Vegan Gluten-Free Chinese Almond Cookies

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These Vegan Gluten-Free Chinese almond cookies are so indulgent, with the perfect sweetness without refined sweetener. They are a healthy sweet that is perfect for celebrating the Chinese New Year. 

Vegan Gluten-Free Chinese Almond Cookies


Tan Chinese Almond cookies on a white plate with blanched almond in center

Most people are familiar with fortune cookies that they get when they purchasing take-out cookies but these crunchy almond cookies taste far better. 

If you decide to join in the celebration, also try my Vegetable Lo Mein and General Tso’s Chickpeas to ring in the Chinese New Year. 

What Is A Chinese Almond Cookie?

Chinese almond cookies are traditionally made to celebrate the New Years. they are shaped like coins, so they are believed to bring fortune.  IIt has a delicate crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth texture with a flavorful almond flavor.

Chinese Almond Cookies Ingredients

  • Almond Flour
  • Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Non-Dairy Butter
  • Maple Syrup 
  • Almond Extract

Vegan Gluten-Free Chinese almond cookies ingredients. bag of gluten-free flour, maple syrup bottle, bag of almond flour, raw almonds and Earth balance vegan buttery spread stick.

How To Make Vegan Gluten-Free Chinese Almond Cookies

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F and prepare a baking sheet. I love to line my baking sheet with parchment paper then spray it with cooking spray or you can brush it with oil. 

Combine almond flour, gluten-free all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. I used Bob’s, Red Mills almond flour. For the gluten-free flour, I used Krusteaz all-purpose gluten-free flour. 

Add vegan butter (Earth Balance Brand) and mix until crumbly using your hand. Stir in maple syrup and almond extract/flavoring and form into a ball.

Take one-inch pieces off the dough ball and form into balls, place them on the prepared baking sheet. Press slightly with hand to form a round disc. Press a blanched almond in the center of each cookie.

IBake for 13-15 minutes or until the cookies are tan.

Remove baking sheet from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 5 minutes to firm up, then transfer cookies onto the rack to cool completely. 

These are the best tasting almond cookies and they are so easy to prepare.

How To Blanch Almonds

Bring water to boil in a small pot on medium-high heat. Add raw almonds to the boiling water and allow to cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and discard water, using a colander or strainer rinse almonds under cold running water. 

Squeeze almonds to loosen and discard their skin. 

Chinese almond cookies on a white plate with my hand holding a half a cookie

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(Per portion)
  • Energy: 109 kcal / 456 kJ
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbs: 13 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Cooking: 15 min
  • Ready in: 20 min
  • For:
  • 12 Servings



  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with cooking spray or brush with oil and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix almond flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt. Add vegan butter and mix until dough is crumbly
  3. Add maple syrup and almond extract and form into a ball. It might seem a little sticky but once it rolls into a ball you are fine.
  4. Take pieces of dough, about an inch wide and roll into a ball. Place each ball onto the prepared baking sheet and press each slightly with the palm of your hands. Press a blanched almond in the center of each cookie.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes until edges turn tan. Remove from the oven, let the baking sheet cool on wire rack for 5 minutes to firm up. Remove cookies from baking sheet onto wire rack and allow to cool completely. Enjoy!
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Tayyibah Amatullah
    May 29, 2020

    Which gluten free flour!? They are all so very different!

  2. Sim
    May 28, 2020

    Five Star Michelle! We love the Almond Cookie recipe. Tried it with GF flour and it tasted very good by GF standards but it did not travel well on our hike (we had them in a sandwich bag and they crumbled. Very tasty still! Lesson learnt, next time we will put them in a tupperware/rigid box). We made them again a couple of days later with regular flour. I preferred them more however this is a winner for our friends who are GF Thank you.

    • Michelle Blackwood, RN
      May 28, 2020

      Sim I’m so happy you enjoyed them, thank you for your feedback. That is a great idea to put them in a rigid box when traveling. Thank you for sharing your feedback, I really appreciate it.

  3. Candice Taylor
    February 4, 2019

    These are my new favorite cookies, they are so addictive. I couldn’t stop eating them! Just made them for Super Bowl Sunday. They were fantastic!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 4, 2019

      I’m happy they turned out great for you Candice, thank you for your feedback.