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Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies (gluten free, grain free, paleo friendly)

Gluten free cut out sugar cookies made with almond flour for a healthier version! This delicious, easy gluten free sugar cookie recipe is paleo-friendly, easily dairy free and perfect to make during the holiday season. Everyone loves these soft sugar cookies with tender middles.

Course Cookie, Cookies, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo Friendly
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies, cut out sugar cookies, dairy free sugar cookies, gluten free sugar cookies, grain free sugar cookies, healthy sugar cookies, paleo sugar cookies, soft sugar cookies, sugar cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 163 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • Wet ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter, melted*
  • ½ cup organic cane sugar**
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Dry ingredients:
  • 3 cups packed fine blanched almond flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (do not pack), plus more for rolling out the dough
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the vanilla buttercream:
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature (optional to use vegan butter stick)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • To decorate cookies:
  • Sprinkles of choice


  1. In a large bowl, add the melted butter, sugar, honey, eggs, vanilla and almond extract; whisk until well combined and smooth.
  2. Next, add dry ingredients to wet ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Mix with a wooden spoon (not a whisk) until dough comes together.
  3. Divide dough into two balls or discs and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Chill dough in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (preferably 2) or 30-45 minutes in the freezer. Also optional to chill overnight if you want to save time.
  4. Once ready to bake: preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Take one of the dough balls (leaving the other in the fridge, as you’ll need to work in batches) and place it on a large sheet of parchment paper that’s been dusted with a good amount of coconut flour. Add another large sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough ball and then begin to roll out into a large rectangle until the dough is about 1/4th inch thick. The dough is soft, so you need to work quickly so that it doesn’t warm up too much! This is also the best method to prevent the dough from sticking to the rolling pin. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes, then use a spatula to help you transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake cookies for 9-13 minutes or until just slightly golden brown on the edges. If you want slightly crispier cookies along the edges, just bake for a minute or two longer. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Makes roughly 30 sugar cookies, depending on the size of your cutouts.

  7. For the vanilla buttercream: Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla on high until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost each cookie, then decorate however your heart desires!

  8. Cookies will stay good for up to 5 days at room temperature if kept in an airtight container. Cookies can also be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes

Cookies will stay good for up to 5 days at room temperature if covered well, or they can be frozen for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

*To make sugar cookies dairy free: use 1/2 melted coconut oil or 1/2 cup melted vegan butter in the dough. You'll also need to use vegan butter in the frosting.

**Instead of sugar, you can use coconut sugar, but the dough may come out softer than intended and also much darker. I recommend sticking with regular sugar.

Feel free to use my paleo powdered sugar recipe in the frosting. Or you can use a dairy free/paleo-friendly frosting such as Simple Mills.

Nutrition Facts
Soft Cut Out Sugar Cookies (gluten free, grain free, paleo friendly)
Amount Per Serving (1 cookies (with icing))
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.2g19%
Saturated Fat 4.3g27%
Carbohydrates 12.1g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8.6g10%
Protein 3.1g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.