5-Ingredient Almond Flour Christmas Cookies

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Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies with red and green sprinkles on white parchment paper

If you’re looking for a delicious and gluten-free treat, these bite-sized Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies are the perfect choice.

With just 5 ingredients and 12 minutes of bake-time, you can whip up a batch of these easy melt-in-your-mouth cookies in no time.

I love these cookies any time of year, and they make the perfect holiday cookie. You can leave them plain or dress them up with any sprinkles to match your holiday festivities.

Looking for more Christmas Cookie ideas? We also love Chocolate Crackle Christmas Cookies and M&M Christmas Cookies if you’re looking to add more cookies to your platter.

These almond flour shortbread cookies are not only delicious but also a healthier, lower-carb alternative to traditional shortbread cookies. The almond flour adds a nutty flavor and crumbly texture and provides a gluten-free option for those with dietary restrictions.

Feel free to get creative with the optional orange zest, lemon zest, or sprinkles to add an extra burst of flavor and visual appeal.

Whether you’re baking for yourself or sharing with friends and family, these cookies are sure to be a hit.

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookie Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (I prefer grass-fed butter; use what works for you. If you only have salted butter you can use it, just omit the added salt.)
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal), spooned and leveled
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (white sugar or any other non-liquid sugar/sweetener works)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (almond extract is nice here, too)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional, if using unsalted butter)
  • Optional: Sprinkles of your choice to decorate
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon orange zest or lemon zest for flavor (I typically do the sprinkles OR the zest)

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star shapes almond flour christmas cookie with red and green sprinkles

Want to see it in action? Here’s the full Almond Flour Cookies Epispide on my YouTube Channel:

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Instructions:

See the printable recipe card below to save this for later:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix the vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture.
  3. Add the almond flour and salt (omit if your butter is salted), and optional orange zest or lemon zest to the bowl. Mix until well combined. You can use your hands to press the dough together into a uniform mixture if you’re not using a hand mixer. (I use this hand mixer that has silicone edges on the beaters, it’s great!)
  4. Take about a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball using your hands. Place it on the prepared baking sheet and gently press down with your palm to flatten it slightly. Repeat this process with the remaining dough, leaving about an inch of space between each cookie. For a festive twist, use small cookie cutters to make shapes (watch the video on this page for reference on how to do this.)
  5. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they turn golden brown around the edges. Once baked, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

The bottoms of your cookies should look like this after baking:

golden-brown bottom of almond flour cookies

Storage:

To serve, arrange on a platter and leave them out for anyone who wants them. If leaving out longer than 4 hours, cover the cookies so they don’t dry out.

These almond flour cookies will keep, covered, at room temperature for up to 3 days and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. I prefer not to freeze them because freezing baked cookies can dry them out, but you can freeze them up to 3 months in an airtight container.

During the holiday season, it’s completely okay to indulge in a sweet treat or two. After all, it’s a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of loved ones. The great thing about these Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies is that they offer a nice balance between indulgence and wholesome ingredients.

You can find more holiday recipes here.

Enjoy your homemade Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies!

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Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies with red and green sprinkles on white parchment paper

Almond Flour Shortbread Christmas Cookies

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 24 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Mix, Make
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Enjoy these delicious gluten-free Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies! With just 5 ingredients and 10-12 minutes of bake time, these buttery, crumbly cookies are made with wholesome ingredients and have a touch of sweetness. Customize with orange zest, lemon zest, or sprinkles to match your festivities or occasion.


Ingredients

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  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt (optional, if using unsalted butter)
  • Optional: Sprinkles or colored decorating sugar to decorate
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon orange zest or lemon zest (I usually choose the sprinkles or the zest)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add almond flour, vanilla extract, and optional orange zest or lemon zest/sprinkles to the bowl. Mix well.
  4. If using unsalted butter, add optional fine sea salt for enhanced flavor.
  5. Roll about a tablespoon of dough into a ball, flatten slightly to create a 1-inch circle, and place on the prepared baking sheet with an inch of space between each cookie. Use a 1-inch cookie cutter to make shapes, if desired.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown around the edges. The bottom of the cookies should be a medium golden brown color.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or keep in the refrigerator up to a week.

Enjoy your homemade Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies!


Notes

  • This almond flour cookie recipe makes 2 dozen (24) 1-inch cookies or 1 dozen (12) 2-inch cookies. You can make the cookies any size you want, just be sure to make all of the cookies the same size so they bake evenly.
  • You can sub the brown sugar with any non-liquid sugar or non-liquid sweetener of your choice.

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Gather your ingredients and give these Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies a try.

Your taste buds will thank you! If you make them, let me know how they turn out in the comments below.

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  1. Melissa Magee says:

    Made these today, they’re super easy and taste great. After the dough was mixed, I rolled it into a log, wrapped in plastic wrap and chilled for about 30 minutes. Then cut the log into equal pieces. They came out perfect! Have you made these using 1 for 1 flour instead of almond flour?

  2. Kara Ryan says:

    The whole family loves them! And they are so quick and easy to make. Even my mom didn’t know they were gluten-free 🙂

  3. Pat says:

    Easy and taste great

  4. Beth M. says:

    These turned out perfect, thank you! We have a new favorite cookie. 🙂

  5. Lerae says:

    I keep having to add more butter because it won’t form into dough consistency?
    I’ve added a bar of butter and it’s still not like dough?

    • Hi Lerae, are you using a hand mixer? You may need to use your hands to grab the dough and form it into balls. Also, is your butter room temperature? 6 tablespoons of butter should be enough to form a dough with 2 cups of almond flour! Use a soft spatula or your hands to see if you can get it into a dough. ~E

  6. Donna Feroli says:

    Hi. Wondering how many net carbs are in these. They look amazing.

    • Hi Donna, I don’t count macros so I’m not sure, but I think you can pop the ingredients into any AI or app and it will tell you. I just did that and it says “0 grams (butter) + 18 grams (almond flour) + 50 grams (brown sugar) + < 1 gram (other minor ingredients) = Approximately 69 grams of net carbs for the entire recipe." That's almost all from the brown sugar, which you can eliminate if you want. If the number is important to you, I'd use an app or trusted sources for you. Thanks! ~E

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