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gluten free spiced shortbread cookies on a metal round cooling rack against a grey backdrop with a beige cloth napkin and a jar of cookies blurred in the background

grain-free, AIP/paleo spiced shortbread cookies (DF, GF, vegan, coconut-free Speculaas)

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4.8 from 13 reviews


These AIP Speculaas/speculoos are the most delicious light and crispy spiced shortbread cookies that are perfect for the holiday season. They’re AIP, paleo, vegan and coconut-free. 


  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp palm shortening
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cassava flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Add palm shortening, maple syrup, lemon zest and vanilla extract to a stand or hand held mixer and mix until combined.
  3. In a large bowl add cassava flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and mix until combined.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in palm shortening mixture. Use a fork and then your hands to combine ingredients into a ball of dough.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
  6. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough to a rectangle 1/4 inch in thickness
  7. Refrigerate rolled out dough for 7 mins.
  8. If desired, use a cookie stamp or embossed rolling pin to imprint the surface of the cookie dough or skip this step!
  9. Use a pastry knife, pizza wheel or large knife to cut the dough on the parchment paper into evenly-sized rectangles. Dough will be fragile so there’s no need to move the cookies around/space them out on the parchment paper as they don’t spread while baking.
  10. Carefully transfer parchment paper with cookies to a large baking sheet.
  11. Bake in middle rack of oven for 12- 13 minutes.
  12. Once the cookies are out of the oven, allow them to cool completely before handling or they will break.*



* These cookies will be incredibly fragile once out the oven and still hot. I do not suggest moving them off the cookie sheet until they have cooled completely.

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Category: Cookies