Simple Almond Hearts

These simple almond hearts are gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan! Plus they only require 4 ingredients, one bowl, and about 10 minutes to make!

Simple Almond Hearts- Emma's Little Kitchen

This was not supposed to be a post about cookies. For months I had a glorious Valentines breakfast bun recipe in my head- light flaky buns with swirls of strawberry baked to perfection and then topped with a lemon glaze. Sounds good right?! Unfortunately I just couldn’t bring it together. I had a series of experimental flops, and in the end I gave up. Worst of all, they were incredibly cumbersome to make, and I wasted many a nap time up to my elbows in dough with absolutely nothing to show for it.

Simple Almond Hearts- Emma's Little Kitchen

Then I remembered that I was supposed to be keeping things simple, and the greatest gift I could give to my husband on Valentines day was something sweet, and a dirty-dish free sink. Enter the MOST SIMPLE cookie you will ever meet. Just four ingredients, one bowl, and about 10 minutes in the oven. Happy Valentines Day Darling!

Simple Almond HeartsSimple Almond Hearts- Emma's Little Kitchen

Naturally I cut these babies into heart for Valentines Day, but they can be recreated for any Holiday- Stars for Christmas, Bunnies for Easter, Spooky Bats on Halloween… the list goes on and on. It really is a perfect cookie recipe to have in your back pocket. So I will keep working on those Strawberry Breakfast rolls for you, but in the meantime, have a cookie!

Simple Almond Hearts- Emma's Little Kitchen


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These simple almond hearts are gluten-free, refined sugar free, and vegan! Plus they only require 4 ingredients, one bowl, and about 10 minutes to make!
Serves: about 20 small cookies
  • 1 cup almond flour/almond meal
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tbsp maple syrup or honey (if you don't need them to be vegan)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla or almond extract
  1. Preheat oven to 300F/150C, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. Cut down the long edge of a sandwich bag to make (like picture), and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the almond flour, cinnamon, maple syrup and vanilla extract, stir with a spoon, and then knead the dough together with your hands until you get a sticky ball
  3. Remove the dough, and put in your cut sandwich bag. Roll out to about ¼ inch thick, and then lift the top flap of our sandwich bag. Cut out as many shapes as you can, and place them on the baking sheet. Reform the dough to a ball, and roll it out again, cut as many shapes as you can. Repeat this process until all of your dough is cut into shapes
  4. Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes until the edges are golden. The center may still seem a bit soft, but thats ok. Remove from the oven and let them cool for just a minute before you carefully remove them to cool completely on a wire rack


Adapted minimally from The Clean Dish.

Simple Almond Hearts- Emma''s Little Kitchen


  1. Charlotte Oates says:

    These sounds delicious and they hold their shape perfectly (I get very frustrated with cookie spread!). I’ve had exactly the same problem with recipe creation, I’ll have an idea in my head and it just won’t quite come off, I’ll make it over and over until I’m completely fed up with it. Sometimes it’ll be nearly ready but I just can’t bear to make it any more! Your buns do sound lovely so you should definitely persevere.

    • Emma says:

      Hahaha! I’m so with you! I could’t bear to make those breakfast rolls anymore, just… no!! I need a few months off before I attempt them again!

  2. demeter | beaming baker says:

    Emma, this recipe is incredible! I love how simple the ingredients list is. 🙂 p.s. I totally agree that the best gift you could give your husband is a dish-free sink. LOL.

  3. Sarah @ Sarah's Bake Studio says:

    These look great! I love adding almond extract to my dough and frosting. These cookies for that alone are probably delicious, but I am loving the almond flour too. I have not tried that. I am definitely going to be trying this one! Thank you for sharing!

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