No Bake Almond Cookies

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These tasty no bake almond cookies are packed with almonds, dates and cacao nibs. They’re sweet and delicious as is, but insanely good dipped in chocolate.

Can you believe I came up with this recipe in 2011?! Yup, this recipe has stood the test of time and it’s still one of my favorite treats!

Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 9 no bake almond cookies half dipped in dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.

These cookies required less than 10 ingredients and you don’t have to turn on your oven to whip them up. This happens to be super convenient when it’s 100°F outside!  The flavor of the cookies is nutty from the almonds and almond butter and a bit caramely from the medjool dates. They remind me of my 4-ingredient samoas but with almond instead of toasted coconut!

  • roasted almonds
  • almond butter
  • medjool dates – the medjool dates hold the cookies together and give them a delicious caramel flavor
  • cacao nibs – cacao nibs are the pure form of chocolate and I love the crunch they give these cookies
  • vanilla extract
  • salt – you can omit this if your almond butter is salted (or not… it’s up to you)
  • chocolate chips and white chocolate chips – dipping the cookies into melted chocolate makes them look adorable and taste delicious, but this step is optional
Close up photo of a no bake almond cookie dipped half way in white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.

How to Make No Bake Cookies

The best part about these cookies, in my opinion, is that you don’t even need a bowl and spoon. Just grab your ingredients and toss them into your food processor!

Start by adding the almonds to the food processor and pulse until it’s a coarse almond meal. Add the dates, almond butter, vanilla and salt and process for about a minute until a dough forms. Add in the cacao nibs and pulse once or twice to combine.

Side by side photos of food processors. The first is of the ingredients to make no bake almond cookies (almond butter, dates, almonds) and the second photo is of all the ingredients blended up.

Once the mixture is combined (crumbly but sticky enough to hold together), form the dough into small cookies by using your hands or press the dough out on parchment paper and use a cookie cutter to cut out. Each cookie should be about 1 Tablespoon of dough.

Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and enjoy immediately or place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for up to a week or the freezer for up to 3 months.

No bake almond cookies half dipped in white and dark chocolate on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Dipping the cookies in chocolate is optional and you certainly don’t have to do both white and dark chocolate… just pick your favorite. If you do decide to dip them, I highly recommend Lily’s Sweet chocolate chips combined with a little coconut oil to thin. Simply dip half of each cookie into the chocolate, sprinkle with extra cacao nibs and place cookie back on the parchment lined baking sheet. Once all cookies are dipped, place baking sheet with cookies into the fridge or freezer until the chocolate has set. Enjoy right away or store in the fridge or freezer.

Stack of no bake almond cookies half dipped in either dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.

More No-Bake Desserts to Try:

No Bake Almond Cookies

5 from 11 votes
These tasty no bake almond cookies are packed with almonds, dates and cacao nibs. They’re sweet and delicious as is, but insanely good dipped in chocolate as well.
Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 9 no bake almond cookies half dipped in dark chocolate or white chocolate and sprinkled with cacao nibs.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 18

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw or unsalted roasted almonds
  • 1 cup about 8-10 medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs + more for topping
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, omit if your almond butter is salted

Chocolate for Dipping (optional)

  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips, I used Lily’s
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips, I used Lily’s
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, divided

Instructions
 

  • Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal.
  • Add the dates, almond butter, vanilla and salt.
  • Pulse/process for about a minute, until a dough forms.
  • Add in cacao nibs and pulse once or twice to combine.
  • At this point your mixture should be a bit crumbly, but sticky enough to hold together when pressed. Form the dough into small cookies using your hands or by pressing the dough out on parchment paper and using a cookie cutter. Each cookie should contain about 1 Tablespoon of dough.
  • Place formed cookies on parchment paper. Enjoy immediately or place in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for one week or the freezer up to 3 months.

For Chocolate Dipped Cookies

  • If you want to dip the cookies in chocolate like I did, simply grab two small bowls and add the dark chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate oil into one and the white chocolate chips and 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil in the other. Heat the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. Dip half of the cookies in the dark chocolate and half in the white chocolate. Place cookies back on parchment and sprinkle with cacao nibs. Place in the fridge or freezer to until the chocolate has set.
  • Store any leftovers in a covered container in the fridge for one week or the freezer for a month.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1chocolate dipped cookie Calories: 135kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 4g Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 22mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 8g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: no bake almond cookies

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    75 comments
    1. Mia
      September 9, 2021 AT 9:35 pm

      Could almond flour be used?

    2. Tasha’s Artisan Foods
      July 16, 2021 AT 2:34 pm

      4 stars
      The no-bake almond cookies look perfect. It is a delicious and easy healthy snack with high fiber and healthy fats.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 19, 2021 AT 11:46 am

        Yay!! So glad you’ve been enjoying these cookies, Tasha! Thanks for the review 🙂

    3. Kelsey
      May 27, 2021 AT 7:02 pm

      5 stars
      Once again, a recipe from you that is simple, yummy, and has great-for-you ingredients. Thanks for sharing! My 4 year old & I LOVE these cookies. Oh, AND they look SO pretty too 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 28, 2021 AT 11:16 am

        Woo!! I love hearing this, Kelsey! Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Shauna Angel Blue
      December 25, 2020 AT 11:25 am

      5 stars
      I have made these cookies 5 or 6 times.
      This time to make it easy on myself for Christmas I placed the dough in mini cupcake pan, froze for a bit and then topped with chocolate and cacao nibs. What a great treat.
      Thank you EBF for creating this recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 29, 2020 AT 2:39 am

        You’re so welcome! I’m so glad you’re loving these cookies. 🙂

    5. Jenn
      September 1, 2020 AT 11:14 am

      Can I sub peanut butter for almond butter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:45 pm

        Definitely! Any nut or seed butter will work. 🙂

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