My favorite Christmas sugar cookie
One of my favorite Christmas and holiday activities is making cut out sugar cookies and spending the day decorating.
So this year, I decided to do something a little different. Maybe a little rogue you might say.
I made vegan and Paleo sugar cookies…that taste just like the original. I mean, it’s quite literally undetectable!
These cookies are soft, chewy, and sweet, yet entirely grain free, gluten free, dairy free, and low in sugar…not to mention EASY!
Paleo Vegan Sugar Cookie Ingredients
So no one was able to tell that these Paleo sugar cookies were made entirely from grain free, gluten free, and vegan ingredients, and not to mention, the simplest of ingredients.
You only need 6 ingredients to create some healthy Christmas cookie magic!
These Christmas sugar cookies taste like a dream.
Soft in the inside and slightly chewy, you’ll be so pleased when these cookies come out of the oven, and eager to decorate I might add!
To make Paleo vegan sugar cookies, you’ll need:
- Cassava flour (again, just swap with any gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour if not doing Paleo)
- Almond flour (or gluten-free 1:1 baking flour for nut-free)
- Vegan butter or coconut oil
- Coconut sugar or maple sugar
- Ground flaxseed
- Vanilla extract
If you don’t want to make Paleo sugar cookies, just gluten free sugar cookies that are still dairy free and vegan, not a problem! Just swap out the cassava flour for a gluten free 1-to-1 flour, like Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthurs.
How to make Paleo sugar cookies vegan
What I love most about these easy vegan sugar cookies is that they’re so freaking simple and quick to make.
The full directions and measurements are found at the bottom of this post in the recipe card, but let’s go over the basics here:
- First start by creaming together the vegan butter or coconut oil and sugar.
- Next, add in the flaxseed egg and vanilla, and beat again with a hand mixer.
- Sift in the flours, and continue mixing until it’s a sticky batter.
- Then form the Paleo sugar cookie dough into a flat disk and wrap up in plastic wrap to be stored in the fridge.
That’s IT for making the dough! Now we get to make cut out sugar cookies from it!
- Roll the dough out to be about 1/4″ thick.
- Choose your sugar cookie shapes, and press them into the dough, removing any scraps and re-rolling them so you can make more cookies!
- Store the cookies in the fridge for another 30 minutes while the oven preheats to 350F.
- Then bake!
- Once the cookies are baked, let them cool for 10 minutes before removing them, and then we’ll move onto frosting!
How to store sugar cookies after baking
After you bake and ice these healthier sugar cookies, I recommend letting the frosting set for about an hour, then transferring them delicately (you don’t want to ruin fresh frosting!) to a big cookie container where you can store them all without placing one on top of the other.
Next, just make sure that the cookie container is airtight, and store them in the fridge!
Do Paleo vegan sugar cookies freeze well?
Short answer: YES!
Ever since we were little, my mom has always stored our Christmas cookies, specifically the cut out sugar cookies, in the freezer. I actually prefer sugar cookies frozen!
It truly makes for the best tasting cookie, I don’t know why!
But if you don’t want to bite into a cold cookie, I totally get it. Store these easy vegan sugar cookies in the freezer for up to 2 months, and then let them come to room temperature for an hour or two before digging in 😉
How far ahead can you make vegan Christmas cookies?
I would recommend making these cookies about 3-5 days in advance, and storing them in the fridge in an airtight container!
That way they’ll be fresh for when you bring them to your cookie exchange or to your holiday party 🙂
Or maybe you’re just saving these Paleo vegan sugar cookies for decorating with your kids (the BEST activity!) on the weekend!
Can I freeze the sugar cookie dough?
Yes, absolutely! The easiest way I recommend freezing this Paleo sugar cookie dough is by actually making the cookies, then storing them on a baking sheet wrapped in plastic wrap or tin foil in the freezer for up to a month.
However, if you’re trying to avoid the hassle of cutting out the sugar cookie cut outs right now (you’d just rather do it later), you can store the sugar cookie dough as a flat disk in plastic wrap, and place it into the freezer.
When you’re ready to thaw and cut out your sugar cookies, simply place the vegan sugar cookie dough into the fridge for a few hours to soften. Then you should be able to roll it out!
How to decorate Christmas sugar cookies
I recommend going the old fashion way of piping frosting onto the cookies!
You can follow my easy snowflake sugar cookie design in the photo below, or you can make up your own.
For the Christmas tree cut out vegan sugar cookies, I simply layered the frosting on, starting with the bottom half of the Christmas tree, then working my way up!
I hope you love these easy and delicious Paleo sugar cookies as much as I do! Let me know how they come out for you in the comments section below, as well as any questions you might have.
Happy baking and vegan sugar cookie decorating!
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Soft and chewy cut-out Paleo sugar cookies that no one will know are completely gluten free, dairy free, and vegan! Made with cassava flour and almond flour, these easy sugar cookies are so much fun for the holidays!
Paleo Vegan Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
- 3/4 cup cassava flour (or gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour if not doing Paleo)
- 1 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup vegan butter or coconut oil, softened
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed with 4 tbsp water
- 1/2 cup maple sugar or coconut sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional: 1 tsp almond extract
Regular Icing (non Paleo)
- 2 tbsp almond or coconut milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Use a hand mixer to whip the vegan butter and sugar together until creamy and smooth.
- Add in the vegan flaxseed egg and vanilla extract (also optional almond extract), and sift in the flours.
- Continue to beat all of the ingredients until it’s a sticky dough.
- Form the dough into a flat disk, and place it into plastic wrap, wrap it up and place the dough into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
- When the dough is ready, lightly dust a clean surface with either cassava or almond flour, as well as the rolling pin, and a little flour on top of the dough disk.
- Roll the dough out to be about 1/4″ thick.
- Use your favorite cookie cutters and press them into the dough. Peel away the dough scraps and repeat for any remaining dough.
- Place the cookies into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes, and preheat the oven to 350F as the cookies are chilling.
- Bake the cookies at 350F for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly puffy and golden.
- Remove from the oven and let cool completely before removing from the cookie sheet. Place the cookies into the fridge to speed up cooling time so that you can ice them.
- When the cookies are ready to ice, you can either melt together the coconut butter and maple syrup for a Paleo icing or mix together the powdered sugar and almond milk. Place the icing into an icing bag or spread directly onto the cookies.
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