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Paleo Peanut Butter Patties – Tagalongs


Paleo, gluten-free Girl Scout cookies made with sunbutter, dark chocolate and an almond flour cookie will rock your world.

These Girl Scout cookies are called Peanut Butter Patties or Tagalongs, and guess what? I’ve made them gluten-free and Paleo. Now you can enjoy more gluten-free, Paleo Girl Scout Cookies. No need to give in to cravings for the regular (sugar-filled, gluten-filled) Girl Scout Cookies which are everywhere this time of year.

When I was a girl I was in a troupe called the Blue Birds. It was very similar to the Girl Scouts, except we sold Blue Bird candy instead of Girl Scout cookies. I had great fun going door-to-door selling candy to our neighbors. This was good preparation for the canvassing I later did for NYPIRG after I graduated from Columbia.

Paleo Peanut Butter Patties – Tagalongs


  1. In a food processor, combine almond flour, salt and baking soda
  2. Pulse in shortening, honey and vanilla until combined
  3. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper to 1/4-inch thick
  4. Chill dough in freezer for 20 minutes
  5. Using a 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out dough
  6. Press your thumb in center of each circle to make indentation
  7. Bake at 350° for 4-6 minutes
  8. Cool cookies for 1 hour
  9. Place one teaspoon of sunbutter on top of each cookie
  10. Freeze for 10 minutes
  11. Melt chocolate over very low heat
  12. Dip cookies in chocolate
  13. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet
  14. Freeze for 30 minutes
  15. Serve

Makes 18 cookies

These peanut-free, dairy-free, vegetarian Tagalong cookies are best stored in the refrigerator or freezer –your choice will depend on the level of crunch that you like in your cookie.

My previous two Girl Scout Cookie recipes are based on recipes from Tammy Credicott‘s book Paleo Indulgences, however, these Tagalongs are my own version of the regular Tagalong Girl Scout Cookie –they’re a simple gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free almond flour cookie with some sunflower seed butter and dark chocolate. Thanks, though, do go to Tammy for getting me on a Girl Scout cookie roll!

What Girl Scout Cookie recipe would you like to see here next in a healthy version? Here are some of my other favorite Paleo cookie recipes:

posted on March 8, 2013, 69 comments

  1. Lisa

    Yummy!!! Thank you, Elana, for all the girl scout paleo cookies =)

  2. Olivia@ OmNom Love @ omnomlove.blogspot.com

    Oh yum! I’ve already made your thin mint recipe and I can’t wait to make these! :)

    Lemonade or Dulce de Luche cookies would be great!

  3. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts @ allglutenfreedesserts.com

    Oh, how fabulous, Elana!! I’ve just shared your Paleo Samoas on All Gluten-Free Desserts … All The Time yesterday and now I’ll have to get this one up there, too! These cookies will be such a treat for those who are grain free, refined sugar free, paleo, etc. Yummy! Thank you!


  4. Ali @ Ali Eats Clean @ alieatsclean.com

    I thought there was no hope for GF girl scout cookies. You just made my weekend!

  5. epb

    Is there any reason not to use peanut butter rather than sunbutter?

  6. Michaela

    Bless your heart! I’m LOVING these Girl Scout cookie recipes. I haven’t tried any yet, but I’m looking forward to it!

  7. Andrea Fields

    I would love to see a paleo version of the Thank You Berry Munch Girl Scout cookies.

  8. Sally

    I wonder if coconut oil will work in place of the vegan shortening?

  9. Shari in NC


    We’ve been making Samoas (Caramel deLites) and Thin Mints since the recipes were posted. Thank you, thank you, thank you! My daughter, who sells Girl Scout cookies, has been able to taste them for the first time. We are all very touched by the posting of these recipes.

    My daughter would really like to taste next the Lemonades (savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon-flavored icing). And I’d like to make the Thanks-A-Lot (shortbread cookies dipped in rich fudge).

    More details can be found at www dot abcsmartcookies dot come forward slash america’s dash best dash cookies. (abc bakers are one of two companies that source Girl Scout cookies; the other bakery may have different cookie names and flavors.)

    I’m making another batch of Samoas today; tagalongs will be up next!

    Shari in NC

  10. Christine

    I just made the Paleo thin mints yesterday and am looking forward to trying these out too. My question revolves around the chocolate for dipping. When I tried melting it, it just turned into a sticky mess, not smooth. I ended up having to smooth out with coconut milk. Anyone else have this issue?

    • Michele

      I’m wondering if the chocolate was heated too high? I melt dark chocolate bars all the time (my favorite is Chocolove, but I often use Trader Joe’s dark chocolate) and only have had a problem when I’ve had it too high or not stirred enough. Sometimes I add in coconut cream to make it more of a frosting for cupcakes or coconut oil if I want to thin it down and keep it a bit softer.

  11. marae

    you never cease to amaze me!

  12. Karen F

    I don’t think this recipe meets the definition of the “contemporary” Paleo diet. How do you define your Paleo diet?

  13. Vicki Iverson Helms @ vickiscloset.wordpress.com

    I noticed you are using sunbutter instead of peanut butter. Do the cookies taste like peanut butter is in them??

    • Maria

      Yes, Sunbutter does taste like peanut butter. We use it in our house because I have a son with a peanut allergy. I’ve used Sunbutter (and other brands of sunflower seed butter) in recipes that call for peanut butter and people are surprised to learn that it isn’t actually a peanut butter treat.

  14. Heather @ shesdomestic.com

    I made these tonight and although there were a lot of steps these turned out incredible!!! What a great recipe! I will definitely be making these again.

  15. Cindy Sue

    BRAVO! You’ve got me so excited about eating healthier I haven’t stopped telling everyone about you! You just keep getting better and better.

    How about a Texas Sheet Cake?

  16. Thank you thank you thank you! I can’t wait for these.

    I pass by signs everywhere for girl scout cookies and it has been killing my will power.

  17. These look amazing and gluten-free! Peanut butter is my absolute fave (a feeling I share with MANY I’m sure). Thank you yet again!

    Ella x

  18. I would love to see Lemonades! Lemon Desserts are my absolute favorite. I couldn’t imagine a better paleo treat than one that takes advantage of the tangy and tart deliciousness of lemon.

  19. Gluten Free Julia @ glutenfreejulia.com

    To the uninitiated – could someone please explain what vegan shortening and sunbutter is and where to buy it in Australia?! Thank you!

    Gluten Free Julia recently posted St Patrick’s Day Jelly Cups: http://www.glutenfreejulia.com/page.php?id=122

    • Sunbutter is a nut butter made from sunflower seeds, which you could make yourself. I’ve heard of people using coconut oil in place of the vegan shortening, which you could try. Good luck!

    • Molly

      Yes, I also wouldn’t go looking for vegan shortening. It’s a processed product rather than a whole food. I’d substitute coconut oil. It’s super good for you. For the sunbutter, you could make it, but it would be simpler to just substitute a different nut butter that is available and that you enjoy (peanut butter or almond butter).

  20. Barbara

    This recipe is delicious and wonderful! My husband loves peanut butter which I used instead of Sunbutter. I can also see a lot of uses for the cookie on the bottom and I might try making a bar cookie out of the recipe when I’m in a hurry. Yes, thanks for the Girl Scout Cookies and all your other recipes too. They have been a huge help to me over the years!

  21. these were my favorite girl scout cookies growing up! i’m super excited to make these, especially since i can eat and digest these! thank you.

  22. DrD

    I know that Elana does not answer comments, but maybe someone can t3ell me how this is considered Paleo when it has sugar (Chocolate chunks)? The problem is finding sweet desserts/cookies that do not contain sugar and almost every dessert of Elanas contains honey, agave or sugar which are all sugars with high glycemic index’s. She has awesome recipes, but is doing everyone a disservice by calling her recipes Paleo.

    She may be also causing others some harm in their diet by the addition of all this sugar. Many go ont he Paleo diet because they have issues with carbohydrate metabolism, and other situations where they are forsaking refined carbohydrates. A recipe like this for those people can set them back, and be detrimental. I hope this is viewed as “polite” because it is intended this way. If Elana deletes this I hope she at least considers what is being said to benefit others.

  23. monique

    made your thin mint recipe last week and these today. They have been a life savor during girl scout season! Thanks for your creations :)

  24. Kristin Ball Stevenson @ innercurator.com

    These were my absolute favorite as a kid. I was just thinking about them- since I found a box of real girl scout cookies in my husbands car :). I am going to use coconut oil as well & love using my raw honey to bake. Thanks Elana, another thing to smile about in Boulder this week beside the temperature!

  25. sandy

    Made them, ate them! Oh my goodness you made my day.

  26. Oh. My. Word. I am making these NOW! Thanks, once again!

  27. Dianela

    made these but not exactly as was directed. I made large wafers with the cookie mix, after they cooled I spread the sunbutter on top put in freezer melted chocolate and just spread the chocolate on top. They didn’t look as good as the correct recipe but they tasted very good.
    thanks elena! love ur recipes

  28. Kathleen


    You are such a blessing to all of the mom’s out there with kids who have food allergies. I am a Girl Scout leader for my dd’s troop and it makes her so sad not to be able to eat the GS cookies like the other kids. I’m so excited to make these for her.

    Bless you,

  29. Jaclyn Gruenstein @ usescoconutoil.com

    I’m so excited to try out these wonderful recipes. Out of courtesy I bought a box from my little cousin, Samoas of course, and was horrified that the top ingredients comprised of sugar, vegetable oil, corn syrup as well as a ton of other unmentionables. As a coconut oil lover I will definitely be substituting this into the recipes, cannot wait! Thank you!!

  30. Hi Elana,

    I am going to use your recipe to bake the cookies for my daughter. It looks very delicious. I am sure she will enjoy it a lot. :)


  31. This recipe sounds amazing ! I like the spin on the old-peppermint patty recipe.

  32. That is absolutely wonderful recipe. Will give a try, cause i think that all ingredients are a good match. I hope my family will enjoy them:)

  33. Angela

    You can’t know how happy this has made me. Tagalongs were my very favorite. Yay! Can’t wait to try this.

  34. Please share with your readers that April 17th is now officially gluten free day, to raise awareness with even the non-allergy restricted community as well as to celebrate all the other gluten free eaters out there we can commiserate with!

  35. Naomi

    Is vegan shortening the same as vegetable shortening?

  36. Sabrina

    You went to COLUMBIA!? Now I’ve even MORE impressed with you!

  37. Hi there,

    I have an intolerance to almonds, can you use hazelnut meal instead?
    Many thanks

  38. Sheila

    Do you think I could use maple syrup instead of honey, with good results?

  39. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl @ brooklynfarmgirl.com

    There’s not much better in life than Peanut Butter Patties, yum yum yum!

  40. Ayn

    Oh my gosh, these look dangerous!

  41. These look delicious! When I follow the link to the chocolate chunks, the Chocosphere page says the chocolate chunks aren’t gluten free, among other disturbing attributes. Am I reading the page wrong?

  42. Barbara McDonald @ thedietfreediva.com

    Just when I think your recipes can’s get any better, I stumble across this one!! YUM! Definitely on my baking list for this weekend!! :)

  43. shauna

    Hi there, can butter or coconut oil be substituted for the vegan shortening?

  44. Shawna

    I made these for Christmas and they were amazing! I substituted coconut oil for the shortening and they were great. My family can’t wait until I make them again. Thanks Elana for this wonderful treat!

  45. Shari from NC

    Girl Scout Cookies Season has arrived and your Samoas, Thin Mints, and Peanut Butter Patties will be appreciatively devoured again. Thank you!!!

    My daughter’s asked for a GF Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie this year. Could you please make a version of them and post the recipe? According to ABC Bakers, they are “crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling”. See www dot abcsmartcookies dot com forward slash peanut dash butter dash sandwich.)

    Thanks a million,

  46. Ashley

    Could finely ground sunflower seeds be a substitute for almond flour? Need nut free sub. Thanks

  47. lori frank

    awesome recipe but what is sun butter?

  48. Bo

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I was wondering if it would be okay to substitute almond flour for coconut flour? And sub sunbutter for any other butter? thanks!

  49. Oh my word these look quite nice i will try to make them. Hopefully i get the mixture right. My babies would definately love them

  50. Lynette

    Have you tried cashew flour instead of almond? I have an allergy to almonds. thanks, I love your book :)

  51. Chrissy

    I used butter and peanut butter but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. OHMYGOSH … these may be the best cookie I’ve ever made! WOW! I won’t miss Girl Scout Cookies with these around!!

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