Shortbread Almond Flour Cookies

Add these Shortbread Almond Flour Cookies to the menu for your next get together! These shortbread cookies are buttery, gluten free, and easy to whip up in no time. Enjoy!

Decorated shortbread almond flour cookies

The Best Shortbread Cookies

Can’t get in the holiday mood? Try baking some cookies! I have arrived home a couple nights this week to the sweet scent of cookies baking in the oven. The lights on our Christmas tree are on and I am reminded it’s the holiday season.

Shortbread cookies dipped in chocolate on a plate

No matter if you celebrate a holiday this time of year or not, tis’ the season for baking and being cozy. We have developed some pretty delicious cookie recipes this holiday season, like these Hot Cocoa Cookies and Healthy Holiday Buckeye Recipe. You just can’t go wrong!

Sugar vs. Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread almond flour cookies are SUPER simple to make. Many people ask the question: what the difference is between sugar cookies and shortbread cookies? Sugar cookies (like our Christmas Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cutouts) are generally a bit sweeter. Shortbread cookies tend to be a bit thicker and drier, and when I think of shortbread cookies, I think an almond extract flavor.

A log of shortbread cookie dough in saran wrap

Pro Tips for Almond Flour Cookies

We used almond flour and almond extract in these shortbread cookies because we wanted them to be accessible to everyone! Even if you do enjoy a little bit of gluten in your diet, you won’t miss it when you take a bite of these delectable almond flour cookies.

Let the Dough Set

The key to making these cookies is giving the dough enough time to set up in the fridge. Once you slice them into rounds and bake them, you have the very important job of deciding how you are going to decorate them.

Decorate like a Champ

We went for red and green sprinkles for obvious reasons. However, we also threw in some slivered almonds because they’re beautiful. Feel free to dip these delicious cookies and chocolate and let them be, they are just as tasty!

Shortbread almond flour cookie dough in a log

More Cookies


Easy Shortbread Log

Add these Shortbread Almond Flour Cookies to the menu for your next get together! These shortbread cookies are buttery, gluten free, and easy to whip up in no time. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 52 minutes
Author: Linley Richter
Yield: 10 cookies 1x
Category: American
Method: Oven
Cuisine: Dessert


  • 2.5 cup almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Layer

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Sprinkles or nuts (optional)


  1. First, place all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix. When ingredients are combined, use your hands to form the dough into a log (about 1.5 inches in diameter).
  2. Roll your shortbread log into a piece of plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
  3. While your shortbread log is in the fridge, preheat oven to 350ºF and spray a baking sheet with coconut oil spray or cover with parchment paper.
  4. Remove your shortbread log from the refrigerator and slice into 1/4 thick rounds. Repeat until you have cut through the whole log.
  5. Place cookies on baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  7. Place chocolate chips and coconut oil into a small bowl and melt in the microwave or a double boiler.
  8. Next, dip half of a shortbread cookie into the melted chocolate. Let access chocolate drip from the cookie and then sprinkle melted chocolate with sprinkles, nuts, or whatever topping you prefer! Repeat until all shortbread cookies are gone.
  9. Let cool completely. Serve or store in the freezer.


  • Serving Size: 1/10
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 67
  • Fat: 12
  • Carbohydrates: 14
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 2
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