Maple Walnut Cookies

These maple walnut cookies have crispy edges, chewy centers, and the right balance of sweet and salty flavors. They’re paleo diet friendly, vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. These nutrient-dense maple cookies are quick and easy to make.

Main ingredients in these maple walnut cookies

You can use either raw walnuts or toasted walnuts in these cookies. Walnuts add richness, a satisfying crunch, and a slightly tannic flavor that balances the sweetness of these cookies.

Maple syrup adds a delicious flavor to these refined sugar-free cookies. Maple syrup and walnuts are a classic combination. The astringency of the walnuts and the complex sweetness of the maple syrup make these two ingredients the perfect pair.

I didn’t want these maple cookies to be overly sweet. I think the maple flavor and sweetness is perfect, but if you have a particularly sweet tooth you can increase the amount of maple syrup to 1/2 cup instead of 1/3 cup and increase the baking time by one minute in that case.

These grain-free walnut cookies are made with coconut flour. I haven’t tried any substitutions yet, so I recommend sticking with coconut flour for optimal results.

Almond butter is the fat in this recipe. I opted for almond butter because it has a relatively neutral flavor that allows the maple syrup and walnuts to really shine. You could substitute peanut butter, tahini, or any other unsweetened nut or seed butter you prefer.

Vanilla extract complements the other flavors in this recipe. Be sure to use pure vanilla extract as opposed to artificial vanilla flavor if possible because you can definitely taste the difference.

A white plate with a stack of maple walnut cookies with a bite missing from one.

How to make them

Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Next you’ll stir the wet ingredients together with the salt, then stir in the coconut flour. Once the coconut flour is thoroughly incorporated into the wet ingredients, you can stir in the walnuts.

Next you’ll form the dough into cookies. The trick to making uniform looking cookies is to roll the dough into balls in your hands, then press them down into flatter cookie shapes. Start by scooping out a heaping teaspoon of dough, then use your hands to roll it into a ball before placing it on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.

Raw cookie dough rolled in balls on a baking tray.

Then press the dough ball down into a flat, cookie like shape. You can use your fingers to do this. Repeat that process with the rest of the dough (you should have enough dough for 11 cookies, but go ahead and double the recipe if you need more).

Flattened raw cookie dough on a tray.

The last step is to bake the maple cookies at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Be sure to let them cool off for at least twenty minutes before removing from the baking sheet and serving.

Storage and freezing

You can store these maple walnut cookies in an airtight container for up to three days or freeze them for up to six months. Then defrost them at room temperature before serving.

Maple cookies displayed on a white plate.
A white plate with a stack of maple walnut cookies with a bite missing from one.
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Maple Walnut Cookies

These maple walnut cookies are paleo, vegan, refined sugar free, and gluten free. They have a nice balance of sweetness with a hint of saltiness. These delicious maple cookies are quick and easy to make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 11
Calories 155kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt to a mixing bowl, then mix well.
  • Add the coconut flour and mix well.
  • Stir in the chopped walnuts.
  • Scoop out a heaping teaspoon of dough into your hands, then roll it into a ball shape and place it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Use your fingers to flatten the dough ball into a round cookie shape.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Bake in a preheated 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool off for at least 20 minutes before removing from the baking sheet and serving.

Notes

  • Store these maple walnut cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze them for up to six months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 130mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg