Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies: quick, easy and oh-so buttery

When it comes to shortbread cookies, it’s all about the texture and crunch, right? Well, today we’re sharing a gluten-free spin on this classic cookie using almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.

We’ve talked about almond flour before and the many ways you can use it in your baking (gluten-free or not), and these shortbread cookies are a perfect example. The almond flour not only helps to keep them light and tender; but its high fat content means we don’t have to use as much butter as we do in traditional shortbread. But don’t worry, even though there’s less butter, these cookies are still every bit as crunchy, flaky and delicious – just like a true shortbread should be.

But most of all, what we really adore about these cookies is that they only require five ingredients. Yes, five. That’s it!

They’re a cinch to whip up, they bake in under 10 minutes, and really it’s just a bonus that they’re gluten-free. So whether you’re new to gluten-free baking or are just looking for a quick and easy cookie, these almond flour shortbread cookies are sure to be a hit. They truly make the most scrumptious dessert (and pair quite nicely with afternoon tea or coffee, if we do say so ourselves). Enjoy!

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies via @kingarthurflour

To start, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine:

1 cup almond flour
3 tablespoons softened butter
3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all of the ingredients together until a cohesive dough forms.

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Scoop 1″ balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet. You could use a teaspoon cookie scoop or just roll them in your hands. Arrange the balls of dough about 1 1/2″ to 2″ apart, then use a fork to flatten each cookie to about 1/4″ thick, making a crosshatch design.

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes, until they start to turn light golden brown on top.

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Remove the cookies from the oven and cool them on the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer them to a rack to cool completely before serving.

Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies via @kingarthurflour

Read, bake, and review (please) our recipe for Gluten-Free Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies.

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Alyssa Rimmer

Alyssa grew up in Vermont, attended the University of Vermont and now lives in New York City, where she bakes and writes recipes for her blog Simply Quinoa. She's been living gluten-free for over four years. Alyssa also authors her own food blog and enjoys ...


    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Shari, we haven’t tried it in our test kitchen, but feel free to experiment! Several home bakers have mentioned in their reviews that they made these cookies successfully with a variety of non-traditional sweeteners. Kat@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Dee! You sure can use the almond meal you have on hand! The main difference between almond meal and flour is that almond flour is typically always made with blanched almonds, while meal can be made with blanched or unblanched. Happy baking! Morgan@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Natalie, if you’re ever looking for the nutrition info on one of our recipes, it’ll be linked in the At a Glance box on the right side. This recipe has 3g carbs per cookie. Annabelle@KAF

  1. Florence Piegols

    What happens if I substitute almond extract for vanilla? Will the cookies be more “almond”y?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      They will indeed be more almond-flavored, Florence! Feel free to give it a go! Kat@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi there, B! We’d recommend storing your cookies in an airtight container for three to four days. For longer storage, you can keep them in the freezer for up to three months. Happy baking! Morgan@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      That’s a good question, Peggy! Unfortunately, almond flour and coconut flour act very differently in recipes, so we don’t recommend swapping them out for one another. Kat@KAF

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