This easy paleo sugar cookie dough recipe is the perfect base for your holiday cookie cutters! This recipe is made with almond and coconut flour, coconut oil, and honey. It’s naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar free, and paleo! Grab your favorite cookie cutters and let’s bake!
IT’S COOKIE WEEK!!!!! Aka my favorite week at Erin Lives Whole.
A quick intro for those of you who are new to my blog in the past year. Last year, I decided to bring my love for cookies to a whole new level and dedicate a week to holiday cookie recipes.
Yep. You heard me. An entire week of COOKIES! Just in time for your holiday cookie exchanges.
Well, cookie week is back with four brand new recipes!
This year, I’ve decided to start with the classic sugar cookie. I’m not sure how I missed doing this one last year, because even if it’s simple, the classic sugar cookie is one of my favorites.
When my high school friends and I all went off to college, we would always get together when we were home for the holiday’s for sugar cookie night. We made a bunch of dough, collected some cookie cutters, and decorated them together. It was always one of my favorite nights of the holiday season.
I made a couple simple swaps in this recipe to keep this sugar cookie recipe paleo, but I promise, it’s just as good (if not better) than your favorite classic sugar cookie.
So grab your friends and family, your cookie cutters, and get ready to decorate!
What makes this sugar cookie recipe paleo?
Traditional sugar cookies are made with all-purpose flour, white sugar, and butter. I’ve made a few simple swaps to make this recipe paleo.
This paleo sugar cookie recipe uses:
- Almond flour and coconut flour in place of white all-purpose flour
- Honey in place of white sugar
- Coconut oil in place of butter
All of these ingredients can still be found in in a regular grocery store. No specialty grocery stores or multiple grocery runs needed to make these sugar cookies a little healthier.
How to make paleo sugar cookies
Sugar cookies are incredibly simple to make. This recipe is no different. All you need is two bowls, and the dough comes together in just a matter of minutes.
Add all the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. It may help to mix with your hands until the dough forms a ball.
Once fully combined into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and allow to cool for about 30 minutes before rolling. This prevents the dough from sticking to the rolling pin.
Once cooled, roll dough out to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut with your favorite cookie cutters! Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Be sure to watch the cookies, they brown quickly!
Once baked, allow to cool completely. Then decorate, if desired!
Decorating your sugar cookies
My favorite part of holiday cookies was always decorating them with icing. The best part, making homemade icing is super simple. If you do follow a strict paleo diet, keep in mind this recipe isn’t paleo!
To make icing, just combine:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp. water
- Food coloring
I added my icing to a zip lop bag and cut the corner for easier decorating. No fancy equipment needed!
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If you make this recipe, be sure to comment below and let me know how it was! Also tag @erinliveswhole on Instagram and use the hashtag #erinliveswhole so I can see it and feature you!
- 2 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 – 2 tbsp water
- a few drops of food coloring
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Add almond flour, coconut flour baking soda, salt (all dry ingredients) to a medium bowl
- Mix together egg, honey, coconut oil, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a large bowl
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine
- Mix until a ball forms
- Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 30 minutes to prevent sticking when rolling.
- Roll dough about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut
- Bake for 6-8 minutes. Watch cookies closely – they burn quickly!
- If decorating, allow cookies to cool completely
Icing (for decorating)
- Add powdered sugar, water, and food coloring together. Mix to combine
- Put in ziplock bag and cut corner to allow for easy decorating
Number of cookies will depend on the size of your cookie cutters
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