These Healthy Holiday Sugar Cookies are grain-free and refined-sugar free made with almond meal and honey. They are exactly what you are looking for when you are craving your favorite holiday cookies, but lightened up! Make them for your next holiday party or make them with the kids for a fun holiday treat!
It’s official. You can turn on the CHRISTMAS MUSIC. Lee and I (hi, it’s Lin) had to really try our hardest to go without Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. We have been testing holiday recipes since the summer and to get in the mood, we would play Christmas music. Mark was not happy. LOL. So, we have been excited about this day since the summer. Not only because we love Christmas music, but because these Healthy Holiday Sugar Cookies are so incredibly delicious.
We have made grain-free sugar cookies on FFF before but decided to do a holiday sugar cookie, too! They have a little bit of almond extract and you have the option to add a little bit of holiday cheer by adding your favorite all natural food coloring to part of the dough. I mean, just look at them. I AM SO EXCITED.
I am a holiday person. Cole has to remind me to breathe around the holidays because I get so caught up in wanting to soak up every minute of holiday movies, parties, and Christmas tree decorating that I get a bit stressed out. SO, this holiday season I am going to slow down. I am going to really focus on doing all the things I love, but at a slower pace so I can truly enjoy them without stressing myself out. I know it sounds a little crazy, but I know there are people out there that know exactly what I’m talking about.
One thing that really helps calm my anxiety all year round is cooking. So, around the holidays it actually relaxes me to be the one to put together a menu and to feed the people I love! We have worked really hard on Team FFF to provide you guys with healthy + delicious holiday recipes that are approachable and fun to make!
Some of my favorite Fit Foodie Holiday recipes right now are…
- Spiced Raspberry Mulled Wine
- Festive Hot Toddies
- The Ultimate Holiday Charcuterie Board
- Healthy Mongolian Beef
- Healthy Maple Seasalt Hot Chocolate
- Paleo Hot Cocoa Cookies
I have officially added these Healthy Holiday Sugar Cookies to my Christmas recipe list! Turn on some of your favorite holiday music, get in the mood, and decorate some cookies!
VIDEO: Healthy Holiday Sugar Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free)
- Prep Time: 45 minutes
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Total Time: 53 minutes
- Yield: 20 small/medium cookies
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- optional: food coloring
For the Icing*
- 2 cups organic powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons water
- 2-3 drops pink/red food coloring
- (see a paleo frosting options in notes*)
- Edible Glitter
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium-size bowl, whisk together dry ingredients and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together egg, almond extract, and honey. Then, add in melted coconut oil and whisk again.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet until your dough is formed. Use a wooden spoon at first and then switch to using your hands. The dough may seem crumbly at first, but continue to knead dough together until it forms a ball.
- At this point, you can add your food coloring. We suggest starting off with just a few drops and kneading the food coloring into the dough. You can also make multiple colors of dough by separating in half or thirds.
- Create a ball with your dough and wrap with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Once the dough has cooled. Remove from fridge and sprinkle coconut flour onto a hard, cool surface as well as your rolling pin. Then, use rolling pin to roll out the dough so that it’s around 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch thick. If it’s sticking, sprinkle on some more coconut flour.
- Use small/medium cookie cutters to create sugar cookie cut outs. Place shapes onto your parchment-lined baking sheet. Don’t worry about spacing too much, the cookies will not expand that much.
- Bake at 350ºF for 6-8 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. They cook fast, so be careful!
- Immediately remove from hot pan and place on cookie rack. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting.
- For the icing: add water to powdered sugar one tablespoon at a time and mix. Add enough water, until you’ve reached your desired thickness. If you want to color your frosting, add a few drops of whatever color you desire. Then, transfer into a piping bag (or plastic bag) and frost away!
- Frost cookies with icing and then decorate with sprinkles and edible glitter.
- Will stay for up to 5-7 days in an airtight container.