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Gluten Free Almond Mandelbrot

gluten free almond mandelbrot

Almond Mandelbrot keep in a cookie tin on the counter for weeks at a time. The back-note lemon flavor is a modern remake of this classic dairy-free, gluten-free cookie from my childhood.

  • 30 ServingsServings


  • 150 grams granulated sugar (3/4 cup)
  • Zest of 2 large lemons 400 grams GF AP flour (200 grams superfine brown rice flour, 100 grams each superfine white rice flour and tapioca starch/flour) (heaping 3 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Boyajian Lemon Citrus oil or 1/2 teaspoon pure lemon extract (see resources)
  • 80 grams canola oil (heaping 1/3 cup)
  • 180 grams eggs (3 extra-large whole eggs)
  • 250 grams toasted, hand-chopped, sliced or slivered almonds (about 1 1/2 cups)


1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Place sugar in a small bowl. Zest lemons into sugar and work in with clean fingertips until the sugar is fully coated. Let the mixture rest 15 minutes before using.

3. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum (if using). Whisk. Add sugar mixture and whisk again to combine.

4. In a small bowl mix lemon juice, flavorings, oil and eggs. Whisk to combine.

5. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir. Using clean hands fully combine and then gently add in almonds.

6. Form into 2 logs on parchment paper lined sheet pans (about 1/2 inch tall, 2 inches wide and 15 inches long).

7. Bake 10 minutes. Turn oven to 325 F and bake 20 minutes more. Logs will not be brown.  Cool. Cut gently with serrated knife into half-inch wide slices. Be gentle- they tend to crumble at this point.

8. Stand slices up on baking sheet. Bake at 325 F for 10 minutes. Rotate pan & bake 30 minutes more at 275 F (until golden brown). Cool thoroughly.

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