Gluten Free Buckeye Cookies

Published on Apr 15, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 2+chilltime minutes Serves: 15
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This 7-Ingredient Gluten Free Buckeye Cookie recipe is not the classic – it is better and healthier. Think rich raw almond butter cookie dipped in chocolate and topped with a chocolate chip. These grain-free cookies are heavy on almond butter and dark chocolate and have a combination of sweet and salty flavor.

almond butter buckeye cookies topped with chocolate chip

the ingredients for gluten free buckeye cookies

The grain-free cookies are made with simple, wholesome ingredients: creamy almond butter, coconut flour, butter, chocolate chips, vanilla and powdered sugar. The outcome -> mouthwatering almond butter balls covered with chocolate and packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats.

ingredient substitutions

almond butter – peanut butter, which is the classic, walnut butter or pecan butter

coconut flour – blanched almond flour

butter – replace with coconut oil 

powdered sugar – powdered coconut sugar

chocolate chips – chopped chocolate bar

Gluten Free Buckeye Cookies Recipe Details

There is nothing fancy about making these buckeye cookies.

buckeye cookie dough in a bowl with cookie scoop


First, cream the almond butter with butter and vanilla.


Add powdered sugar and coconut flour and mix to combine.

shaped buckeye cookies into balls on a baking sheetSTEP THREE

Shape into balls and chill.

melted chocolate with butter into a sauce


Prepare the chocolate sauce.

cookies dipped in chocolate on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper


Insert a chopstick or skewer in the chilled balls and dip half of the ball into the chocolate sauce.

buckeye cookies topped with one chocolate chip


Top with a chocolate chip and chill until the chocolate is firm. Done!

two rows of buckeye cookies

Helpful tips

Do buckeye cookies freeze well?

Yes, these cookies freeze well in an airtight container for up to one month. Place cookies in the fridge overnight before serving.

How long do they keep in the refrigerator?

Buckeye cookies stored in a closed container may be refrigerated for up to one week… if they last that long! They should always be stored in the refrigerator.

Why are my buckeye cookies crumbling?

This means you have too much powdered sugar and coconut flour. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of almond butter or as needed for the dough to stop crumbling.

Why is my dough too sticky?

Place it in the fridge for 20 minutes before shaping it into balls.

one buckeye with skin and one without

Why are they called buckeye cookies?

As per the Ohio government, the buckeye tree (aesculus glabra) is native to North America. In late summer and early fall, the trees bear fruit that contains a large nut. The nut gives the tree its name because it is dark brown with a light spot, resembling the shape and color of a deer’s eye – thus, “buck eye.” Although buckeyes resemble chestnuts, they are not edible and are poisonous. 

close up of a bite taken out of gluten free buckeye cookie

Buckeye cookies can be enjoyed as a dessert for people looking for a healthier cookie option. Or as an energy snack before a workout. Or just because they taste so good!

Looking for easy gluten free party desserts? Here are a few ideas:

Gluten Free Millionaire’s Shortbread

Gluten Free Linzer Cookie

Very Best Gluten Free Nanaimo Bars

Grain-Free Berry Cheesecake Bars

Gluten-Free Chocolate Coffee Brownies


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Many thanks!

Kristina xx


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