Cherry Bakewell Cookies (GF, DF, Low Sugar)

Cherry Bakewell Cookies (GF, DF, Low Sugar)

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If you like bakewell tarts then you will love these cherry bakewell cookies. Packed full of all the almond & cherry flavours we all know and love. They are simply delicious. Gluten free, dairy free and low in sugar they are sure to be hit with everyone.  

A traditional bakewell tart is an English confection consisting of a shortcrust pastry shell beneath layers of jam, frangipane, and a topping of flaked almonds. Using the traditional flavours and adding in the glace cherries makes for some very addictive cherry bakewell inspired cookies.  

For any new readers here, I love any recipes that can be made in one bowl. The fewer dishes I have to wash the better. This cherry bakewell cookies are no exception and can be made in under 25 minutes.  

Cherry bakewell cookies
Ingredients needed: 
  • Dairy free butter
  • Natvia sweetener
  • Large egg
  • Almond extract
  • Almond flour
  • Flaked almonds
  • Gluten free plain flour
  • Glace cherries

Although these cookies are low in added sugar thanks to the sweetener you could swap it out for either coconut sugar or any other granulated sugar you prefer, depending on how much of a sweet tooth you have. 

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Be careful not to add to much almond extract as it has a strong flavour and a little goes a long way. Especially since you already have almond flavouring from the almond flour and flaked almonds. 

Cherry bakewell cookies

Dairy free butter options are becoming easier to find in supermarkets nowadays. I’ve used 2 brands before both worked well. First i tried the Pure dairy free olive spread . Its been my go to butter substitute since eliminating dairy from my diet. The neutral taste works great and i like that they don’t use any emulsifiers. The price is a little higher than other dairy free options out there but i find its worth it.

Second option which is a recent discovery for me is the Stork original block for biscuits and pastry. This is one of those products that isn’t labelled as dairy free but checking the ingredients list will show that they don’t contain any dairy and don’t have a may contain warning either.

Cherry bakewell cookies

Personally i don’t think its the healthiest alternative out there but its a cheaper version and in small qualities am OK with it.

Baking time for these cherry bakewell cookies can vary depending on the type of cookie you prefer. For a softer under baked texture bake them for 8-9 minutes. Or for a cookie with crispy edges and a soft middle baked them for 10-12 minutes.  

I have made these cookies a few times now and both ways are equally as tasty. The crispy edges and soft middle have a better texture. It’s reminiscent of shortbread in my opinion but it’s all just personal preference. 

Cherry bakewell cookies

My loyal testers aka work colleagues devoured these cookies before break time. Everyone really enjoyed them and thought they had a great almond flavour. Of course, I love taking my creations into work. They make great taste tester since there is a wide age range of both male and females.

Most importantly no one at work has any dietary requirements but they still really enjoy what I bake and think they taste just as great as “normal” ones.  

One of the main reasons I made this blog was to show you that you don’t have to miss out on your favourite food. It may take a little more effort but you can learn a new skill and can turn it into a fun activity to do with your friends and family.

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Cherry bakewell cookies

Cherry Bakewell Cookies (GF, DF, Low Sugar)

If you like bakewell tarts then you will love these cherry bakewell cookies. Packed full of all the almond &  cherry flavours we all know and love. They are simply delicious. Gluten free, dairy free and low in sugar they are sure to be hit with everyone.  

Course Dessert
Cuisine DF, GF, Low Sugar
Keyword Cherry Bakewell Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 9
Calories 140 kcal
Author emma


  • 80 grams Dairy free butter
  • 25 grams` Natvia sweetener
  • 1/2 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract`
  • 100 grams GF plain flour
  • 50 grams Almond flour
  • 10 grams Flaked almonds
  • 45 grams Glace Cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 180c and line a baking tray with grease proof paper or a silicone baking mat. 

  2. In a medium sized bowl cream together the DF butter and sweetener until pale and fluffy. 

  3. Mix in 1/2 the large egg and almond extract until well incorporated if it looks curled don’t worry.  

  4. Stir in the both the plain flour and almond flour until well combined.

  5. Mix in the flaked almonds. Then quarter the glace cherries and mix them through the cookie dough.

  6. Using a cookie scoop to measure out the dough. Place each ball of dough on a lined baking tray and flatten them down to desired thickness. I made 9 cookies from the mixture. 

  7. Bake cookies at 180c for 8-9 minutes for a under baked texture and 10-12 minutes a crispier edge and softer middle cookie. 

  8. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes to firm up and make them easier to handle. After 5 minutes move the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

Recipe Notes

Macros for each cookie is 8.4f 14.1c 2.1p

cherry bakewell cookies

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