Lemon Basil Cookies

I based this Lemon Basil Cookies recipe (and photo) on one from Bon Appetit for Lemon-Lime Basil Shortbread Cookies. As you might expect, these are gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, dairy-free cookies. I used the same flavor profile as the Bon Appetit recipe, though decided not to make mine a shortbread cookie.

I’ve used coconut butter as the fat in this cookie recipe, which I learned to do from Jessica at one of my all time favorite blogs, inphyusion.com. Make sure to check out her site as she has quite a few incredible raw, plant-based recipes.

Lemon Basil Cookies

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Servings 18 cookies



  • Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda in a food processor
  • Pulse in coconut butter, honey, basil, and lemon zest
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down to flatten
  • Bake at 350°F for 6-10 minutes
  • Cool for 2 hours
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins
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If you would like to make a super duper fuss over your cookies (as I did for the photo above), trim their edges with a [cookie cutter 2 inch]. Normally, if not photographing the cookies, I would not undertake this step. It’s way too fussy for me.

I may be posting a bit less frequently during the next couple of weeks as we are moving and I am in the process of packing my entire house (and therefore my kitchen) into boxes. Last night the boys were busy packing up their own rooms. Wish us luck and enjoy the cookies.

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73 responses to “Lemon Basil Cookies”

  1. Love these cookies. I use basil from my garden. My family enjoys all your recipes and they are so easy to personalize. We are personal chefs dedicated to gluten , soy and sugar free healthy food.Thanks from Old San Juan Puerto Rico.

    • Amanda, greetings to you and yours in Old San Juan Puerto Rico! I’m so happy to hear everyone is loving these cookies :-)

  2. I find avoid burning the cookie not easy compared to making bread where a toothpick come out clean as the benchmark indicator. When it comes to baking cookie, the edge of some may looks slightly brown but the body is still soft. Not until after couple hours of cooling when they remain soft that I come to realize they are under cooked. Or their edge are sightly brown but the bottom are already burned. They are overcooked in this case. I did monitor the temperature and time closely but the overcook situation can happened within minutes between the 6 – 10 minute time span. I just find baking the cookie at the correct crispiness without burning tricky.

    • Billy, one solution might be to bake the cookies on a higher rack in the oven to prevent the bottoms from overcooking :-)

  3. I found these cookies at a cafe in Los Angeles. They were SO good so I googled the recipe and yours came up. Yours doesn’t include vanilla, though theirs listed Tahitian Vanilla. Would you recommend adding a teaspoon? Can’t wait to try making these at home.

    • Juli, so nice to meet you here! I haven’t tried that so not sure, but it sounds like a fun addition that might work :-)

  4. Hi Elana, After pulsing in the coconut butter, etc. Is your dough a small crumble that you need to actually press together with your hands to make it form a more uniform dough? Thanks

    • Hi Jessica, my dough forms when I pulse the ingredients in the food processor. If you are having trouble with this you may want to add a few drops of water to help the process along :-)

  5. I was looking all over the local mall and couldn’t find any coconut butter. Oh well, I guess I will have to substitute it or go back to the States…

    • Coconut butter is easily made at home with shredded coconut and coconut oil in the food processor or high-performance blender. It is much cheaper than buying it in a jar. Recipes are readily available online.

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