Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

These Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and all around delicious! Whip em up in less than 30 minutes for the most delicious Christmas cookie there is! 

Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies with Vanilla Bean Frosting

I officially vote November and December the most fun months to bake and cook in the Fit Foodie Kitchen! I love making festive recipes…especially sweet treats 😀 I feel like I gain so many friends in the months of November and December, too because I hand out my goodies like candy so I don’t gain 10 pounds…just sayin’. This month my blogger girls and I decided on Holiday Cookies- paleo style. I’m actually starting to prefer paleo baked goods sans refined sugar and grains. To me it tastes better and the flavor is so much more whole!  Check it out… Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes - glute-free, dairy-free, refined sugar fre, and paleo-friendly! If only these lovely ladies were my neighbors…we’d have legit the most bad ass paleo cookie swap there is! Before we get to my Hot Cocoa Cookies….let’s take a looksi at what Davida, Taylor, Kelly, and Lexi made. 

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Sea Salt Nutella Thumbprint Cookies + 4 More Paleo Cookie Recipes I am so proud of these cookies.  First of all- I LOVE HOT COCOA. I recently posted a Vegan Chai Hot Chocolate recipe on FFF and it’s gone bonkers on Pinterest ever since Buzzfeed linked to it last week! Apparently everyone else loves Hot Chocolate too. So these cookies legitimately taste like hot chocolate in cookie form. Best part is- there’s no refined sugars involved or GRAINS!    Paleo Hot Chocolate Cookies + 4 More Paleo Cookie Recipes Hot cocoa is not hot cocoa without some whipped cream….aka frosting.  I was struggling to find a frosting that wouldn’t melt. Coconut whipped was my first choice because it’s so easy to make, but it melts and that’s no bueno!  Lexi suggested I use Palm Shortening which is made from a blend of coconut and palm oils, GMO free, and paleo-friendly! It worked! WHOOP. Paleo Hot Chocolate Cookies + 4 More Paleo Cookie Recipes On top I sprinkled on some crushed candy cane. Unfortunately candy cane is not paleo, but as every food blogger says- I did it for the photo.  It’s true, I totally did it for the photo!  Paleo Hot Chocolate Cookies + 4 More Paleo Cookie Recipes

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Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies with Coconut Whipped Cream
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Nutrition Per Cookie (WITHOUT frosting): 140 calories | 13g carbs | 9g fat | 4g protein | 8g sugar
Serves: ~16 cookies
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For the Whipped Cream Frosting
For the Cookies
  1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large bowl, mix until combined (should be very doughy!).
  3. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons per cookie. Roll in the palm of your hand to create a ball, then flatten into a cookie shape. Place on baking sheet. Repeat.
  4. Bake cookies at 350ºF for about 12-15 minutes. Then, let cool for at least 20 minutes.
For the Frosting
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Then, using a hand mixer, whip for about 3-5 minutes until it is at desired consistency.
  2. Transfer frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto cookies using any tip you like! Sprinkle with crushed candy cane (not paleo)!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie

These Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and all around delicious! Whip em up in less than 30 minutes for the most delicious Christmas cookie there is!

Let’s talk Christmas cookies here for a moment- what’s your ALL TIME FAVORITE x-mas cookie? 

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  1. says

    I don’t even know what to do with myself with all those mouthwatering looking cookies recipes that are popping up all over the web!! YUM! I still haven’t tried a nut butter based cookie recipe, so I should give this one a try.
    My all time favourite Christmas cookie are “Vanille Kipferl”, they are very crumbly, have kind of a half moon shape, and taste sooo vannila-y!! I could eat the whole batch at once, and even the dough 😀

    • says

      OMG! MY favorite kind of cookie is nut butter based….you should really try it..I know you’d love it!!! Vanille Kipferl…I’m going to have to Google that 😀 Or you could give me a recipe…on the blog that you….DON’T have, but should.

      • says

        I think in English they’re called halfmoon or crescent cookies. This is what they look like sorry, these are all in German. It’s a simple recipe though, flour, eggs/egg yolks (for more crumblier texture), ground almonds, cold butter diced, sugar, mark of a vanilla bean (for the most amazing vanilly flavour and black spots!), baking powder, pinch of salt. All kneaded together and formed into shape. When they come out of the oven you toss them in powdered sugar when they’re still warm. PERFECT!
        I don’t have time for blogging :-( And I’m no recipe developer, I would just post recipes from cookbooks or other bloggers with my substitutions… and there’s no point to that.

        • says

          o0oooo those sound like perfection! You could TOTALLY be a recipe developer…you already are! You modify recipes all the time. That’s all you need. Plus you rock and i would be your biggest fan!

  2. says

    These all look GREAT! Maybe they’re not traditional for everybody’s Christmas but Mexican Wedding Cookies are my ALL TIME favorite Christmas cookie! There’s never a single crumb left behind. I wish they were healthy lol

  3. says

    Seeeriously hot coca cookies?! You’re killin it. And I totally agree that I prefer cookies sans the sugary and wheaty undertones that make enjoying them so hard to do when you know they’re just going to make you feel yuck-o later. I need to try these! Sounds like something my paleo-friendly family just might be able to get into this year. :) ps… I wish we lived closer so I could be one of those people you handed out your leftover deliciousness to!!

  4. says

    Umm, so… Are there are houses for sale near you? Because I totally want to be your neighbor if it means I get to try these adorable chocolaty cookies!! And yes, my freezer has gained 20 pounds with all of the holiday cookies and brownies I’ve been making. Better it than me! 😉 Pinned!

  5. Grace says

    Lee, I’ve been eyeing the paleo hot cocoa cookies since you posted. I finally made them the other day! So delicious! Thank you!

  6. Nicole says

    How exactly does the vanilla bean mix in? I’ve never baked with them before and I’m hand mixing it in with the icing, but it isn’t breaking up or anything. Is it supposed to? Thank you!

  7. Angela says

    Hi, I just made these for a Christmas cookie exchange party I’m going to. They’re absolutely DELICIOUS, but I’m wondering – how do you store them? Do they need to be refrigerated because of the Palm shortening? I’ve never used this ingredient before today so I’m not really sure how it works lol. Thanks for the recipe! Hoping I win the contest. 😉


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