Grain-Free Sugar Cookies (Paleo and SCD)

Paleo Sugar Cookies from Against All Grain

My birthday falls just 3 days apart from Valentine’s Day, so I’ve told Ryan over the last 11 years to not stress about V-day and just focus on my birthday. It’s also so close to Christmastime so I’ve always wanted to give him a break. However, as these last two years have shifted to being about us to 100% about our rambunctious little Asher, I think it’s time we start celebrating again and taking a day to commemorate our marriage and friendship. I am also just realizing that while I may have been trying to save him the headache, he was actually missing out on a day of feeling special as well! So many people despise Valentine’s Day because of the commercial aspect, but it is kind of fun to be all lovey dovey once a year.

I have been wanting to create a grain-free ‘sugar’ cookie for a long time now and felt like this Valentine’s Day was the perfect occasion. These buttery cookies are chewy and the frosting, while a total stoke of luck on my first try, is killer and pipes better than any dairy/sugar free frosting I’ve ever tried. Use this recipe all year round for your various holiday celebrations!

Grain-Free Sugar Cookies from Against All Grain (#Paleo and SCD) Grain-Free Sugar Cookies from Against All Grain (Paleo, SCD) Grain-Free Sugar Cookies from Against All Grain


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Grain-Free Sugar Cookies (Paleo and SCD)

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 1 dozen medium sized cookies



  • 6 tablespoons coconut butter (also called coconut cream concentrate)
  • ¼ cup raw cacao butter, chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup cold coconut milk
    optional: food coloring (this brand is all natural or use 1 tablespoon finely ground freeze dried strawberries or raspberries – you may need to add extra liquid to achieve desired consistency if using the dried fruit)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the dough ingredients in a food processor and process until a smooth ball of dough forms, about 30 seconds. Alternatively, mix all of the ingredients in a stand mixer or by hand. The food processed dough will be ultra smooth and the most like a conventional sugar cookie.
  3. Flatten the ball of dough into a ½” thick disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for 20 minutes.
  4. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper, keeping it to a ¼” thickness. Remove the top sheet and sprinkle the top of the dough with 1 teaspoon coconut flour, rubbing it in slightly with your fingers. Dip a cookie cutter in a little flour then cut your shapes, peeling away excess dough as you work. Gather the excess dough into a ball and re-roll it. If it starts to dry out or crack as you work with it the second or third time, lightly wet your hands before kneading the scraps to add a little moisture back into the dough.
  5. Bake the cookies on a tray lined with parchment paper for 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.


  1. Warm the cacao butter and coconut butter over low heat until melted, but not boiling. Pour it into a bowl and whisk in the cold coconut milk and honey. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to set.
  2. Scrape the frosting into a blender or food processor and pulse a few times until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. Add any food coloring if desired or leave white.
  3. Pipe designs or spread frosting onto cooled cookies.
    *For the glossy look that I achieved with the dark pink heart, I first piped a thin border around the outside of the cookie and placed it in the fridge to harden for 10 minutes. Then I melted a little bit of the frosting until it was liquid and poured a little inside the border. I tilted the cookie around until the frosting “flooded” the space and stopped at the border. The others are just spread with an offset spatula then piped with designs.
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  • Emma R

    I made this recipe as the crust for a fruit pizza and it turned out so well. I just rolled it out between parchment to probably 1/4″ and baked for 12 minutes. It was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday!xcxz

    • Against All Grain

      Fun idea!

  • Cato

    Awesome cookies! I just made them as Halloween cookies. The dough works much better than flour dough; It’s very forgiving. Taste and texture are great. I did have problems with the icing, but I didn’t have any cacao butter. I tried coconut butter, but the frosting broke. I’ll have to keep trying at it. I think I might have to hide them from my wife and kids, I heard something about cookies for breakfast.

  • Savannah

    Will the frosting be hard at room temperature? Or will it stick to paper? I was thinking about stacking a few of these but I’m afraid the frosting will stick. Great cookies though! I almost didn’t have enough to frost!

  • Diana

    Hi. I made these cookies this evening, and must have done something incorrectly. I tried to make cutouts, but the dough was too sticky and soft, even after refrigerating it and after adding the coconut flour. So, I rolled and flattened them into round cookies. They tasted very good. I also messed up the icing. Refrigerated it too long, and then mixed it, and it was thick, so I added some extra coconut milk which was a big mistake – crystallized, so I threw it out. I ended up using some vanilla icing I had on hand. I used almond flour out of the bin at Whole Foods, so perhaps it was too course for the cookies. Again, they tasted very good, so I will try again. Thanks.

  • Tina

    I found almond flour but as much as I know all the health food stores in Canada, I’m pretty sure this brand is not available. So in case of emergencies is there any other brand you would recommend as a good enough substitute? Have you tried almond flour/meal from whole foods bulk section?