3-Ingredient Cookies (gluten free, paleo, dairy free)


3-ingredient paleo cookie by myheartbeets.com

You only need 3 things to make these delicious cookies! They are so easy to make and happen to be gluten-free and paleo-friendly too!

I am SO excited to share my recipe for these 3-ingredient cookies with you.

They’re perfectly sweet and soft and they’re also unbelievably easy to make. They’re flourless and they’re absolutely adaptable according to your taste. These cookies taste like the Paleo version of a peanut butter cookie. With an addition or two, you can make them into chocolate chip cookies, cranberry cookies, coconut cookies, etc. This is a recipe with so many options!

3-ingredient paleo cookie by myheartbeets.com

Flourless Paleo Cookies!

I am always challenging myself to make food in 5-ingredients or less. In fact, my last blog post was for Pecan Pie cookies using just 3-ingredients! I think you guys are going to love these soft, chewy cookies just as much as you’ve loved my 3-ingredient flatbread or my 2-ingredient caramels.

Rob (husband) LOVED these flourless chocolate chip cookies. When I told him they were made with just three ingredients, he thought I was pulling his leg. I love tricking my Mcdonald’s and Hershey’s lovin’ husband with healthy homemade sweets (like that time I put spaghetti squash in his dessert and he had no idea. muahahah.).

So, onto the three ingredients you need to make these cookies:

  1. nut or seed butter (try almond butter or peanut butter or sunflower seed butter, etc)
  2. 1 egg
  3. coconut sugar or cane sugar

Optional additions: chocolate chips, coarse sea salt, coconut, dried cherries, cranberries, raisins, dates, etc.

You just mix these three ingredients in your stand mixer (or by hand but that’ll take a bit more time/muscle) and once they’re well combined, use a 2-inch cookie scoop (life saver) and scoop out the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. You can make the cookies as big or as small as you’d like.

You can use any nut butter or sunflower seed butter if you want to make these nut free!

The coconut sugar adds a brown sugar-like flavor to the cookies and it is delicious! If you’ve never tried coconut sugar before, you can find it in most grocery stores or online. It’s made from the sap of coconut palm. You can use regular sugar too if you prefer 🙂

Happy baking! Let me/all of us know what additions you try! 🙂

3-ingredient paleo cookie by myheartbeets.com

3 Ingredient Cookies

3-ingredient paleo cookie by myheartbeets.com

3 Ingredient Cookies

Super easy 3 ingredient cookies made with ingredients you already have in your pantry!
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Servings 20 cookies


  • 1 cup nut butter or seed butter
  • 1 cup coconut sugar or cane sugar
  • 1 egg



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a stand mixer, add the nut butter or seed butter, sugar and egg. Mix until well combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips (if using).
  • Using a 2-inch cookie scoop, place the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and use your fingers to flatten the cookie. Repeat until the dough is done. Add a pinch of flaky sea salt to each cookie if desired.
  • Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.
  • Store in an air-tight container on the counter for 3-4 days.


  • Make sure to really stir the nut or seed butter before using!
  • If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you measure out the dough using a tablespoon. Just roll it into a ball, flatten it into a cookie and then place on a baking sheet. Repeat until dough is done.
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  1. Jaki says

    I just tried this recipe, it’s great and so simple! I used peanut butter instead of almond and 1/2 c coconut sugar, 1/4 honey to make it a bit sweeter. I also tried it with chocolate chips and found I needed an extra egg to hold it together. It worked out well. Thanks for the recipe! 👍


  2. Emily says

    What can I substitute for the coconut sugar? Would you suggest applesauce or honey or a banana even? And what would be the amounts of the substitutions?


  3. Jess says

    Thank you so much for this great recipe!! I already had all the ingredients and they took no time at all to make. I just wanted a quick treat for my boyfriend and I so I cut the recipe in half and it worked great. They were a chewy texture which I love, not a fan of many cookie recipes because of this reason. Thanks again :))

  4. Jocelyn says

    This recipe sounds so simple and looks SO good! I was just wondering if this recipe is candida-friendly? It looks like it is but I just wanted to make sure by asking you.

    I’m new to your site and can’t wait to see if I can find more candida friendly recipes!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Jocelyn, glad you found my website! I don’t think this is candida-friendly because it contains coconut sugar, but I’m also not an expert in candida-friendly recipes, sorry!

  5. Krista says

    These are baking and smell delicious, they taste good too! Though the outsides look cooked, the insides look shiny ( wet) and they fall apart when I try to move them. Keep cooking? Let them stand?

    I’ve been
    Loving all of your Paleo friendly treats. Thanks!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Krista, maybe cook them a little longer so the inside doesn’t look as shiny – then I suggest cooling the cookies on a wire rack. They’ll harden slightly as they cool. Please let me know how they turn out for you!

  6. Chantelle says

    These cookies look absolutely perfect. I tried making 3 ingredient cookies tonight with hazelnut flour as an experimental project haha it didn’t go over so well, more like one giant cookie. Definitely going to follow your simple template next time!

  7. [email protected] says

    I LOVE it when I read a recipe and think to myself, “hey, I already have ALL the ingredients!” – I’m currently the only Paleo person in my house (hopefully that’ll change in the new year) so I have a hard time justifying a lot of extra ingredients when its just for me. I can’t wait to try these (I also grabbed a jar of Barney’s chocolate almond butter at WF last week and I’m wondering how it would go if I used that instead of plain almond butter . . .)!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Victoria! Hopefully these cookies will convince your family that Paleo isn’t all that bad 🙂 As for the chocolate butter… I’m not sure that will work but if it does, please let me know how it turns out! I usually just fold in some chocolate chips at the end to get my chocolate fix.

  8. Leslie Butler says

    4 stars
    Mine are in the mixer right now! I had just enough chocolate chips and coconut to put both into the cookies for a extra yummy treat. I am so grateful to have found your site – many, many thanks!!!

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