Tag

cookies

Browsing

I recently shared a 4 ingredient healthy snickers recipe, and since those were such a huge hit, I thought… what candy bar can I recreate next?! So I took a quick peek into my pantry and found two giant bags of shredded coconut (bought one forgetting I had the other) and just like that the light bulb went off – ALMOND JOY! I continued my brainstorming and realized the easiest way to recreate this delicious candy bar would be in cookie form. So here ya have it, 4 ingredient almond joy cookies!

And if the few-ingredient healthier dessert thing sparks your interest, I have to recommend you also give my 5 ingredient gluten-free cookie dough a try! Yup, just 5 ingredients, NO baking, and healthier than most other cookie dough recipes out there.

close-up image of a 4 ingredient almond joy cookies with shredded coconut on the side.

What You’ll Need to Make 4-Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies

Unsweetened Coconut – Opt for a brand like Bob’s Red Mill, which offers high-quality unsweetened shredded coconut. Unsweetened shredded coconut adds natural sweetness and a chewy texture to the cookies without added sugar!

Chocolate Chips – I used semi-sweet chocolate chips for the best balance of sweetness and flavor.

Almonds – Choose roasted and salted almonds for a savory crunch. Chopping the almonds roughly ensures that each bite has a nice crunch and balances the chewy texture of the coconut.

Sweetened Condensed Milk – I used sweetened condensed coconut milk to make these vegan cookies, but regular sweetened condensed milk will work just as well. Both options give the cookies their rich, gooey texture and perfect amount of sweetness!

ingredients needed to make 4 ingredient almond joy cookies.

How to Make This Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until fully combined.
  3. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out mounds of the mixture onto a baking sheet, spacing each mound about 4 inches apart.
  4. Wet the palm of your hand, then use it to gently flatten each mound into the size and shape of a cookie.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
overhead image of 4 ingredient almond joy cookies on a baking sheet.

Variations

Get creative with these add-ins for your Almond Joy Cookies:

  • Chocolate Drizzle: Melt 1/4-1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave in 15-second intervals, then drizzle over the top of the baked and cooled cookies.
  • Different Nuts: Swap out almonds for chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Cherry Addition: Add dried cherries to the cookie batter for a fruity twist!
  • Almond Extract: Enhance the almond flavor by adding a little bit of almond or vanilla extract.
  • Dark Chocolate Chips: Opt for using dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Vegan/Dairy-Free: Use sweetened condensed coconut milk instead of regular sweetened condensed milk. I used Nature’s Charm Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk and my cookies turned out great!

4 Ingredient Almond Joy Cookies (vegan and gluten-free!)

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Total time

0

minutes

These delicious 4 ingredient almond joy cookies are one of the easiest cookies you could ever make! Filled with flaked coconut, chocolate chips, and crunchy almonds, this cookie recipe is totally gluten-free, and includes a vegan option too. Plus, all ingredients can be stored in your pantry, making it super convenient to bake these cookies anytime those sweet cravings hit!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut (for added texture, use 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut PLUS 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes)

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

  • 1 cup almonds, roughly chopped

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, or 1 (11.25 ounce) can sweetened condensed coconut milk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325° Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until fully combined.
  • Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out mounds of the mixture onto a baking sheet. Spacing each mound about 4 inches apart.
  • Wet the palm of your hand, then use it to gently flatten each mound into the size and shape of a cookie.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Remove the cookie from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Did you make this recipe?

Share it and tag @samdoesherbest on Instagram!

Like this recipe?

Follow us @samdoesherbest on Pinterest

My toxic trait is needing a little something sweet after every meal. Lately, I’ve been reaching for either a slice of my 4-ingredient banana bread or a bite of gluten-free almond flour brownies. However, sometimes I just don’t have the time to bake anything – and that’s where this no-bake gluten free cookie dough comes in!

Just 5 ingredients (not including the chocolate chips), one bowl, and only a few minutes to throw together. This seriously simple dessert recipe is so easy, even my husband could make it… and that’s saying something!

a scoop of gluten free edible cookie dough in a small dish with a spoon.

What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe

Softened Butter or Coconut Oil: Choose your preferred butter or coconut oil to create that perfect cookie dough consistency. Butter adds richness, while coconut oil keeps it light and healthy.

Milk: Opt for non-dairy milk to make this recipe dairy-free. Choose your favorite variety – almond, soy, or oat – to enhance the cookie dough’s creaminess.

Sugar: Select your sweetener of choice – brown sugar, coconut sugar, maple sugar, or cane sugar. Cane sugar is best for a sugar cookie flavored dough, and brown sugar is best for a chocolate chip cookie flavored dough. I used maple sugar to make mine a little healthier, but still delicious!

Vanilla Extract: A teaspoon of vanilla extract elevates the dough’s aroma and taste, creating that classic cookie flavor.

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour: The star of our gluten-free show! Ensure it’s a high-quality gluten-free flour blend for the best tasting results.

Mini Chocolate Chips: Tiny bits of chocolatey goodness – these Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips are perfectly sized for this edible cookie dough. However, if you don’t have mini chocolate chips, feel free to use any size chocolate chip or chunk you’d like!

coconut oil, gluten free flour, vanilla extract, maple sugar, and chocolate chips on a table.

Why You’ll Love This Gluten-Free Edible Cookie Dough

  • Simple & Quick: This recipe is incredibly easy to make with just a few ingredients and minimal prep time.
  • Delicious & Creamy: The combination of sugars and vanilla gives this dough a sweet, creamy flavor that’s perfect for satisfying your cookie dough cravings.
  • Versatile: Enjoy it straight from the bowl, as a topping for ice cream, or use it in other dessert creations like truffles or as a cake filling.

Safety Tips (How to Heat-Treat Flour)

To ensure the gluten-free flour is safe to eat raw, you can heat-treat it:

  • Microwave Method: Microwave the flour for about 1 minute, ensuring it reaches a temperature of 165°F.
  • Oven Method: Spread the flour on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Dairy-Free/Vegan: Use coconut oil instead of butter and non-dairy milk like almond milk. Ensure the chocolate chips are dairy-free and vegan.

Sugar Alternatives: You can substitute brown sugar with coconut sugar, cane sugar, or maple sugar to fit your dietary preferences.

Recipe Variations and FAQs

Variations:

  • Chocolate Cookie Dough with Marshmallows: Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and mini marshmallows.
  • Matcha White Chocolate Cookie Dough: Add 1 tablespoon of matcha powder and white chocolate chips.
  • Lemon Poppyseed Cookie Dough: Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice, ½ teaspoon lemon zest, and ½ tablespoon poppy seeds.

FAQs:

Can Gluten-Free Flour Be Eaten Raw?: It’s generally safe, but heat-treating the flour is recommended to kill any potential bacteria.

How Long Will the Dough Last in the Fridge?: Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Can You Freeze Gluten-Free Cookie Dough?: Yes, freeze the dough for up to 3 months for later use.

Edible double chocolate gluten-free cookie dough in a small dish with a spoon.

Additional Notes

  • Storage: Keep the dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator to maintain its freshness and prevent it from drying out or absorbing other flavors from the fridge.
  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Ensure your ingredients, particularly the butter and milk, are fresh for the best taste and texture.
  • Enjoy Responsibly: This recipe is meant to be eaten raw, so don’t try to bake it as it won’t hold together properly without eggs.

Gluten Free Edible Cookie Dough Recipe – 2 ways!

4 from 48 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Total time

5

minutes

A super simple recipe for edible gluten-free cookie dough! It’s a quick and easy fix to satisfy your sweet tooth. Made dairy-free, egg-free, and healthy too!

Ingredients

  • Classic Gluten-Free Cookie Dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, softened

  • 3-4 tablespoons milk, I used non-dairy almond milk

  • 1/4 cup sugar (brown sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar, or maple sugar)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

  • Double Chocolate Gluten-Free Cookie Dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, softened

  • 3-4 tablespoons milk, I used non-dairy almond milk

  • 1/4 cup sugar (brown sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar, or maple sugar)

  • 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions

  • Add all the ingredients except the chocolate chips to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  • Then, fold in the chocolate chips and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour: I recommend using either Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour or King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Measure For Measure Flour, I’ve made these recipes with both brands and they’re delicious! The one gluten-free flour brand I would avoid is Trader Joe’s, for some reason the taste of that flour can be quite bitter.

Did you make this recipe?

Share it and tag @samdoesherbest on Instagram!

Like this recipe?

Follow us @samdoesherbest on Pinterest

Don’t Miss These Cookie Dough Recipes!

Soft and perfectly sweet carrot cake cookies with a cream cheese icing! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. These healthy carrot cake cookies are the perfect springtime (or anytime) treat!

Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese icing on a baking sheet.

What You’ll Need to Make Carrot Cake Cookies

Oat Flour – Either homemade or store-bought oat flour will work in this cookie recipe! Oat flour replaces all purpose flour, making these cookies gluten-free.

Almond Butter – Smooth and unsweetened almond butter helps hold these cookies together. If you don’t have almond butter, you can use any other nut or seed butter you’d like. Cashew butter would make a great substitute here!

Maple Syrup – These healthy carrot cake cookies are naturally sweetened with maple syrup. The maple adds a touch of flavor, and the perfect amount of sweetness.

Shredded Carrots – Wash and peel about three large carrots, then run them down a box grater to make shredded carrots. Or, to make things even easier, simply buy pre-shredded carrots from the store for this dessert recipe!

Overhead image of carrot cake cookies on a baking sheet.

Tips and Tricks

  • Gently flatten each carrot cake cookie before baking. If you skip this step, they’ll bake up like round little balls. Therefore, for a more classic flat-looking cookie, give them a gentle press right before putting in the oven.
  • Allow your cookies to cool completely before icing! If the cookies are still too warm when iced, the cream cheese icing will melt and slide right off. (I’ve learned from my mistakes here – ha!)
  • These cookies are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. However, if you live in a warm client/are baking these in the summer – it’s best to store them in the fridge instead. If the cookies with cream cheese icing are left in too warm of an environment, the icing may melt and spoil.
Close-up image of a carrot cake cookie with a bite taken out.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Dairy-Free: While the cookies themselves are already dairy-free, make a dairy-free cream cheese icing by subbing your favorite non-dairy cream cheese, butter, and milk.

Make it Vegan: For vegan carrot cake cookies, replace the egg with a flax egg, and take the dairy-free icing option above!

Carrot Cake Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Medium
Servings

24

cookies
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

12

minutes
Total time

27

minutes

Soft and perfectly sweet carrot cake cookies with a cream cheese icing! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. These healthy carrot cake cookies are the perfect springtime (or anytime) treat!

Ingredients

  • For the dry ingredients:
  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • 1 cup oat flour, made by pulsing rolled oats in a blender until ground into a flour

  • 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • For the wet ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup almond butter, unsweetened

  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or butter)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg, at room temperature

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, unsalted

  • 1/4 cup raisins

  • For the cream cheese icing:
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened (I used non-dairy cream cheese)

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened (I used non-dairy butter)

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (I used non-dairy milk)

  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Then, in a separate bowl, add all the wet ingredients except the carrots, walnuts, and raisins, and whisk to combine.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use mix until fully combined. Then, fold in the carrots, walnuts, and raisins.
  • Scoop tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough onto your prepared baking sheet and slightly flatten each ball with the palm of your hand.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Then, transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • While cookies cool, make the cream cheese icing by adding all ingredients to a bowl and whisking until smooth and well-combined. Then, spread or pipe cream cheese icing on top of each cooled cookie.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • These cookies are best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. However, if you live in a warm client/are baking these in the summer – it’s best to store them in the fridge instead.

Did you make this recipe?

Share it and tag @samdoesherbest on Instagram!

Like this recipe?

Follow us @samdoesherbest on Pinterest

The easiest Oreo mug cake, made with just 3 ingredients in 1 minute! This tiktok recipe went viral for a reason – because it’s so damn good. Whip up this fast and simple personal cake anytime you’re craving something sweet and delicious!

spoon scooping order mug cake out of a mug

What You’ll Need to Make Oreo Mug Cake

Oreos – I used gluten-free Oreos, but any Oreo will work! Have fun with this recipe, and use your favorite Oreo cookies. Double stuffed, golden, mint, etc. – all will taste delicious!

Milk – I used non-dairy milk, but just like the Oreos, any kind of milk will do!

Baking Powder – A little bit of baking powder gives this Oreo mug cake it’s cake-like texture. You can make the mug cake without it, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Just 1/4 teaspoon of this pantry-staple ingredient is all you’ll need.

overhead image of oreo mug cake with vanilla ice cream on top and milk on the side.

Tips and Tricks

  • Throw in any mix-ins you’d like! For a double chocolate mug cake, add in a tablespoon of mini chocolate chips. Or, if you’re feeling celebratory, a small handful of rainbow sprinkles are always a fun addition.
  • Top this Oreo mug cake with whatever you’d like. A scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or an extra crushed Oreo all taste incredible atop this personal cake!
  • Make sure you use a microwave-safe mug for this recipe! Not all mugs can be heated in the microwave. To check if your mug is safe to use, flip it over and check the bottom for the words “microwave safe.” If it doesn’t state that it’s microwave safe, it’s probably best to avoid using it in this recipe.
oreo mug cake with milk on the side.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Vegan: For a vegan Oreo mug cake, simply use non-dairy milk in this recipe. Also, just so you know, all Oreos are actually completely vegan!

Make it Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free Oreos for a gluten-free mug cake!

3-Ingredient Oreo Mug Cake

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

serving
Prep time

1

minute
Cooking time

1

minute
Total time

2

minutes

The easiest Oreo mug cake, made with just 3 ingredients in 1 minute! This tiktok recipe went viral for a reason – because it’s so damn good. Whip up this fast and simple oreo mug cake anytime you’re craving something sweet and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 5 Oreos

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  • In a large microwave-safe mug, mash together 4 of the Oreos and milk, until you achieve a cake batter-like texture.
  • Add in the baking powder and stir to combine.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute, then break off large chunks from the extra Oreo and place those on top of your mug cake. Top with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream, then enjoy warm!

Recipe Video

Did you make this recipe?

Share it and tag @samdoesherbest on Instagram!

Like this recipe?

Follow us @samdoesherbest on Pinterest

These gluten-free Christmas sugar cookies with baked-in sprinkles are so delicious, everyone will want a bite! With only a handful of pantry ingredients needed, baking these Christmas cookies will surely get you into the holiday spirit. Perfect for gifts, parties, platters or all for yourself. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa!

overhead image of a gluten-free christmas cookies with a bite taken out

What’s Christmas without festive sugar cookies to bring to parties, give as gifts, and leave out for Santa?! This homemade recipe is beyond any cookie you’d find at the store. And baking them just really gets me into the holiday spirit! Bake these with your kids, friends, or partner while listening to Christmas music – it’s truly so much fun!

Main Ingredients Needed To Make Christmas Sugar Cookies With Sprinkles

  • Butter – I used non-dairy butter to make these cookies dairy-free. Though whatever butter you use, make sure to soften it ahead of time!
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Christmas Sprinkles – If you don’t celebrate Christmas, feel free to use your favorite holiday sprinkles instead!
close up of a gluten-free christmas cookie with a bite taken out.

Tips and Tricks

  • Making the Dough: It’s easier if you use a stand mixer or handheld mixer. But, if you want, I think it’s fun to do it by hand, just might take some extra elbow grease!
  • Make it Vegan: Okay, so usually I would swap the egg with a flax egg (1 tablespoon of ground flax meal mixed with warm water), but Bob’s Red Mill’s Egg Replacer might be the better option here. I haven’t tried this yet, but if you do, let me know in the comments!

Gluten-Free Christmas Sugar Cookies With Sprinkles

4 from 6 votes
Recipe by Samantha Course: DessertsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

cookies
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

12

minutes
Total time

22

minutes

These gluten-free Christmas sugar cookies with baked-in sprinkles are soo delicious, everyone is going to want a bite! With only a handful of pantry ingredients needed, baking these Christmas cookies will surely get you into the holiday spirit. Perfect for gifts, parties, platters or all for yourself. Don’t forget to leave some out for Santa!

Ingredients

  • 6 Tablespoons Softened Butter (Dairy or Non-Dairy)

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar

  • 1 Egg

  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

  • 1 1/2 Cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Baking Flour, see Notes

  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1/2 Cup Sprinkles

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Beat the butter and sugar with either a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla extract, beat again to combine.
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat together until a dough forms, then gently mix in the sprinkles until the sprinkles are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Scoop 2 tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough and place them about 2-inches apart on cookie sheet. Press down on each cookie to slightly flatten (they should be about 1-inch thick). Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges.
  • Remove cookies from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour: Your gluten-free flour must contain xanthan gum. If it doesn’t, then add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum in with the dry ingredients.

Did you make this recipe?

Share it and tag @samdoesherbest on Instagram!

Like this recipe?

Follow us @samdoesherbest on Pinterest