Paleo Sugar Cookies

My boys love these Paleo Sugar Cookies because they’re delicious and so fun to make. I love them because they’re quick and easy to throw together and full of healthy low-carb ingredients. They’re adorable as a heart cookie, but you can make them into a variety of shapes depending on the holiday you’re celebrating.

Paleo Sugar Cookies Recipe

These Paleo Sugar Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, and do not use refined sugar. This low-carb recipe for Paleo Valentine’s Day cookies has only 7 ingredients total. All you need to make it is almond flour, coconut oil, honey, nutmeg, orange zest, salt, and baking soda.

Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day

For one Valentine’s day, when he was 9 years old, my older son gave out these Paleo Sugar Cookies instead of paper valentines. Because the children in his class had so many different food allergies, these cookie valentines were perfect. Even without ingredients such as gluten, sugar, and dairy, my son told me that the children in his class said they were incredible!

Paleo Sugar Cookies

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Servings 32 cookies



  • In a large bowl combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg
  • In a small bowl, mix together coconut oil, honey, and orange zest
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry
  • Separate dough into 2 balls and place each on a piece of parchment paper
  • Cover each ball of dough with another piece of parchment paper and roll out ¼ inch thick
  • Place in freezer for 30 minutes
  • Use heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out cookies
  • Bake at 350°F for 5-7 minutes
  • Cool and serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Freeze Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 45 mins
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Paleo Buttercream Frosting Recipe

We frost these healthy cookies with my White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting which makes them even more adorable and delicious! This fantastic frosting recipe is super easy to make and has only 5 ingredients.

Easy Paleo Sugar Cookie Recipe for the Holidays

We make Paleo Sugar Cookies into hearts for Valentine’s Day and at Christmas, we use other fun shapes such as snowmen and snowflakes. Rolling out cookie dough and cutting out cookies is a fun project the boys and I love doing together!

More Low-Carb Cookie Recipes

Here are some of my other healthy cookie recipes for you. All of them are far lower in carbs than their sugar-laden, wheat-filled counterparts!

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71 responses to “Paleo Sugar Cookies”

  1. How do you store these when finished baking? And for how long? Trying to figure out if they do best in refrigerator for a certain number of days? Or best if store baked cookies in freezer and pull out when ready to eat? Thank you!

    • Kris, we eat ’em up right away. If you would like to store them, allow them to cool overnight after baking, then wrap up and keep in the fridge for up to 1 week :-)

  2. Dear Elana,
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes! Your work has inspired me for the last year or so and I have enjoyed baking again. I have done these cookies twice before and came out perfectly fine. Yesterday I wanted to spice it up and added about 1/2 cup finely ground pistachio and 1 tsp ground cardamom but then the dough became very dry. I added more coconut oil, vegetable shortening, it was still too dry and then added 2 eggs. At the end it turned out to be OK but wanted to ask your advice how better balance the moisture of the dough. Many thanks from one of your fans.

    • Judit, thanks so much for your comment! I haven’t tried all of those changes to the recipe so not sure how to adapt it to them. I’m glad that when you followed the recipe it came out perfectly!

  3. Haha answering my own question(:
    I did use Coconut nectar, and it turned out delicious! I will totally do that again! Not exactly what I’d call sugar cookies, but very buttery, tasty orange cookies! Thanks, Elana!

  4. Hi Elana, I live in Canada and Honeyville does not ship to Canada, do you have any other recommended Almond Flour brands that I may be able to get? I also have had no success with Bob’s Red Mill.

      • Tina, thanks for pointing that out! Many Costcos sell Honeyville, which is the brand of almond flour that I recommend for my recipes. In fact, Honeyville features a recipe of mine on the back of their package. If you see it, I hope you’ll take a snap and leave it on my FB wall or upload it to Instagram and tag me :-)

  5. Hi everyone, thanks for the great suggestions. I need a nut-free flour — has anyone used Bob’s GF flour or arrowroot flour?

  6. Valentine’s coming up I might just make these for my fam and me of course ;) lol Jk ( Just Kidding )

  7. We made these today, except I used melted butter and honey instead of agave. And I didn’t have oranges, so I just used a little extra fresh-grated nutmeg. I put them in the freezer for a little over an hour, and they rolled out nicely on waxed paper with my french rolling pin. Thank you for the recipe!

  8. Thank you for this fabulous recipe! I made them last night for Valentine’s Day today. I was way behind schedule and didn’t want to roll and cut, so I rolled each half into a loggish shape and put it in the crook of a folded piece of cardboard (to make the bottom of the heart), then I dented the top with another piece of folded cardboard (to make the top of the heart). I left it in the bottom piece of cardboard and stuck it in the fridge for about half an hour. Took it out of the cardboard, and Voila! just cut off little heart shaped cookie dough! Also, for an extra treat for my kids, I dipped some of them in a mixture of 80% chocolate and coconut oil and stuck them in the freezer. So good! Raves all around!

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