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10 Paleo Christmas Cookie Recipes

Paleo Christmas Cookies –gluten-free, grain-free, healthy treats for the holidays.

I’ve got the Christmas cookie bug. The gluten-free Christmas cookie bug that is. Because the recipes that I’ve written on this blog for the past year or so have been Paleo (the ones prior to that are merely grain-free), I’ve gone back and retested a number of my classic gluten-free cookie recipes and reworked them so that they are now Paleo cookie recipes. Because I want you and yours to have a Paleo Christmas, and not miss out on cookies!

My boys and their friends were pretty darn happy when I tested the recipes below. They had a Paleo Christmas cookie feast after school last Friday, and left me with a pile of crumbs. That’s how I like it.

Pack up your Paleo Christmas cookies in pretty little boxes and give them to your neighbors and friends. When I was a girl I used to make treats for all of our family friends and wrap them up in boxes that I bought from the local Chinese restaurant –that was before the advent of Michael’s and other craft stores. I’d tie those boxes of cookies with pretty red ribbons and have my parents drive me to our friend’s houses to drop them off. Now everyone gathers (and eats) at our house, so there’s less driving.

So go ahead and make some Paleo Christmas cookies. Keep them for you and yours, or pack ‘em up and spread ‘em around as gifts. No one will ever know how healthy they are.

posted on December 11, 2012, 33 comments

  1. Becky

    Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful recipies. My son and I are grain free not by choice but by what our bodies can tolerate. My son is also sugar free so it is nice i can drop the sweeteners and still tastes good for him. Keep up the great work and taking time to experiment for other mothers whi don’t have the time to… Thanks again

  2. Thank you so much for these great recipes!

  3. Mike @TheIronYou @ theironyou.com

    Cranberry chocolate biscotti: that’s what I’m talking about!

  4. Katie @ RIddlelove @ riddlelove.com

    What a great resource! My family (and our tummies) thank you so very much. Happy Holidays!

  5. Maria

    This makes me wish I could drop by your house, too! I made your triple chocolate cookies a couple of weeks ago and everyone agreed that Santa would like them also, so they’ll be set out (along with some non-dairy milk) for the big guy on Christmas Eve. Oh, and just last night my hubby walked in the house after a very late company meeting and immediately said, “What are ya baking?” He smelled the chocolate chip almond butter brownies in the oven. And even though he’d been annoyed by our son failing to finish shoveling the walk not two seconds earlier, he said, “All is forgiven.” Your recipes are very popular at our house, for sure!

  6. You totally got me, cookies are my favorite dessert! I’ll fly out for the taste-testing next time if you need an extra cookie monster :)

  7. Stacie

    Your timing is perfect! I was just starting to work on neighbor gifts today.

  8. Stuart Pierce

    Your molasses spice cookies are SO delicious. They are wonderful with gingerbread spice milk tea.

  9. BeckyS

    Thanks for all the great recipes and posts. I will try several of these recipes this holiday and I am sure we will love them all! Happy Holidays to all! And a Happy New Year filled with good health!

  10. Michael Wilson

    Most of these recipes aren’t Paleo, Agave nectar is 92% fructose, something to be avoided as much as possible. And grapeseed oil?!? CAMMAN!

  11. Tammy

    Was wondering if you’ve tried freezing any of these cookies.

    Thank you so much for all of the delicious recipes. I use recipes from your site almost every day. Thank you!

    • Jaimee Miller

      I have frozen the Snickerdoodles. They were fine thawed, and frankly- the kids said they LOVED the cookies still half-cold while thawing!

    • Laura C

      Yes, I freeze my cookies all the time for school lunches! I make a few batches on the weekend, put two cookies in baggies and have them ready to pop in lunch boxes. By lunch they are perfect. If I want one right away just 15 seconds in the microwave and they are perfect.

  12. Elana Daley @ conceptsintraining.com

    happy Chanukah! thank you for the great recipes. It’s been so busy this year, there is hardly time to make anything beyond dinner. Love your blog and all the helpful hints. Hag Sameach!

  13. Emily

    You are making my mouth water, as always :)

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and New Years!

    Sending hugs :)

  14. Linda Carlson

    This seems like the perfect time to say “thank you” for all your amazing recipes. I learned that I have Candida in Feb of this year which of course meant severe food changes. Your recipes have given me so many choices I wouldn’t have had otherwise. With a few changes (no honey or agava)I can whip up delicious treats and still keep my eating on track as I heal the Candida!

  15. Jaimee Miller

    Dear Elana-

    Thank you for all your time and efforts. Your work has been a huge part of helping me and my children stay grain free. Your openess and sharing has also been a source of strength, and camaraderie you are likely rarely made aware of. Thank you from a friend and her family – and Ill say it from the many of my friends who now enjoy more almond items thanks to me sharing foods I have made, your site, and bought books to give others too. We are …like your neighbors way way down the street :)

    Happy Holidays to you and yours. <3

  16. Hannah Healy @ Healy Real Food Vegetarian @ healyrealfoodvegetarian.wordpress.com

    These all look so good! Especially the biscottis! I never made a biscotti at home, but it is the best with a nice cup of coffee. Thanks for the great recipes!

  17. Catherine

    I am sure these are all fantastic, but I am so hooked on your Chocolate Chip Scones that it seems to be the only baking I want to do lately.

  18. Janette

    I think I just drooled on my key board a little, lol! Thank you soooooo much for getting these recipes round up, you are most awesome!!

  19. Gwyneth

    Thank you so much for ALL the wonderful recipes you provide! They are AMAZING and delicious! Merry Christmas!

  20. sharon

    I made the tahini sesame seed biscuits today… they went so quickly I had to make another batch! I did do a couple of little changes, coconut oil for the oil and xylitol (with a little touch of water) for the sweetener. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL RECIPES xo

  21. Lorne Marr @ badoo.com/en-ca/lorne

    My grandmother taught me many Christmas recipes, but I haven’t heard about many of these. I especially liked the paleo coconut macaroons, because it’s pretty different from the things that I am used to bake or eat. I’ll probably try to bake it this year, although my to-bake list already includes more than 20 things to bake.

  22. Sherry Fredley @ SherryFredley.com/blog

    Thanks for all of the recipes!! I can definitely get on board with all of the paleo goodness but I swear I hear those coconut ones talking to me. Being gluten free isn’t easy around the holidays and my daughter wants to make cookies with me- looks like I found our recipes!!!

    Thank YOU again!

    Sherry at sherryfredley.com

  23. is it bad that i want to make all of these at once?? everything looks amazing…time to go stock up on some almond flour!!

  24. sandy

    Thanks for all your efforts in creating familiar tastes attainable to all. I do not feel deprived any time of the year. The Lemon Almond Biscotti is AMAMZING! I altered your recipe a tad by adding the juice from the lemon and its entire rind for a strong burst of lemon flavor and upped the honey a bit. Amazing My granddaughters (4 and almost 2) were in competition to see who could gobble them up faster. They exclaimed “Grams, make these again tomorrow!”… well I plan on making them again and again but maybe without their knowledge on occasion that is if I want some.Have a lovely Holiday Season and Thanks again.

  25. Sarah

    Thank you for providing nutritious treats for us all year round!
    I have been making the primal choc chip cookies for a while now and decided to experiment with making a “primal” Russian tea cake/ Mexican wedding cookie/ polvorones kinda treat.
    I followed the directions to your primal choc chip cookie recipe right up to the part to add the chips -instead I added a 1t. of cinnamon and some chopped pecans (that I had soaked overnight and then dried out in my oven at 140 for about 4 hours)until the dough was almost dry and I formed into small balls baked ‘em just like the choc cookies, let them cool on the tray.
    The result was sublime! I did roll a few in powdered sugar for that festive look, but I didn’t think they are delicious without any extra sweetness. Happy Baking and sharing to all!

  26. K.Taylor

    I see you use almond flour a lot. Hope this question is not silly, but is it actually almonds? My husband is allergic to tree nuts (they give him headaches) so I’d want to be sure before I let him eat them. Our daughter is allergic to wheat, so I’m interested in wheat free baked goods (gluten-free has been a big help for making up the missed foods).

  27. Michele

    K.Taylor – I don’t know if anyone monitors here anymore, but I just wanted to answer your question. Almond flour is made from raw almonds. If your husband in allergic to tree nuts, I would check out the recipes with coconut flour. Hope that helps.

  28. Sharon L Ulam @ maxilla/firefox

    Hi Elana, could you PLEASE put the recipe for your chocolate chip cookies in a jar for a present up again. I need it badly before Monday !!!! Thanks so much!

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