Paleo Sugar Cookies

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.


Paleo Sugar Cookies


  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (measured at room temp)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/4 Cup collagen
  • 2 Tbsp tapioca flour (can sub arrowroot)
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. Measure out coconut oil into a microwave-safe dish.  Melt in microwave (about 1 min on high).
  2. Combine melted coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and egg.
  3. Add in remaining ingredients.  Mix well.
  4. Place dough in fridge and chill for 60 minutes.*
  5. Remove dough from fridge, roll into balls and place on baking sheet.  Flatten with fork if desired.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on drying rack.

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 😉

Paleo Sugar Cookies

Tag me on social media @realfoodrabbit if you make these!  I want to see your creations 🙂




17 Comments on “Paleo Sugar Cookies

    • Hi! The collagen is a necessary ingredient for this recipe. You can try substitutions but I cannot guarantee results.


  1. Hi, these look super good! I know someone already asked about the collagen, but do you think it’s possible to sub additional coconut flour and tapioca starch?

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    • You could try it, but the whole point of the recipe was to use collagen, haha. So…really not sure how substitutions would work.


    • I’m guessing it’s not the gelling kind cuz then you’d probably call it gelatin instead of collagen. I’ll try it and see what happens! 😜


      • If you click on the link it shows the exact type I used; which was Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, not gelatin. But I think the gelatin would work as well.


  2. I made these and followed recipe exactly and they came out like flat pancakes :/
    Is there supposed to be baking powder included?


    • Oh no! I’m so sorry that they didn’t turn out. Did you use Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour and chill before baking? There isn’t any baking powder in the recipe.


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