With Christmas less than 2 weeks away, it’s time to start rolling out the recipes for Paleo Sugar Cookies.
Your family and friends might wonder, “Why bother with a Paleo recipe for sugar cookies? After all, it’s the holidays so why not just eat “regular” sugar cookies made with wheat flour and just go back on our “silly” diets after the New Year?” News Flash: some of us cannot do that. Autoimmune diseases ring a bell? The aftermath is so not worth it. Besides, these are super yummy so there’s no need to feel sorry for me. I’m not missing anything.
Since my mom is the one that got me to go Paleo in the first place, it’s only fitting that I steal her Paleo Sugar Cookie recipe and share it with the world because not only is this recipe Paleo, it’s also Gluten-free and even Vegan so you can pretty much share these cookies with everyone. How’s that for holiday spirit?
Here are Kimberly’s instructions for making perfect Paleo Sugar Cookies, starting with the Paleo Egg Nog. Thanks, mom!
1. Get your children to commit to helping you make Paleo Sugar Cookies
2. Turn on obnoxious Christmas music
3. Pour a glass of Paleo Egg Nog
4. Spike it with Rum (if that’s your thing, of course)
Festive Cookie Cutters
2 Bowls (one large)
1 ½ Cups Sifted, Blanched Almond Flour
1 Cup arrowroot flour
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda
½ cup Honey
⅓ cup Applesauce
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ Teaspoon Grated Lemon Rind (Optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. In the large bowl, mix almond flour, arrowroot flour, salt, baking soda, and lemon rind together. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, mix wet ingredients of coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and applesauce.
4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix thoroughly.
5. Place the dough into the refrigerator for two hours to “set”. It should be very cold as the dough can be very “doughy”.
6. Once the dough has set, roll the dough out onto parchment paper until it is at the desired thickness. 1/4 inch thick is probably best. Dust with almond flour as necessary. Also, dust your hands well with arrowroot powder to handle the dough.
7. Make your kids cut out cookie shapes with cute, festive cookie cutters.
8. Place the cookies on a parchment-paper lined cookie sheet.
9. Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool completely on the wire rack, Set in the refrigerator.
10. Make some frosting!
Karen Pendergrass is the Author of The Sustainability Diet; Founder and Executive Director of The Paleo Foundation, Certified Paleo, Paleo Approved, and Paleo-Friendly Food Certification Labels; creator of the International Paleo Movement Group on Facebook, and creator of The Paleo Movement Magazine.