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Dulce de Leche Cashew Cookies (gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free)

These D E L I C I O U S cookies are quick and easy to make. If you are craving something sweet, or are pressed for time, you can have these cookies ready in just about 30 minutes. Yay!

These cashew cookies are soft and moist. The dough is rolled in chopped cashews which also gives these cookies a great crunch.

The main ingredients for the cookies are raw cashews, almond flour and butter. Of course I use and recommend you purchase a good quality butter made from grass fed cows like the brand Kerrygold (link below).

Butter made from grass fed cows is loaded with healthy fats and vitamins like vitamin A, D and K, and Conjugated Linoleic Acid. If you are sensitive to dairy, a good substitute for butter is ghee.  Ghee, or clarified butter, should not cause any problems because all milk constituents have been removed.

As for the dulce de leche, this recipe is dairy free and made free of refined, processed sugar. The main ingredients are raw coconut palm sugar and coconut milk. This recipe is a great alternative to traditional dulce de leche or caramel sauces and tastes amazing.

This is by far one of my favorite cookie recipes. So please give these a try and let me know what you think in the comments section below.


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Dulce de Leche Cashew Cookies (gluten-free, grain-free, dairy free)
Dulce de Leche:
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup raw coconut palm sugar
  • ½ cup coconut milk, full fat
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾ cups raw cashews
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons raw coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter, soften
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Dulce de Leche:
  1. bring the water and coconut palm sugar to a boil stirring the mixture constantly
  2. add the coconut milk, vanilla extract and salt and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly so that it doesn't burn. The mixture will start to thicken and turn darker in color.
  3. allow mixture to cool, then refrigerate for 30 minutes before filling each cookie
  1. preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. using a food processor, pulse ½ cup cashews until you get a fine flour like consistency
  3. coarsely chop the remaining ¼ cup cashews and set aside
  4. in a large bowl, mix together the cashew flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, arrowroot powder and salt
  5. in a separate bowl, whip together the egg, butter and vanilla extract using a hand or electrical mixer
  6. mix wet and dry ingredients together using a rubber spatula. Freeze dough for 20 minutes.
  7. roll chilled dough into balls. I used a medium cookie scoop which is about 1½ tablespoons of dough per ball.
  8. roll each ball in the chopped cashews
  9. using the back of a teaspoon or your thumb, press a thumbprint into the center of each ball
  10. bake cookies until the bottom and edges start to turn brown, approximately 15 minutes
  11. immediately after you remove the cookies from the oven, press the center of each cookie once again, then allow cookies to cool on a wire rack
  12. fill each cookie with prepared dulce de leche and serve

Recipe yields 10 cookies.


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Comments: 9

  1. Amy July 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm Reply

    We are dairy free. What would you suggest instead of the butter? Earth Balance shortening sticks? I am not sure if coconut oil would provide enough structure.

    • Faigy July 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm Reply

      I plan on using coconut oil. I sub it in all recipes calling for butter or shortening. I never had a problem.

    • adriana July 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm Reply

      Amy, I have not tried making this recipe using coconut oil and like you, I am not sure it will work. What gives these cookies moisture, consistency and flavor is the butter. Palm shortening might work, but I not sure since I have not used it in this recipe before. Can you have Ghee? Ghee would be a good substitute like I mentioned above. If you decide to use coconut oil, I would melt it first and use maybe 2-4 tbsp plus 1 tbsp of full fat coconut milk.

  2. Faigy July 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Now THAT’S a recipe!
    I think I’m going to make the Dulce de leche with xylitol and maybe some arrowroot to thicken. Also, my husband is allergic to cashews. How much additional almond flour to replace the cashew flour?

    • adriana July 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm Reply

      Hi Faigy, an additional 1/2 cup of almond flour should be good. You can also replace the cashews with macadamia nuts. Please let me know how it turns out.

  3. Elizabeth July 1, 2014 at 1:49 pm Reply


  4. dina July 2, 2014 at 7:09 am Reply

    great healthy cookies. cashews are so good for you!

  5. Uli July 2, 2014 at 10:14 am Reply

    Just a quick question: By almond meal, do you mean ground almonds or do you mean the de-oiled almonds that are kind of by-product of almond oil fabrication?

    • adriana July 3, 2014 at 9:59 am Reply

      Uli, I use blanched almond flour which are made by grinding almonds that have their skin removed first. Above is the link to the one I use and recommend for baking.

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