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Horizontal photo of a batch of Ridiculously Easy French Almond Cookies on a pink pedestal serving plate.
French Almond Cookies (aka Almond Cloud Cookies) Gluten Free!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
24 mins
Total Time
34 mins
 
These one-bowl, no-mixer, gluten-free French Almond Cookies are light as a feather, with a crisp meringue exterior and chewy, moist almond-y interior!
Course: Cookies, Dessert, Dessert/Cookies, Sweet Treat
Cuisine: French, French-American
Keyword: Almond Cloud Cookies, French Almond Cookies, Ridiculously Easy
Servings: 28 cookies
Calories: 99 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • cups almond flour
  • 3 large large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • teaspoon almond extract
  • powdered sugar for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Separate egg whites from the yolks and beat the whites with a fork or small whisk vigorously for 45 seconds until nice and frothy (they won’t be stiff or have peaks, just nice and frothy). Discard or use the yolks for another recipe.
  3. Combine the almond flour, sugar, powdered sugar and salt in a medium-size bowl and stir well with a fork to combine. Drizzle the vanilla and almond extract over the mixture and again stir until well combined.
  4. Drizzle 4 tablespoons of the frothy egg white over the almond meal mixture. Stir with a fork until the mixture is uniformly crumbly. Slowly add more egg white, a little at a time, just until all of the almond flour is incorporated. You may have some egg white left over. The dough should be thick but smooth.
  5. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared pans. I like to use a 1½-tablespoon cookie scoop and level it nice and flat. You should have about 24-28 cookies.

  6. Either lightly wet your fingers or dip them in powder sugar and dimple the tops of each mound of dough by pressing in with three fingers lightly. (I use my thumb, forefinger and middle fingers together.)

  7. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until light golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the sheet pan for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack and dust generously with powdered sugar. (I use a small sieve for this.)
  8. Allow to cool completely then store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips to ensure success.

Nutrition Facts
French Almond Cookies (aka Almond Cloud Cookies) Gluten Free!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.