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Grain-Free Soft Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Alaena Haber
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 10 to 12 1x




  • 2 cups almond flour (finely ground)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • tiny pinch ground nutmeg (TINY!)
  • 1/2 cup palm shortening, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup palm shortening, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey*
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • pinch sea salt


For the Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a light colored baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients to the bowl and use a hand mixer to combine into a cookie dough.
  3. Place cooking dough on the parchment paper and use the paper to assist you in rolling a log that is about 6 inches long so you will be able to form 12,  ½-inch thick cookies. Place the cookie dough wrapped in the parchment paper in the freezer for 15 minutes while you make the frosting.
  4. Remove cookie dough from freezer and slice into ½-inch thick slices. Place flat on parchment lined baking sheet and use your hands to round them into circles.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes until the edges just start to turn a light golden brown. Keep an eye on them since oven temperatures and hot spots vary.
  6. Let cool completely before frosting using the frosting recipe below.

For the Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together the shortening, coconut butter, honey and coconut oil until smooth.
  2. Stir in arrowroot and salt with a spoon or rubber spatula. This frosting will harden if refrigerated since it contains coconut oil. Frost cooled cookies with room temperature frosting.


*For a true sugar cookie frosting, you can also use organic confectioner’s sugar but that is not considered Paleo. But really sugar is sugar, so if you are okay with it for special occasions, this is one time when it makes sense to use it! I really like Wholesome brand.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie