Bulgarian Honey Cookies (GF, DF, Paleo)

These soft and chewy honey cookies are gluten free, paleo, and so easy to make. Mix the cookie batter in the food processor and bake for 14 minutes.

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Dessi grew up eating medenki in Bulgaria – soft honey cookies half dipped in chocolate. She wanted to share the recipe with you guys, but make these cookies gluten free, dairy free, and paleo. The texture of these honey cookies are fantastic, soft and chewy, and they go great with a cup of coffee or tea.

Make sure to check out Dessi’s chocolate date brownie recipe too. They are so good.

How To Make Gluten Free Honey Cookies?

The easiest way to make these cookies is in a small food processor. Add the almond flour along with the remaining dry ingredients and pulse a few times to mix. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and honey. To make these cookies dairy free, Dessi used virgin coconut oil, and she used fine blanched almond flour to make them gluten free.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry in the food processor and mix very well. You don’t have to worry about over-working the batter since there in no gluten. Use a cookie scoop and form the dough into balls and place on a parchment lined sheet tray. Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes. The cookies will still be soft to the touch, but will harden slightly when cooled. Dip cooled cookies in melted chocolate and allow to dry.

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Gluten free Bulgarian honey cookie recipe

Can I Make Cookies With Coconut Flour?

Coconut flour is very dry and will make the texture of these cookies very crumbly. You would have to change the quantities of the ingredients to make it work, so don’t recommend using it.

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Bulgarian honey cookie recipe

Can I Freeze Gluten Free Cookies?

Yes, these honey cookies freeze well for 3 months in an air tight container. Thaw on the counter-top or in a 250 degrees F oven for 5 minutes. You can also store these on the counter for 1 day or in the fridge for 3 days.

Make sure to check out Dessi’s other dessert recipes:

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Gluten Free Honey Cookies (DF,Paleo)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free cookies, honey cookies, soft almond cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 19 cookies
Calories: 133 kcal
Author: Dessi Parrish

These Bulgarian honey cookies are soft and chewy and so easy to make. The cookies are made with almond flour so they are gluten free, and only take 14 minutes t bake in the oven.



  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted virgin coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • ¼ cup runny honey
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the almond flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt in a small food processor and pulse a couple of times to mix the dry ingredients.

  3. Whisk the egg in a bowl and add the melted coconut oil, vanilla, and honey.

  4. Then pour the wet ingredients on top. Process, until the dough becomes smooth, about 30 seconds. If you don’t have a food processor, use a hand mixer, or do it by hand, just make sure to mix all ingredients very well. Let batter sit for 10 minutes.

  5. Place some coconut oil or water on your hands and using a cooking dough portion scooper (that is about 1.2 tablespoons in size) or a spoon, scoop some dough and form it into a ball. Place the ball on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper and gently press on top to flatten it into about 1.5 inch circle.

  6. Continue with the rest of the dough. You should end up with about 19 cookies.

  7. Bake in 350F oven for about 12-14 minutes. The cookies will still be a soft to the touch when you pull them out.
  8. Let them cool down and then melt the chocolate or chocolate chips over a double boiler. Decorate the cookies with the melted chocolate and let the chocolate cool down and harden.
  9. Cookies will last on the counter for a day, or 3 days in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Chocolate chips are optional. If you want to keep the recipe paleo, use paleo chocolate chips/chocolate.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Honey Cookies (DF,Paleo)
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value*
Fat 10.5g16%
Carbohydrates 8.4g3%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Protein 3.2g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

11 thoughts on “Bulgarian Honey Cookies (GF, DF, Paleo)”

    1. Love them. Made them tonight after seeing you guys do the live. They are super yummy and easy.
      I made it with flax egg and it tasted yummy.

  1. Hi Bobby, can I substitute the coconut oil for avocado oil? I’m allergic to coconut. Thank you.

    Loving your Instagram and You Tube channels.

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