These soft, paleo sugar cookies happened by accident. That’s right—these almond flour sugar cookies started out as Almond Shortbread Cookies, which is one of the most popular recipes in my book, Coconuts and Kettlebells.
Like many of you, I loved making Christmas cookies growing up. (Ok, it was actually the decorating with icing and sprinkles part… directly into my mouth.) My sister and I used to make them together every Christmas eve. And now that I’m a mom, I wanted to pass on that tradition to my kids.
So, I went on the hunt for a paleo almond flour sugar cookie recipe that used simple, whole ingredients. I experimented with a few different recipe, and let me just say, it was nothing short of a disaster. Most of the recipes I tried wouldn’t hold their shape, or they just tasted gritty and horrible.
Then it hit me that the perfect soft almond flour Christmas cookie might actually exist in my own cookbook. By making just a few small adjustments, this recipe makes the best paleo and gluten-free almond flour sugar cookies. They have a buttery soft center, they’re slightly crisp on the edges, and they have just the right amount of sweetness.
In short, THEY ARE SO GOOD.
And as an added bonus, these paleo almond flour sugar cookies are made from four simple, whole ingredients: almond flour, ghee, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract (plus, a dash of spices!) They are ingredients you likely have on hand right now—so get to it!
Here are a few quick tips for making beautiful, tasty paleo sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating:
- Make sure to use blanched almond flour. Whisk or sift the almond flour to get rid of any clumps.
- For the dough to cut clean shapes, make sure it is thoroughly chilled.
- Dust your surface and/or rolling pin with coconut flour or a gluten-free flour mix. Do not use almond flour—it is actually pretty moist and won’t keep the dough from sticking.
- Rolling the dough to just under 1/2 inch thick is the sweet spot. The almond flour sugar cookies cut perfectly and hold their shape when cooked.
- Let these paleo sugar cookies completely cool before decorating. I like to bake them the day before, put them in the fridge, and then decorate the next day.
- This almond flour sugar cookie recipe makes one batch of paleo sugar cookies for decorating. Double the recipe if you’d like to make two baking sheets of paleo sugar cookies.
- For decorating, I personally love Simple Mills Vanilla Icing. We use ColorKitchen Natural Food Dye and Sprinkles, and this year we also got sprinkles by Supernatural. So fun!
This almond flour sugar cookie recipe makes the best paleo sugar cookies for decorating. They have a buttery soft center, they’re slightly crisp on the edges, and they have just the right amount of sweetness.
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 3 tablespoons ghee, at room temperature (not melted)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, fold all the ingredients together until combined.
- Place the dough in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. The dough should be slightly firm to the touch.
- Sprinkle a clean, flat surface and rolling pin with coconut flour. Roll out the dough until it is just under 1/2 inch thick.
- Using your favorite cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet with a spatula.
- Gather the remaining scraps and roll the dough into a ball. Repeat the process of rolling the dough out and cutting it into shapes until the dough is used up. If the dough becomes warm during this process, return it to the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
- Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, until the edges turn lightly golden brown (see tip.) Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and let them cool completely on a wire rack.
- Decorate with icing and sprinkles.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
- Cooking time will depend on the size of your cookies. Most cookie shapes will cook up in about 12-13 minutes. Larger ones may take an extra minute or two.
- Double the recipe to make two baking sheets of medium to large almond flour sugar cookies.
How did this Christmas almond flour sugar cookie work for you? Let me know in the comments below!