If you are looking for an easy and healthy cookie recipe, look no further than these almond flour pecan cookies. They are deliciously soft and chewy, and ready in just minutes. Made with almond flour, these cookies are gluten free, but are delicious for everyone, even if you don’t follow a gluten free lifestyle. If pecans aren’t your thing, simply swap them out for any other nut of choice: walnuts would be great here. You can also add chocolate chips or candy pieces to create a unique spin on these cookies! This almond flour cookie recipe is the perfect base recipe, and then you can make it your own.
The easiest cookie recipe
This cookie recipe couldn’t be easier to make. These almond flour pecan cookies come together in just minutes, and are made with lots of pantry staples. If you have almond flour on hand, chances are you will be able to whip these cookies up in no time! As noted above, simply swap out the pecans for any other nut or cookie addition of choice (walnuts, M&M’s, etc.)
If you are looking for a similar gluten free cookie recipe, this one is delicious as well. It also features no egg!
This cookie recipe is also a great holiday cookie recipe, because of the notes of cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla, and the crunchy pecans. Add colored candy pieces for an extra holiday touch!
What will I need to make these almond flour pecan cookies?
- almond flour
- Here is an example of a brand I use, it comes in super fine texture, and blanched.
- cane sugar
- baking soda
- light butter
- I use this one from Land ‘o Lakes: light butter with canola oil. It is very soft on it’s own, right from the tub, similar to margarine, so there is no need to soften this butter before using it.
- pure maple syrup
- vanilla extract
- kosher salt
All about almond flour, and why I use it here
I had never used almond flour prior to a few months ago. Almond flour is made with one ingredient: almonds. It is ground up almonds, forming a fine powder, like flour. Once I learned that, I was less intimidated by the concept of using it for recipes.
I find almond flour to be so ideal when baking sweet treats (like these Guiltless Almond Flour Brownies or Light Peach Cake with Almond Flour). The texture and flavor of almond flour really gives baked goods the moist, almost crumbly texture we often look for in treats. I really love working with it for recipes like this.
There are different kinds of almond flours: blanched, super fine. The one I use here is super fine and blanched, but any variation should work perfectly. If you find that your almond flour is a little clumpy, you can sift it out before mixing it with the other ingredients.
You can find almond flour in health food stores (like Whole Foods or specialty markets) or in the organic section of your regular supermarket.
How to make these almond flour pecan cookies
Start off by preheating your oven to 350F.
Next, in a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, baking soda, egg, cinnamon, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Then, fold in the almond flour to form cookie dough. Finally, fold in the pecans.
This recipe makes 16 cookies; using a small cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough and place them on a sprayed baking sheet. Top with a sprinkle more of chopped pecans on each cookie, and a tiny pinch of kosher salt. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until golden brown (they will still be soft). For a crunchier cookie, bake for a few minutes longer or to your desired texture.
Let the cookies cool before removing from the sheet pan.
After the cookies cool, you can leave them on the counter for a day or two (if they last that long!), or store them in the fridge.
Almond Flour Pecan Cookies
- mixing bowl
- baking sheet
- 1 3/4 cup almond flour
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup light butter, used: Land 'o Lakes with Canola Oil
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/3 cup cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- non-stick cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a mixing bowl, add the egg, butter (softened, not melted), sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract.
- Whisk to combine thoroughly.
- Add the almond flour to the mixture, combine thoroughly.
- Fold in the chopped pecans.
- Spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Using a small cookie scoop, form 16 equal-sized balls of dough on the sheet.
- Sprinkle each cookie with a pinch more chopped pecans, and a tiny pinch of kosher salt.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown (the cookies will still be soft). For crunchier cookies, bake longer until to your desired texture.
- Let the cookies cool before removing from the sheet pan.
- 4 WW points per cookie (all plans)
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