Not only are these sugar cookies Paleo, but they are nut free as well! I find that SO many Paleo recipes contain nuts, especially in the form of almond flour. I rarely use almond flour in my baking, mostly because it is expensive but also because we eat quite a few nuts/nut butters and I feel that adding almond flour on top of that would be just a bit too much nut consumption. I also know that many people have nut allergies and so I try to make some nut-free recipes to cater to those dietary restrictions as well. Heck, my son even went through a brief period where he was avoiding nuts!
All that being said, these cookies do have coconut; which I do not consider a nut. I looked it up and apparently a coconut is a seed, a fruit, and a nut all in one…also called a drupe! A quick definition can be found HERE.
Anyway, here we go…nut-free, Paleo-friendly sugar cookies. They are sweetened with maple syrup, contain only 8 ingredients and have an extra protein kick thanks to the collagen.
Makes 15 bite-sized cookies.
*I highly recommend refrigerating the dough prior to baking. It is not required, but refrigeration will make the dough easier to work with and give these cookies just the right texture. Baking time may vary if dough is not chilled.
These cookies are fricking fantastic! This batch turned out so moist on the inside, yet had that perfect golden outer crust. Before baking them, I did attempt to roll them out and make cut-out cookies, but that did not work. I repeat: this dough does not work for cut-out cookies. Sad, yes…my son was quite disappointed too.
If you are looking for a gluten free cut-out cookie recipe I do have a few on my blog: Shortbread Cut-Out Cookies, Vegan Sugar Cookies, Simple Sugar Cookies, Protein PB Cookies, Grain-Free Graham Crackers (basically cookies). Unfortunately the only Paleo recipe is for the graham crackers. I haven’t been able to get dough to roll out and not stick without the addition of grains (like rice flour). But it’s on my to-do list 😉
Tag me on social media @realfoodrabbit if you make these! I want to see your creations 🙂
I'm Katie - wife to a loving husband & mother to two active little boys. I am a stay-at-home-mom with a passion for all things health & fitness. I believe in nourishment for the body, mind & soul through eating real food, practicing proper fitness & living without restriction. Join me in creating healthy recipes and learning to live a balanced, fulfilling life!