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4 Ingredient Gluten Free Ratafia Biscuits

  • Author: Emma
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 40 biscuits 1x


4 ingredient gluten free ratafia biscuits are easy, low carb cookies made without wheat flour and dairy.  Traditionally from Scotland, these crisp and chewy cookies are perfect in a trifle or with a cup of coffee.



  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup almond flour (100g)
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar (150g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F and line an 11×17-inch cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the egg whites in a medium bowl until they’re quite foamy, but not forming peaks.
  3. Dump in the sugar and almond flour and beat until well mixed; then stir in the almond extract.  The mixture should look like a thick paste.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag fitted with a 1/3 inch (1 centimeter) round nozzle.  Pipe blobs of the mixture onto the prepared tray about 2 inches apart, making each biscuit about 3/4 inch in diameter.
  5. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 15-18 minutes, until the biscuits are a pale golden brown around the edges.
  6. Let the biscuits cool completely on the parchment paper.  Use in a trifle or serve as an after-dinner snack with coffee.  Store leftovers in an airtight container.


  • Want to warm up the egg whites quickly?  Soak the whole eggs in hot tap water for 10 minutes, then separate the yolks and whites.
  • Can’t find almond flour?  Substitute it with equal volume of another nut flour, such as hazelnut.
  • Make your own caster sugar (also known as superfine sugar) by grinding granulated sugar in a blender until fine.
  • Want them sweeter?  Add an additional 2 tablespoons (25g) of caster sugar.
  • Let the biscuits cool completely before removing from the parchment.  Otherwise, they’ll stick to the paper.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Scottish

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