Grain-Free Apricot Pecan Cookies

The best part about this recipe is that you can freeze the dough after it's been scooped into dough balls and bake them straight from the freezer—just add about 3 minutes to the baking time. During the holidays I make the dough weeks in advance and pop the cookies into the oven as soon as my guests arrive, filling the house with that fresh-baked cookie smell.

Grain-Free Apricot Pecan Cookies

Makes twelve 3-inch cookies


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped apricots


1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and adjust the rack to the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, gelatin, salt, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. Place the butter, honey, and almond butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and let the butter melt, stirring occasionally. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture, add the vanilla, and stir until combined. Stir in the pecans and apricots.

3. Using a 2-inch cookie scoop, scoop the dough into balls and place them on the prepared baking. Using your fingers, gently press each dough ball until you have a three-inch round. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are just turning golden brown on the edges. Cool for 15 minutes before serving. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Note: If you'd like to freeze the cookie dough, simply scoop all of the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the tray for 2 hours, or until the dough balls are firm. Transfer the dough balls to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

*Paleo/dairy-free adaptation: Use 5 tablespoons coconut oil plus 1 tablespoon water in place of butter.

Excerpted from The Grain-Free Family Table by Carrie Vitt. Check out Carrie's new book for more simple Paleo and dairy-free recipes.

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