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Classic Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

December 1st; this is the day that Christmas season officially begins, if you ask me-no sooner and no later. However, despite my beliefs, my family, friends, and neighbors appear to disagree. Christmas lights, movies, and decorations act as proof of their disagreement and have quickly managed to infiltrate my space. So, it looks like I’m outnumbered and, therefore, have caved and begun testing my Christmas cookie recipes (aka my favorite recipes to test). The first cookie on my long list: the classic sugar cookie.

This cookie is not meant to be any fancy, decorative sugar cookie in the shape of a heart with frosting or sprinkles (Lol I have no time for that). Instead, it is the simple, classic sugar cookie that in the shape of a circle and has no decoration. But no need to worry- these cookies are just as delicious!

I used a combination of almond flour and coconut flour for this recipe so that it has a soft, but not too soft sort of texture. I also decided to use two different fats to hold the mixture together-ghee and coconut oil-in order to create both a sweet and slightly buttery flavor in the cookie.

Originally, I was going to use honey in place of the maple syrup because I thought that the maple syrup would give a, well, maple-ly flavor to the cookie, which typical sugar cookies do not have. I’m glad I used the syrup instead of honey, though because the flavor was just how I wanted it! You can still use any liquid sweetener you prefer in place of the maple syrup: honey, coconut nectar, etc. 

Lastly, just as a side note, I did refrigerate the dough after combining all of the ingredients because the texture was not quite pliable and it was a bit too moist for my liking. By refrigerating it for about 10 minutes or so, it allows the dough to shape itself better and stay a bit more firm. I would still recommend lightly dampening your palms after rolling a few balls of dough each time, just to assist with the flour or anything that may stick to your hand.

As always, if you try any other substitutions and it works for you, leave a comment to help out our fellow bakers!! Hopefully you all enjoy these classic treats as much as my family and I did!

Classic Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

A healthy take on the simple, classic sugar cookie, perfect for any month, season, or holiday!

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 11 Cookies
Calories 127 kcal
Author recipesbyliv


  • 3/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Almond Flour sifted
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Flour sifted
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil melted
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee melted
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 10 Drops Liquid Stevia
  • 1 1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, and sea salt.

  3. Add in coconut oil, ghee, egg, maple syrup, stevia, and vanilla extract and mix well, ensuring the egg yolk is completely broken and evenly distributed throughout the mixture.

  4. Once the dough has been formed, refrigerate it for 10 minutes, or until it has lightly chilled.

  5. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, form balls of dough and flatten lightly with damp fingertips on the lined baking tray.

  6. Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Approximate Macros for one medium cookie:

  • 127 Calories
  • 3g Protein
  • 9g Carbohydrates
  • 1g Fiber
  • 5.5g Sugar
  • 9g Fat


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