These lemon almond flour cookies are a little crispy on the bottom and soft and chewy in the middle. They are grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free and mix up in one bowl with no mixer.
One Bowl, No Mixer Cookies
I’m a fan of recipes with super easy clean-up. So this recipe uses just one bowl with no electricity needed. You’ll zest the lemon into a bowl. Add the vegan butter and sugar and cream with a silicone spatula (literally my favorite kitchen tool). Mix in the egg, vanilla and lemon juice and mix it all up. Add the almond flour, baking soda and salt and mix. Use a cookie scoop for round, uniform cookies. This 1 oz #40 cookie scoop works well and gives you 30 cookies.
Almond flour, also know as super fine, blanched almond meal is what works in this recipe. “Blanched” means that the brown skin from whole almonds is removed so that the result is a creamy white flour. I do not recommend using almond meal. This is a good gluten-free certified, peanut-free almond flour
Lemon zest (see my post How to Zest a Lemon if you’re not sure what that is) and fresh lemon juice make these cookies a sweet and tart treat. Zest the lemon using a microplane and the zest will disappear into the cookie dough and flavor it perfectly.
Vegan butter is my preference for these cookies and it makes them dairy-free. Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (unsalted if you can find it) works well. If you can’t find the unsalted version, simply omit the salt called for in the recipe. Melted coconut oil can be used in place of the vegan butter if you prefer.
The rest of the ingredients are just the basics – egg, baking soda, vanilla and sugar. That’s it!
Soft and Chewy or Crunchy Cookies?
If you like soft and chewy cookies with a little crunch on the edge and bottom, bake these cookies for 20 minutes. If they are baked for less than that they get soggy and breakable later on. Do you like a super crunchy cookie? No problem, bake these cookies until they are dark golden brown on top.
Make these cookies photo-worthy and even more lemony with a super easy lemon cookie icing. Add a little yellow food coloring – Color Kitchen Foods has natural plant-based powdered colors that are perfect for the icing because it won’t make it too runny.
More Gluten-Free Cookie Recipes
Be sure to check out my full list of gluten-free cookie recipes, including my sugar-free gluten-free medjool date filled cookies, flourless peanut butter cookies with brown sugar, and my personal fav chocolate mint cookies.