Almond Butter Cookies with Fleur de Sel

by Jen on June 10, 2013

*These Almond Butter Cookies are vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and protein-packed.*

You didn’t think I’d go a while without posting something sweet, did you? Of course not. You know me; I can’t help having a treat here and there. “In moderation” is always my philosophy…and nowadays, I try to make my treats a little healthier by reducing or cutting out refined sugar; or by baking with gluten-free flours whenever possible.

Today’s cookie recipe is from Gwyneth Paltrow’s second cookbook, “It’s All Good.” It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and animal product-free (it’s vegan). It tastes like a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie, minus most of the junk. So, all in all, the cookbook = not-so-good reviews from the best food critics. The cookies from the cookbook = thumbs up from the worst critics – my family!

If you’re on a diet or eating “clean” but are desperate for a treat, better to cheat with these than anything else. C’mon, don’t tell me you don’t cheat? Well, just in case you did cheat, cheat wisely and cheat with better treats like these. Half the guilt, double the goodness!

5.0 from 4 reviews
Almond Butter Cookies with Fleur de Sel
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Serves: 20 to 24 cookies
Recipe from It's All Good cookbook by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen. Published by Grand Central Life & Style / Hachette Book Group, New York, 2013.
  • 170 grams (1-1/2 cups) gluten-free flour
  • 2 grams (3/4 tsp) xanthan gum [if your gluten-free flour does not include xanthan gum]
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 grams (1 tsp) baking powder
  • 250 ml (1 cup) raw almond butter
  • 250 ml (1 cup) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • coarse sea salt flakes for garnishing [I used Maldon]
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicon mat.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, fine sea salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: almond butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  4. Throughly combine the wet and the dry ingredients until smooth.
  5. Using two spoons or your bare hands, form the dough into small balls, each about the size of a rounded tablespoon.
  6. Place them on the cookie sheet, 2 inches apart, so they will have room to expand.
  7. Wet your palms with water and press down on each cookie, smoothing the edges so each is a nice disk.
  8. Sprinkle each cookie with some sea salt flakes.
  9. Keep one tray in the fridge while you bake the first batch. I find the results much better when the cookies are baked one tray at a time.
  10. Bake in the middle rack until cookies are fragrant and just firm, about 10 to 12 minutes.
  11. Let them cool on a rack before serving.


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

CCU June 10, 2013 at 4:37 am

These cookies look heavenly, so delicious :D
I want to cheat with these on a diet!



Tina Ong June 10, 2013 at 7:45 am

I don’t really cheat with my sweets; for me, it’s got to be the real thing, or nothing. But I’d eat these anytime.


Andi June 10, 2013 at 8:39 am

These look amaaaaaazing!


Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 10, 2013 at 11:22 am

I love almond butter and I’d love to try a few of these cookies for my Monday morning snack! ;)


The Café Sucre Farine June 10, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Love that these are healthy but they certainly look delicious! Great combination!!


Jean | Lemons & Anchovies June 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Now I have another use for my homemade almond butter. Yum! Your cookies look perfect!


Valerie June 10, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Ok, I need a batch of these beautiful, clean, cookies to cancel out the heavy-duty peanut butter cookies I just made. :D (May I borrow your photo props!)


Heather June 11, 2013 at 1:44 pm

These look so tasty- I love a crunchy cookie!


Patty June 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

What a great cheat!! If I go on a diet, which I need to, I would already be planning on cheating…and these cookies would be tops on my list ;-) Your photos are beautiful ;-)


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 12, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I am forwarding these to a friend right now – we were just talking about her needing a gluten free cookie recipe that didn’t have any refined sugar in it!


Kiran @ June 13, 2013 at 12:24 am

Delicious looking cookies!! And I love your styling — so so gorgeous :)


Kankana June 14, 2013 at 12:23 am

I love how all the cookies are almost exact same size. Mine never turns out that pretty! Beautiful.


Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} June 15, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I just bought her book a few weeks ago and need to starting making some things from there. You made a great selection. Can’t believe they are healthy cookies and I can only imagine that they did not last long in your house. Hope you are having a terrific weekend.


Raymund June 16, 2013 at 3:33 am

For some reason I feel this is like an even better version of peanut butter cookies, love nutty biscuits


The Café Sucre Farine June 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

I love everything about this; the name of the cookies, the photos and how enticingly delicious they look! Great job!


sippitysup June 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

They certainly are pretty cookies in your able hands. GREG


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic June 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I can eat almond butter by the spoonful straight from the jar hehe so I know I would love these cookies! Especially with fleur de sel, yum!


Nami | Just One Cookbook June 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm

These guilt-free (or guilt-less) cookies sound very tempting! I love almond butter and I can only imagine how delicious these are (GF and refined sugar free or not!). :)


mina June 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I’ve been meaning to buy GP’s new book, but haven’t gotten around to it. Thanks for the reminder! These look delicious.


Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking June 24, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Oh Jen those sound so perfect, great recipe and pictures are tempting…I would love to have some with my afternoon tea. Have a lovely week sweetie!!!!


Amy (Savory Moments) June 25, 2013 at 5:37 am

Your cookies turned out perfectly! I love, love using maple syrup in my baking and I bet it pairs perfectly with the almond butter.


Jen @ Savory Simple June 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I love the ingredients in these cookies! They look wonderful.


amy @ fearless homemaker June 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

These look wonderful! Love that there’s still room in the world of healthy eating for a treat or two. =)


Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen June 30, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I have made these cookies several times and love them. Your photos are awesome!


Alison Dulaney July 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

These look so delicious! I love all of your antique boxes!


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