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Easiest Almond Cookies and a Cookbook #Giveaway

Recipe: Easiest Almond Cookies

Summary: Soft, chewy, nutty and just sweet enough, these are deeply almondy delights.


  • 2 cups (12 ounces or 340 g) natural raw skin-on almonds, preferably organic
  • 1⁄4 cup (25 g) finely ground flax seeds (from about 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 or other light-tasting oil, preferably organic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) pure almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water, if necessary


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or spray with nonstick spray.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the sheets about halfway through baking, until the edges are barely golden brown and the cookies are dry in the center (the tops will still be light). Allow to cool completely before removing from the cookie sheets; the cookies firm up as they cool.
  6. Makes 15.


“Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free,” by Ricki Heller. Recipe and photo reprinted with permission from the publisher.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 15
Culinary tradition: USA (General)

Cookbook Giveaway!

Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free by Ricki Heller [1]UPDATE 10-123-13: Deb E. of North Hollywood, Calif. is the winner! Thank you all for playing along, and I’m always on the lookout for good giveaways for my readers, so stay tuned! Sellers Publishing, is giving away a copy of this book to one lucky reader of Shockingly Delicious. To enter, simply do any or all of the following: 

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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review, and the publisher will send a copy of the book to my winner.