spabettie on FB

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45 Rho1 October 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Hi Kristina! I am new to baking and in particular vegan baking. I love making vegan chocolate chip cookies. My family and friends devour them and didn’t know they were vegan!

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46 Rho1 October 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I will pin this post as well.

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47 Kelly October 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

followed you on Twitter.

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48 Kelly October 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm

and on FB

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49 Kelly October 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Favorite cookies? lemon coconut, almond, sugar, chocolate chip, oh the list goes on and on.

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50 Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia October 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm

i looooooove scottish shortbread — does that count as cookies or bread?

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51 Elle October 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I love almond cookies…. especially with raisins and nuts. This book looks great!

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52 Elle October 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I tweeted
@eatrunsail

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53 Elle October 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Follow you on Twitter

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54 Elle October 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm

LIKE you on FB

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55 Elle October 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Follow you with Blog Lovin

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56 Elle October 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm
57 jacquie October 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm

oatmeal chocolate chip :)

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58 kokoronagomu October 8, 2013 at 8:12 pm

looks great! if you soak your almonds first that will activate them and make them more nutritionally available.

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59 Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia October 8, 2013 at 8:27 pm

twitter follower :)

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60 Maria @ Little Miss Cornucopia October 8, 2013 at 8:28 pm

i like you on facebook too :)

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61 Teena October 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Peanut Butter chocolate chip. But I pretty much love ALL cookies. Any cookie is worth the eat. :)

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62 Teena October 8, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Following spabettie on twitter

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63 Georgina Collins October 9, 2013 at 5:08 am

This is delicious. I love coconut cookies, like Dreena Burton’s Coconut Pillows. Gotta try Ricki’s almond cookies too!

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64 Cathy S. October 9, 2013 at 5:24 am

I love me a good peanut butter cookie!!

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65 Maura October 9, 2013 at 5:27 am

Peanut Butter with chocolate chips

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66 Cathy S. October 9, 2013 at 5:29 am

I follow you on Twitter. :o)

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67 Deanna October 9, 2013 at 6:55 am

My favourite cookie is Chocolate Chip!! The more chocolate the better!

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68 Deanna October 9, 2013 at 6:57 am

I have now pinned this post too!

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69 Deanna October 9, 2013 at 6:58 am

Liked on Facebook!

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70 Deanna October 9, 2013 at 7:02 am

Following on Bloglovin’

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71 daniela October 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm

I love snickerdoodles and ‘thin mints’ cocoa/mint mix!

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72 daniela October 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

I tweeted you. @wolfelephant3

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73 daniela October 9, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I am following you on Twitter.

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74 daniela October 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I pinned this to my food board. I wonder if this will work well with coconut flour. – Rion & Idara Wolf

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75 daniela October 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I liked you on Facebook. Rion N Idara Wolf

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76 daniela October 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Following on bloglovin. Wolfelephant3

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77 Beth October 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm

My favorite cookie is molasses.

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78 Beth October 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I follow you on twitter @townb

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79 Beth October 10, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I liked you on Facebook.

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80 Beth October 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I pinned this recipe onto my board vegan sweets.

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81 Steel Springs October 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I love chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

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82 Steel Springs October 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I follow you on Twitter (@runsteelsprings).

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83 Steel Springs October 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm
84 Deborah October 11, 2013 at 6:32 am

My favorite cookie is the classic chocolate chip made gluten-free, dairy-free, and cane sugar-free!

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85 Caroline October 11, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Favourite cookie… well, raw is nice, with dates and oatmeal!

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86 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 12, 2013 at 3:32 am

My favorite cookie is a very cinnamony oatmeal raisin!

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87 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 12, 2013 at 3:34 am
88 Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

I liked you on Facebook!

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89 Linda October 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

I love double almond butter cookies.

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90 Tracey October 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

My favourite cookie is the classic chocolate chip.

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91 Tracey October 12, 2013 at 2:41 pm

My favourite is the classic chocolate chip cookie.

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92 Tracey October 12, 2013 at 2:42 pm
93 Tracey October 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I follow @spabettie on twitter

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94 Tracey October 12, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I liked spabettie on facebook

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95 Tracey October 12, 2013 at 2:51 pm
96 Kath October 17, 2013 at 3:20 am

These cookies look wonderful!!!!

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97 Cat October 17, 2013 at 7:53 am
98 Cat October 17, 2013 at 7:54 am

I love Mandelhörnchen (Marzipan crescents), with dark chocolate–all vegan of course!

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99 Meghana October 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm

can i replace agave nectar with maple syrup? or honey?

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100 Elle October 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Dying to know if you chose a winner!

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