Quick and easy Paleo Spiced Almond Butter Cookies. Just four main ingredients plus your spices to make these chewy, flavorful cookies! And no flour involved.
Oh em geeee it has been MONTHS since I’ve shared some baked cookies with you! … It has though, hasn’t it? I can’t keep track anymore, honestly. All I know is I am swimming in a sea of pumpkin goodies on the blog and I’m thinking these almond butter cookies will be a nice breath of fresh air.
Speaking of fresh air… I was out for a walk in the neighborhood a few weeks ago and some house on the corner ALREADY HAD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS UP. Seriously it was like the first week of October. The house is 200% decked out with a Santa on the roof and all. I mean, fine I guess you’re excited. But what happened to October? And Thanksgiving? Apparently this house is just skipping right over fall and all things Autumn. Shame shame.
I was just talking to Erin about this the other day… How all of this holiday talk is honestly giving me a little bit of anxiety. I mean it was one thing when I wasn’t a blogger (AKA: a normal human being) and I would walk into Target and see Christmas decorations early October… Back then in those instances I was just annoyed. But now that I have this blog it’s making me feel behind schedule ! For example, I am still sharing lots and lots of fall-inspired goodies… But now does that mean I’m behind because I haven’t shared any holiday related content with you? It’s only the middle of October… But I am getting awfully confused with all of these mixed messages from the major markets. I actually really need to go to Target and get some household items but now I’m avoiding it due to the fact I’ll probably be running into winter holiday decorations.
Alright, we need to move on. This conversation I am having is not helping me calm down AT. ALL.
But this stack of almond butter cookies makes me calm. So thankfully we can rely on chatting about them to take our minds off of the approaching holidays. Although… Now that I think about it these almond butter cookies would actually make a good holiday cookie… Ugh I am doing exactly what I didn’t want to do– talk about the holidays. Okay, stopping now.
SO THESE ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES THEN. <– I feel like I have to type in caps to refocus.
They’re unique in flavor thanks to some molasses and… you guessed it: SPICES.
Cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom.
Truly this spice combination should come as no surprise to you. I’m obsessed with basically all spices, but especially ginger, and all things chai. The cookies themselves are made with straight-forward ingredients too. No butter or dairy needed because the combination of the almond butter, molasses and spices gives these cookies plenty of flavor on their own!
I’ve created this recipe as an entry in the Simply Organic Bake-Off, where nine other bloggers and myself have teamed up to share delicious dairy-free recipes during one of the most beloved seasons for baking, AKA FALL.
what you need
The ingredients list makes these almond butter cookies paleo-friendly, and as you can see we’re not even bothering with any flours for this recipe so they truly are really simple!
All you need is one bowl and whisk your ingredients together until well combined. The dough will be quite thick and sticky, so you’ll need to pop it into the freezer for about 20 minutes to chill.
Once the dough has chilled you then start making little dough balls. I used a rounded tablespoon, but you could also make smaller cookies and use a 1/2 tablespoon to scoop the dough.
Next you roll your dough balls into a spice-sugar mixture >> 1/2 tsp cinnamon + 1/8 tsp ginger + 1/8 tsp cardamom + 2 TBS sugar (I used turbinado because the sugar crystals are bigger and it makes for a nice texture once baked, but you could also use regular cane sugar or even coconut sugar again).
You’re going to want to give these cookies enough room to spread, so make sure to space them at least a couple of inches apart.
COOKIE BAKING TIP: Test 2-3 cookies first before baking a whole pan. That way you get a better idea of how much the cookies spread, and you can leave enough room on the sheet when baking a whole tray.
Another note: I tested these cookies a couple different ways. The first time I went without the molasses. I enjoyed the flavor of the cookies, but they ended up a bit dry after the first day. They were definitely tasty, just a tad on the dry side. Ultimately I went with the molasses version for you because they ended up just slightly more moist and chewy in the center, but still crisp on the edges. You could certainly make them without molasses (and keep the rest of the ingredients as is) if you prefer, just be prepared for a drier cookie.
- ¾ cup natural almond butter (I used thick homemade, not super drippy)
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 large egg
- 1 TBS molasses
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- spiced sugar coating:
- 2 TBS turbinado sugar (regular cane sugar, or coconut sugar also works)
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- ⅛ cardamom
- In a medium-large bowl use sturdy whisk to combine almond butter, coconut sugar, spices, baking soda, egg, molasses and vanilla.
- Once ingredients are well combined–dough will be thick and sticky- use spatula to scrape down sides of bowl and form dough into large ball. Cover dough with plastic wrap and pop bowl into freezer for 15 minutes to chill.
- Preheat oven to 350F and line a large light colored baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Make spiced sugar coating: in a small bowl combine sugar and spices. Set aside.
- Remove bowl from freezer once dough has chilled. Scoop a slightly rounded tablespoon ( or ½ tablespoon) of dough and roll into ball between the palms of your hands, then roll into spiced sugar to coat. Place on baking sheet, repeat the rolling/coating process, leaving about 3 inches apart (cookies will spread).
- Bake cookies for 6-9 minutes, watching closely. Make sure your oven rack is set in the middle so bottoms don't burn. My cookies were done at about 7 minutes. 9 minutes will likely result in a crispier cookie. If making smaller cookies, watch cookies after 6 minutes. Cookies will look soft when taking out of oven but will set upon cooling. Transfer cookies to wire rack after 1 minute to cool completely.
-- Nutrition approximate, based on 18 cookies.
- How do you feel about seeing holiday decorations in October?
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