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August 16, 2022

by Alyssa

Blackberry Cookies

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These soft and chewy Blackberry Cookies are bursting with fresh, juicy berries in every bite. They’re a healthy cookie that’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and made without any refined sugar!

Overhead view of blackberry cookies on platter with glass of milk

If summer had an official cookie, I think it would be these blackberry cookies. Blackberries are in season all summer long, but this is the time of year when blackberry bushes are heavy with sweet, ripe fruit ready for the picking. (Of course, if you’re not lucky enough to have access to blackberry bushes to pick from, this is also the time of year when blackberries are cheap and plentiful at the farmers’ market!)

I really can’t say enough good things about this blackberry cookie recipe. Is it easy? Oh, you know it! So easy you don’t even need a second mixing bowl to make the cookie dough. It’s also gluten-free, refined-sugar-free, and dairy-free. 

The result is a healthy treat you can feel good about eating. Naturally sweetened cookies that are soft, chewy, and full of plump, ripe blackberries in every bite. Bliss!

(Have a lot of blackberries to use up? Make one of these recipes next: Healthy Blackberry Smoothie, Blackberry & Apricot Quinoa Salad, or Blackberry Muffins with Lime-Coconut Butter Glaze.)

Overhead view of ingredients for blackberry cookies

What You’ll Need

Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Cashew butter or tahini – The nut butter or tahini should be fairly thin and creamy. If yours is on the thicker side, you might want to use 1 full cup.
  • Maple syrup – You could use honey as a sweetener instead if you’d like.
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Quinoa flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Blackberries – Slice the blackberries in half.

Can I Grind Quinoa to Make Flour?

Yes, if you can’t find quinoa flour at your local grocery store (and don’t have time to wait for it to be shipped to you if you order it online), you can make your own by toasting pre-washed quinoa in a skillet, then grinding it in a high-speed blender until it forms a flour.

How to Make Blackberry Cookies

These blackberry cookies are so easy, you literally only need minutes to make them! Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Before and after photos of blackberry cookie dough before and after stirring together wet ingredients
Before and after photos of blackberry cookie batter before and after mixing in dry ingredients
Side-by-side photos of blackberry cookie batter before and after folding in berries

Make the cookie dough. Beat the cashew butter, syrup, egg, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Once the wet ingredients are smooth, beat in the flour, baking soda and salt, then fold in the blackberries.

Side-by-side photos of blackberry cookies before and after baking

Form the cookies. Portion the dough onto the baking sheet and slightly flatten the cookies with the palm of your hand.

Bake. Place the baking sheet on the center rack of the oven and bake for 10 to 11 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. 

Overhead view of blackberry cookie surrounded by fresh berries

Cool. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely before serving.

Tips for Success

Here are some hints and tips for making these healthy blackberry cookies:

  • Make them pretty. You can reserve some of the blackberries and push them into the tops of the cookie dough after you’ve flattened them on the baking sheet. That way, you’ll have some berries in the dough and some on top of the cookies for visual appeal.
  • Make them your own. As long as you keep the base of the recipe and proportions the same, you can definitely change up this recipe and make it your own! Try swapping half the blackberries for raspberries, using almond extract instead of vanilla, or adding ground cinnamon for some cozy flavor.
  • Be patient! These cookies do need to cool completely before you serve them, otherwise they’re likely to crumble.
Stack of blackberry cookies, with top cookie bitten

Serving Suggestions

Okay, you probably don’t really need serving suggestions for cookies, but I can’t resist this one: the soft, chewy texture of these blackberry cookies makes them amazing for ice cream sandwiches. Sandwich a scoop of Black Raspberry Ice Cream between them, wrap them up, and freeze them for the perfect sweltering-hot-end-of-summer-day treat!

Overhead view of blackberry cookies on baking sheet with fresh berries

How to Store

You can store these blackberry cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days. They can also be refrigerated for up to a week.

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Yes, you can freeze your blackberry cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Let them thaw at room temperature before serving.

Blackberry cookie with bite taken out

Blackberry Cookies

If you like your cookies soft and chewy, you’ll love this healthy Blackberry Cookie recipe. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free, with the perfect texture and juicy berries in every bite!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 154kcal
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Overhead view of blackberry cookies on baking sheet with fresh berries
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Beat together the cashew butter, syrup, egg and vanilla. Once smooth, beat in the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Fold in the blackberries.
  • Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet. Lightly flatten them with your hands.
  • Bake on the center rack for 10 – 11 minutes until the cookies are golden brown. Remove and allow to cool completely before digging in (this will make sure the cookies don't fall apart when you eat them)!

Notes

  • You want the nut butter to be fairly thin and creamy. If yours is on the thicker side, you might want to use 1 full cup of nut butter
  • Store these blackberry cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days. They can also be refrigerated for up to a week.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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About Alyssa

Hey there, I’m Alyssa Rimmer, a certified Holistic Nutritionist, yoga-lover, dog mom, and founder of Simply Quinoa. It’s nice to meet you! I created SQ as a way to provide solutions for women just like me, who were struggling to find helpful information about how to live a healthy and fulfilled life. My hope is that you will find inspiration here on SQ – in my story, in my recipes, in the hundreds of wellness articles, and in our amazing community. Welcome!

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