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Soft Almond Flour Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

Almond flour sugar cookies that taste just like the soft lofthouse version, except these are made with better for you ingredients! Both gluten free and paleo too (if you leave off the frosting!). These are UNREAL. 

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Welcome to Ambitious Kitchen’s Cookie Week 2016. I’m going to lay the frosting on thick, brown the butter like no other motha and blow ya minds with these dank ass cookies. Yep that’s right, every day this week there will be a new, delicious cookie recipe complete with a recipe video.

GUYS I’ve been LOVING doing recipe videos because they make the recipes seem super easy, visual and achievable. I want you to be able to make these recipes with success and I’m confident the videos will help get you there.

frosted almond flour sugar cookies on a wire rack

To  kick off cookie week, I made you these delectably soft almond flour sugar cookies that just so happen to be both paleo and gluten free.

But wait! Don’t let the paleo/gf label defer you; these are some of the BEST sugar cookies I’ve ever had. The texture and flavor are incredibly similar to that of the real cookies you buy at the store. Soft, chewy, slightly cakey and a hint of almond flavor.

Can I get a YUM?

frosted almond flour sugar cookies

There are a few tricks to ensuring your cookies come out fabulous:

Make sure you pack your almond flour: Pack it just like you would with brown sugar!

Make sure you measure your coconut oil when it is melted. This is the best way to measure it. Also make sure that your coconut oil is NOT hot when you make the cookies. You need it to be melted and cooled so that you don’t end up cooking the egg.

Let the dough sit for 5 minutes. The coconut oil will need to absorb some of the liquid, so my best advice is to let the dough sit at room temperature.

almond flour sugar cookies on a linen with twine

See how to make the almond flour sugar cookies:

Learn how to make the cookies, by watching my video. If you love it, give it a thumbs up on YouTube!


Now remember, I’ll be back tomorrow with another fabulous cookie recipe. See you then! xo.

More gluten free dessert recipes you’ll love:

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond Flour Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Velvet Chocolate Frosting

Grain Free Snickerdoodles

Grain Free Tahini Brownies

Grain Free Omega-3 Fudgy Walnut Skillet Brownies

If you make this, be sure to leave a comment below, or upload a photo and tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram.

Soft Almond Flour Sugar Cookies with Vanilla Buttercream

4.82 from 11 votes
Course Christmas, Cookies, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo
Keyword almond flour sugar cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 15
Big soft almond flour sugar cookies that taste just like the lofthouse version, except these are made with better for you ingredients. Both gluten free and paleo too (if you leave off the frosting!). These are UNREAL.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar (regular sugar or coconut sugar will also work)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fine almond flour (do not use almond meal)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla Buttercream (optional):
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add in coconut oil, sugar, honey, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Process for 20-30 seconds until well combined.

  3. Next, add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Process until a dough forms. Allow dough to sit for 5 minutes. You can also mix by hand or use an electric mixer, but I find the food processor to be the easiest!

  4. Next use your hands to roll dough into golf sized balls. Place on prepared cookie sheet then flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand or use the bottom of a glass to flatten. 
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to a wire rack and allow cookies to cool completely before frosting. Makes about 15 cookies.
  6. For the frosting: Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla on high until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost each cookie then decorate however your heart desires.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information for 1 cookie with vanilla buttercream: 189 calories | 14g fat | 14.9g carb 1.7g fiber | 11.8g sugar | 3g protein

Nutrition
Servings: 15 cookies
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 138kcal
Fat: 11g
Saturated fat: 4.9g
Carbohydrates: 8.8g
Fiber: 1.7g
Sugar: 6g
Protein: 3g

Recipe by: Monique Volz | Photography by: Sarah Fennel

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