These AIP/Paleo Christmas Sugar Cookies are a classic! They’re crispy and delicious, vegan, grain-free and coconut free, and perfect as cut-out cookies all year round!
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It’s challenging to find delicious holiday cookie recipes when considering dietary requirements and food sensitivities, allergies and intolerances. Don’t worry, I got you! 😉
These are the best and simplest cut-out sugar cookies ever!
You’ll hardly believe they’re AIP and your friends and family members won’t be able to guess either, I promise!
They’re also paleo, gluten free, grain free, vegan, dairy free, egg free, nut free, refined sugar free, allergy friendly, and taste just as delicious as traditional holiday cut-out sugar cookies.
This recipe is great all year round as you can use any cookie cutter you’d like!
Here are the main ingredients in these AIP/Paleo Cutout Christmas Sugar Cookies
- cassava flour, tapioca starch – I don’t recommend any substitutions to this grain-free, gluten-free flour combination
- palm shortening – palm shortening creates a cookie that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can substitute coconut oil for the palm shortening but the texture of the cookie will be a lot drier. My preference is the shortening!
- maple syrup – the unrefined, natural sweetener that also helps to bind the dough and provides moisture
- vanilla extract – ensure it’s pure vanilla without any “natural” flavors
- sea salt
Tips for making these vegan, AIP/paleo Christmas Sugar Cookies:
- For best results, I suggest rolling these to a minimum of 1/4 inch thick so that they don’t crack while baking or post baking.
- Ensure your cookies are all the same thickness so that they bake evenly.
- Allow them to cool completely once baked before handling.
Icing your grain-free, Paleo/AIP Cut Out Sugar Cookies
- First, I portioned out the Vegan Vanilla Buttercream frosting recipe below into five bowls.
- Then, I added different colors to each by making my own all natural, homemade food dyes:
- For green icing, I added 1 TBSP of matcha powder
- To make a yellow icing, I added 1/4 tsp turmeric
- For a deep pink/red icing, I grated 1/2 a small red beet and squeezed its juices into the icing
- To make brown icing, I added 1 TBSP carob powder to the icing
- Pro Tip: The icing doesn’t harden much once it’s set, so ensure that you lay these out flat on a plate/dish to serve rather than stacking them or they will stick together.
- Check out my AIP frosting post for more suggestions for dairy-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free icing.
FAQs for these gluten-free, paleo/AIP Christmas Sugar Cookies
Can I substitute the cassava flour in these AIP cut-out sugar cookies with another grain-free flour?
No. This combination of grain and gluten free flours creates the best result and I do not recommend any substitutions. If you’re looking for cassava free AIP/paleo holiday cookies, you can try my Gingersnaps, Paleo Chocolate Crinkle Cookies or my Paleo Thumbprint Cookies.
Can I substitute the palm shortening?
Yes. I’ve tested these using melted coconut oil instead of palm shortening. The cookies are slightly more fragile and won’t get lightly golden brown as they bake, but if you can’t find shortening, it is a decent substitute.
How do I store these?
Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month. If freezing, allow to come to room temperature before enjoying.
Can I freeze these AIP/paleo cut-out holiday sugar cookies?
Yes! These freeze really well (even with the icing on them). I make a large batch and freeze them, layering parchment paper between the cookies to prevent the icing from smearing everywhere. Once you remove the cookies from the freezer, lay them flat on a plate and bring to room temperature before serving.
Looking for more grain-free, AIP/paleo Holiday cookies? You might enjoy
- Paleo Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- AIP Gingerbread Cookies
- AIP/Paleo Holiday Cookie Roundup
- AIP Linzer Cookies
- Dairy-free, Paleo/AIP Snickerdoodles
You might like these other festive, AIP/paleo holiday treats:
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