These Almond Flour Sugar Cookies are both grain-free and sugar-free and such a fun way to jazz up the holiday season!
Are you baking up a storm?! Make these sugar cookie cutouts + these hot cocoa cookies + these shortbread cookies for the best cookie exchange ever!
This recipe was formerly called Healthy Sugar Cookies. We updated the photos (same recipe) on December 7, 2022!
Easy Almond Flour Sugar Cookies
It’s the most wonderful time of year and we have the most wonderful Christmas cookie recipe to share with you!
This Almond Flour Sugar Cookies recipe needs to be added to your yearly holiday baking. They’re made without grains and white sugar! That’s right, we’re using almond flour and honey to make these grain-free and refined sugar-free.
Decorate them with your favorite icing, some holiday sprinkles, and you’ve got yourself a showstopping Christmas cookie recipe.
What is almond flour?
Almond flour is simply almonds ground into a flour — so, it’s really not flour at all. For this recipe, we’re using superfine, unblanched almond flour.
Why you’ll love these cookies
Ingredients You Need
- Egg: egg is used as the binder in this recipe. We do NOT recommend swapping for a flax egg.
- Almond extract: we love how almond extract adds a holiday vibe to these cookies. Feel free to swap for vanilla extract.
- Honey: instead of using white sugar, we’re using honey as our sweetener.
- Coconut oil: coconut oil is the fat used in these cookies. Feel free to swap for butter instead.
- Almond flour: superfine, unblanched almond flour is the basis of these sugar cookies. We recommend Bob’s Red Mill.
- Coconut flour: coconut flour is another grain-free flour. It’s dense, so you don’t need to use a lot.
- Baking soda: baking soda is the levening agent.
- Salt: salt helps bring out the delicious almond flavor of the extract and flour.
Can I swap a different flour?
Unfortunately, since almond flour and coconut flour have such unique properties, we do NOT recommend swapping either for a different grain-free or glutenous flour.
How to Make Almond Flour Sugar Cookies for Christmas
Combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a different bowl, mix together the whisked egg, almond extract, and honey. Then add in the melted coconut oil and mix again.
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix. We recommend using your hands for this to knead all of the ingredients together.
Roll the dough into a ball and wrap it with plastic wrap. Then, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Once the dough has chilled, flour a clean surface with coconut flour. Then, roll the sugar cookie dough out so that it’s 1/4″ – 1/2″ thick.
Use your favorite small/medium cookie cutters to cut out your favorite holiday shapes.
Transfer the cutouts to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 6-8 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes before frosting.
Simple Icing Recipe
If you’re looking for a simple icing recipe, we kept things very classic with organic powdered sugar and water.
There are lots of refined-sugar free icing recipes out there and if that’s your jam, we recommend using sir Google for that one 😀
Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas
These sugar cookie cut-outs are the perfect canvas for whatever kind of decorating your heart desires. Some of our go-to’s for the most festive-looking cookies include:
- Edible glitter: silver and gold silver and gold!
- Colored frosting: we like to put our frosting in a ziploc bag and cut the corner off, so you can pipe frosting onto your cookies!
- Sprinkles: there are so many festive sprinkle options at major grocery stores. Get creative!
- Crushed candy cane: dice a candy cane with a knife to make a festive and minty topping for your cookies.
Layer cookies in an airtight container with a piece of parchment paper in between layers. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 3-5 days.
Cookies will freeze well both frosted and unfrosted.
Layer cookies in a freezer-safe bag with a piece of parchment paper in between layers. Then, freeze for up to 3 months.
Almond Flour Sugar Cookies
- 2 cups blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 2 cups organic powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons water
- Optional: food coloring
- 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.
Hmm, these were impossible to roll outI should have used arrowroot powder or cornstarch on the counter, I think. However, sticking wasn’t the problem. The dough just crumbled. I ended up rolling into balls and slightly flattening with my hands but the edges cracked. They tasted ok. Good if you’re used to and enjoy eating almond flour.
Hi Kay, We’re so sorry to hear this! Would you mind sharing if you made any ingredient substitutions? And making sure you refrigerated the dough before rolling out? Hoping we can help get to the bottom of this 😀
What happens if I omit honey? Or can I use a granulated sugar free sweetener like monkfruit?
We don’t recommend swapping the honey for anything!
I swapped it with maple syrup and they came out great!
I can’t wait to try these over the next few days. Thank you for sharing!! 🙂
This recipe is SO GOOD. My sister and I started making them for Christmas, and I’ve made 4 batches since. We weren’t able to get food coloring, so soaked some raw red beets in the icing for the color. They freeze and defrost really well too (not that they last long anywhere in my house).
I tried these yesterday, and was an absolute hit in the family! The cookies are on the softer side than crisp to the bite, assuming due to the ingredients it’s this way?
Hi! Yes, that is correct. Since almond flour is pretty much all fat, that’s why they come out super soft!
hello could I use alomond meal instead of blanched almond flour
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EXACTLY what was looking for! Perfection – thank you!
Muy interesante, es bueno que la gente trabaje en realizar recetas nuevas que esten al alcance de todos los usuarios.
Love this ingredient list! Can’t wait to try these 🙂
I just made these and my kids loved them! I liked the flavor and these are more nutrient dense than the traditional sugar cookie. These remind me more of a healthier shortbread cookie though than sugar cookie.
i too want to the nutrition info. how many carbs?
This is wonderful, Lee! I have been looking for a Christmas sugar-type cookie to make without refined sugar. I could get some almond & coconut flour, but I am not gluten-free. Do you have recommendations for using whole wheat flour?
Do you have the nutritional information on the cookie with and without the icing.?