The Best Paleo Christmas Cookie Recipes

These paleo Christmas cookie recipes are the perfect gluten-free, grain-free, healthy treats for the holidays. If you love baking as much as I do, then you absolutely feel compelled to make cookies for your paleo celebrations! If you eat as healthily as I do, then those cookies need to be made with wholesome ingredients. Thankfully, these gluten-free Christmas cookie recipes are the answer. Because I want you and yours to have a merry Christmas, and not miss out on anything!

When I was growing up in Davis, a small town in Northern California, I used to make treats for all of our family’s friends. I wrapped the Christmas treats up in boxes that I bought from the local Chinese restaurant. This was in the 1970’s, long before the advent of Michael’s and other craft stores. I’d tie these gift boxes of cookies with pretty red ribbons, and then my parents would drive me all over town to drop off these homemade holiday gifts.

Now we use more festive containers, such as these adorable snow globe, santa, and snowman boxes. Though we rarely have enough leftover to give to friends and neighbors. There are often a dozen teenagers at our house after school eating everything I bake! Although it’s busy, and we do a ton of grocery shopping, I love that we are the house where everyone gathers.

Below are some of my favorite gluten-free Christmas treats that you can make for your loved ones too! Whether or not they make it out the door as Christmas gifts will depend on how many hungry guys you have at your house.

The Best Paleo Christmas Cookie Recipes

When I made piles of the healthy cookie recipes above, the boys and their friends were pretty darn happy. They had a paleo Christmas cookie feast and left me with a pile of crumbs. That’s how I like it! When the gang is in the mood for something savory over the holidays, I whip up my gluten-free latkes recipe which the boys absolutely adore!

I made sure that the list above is full of dairy-free Christmas desserts, so that everyone can get in on these holiday treats, regardless of their food restrictions. 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. These gluten-free Christmas desserts taste so good that no one will ever know how healthy they are!

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives.


56 responses to “The Best Paleo Christmas Cookie Recipes”

  1. How long do these cookies last and how can I store them? I’ve got 4 christmases to go to and need to bring treats my family can eat. Think I can make cookies in bulk and freeze them? Or will they last a while? I just don’t know if I can cookie it up every week for 4 weeks in addition to everything else!! Adore your recipes!!!

    • Elisa, I love that you say, “cookie it up” above, that is soooo cute! I made a bunch of these on Friday and delivered them as gifts on Sunday and they were great. I think these will keep even longer if wrapped and refrigerated –likely for up to a week. I haven’t tried freezing them, so not sure how well that works. If you do please stop back by and let us know :-)

  2. Thank you for sharing these delicious looking recipes. I was wondering if you bake them this far ahead of Christmas and then freeze them ? I would love to give an assortment as gifts ! Do you have any tips for freezing them?

    • Lynne, I usually bake these and give them out a day or so later and they maintain their freshness. I haven’t experimented with freezing them. If you do please let us know how it goes :-)

      • Hi Elana! I know this is an old thread, but in case anybody is planning their Christmas treats too…I made the samoas last year and the are AMAZING!!! They froze beautifully. The texture is like a bakery cookie and lost nothing in the freezing process. I froze them on a cookie sheet and then stacked them in a container, for about 4 weeks. When serving I immediately put them on a single layer plate so if the chocolate and caramel softened they wouldn’t stick. I had two batches, one for each family party, and had a hard time protecting that second batch!!! It was so nice to have a beautiful cookie to serve and give again! Sometimes gluten free recipes, despite being delicious, leave something to be desired on the presentation side!:-) Thank you for your wonderful recipes! Can’t wait to try some more this year.

        • Laura, no thread is too old for a reply from me! Thanks for letting me know the samoas are AMAZING. I loved hearing all the details on how you made them ahead of time and then served them perfectly later. These are a family favorite of ours too :-)

  3. Beautiful recipes Elana. Thank you for inspiration and for sharing. You are full of creative ideas and delicious treats to make. Please can you suggest an alternative to Palm shortening you use in many of these recipes. Due to Orangutans being pushed to extinction by destruction of their natural habitat, replaced by commercial planting and intensive use of Palm oil products and shortening, myself and many people are refusing to use Palm oil, Palm shortening or any products with Palm oil in, to try and help save Orangutans, wild life and their environment. Please provide or advise an alternative to Palm shortening to bake with in your recipes. Thank you.

    • Hi Christina, thanks for your comment! Feel free to experiment with using butter or coconut oil to replace palm oil. If you do, I hope you’ll stop back by and let us know how it goes :-)

  4. 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).

  5. 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.

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