5 Ingredients Only: Almond Butter Cookies Recipe

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Cookies don’t need tons of ingredients to be great. Today, we’ll share a really simple five-ingredient recipe for the chewiest caramel cookies ever. The secret? Palm sugar, which gives them a rich and intense flavor. Thank us later.

Where to Find Palm Sugar

Once you try palm sugar, you’ll never want to bake with regular white sugar again. This type of sugar comes from Southeast Asia and gives every dessert a rich caramel flavor.

It’s normally pale in color, but for this recipe, you’ll need gula jawa from Indonesia, which is dark and has a crumbly texture. You can find it in most Asian grocery stores or online. Besides making cookies with it, you can also use it stirred into vanilla ice cream, sprinkled into cookie dough, or as a brown sugar alternative.

Ingredients and Baking Instructions

One quick tip before we start: when making the cookie, make sure that the bits of sugar are neither too large nor completely dissolved. Try to use lots of tiny chunks in the dough – around 1/4 inch in size. Gather all the ingredients, and let’s bake!


  • 12 ounces gula jawa
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups smooth almond butter
  • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
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  1. Crumble the palm sugar in a bowl (by hand or in a food processor, your choice)
  2. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until you’re left with a few sugary lumps.
  3. Add the almond butter and stir well for a thick brownie-like texture. Cover and put in the refrigerator until the dough can be easily scooped.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (20 minutes before taking out the cooled mix from the refrigerator).
  5. Scoop about 10 balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (leaving some space between each one).
  6. Sprinkle with flaky salt and bake until the edges get slightly browned.
  7. Let cookies chill for about an hour before serving. Enjoy with some milk or homemade hot chocolate!

Five ingredients, ten cookies, and one great recipe. Enjoy!