Naturally gluten free Flourless Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ would you believe that these perfectly chewy chocolate chip cookies are made without any flour, or any butter whatsoever?

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Flourless cookies are incredible.  In case I failed to convince you with my FLOURLESS ALMOND BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES, or, heaven forbid there should be any straggling non-believers out there after my FLOURLESS PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES,  this should seal the deal.  A great chocolate chip cookie can be made without any butter or any flour whatsoever.  They’re so quick and easy to make, I’d say  they qualify as instant gratification.   In the cookie world, this is revolutionary.

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I found cashew butter in the peanut butter aisle the other day, which prompted this recipe.   I think I can now safely say that any kind of nut butter will work with these cookies.  I’m slowly working my way through all of them…it can be homemade or store bought, doesn’t seem to matter.  Nut butter can take the place of both flour and butter in these simple cookie recipes, and the result is pure delicious.

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The batter is a dream to whip up — there’s nothing to sift, nothing to soften, nothing to cause any trouble whatsoever.  Just whisk or beat the egg, sugar, cashew butter, and chocolate chips together.  No need to chill.  Just scoop the dough onto the baking sheet and bake.

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About 12 minutes in the oven and you’ve got cookies.  GOOD cookies ;)

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Flourless Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Whisk the egg and sugar together until well blended. Beat in the baking soda and cashew butter and then fold in the chips.
  3. I use a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop to scoop out balls of dough. Space them 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Flatten the balls of dough just slightly with your fingers or a spreading knife.
  5. Bake for about 12-13 minutes. The cookies will puff up and just barely begin to get golden on the edges. They will look soft and a little under done, but will firm up as they cool.
  6. Cool the cookies for a few minutes on the pan, then transfer to a rack.

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If you like soft, chewy cookies I think you’ll love these flourless cashew butter chocolate chip cookies, I’m completely smitten. The cashew flavor isn’t dominant, so to me they taste like a regular chocolate chip cookie.  Because the cashew butter takes the pace of dairy butter and flour, these cookies are almost like little energy bars.  They freeze well, and you can actually eat them straight from the freezer!

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74 Responses to Flourless Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Agassi Bagramyan says:

    Could these be made with baking powder ? new to baking haha

  2. Judy Lane says:

    Could you share the nutrition facts on these cookies. They look delicious. Thank you.

  3. Sarah says:

    I just want you to know that I’ve used this cookie recipe for more than a year now. Thanks for posting it. I prefer these to traditional chocolate chip cookies. I usually just skip the sugar altogether because the chips are sweet enough for me! I don’t use cashew butter perse but I just stick some cashews in the ninja. I’ve also done half cashews and half almond butter when I didn’t have enough cashews.

    • Sue says:

      I’m so glad this worked out for you Sarah, and I really agree, I prefer them to regular cookies. I haven’t tried them without the sugar, I’ll do that next time. I’ve basically made this type of cookie will all kinds of nut butters and every one has turned out great, it’s such a versatile recipe :)

  4. Poppy says:

    I just made these cookies and they are fantastic. I do have a question: what is the nutritional breakdown? They taste too good to be healthy…

    • Sue says:

      I don’t have the nutritional breakdown, but I think they are much healthier than regular cookies, Poppy. You could experiment with using less sugar, if you like.

  5. Kristeen says:

    hi whats the protein amount you get from these?

  6. Katie says:

    Hello from Norway. Just made these, replacing the egg with a ‘flax egg’ i.e. 1 tbsp flax meal/2 tbsp water. Worked a treat. No going back! Thanks!

  7. Rachel says:

    This is great timing – I just made some dark chocolate almond butter. Guess where it’s going…. :)

  8. emily says:

    looking forward to making these but a quick question when you say cashew butter are you referring to ones that have sugar included in them or is it just cashews that are the only ingredient? we do not have jif cashew butter in canada (which i believe would include sugar and some other ingredients) but we do have other brands but they do not include sugar. just straight up cashews.

    Thanks, Emily.

    • Sue says:

      I don’t actually remember the brand I used for these cookies, Emily, but the texture was just like peanut butter. You can pretty much use any type of cashew butter you can get your hands on, just be sure to stir it really well if it is the natural type.

  9. Rebecca says:

    Thanks! I love the simplicity of these cookies. Plus, the variety of the nut butters with different chocolate chips, nuts and dried fruit and nuts, is endless…I wonder if you swapped the sugar for protein powder? Extra ooomff ?

  10. Eva says:

    Only just stumbled across your recipe and all I can say is *Thank You, Thank You, Thank You*! After 3 months on mainly chicken and broccoli (hello food intolerances) I today made these cookies (with coconut sugar and dried cherries instead of chocolate), sat down with a huge cup of tea and downed 4 cookies – I’m in heaven :D Love this recipe! Simple, quick and oh so delicious. Would have no issues serving these to “normal people” ;)

  11. Sunny Gold says:

    Wow! These are so delicious. Thank you so much for this delicious recipe.

  12. cindy says:

    Eggs are very bad for you. They are actually chicken “periods”…YUK!!! God has taught me much about food and we are NOT to eat dairy and meat!! And especially mixed with SUGAR!!! Causes alziehemers disease. WAtch “101 reasons to be a vegetarian”.. The guy shows digestive tracks of canine/ wolf and humans. We are not meant to eat bacteria and “DEAD” cooked food. The best foods are spinach, chards, leeks…all veggies and fresh fruits (NOT FROZEN because it changes its molecular structure and doesnt feed us correctly!)

  13. Katiya says:

    I just made these today! I used organic coconut sugar (which resembles brown sugar) in place of plain sugar for some extra nutrients. The end result? A house that smells lovely and a treat that kills the sweet tooth! I’d say these are pretty good considering no flour, no butter!

  14. Shira says:

    I made these with Trader Joe’s cashew butter (and their semisweet chips, which are the best), and they were great! I used 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white, though, and next time I think I will use only brown sugar. Would that work, do you think?

  15. Sonya says:

    I made these. They are delicious. I would make them again but my local market it out of cashew butter. Working up my nerve to make my own. Maybe i will try another nut butter. Thanks!

    • Sue says:

      Nut butter is SO easy Sonya, all you need is a little food processor, the small cuisinart mini-prep like I use only costs about $40 I think, and it’s well worth it. Just put a cup of nuts in the bowl, and process away until it becomes a smooth butter. You will need to stop the machine often to scrape down the sides, that’s all!

  16. Abbey says:

    Wow I just made these …but with coconut sugar and I amazed at how good they taste!! Great recipe. Googled it from Dallas. May need to make more!

  17. Louise says:

    Have you tried the flourless nut butter cookies with nutella?

  18. Elaine Cobb says:

    Do you think throwing in a handful of cashews would hurt anything Sue?

  19. Lindsey says:

    Just made these and they are delish!

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  21. Shannon says:

    Baked these last night. Delicious! Having one or three with my morning coffee right now.

  22. Becky says:

    These sound wonderful. Do you know where I can find the nutritional info for the cashew butter chocolate chip cookies, flourless? I found the nutrition values for the flourless pecan sandies.

  23. Rodrell Green says:

    How about egg whites instead of eggs?

    • Sue says:

      It’s worth a try, Rodrell!

      • Rodrell Green says:

        I made em with a 1/2 cup of Splenda brown sugar blend and egg whites instead. They were extremely good, by far the best I’ve ever had. I did bake them too big and not long enough, so they were too soft and fell apart though. I’m considering using pure Splenda and sugar-free chocolate chips next time. That way the only nutrition is the healthy cashew fats and egg whites. Could prove to be a great treat during my cutting phase!

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  25. Natasha says:

    Wow, these look amazing! I’ve never tried making cookies with any other kind of butter so I can’t wait to try these. Thanks!

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  27. Oh yum!! These cookies sound lovely!

  28. grace says:

    i haven’t tried cashew butter yet, but it obviously makes some outstanding cookies!

  29. Just tried making these! They were delicious… Only thing I wonder is if 1 tsp of baking soda might have been a little too much?

  30. Candace says:

    Ohhhh….I think I might just try this with my new Smoked Chocolate chips! Thanks, Sue!

  31. Eileen says:

    Ooh, these sound so good! I love cashews but somehow haven’t had the occasion to lay my hands on any cashew butter yet. Must go find some!

  32. Mary says:

    Naturally, you’ll be bringing me a handful of these this weekend, right? ;) I can’t wait to meet you!

  33. Joanne says:

    I am convinced. But if you want to keep making nut butter-infused cookies, that’s fine with me! I vote for pistachio butter next. :P

  34. Joni says:

    These look so simple and delicious. I cannot wait to try them. Do you think peanut butter would work in place of the cashew butter?

  35. Wow, Sue! These cookies look just like the real thing and I can’t believe the don’t don’t have any flour. Do you make the cashew butter or buy it?

  36. I love cashews, these cookies look incredible!

  37. SallyBR says:

    I am very intrigued by these cookies! I don’t care for peanut butter, but both almond and cashew butter are amazing, I think it’s their less cloying texture.

    I had no idea you could make a cookie that would act exactly like a “regular” type, but using no flour at all… amazing!

    • Sue says:

      It’s funny, the other nuts are definitely less assertive in flavor than the peanuts. I like them all, but for a regular chocolate chip cookie flavor, the almond and cashew were best.

  38. cheri says:

    These look sooo… good and I am craving something sweet. Can’t believe this recipe only uses 5 ingredients.

  39. I can’t wait to try these. I’ve always loved cashews but have never tried cashew butter. Silly me!

  40. Monica says:

    I love cashew nuts and have been eating that forever since my mom cooked with it all the time…but I’ve never had cashew butter! I’d really love to try this!

  41. Rose says:

    Hazelnut butter to be next on your list, please :)

  42. Yes these are energy bars and I need more energy :) (I’ll keep telling myself that while I devour 10 or 12) I still have not tried a flour-less cookie – what’s wrong with me??? Peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter – any or all of the above – I’m in!

  43. I love easy recipes like this. I don’t think I’ve tried cashew butter yet but I bet I would like it!

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