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. This recipe was a nightmare for me. I have no idea where I went wrong. The balls were crumbling. Then after I froze them they were so hard to cut out and crumbled and broke everywhere. I used it will my class of preschoolers because it was GF and looked easy but it turned out to be very difficult

    • Kaivalya, thanks for your comment! This is what happens when you use coconut flour instead of the almond flour called for in the recipe :-)

  2. These might be the perfect cookie, but i was wondering if you might have nutritional info on them

  3. These are super delicious with icing or without. I wanted a healthy yummy cookie for my social distancing guests who came for a backyard visit. These were a hit! Thank you Elana. You are a cookie genius.

  4. I want to make these paleo sugar cookies with icing, but the icing itself is not paleo. Is there an icing recipe you have for those only eating paleo? I’m hoping to make my family these cookies for Christmas!

    • Sarah, thanks so much for your comment! I do have some chocolate frosting recipes, but guessing you’re looking for an icing for sugar cookies. Unfortunately, I don’t have a paleo icing recipe :-)

  5. I’ve had these bookmarked for a few weeks and finally got around to make them. I made a few tweaks to the flavoring and used pure maple syrup instead of honey and they turned out great! Going to use this recipe for making Hamantashen later this month :)

  6. Thanks for your website I really enjoy it.
    I have a question and it’s if I can use rice flour instead of almond flour.
    Thanks again.

    • Patricia, I haven’t tried that so not sure. I haven’t eaten rice or rice products since I gave up grains in 2001, sorry I can’t be of more help!

  7. I love the website and I thnak Elana for many delicious recipes. I try not to substitute and did this one exactly as it is oosted. It was dry and the cookies did break apart. It is disappointing, as the ingredients such as almod flour, are expensive.
    I am on the east coast, so perhaps these cookies are meant for higher altitudes

  8. If I were to sub plain cane sugar or coconut sugar *granular would I need to adjust liquid? Would it effect the texture as I need these to keep their round shape. Thank you.

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