Almond Butter Espresso Cookies

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These almond butter espresso cookies are the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. They’re super easy to whip up and require only six ingredients and one bowl. Plus, they’re flourless, vegan and gluten-free!

The holidays have me in a baking mood so this week I decided to remake an old cookie recipe I posted back 2011 so I could update the photos and republish them. I’m so glad I did because these almond butter espresso cookies are way too good to be collecting dust back in the archives.

A stack of almond butter espresso cookies on a plate.

Using Almond Butter to Replace Flour

These cookies are quite different from any other holiday cookie recipe I’ve made and I’m obsessed. There’s no flour (not even coconut flour or almond flour), no oil or butter and no dairy. If you’ve never tried using almond butter as a substitute for flour, you have to try these cookies! It’s crazy how well almond butter works as a flour substitute in baked goods like with these flourless pumpkin muffins and flourless zucchini muffins.

The outside edges are perfectly crunchy while the middle has a bit of chew. If you know me, you know I’m all about the crunch with baked goods so these cookies are perfection.

Plus, I’m loving the almond butter espresso flavor combo. It reminds me of breakfast! Not only are these cookies flourless, but they’re super easy to whip up, require only 6 ingredients and are vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients measured out to make almond butter espresso cookies: organic sugar, vanilla, baking soda, almond butter, ground flax and ground espresso.

Like I mentioned above, you only need six simple ingredients and if you’re like me you probably have all of the ingredients to make these cookies sitting in your kitchen right now!

  • creamy almond butter – look for a brand with just one or two ingredients (almonds and salt). One of my favorite brands is Wild Friends (use the code EBF10 for 10% off your order).
  • sugar – I used organic white sugar in this recipe, but coconut sugar will work as well.
  • instant espresso – finely ground coffee works as well.
  • baking soda – a leavening agent.
  • vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
  • flaxseed egg – mix 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 Tablespoons water and set aside for a few minutes to let it gel up. Check out my full post on how to make a flaxseed egg.
An overhead photo looking down at a plate of almond butter espresso cookies. Extra cookies are scattered around the plate alongside a bowl of coffee beans and a mug of hot cocoa.

Substitutions & Notes

  • almond butter – I’m assuming you can swap with any nut or seed butter, but I’ve only tested the recipe with almond butter. If you try a different nut butter, let me know in the comments.
  • flaxseed egg – if these cookies don’t need to be vegan you can use a regular egg in place of the flaxseed egg if you’d like.
  • sugar – as a sub to regular sugar you can use coconut sugar instead. I wouldn’t swap it with a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey.
A stack of almond butter espresso cookies on a plate. A mug of hot cocoa is next to the plate.

Start with making your flaxseed egg by mixing the ground flaxseed with water and set aside. The mixture will gelatinize to an egg-like consistency.

Side by side photos of a mixing bowl with ingredients for almond butter espresso cookies, before and after being mixed.

In a large bowl, mix together the almond butter and sugar until well combined. Add in the flaxseed egg, espresso, baking soda and vanilla extract and mix until combined. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to place 1 Tablespoon of cookie dough on a baking sheet – make sure you place them about 2 inches apart because they will spread!

Side by side photos of espresso cookies on a cookie sheet, before and after being baked,

Bake at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on a pan for 3-5 minutes before gently transferring the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

An overhead photo of a plate containing almond butter espresso cookies.

How to Store Homemade Cookies

After letting your cookies cool completely, I recommend storing them in an airtight container. They’ll last a few days on the countertop, a week in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I love making these in advance, freezing them and then serving during the holidays!

Be sure to check out all of my holiday cookie recipes and cookie recipes here on EBF!

Almond Butter Espresso Cookies

4 from 55 votes
These almond butter espresso cookies are the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy. They're super easy to whip up and require only six ingredients and one bowl. Plus, they're flourless, vegan and gluten-free!
An overhead photo looking down at a plate of almond butter espresso cookies. Extra cookies are scattered around the plate alongside a bowl of coffee beans and a mug of hot cocoa.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup creamy almond butter
  • ¾ cup organic sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon finely ground espresso
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg, or regular egg

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Line your cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  • Make flaxseed egg by combining 1 Tablespoon ground flax with 3 Tablespoons of water in a small bowl. While the flaxseed egg gels up, use a large bowl to mix together the almond butter, sugar. Add flax egg, espresso, baking soda and vanilla and mix until combined.
    A mixing bowl with almond butter espresso cookie dough.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to place about 1 Tablespoon of cookie dough on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Cookies will spread!
    A sheet pan with almond butter espresso cookie dough evenly placed in three rows and four columns.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on pan for 3-5 minutes on the cookie sheet before gently transferring cookies from sheet to a cooling rack with a spatula.
    A sheet pan with freshly baked almond butter espresso cookies.
  • They will harden up while cooling. Once completely cool you can transfer them to a storage container.

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Notes

  • Almond butter – I’m assuming you can swap with any nut or seed butter, but I’ve only tested the recipe with almond butter. If you try a different nut butter, let me know in the comments.
  • Flaxseed egg – if these cookies don’t need to be vegan you can use a regular egg in place of the flaxseed egg if you’d like.
  • Sugar – as a sub to regular sugar you can use coconut sugar instead. I wouldn’t swap it with a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie Calories: 89kcal Carbohydrates: 10g Protein: 2g Fat: 5g Sodium: 49mg Potassium: 83mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 8g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond butter espresso cookies

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    80 comments
    1. MARIE-JOSEE GODIN
      January 4, 2022 AT 3:52 pm

      A question about the coffee, can I use regular coffee or does it need to be instant? Can’t wait to bake these, my 2 favorite flavours combined!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 4, 2022 AT 6:54 pm

        You can use finely ground coffee if that’s all you have on hand.

    2. kathy
      December 16, 2021 AT 1:05 pm

      Oh my goodness, these sound good. I can’t have almonds, so do you think Sunflower butter would be good subtitute? I can’t have peanut butter either. Also this may be a dumb question but is 1 TBL. of expresso the same as 1 TBL. ground coffee?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 16, 2021 AT 3:40 pm

        Hey Kathy – Any nut or seed butter should work just fine, but it might change the flavor of the cookies a tad. Keep me posted how they turn out!! Also, yes you can use finely ground coffee instead of the instant espresso if that’s what you have on hand.

    3. Emily
      December 16, 2021 AT 9:41 am

      I made these last night and they came out awesome! I ended up adding vegan chocolate chips (yum) and using a 1/2 tablespoon scoop instead 🙂 When I used the full tablespoon they were too big and melted into each other lol

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 16, 2021 AT 1:19 pm

        Happy to hear these cookies were a success, Emily. Thanks for letting me know about your substitutions and that they worked for you!

    4. Jane
      December 9, 2021 AT 9:14 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious! Made with an egg, almond butter & coconut sugar. Love the simplicity and the crunch!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2021 AT 1:41 pm

        Woo!! Happy to hear these cookies were a success, Jane. Thanks for the review!

    5. Emily Everman
      December 8, 2021 AT 5:08 pm

      5 stars
      So yummy! I made two batches and I think I overcooked the second batch a bit. They were all crunch and not chewy like the first batch.

      I also made them with peanut butter and brown sugar. Both substitutions seemed to work really well! I of course added some chocolate chips too, haha 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 9, 2021 AT 10:39 am

        Happy to hear you enjoyed these espresso cookies, Emily! Sorry to hear you overcooked the second batch, but glad they were still yummy. Thanks for the review!

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