Paleo cookie recipes are becoming more popular as the number of people who are unable or unwilling to eat overly-processed store bought sweets continues to rise. Even though many people are turning to paleo food as a way to eliminate unhealthy carbohydrates and refined sugars from their diet, it’s difficult to give up junk food entirely when trying to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, families with small children may find it hard to say no to sweets. But since most cookies are packed with refined sweeteners, grains, and dairy products, they have no place in a paleo kitchen.
50 Cookie Recipes to Keep Your Paleo Diet On Track
Thankfully, there are plenty of recipes which replace problematic ingredients with wholesome alternatives in order to produce flavorful treats that don’t just taste good but are healthy, too. These 50 paleo cookie recipes are sure to be a hit with both kids and adults and are packed with nourishing ingredients, unlike traditional cookie recipes.
1. Paleo Gingersnaps
If you’ve ever found yourself at a loss when thinking of the perfect cookies to bring to a holiday party, consider these paleo gingersnaps. Derived from a traditional holiday recipe, these spiced cookies are full of flavor but are made without refined sweeteners, dairy, or gluten. Though the warm taste of ginger is allowed to really shine in this recipe, the molasses adds a deep flavor and chewiness to these cookies. It’s best to keep them on the small side to ensure a perfect texture.
2. Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies (With Vegan Option)
Need a chocolate fix? These big, bakery-style cookies have a soft, almost gooey consistency. If you prefer a firmer texture, consider using natural cocoa powder instead of Dutch-process powder to make them more cake-like. What really makes these cookies special is the combination of darkly bitter and semi-sweet chocolate flavors from the cocoa powder and chocolate chips. This recipe also includes directions on how to replace the egg with a chia seed ‘egg’ to make them vegan as well as paleo.
3. Paleo Blackberry Cheesecake Cookies
There’s nothing quite like the creamy, tangy sweetness of cheesecake, and this recipe delivers on its promise to provide the soft texture and unique flavor of the iconic dessert without using dairy or refined sweeteners. Replacing traditional cream cheese with almond cheese is easier than it sounds, and with just honey and blackberries for sweetness, these pleasing cookies are an ideal alternative to the sugar-laden concoction most of us think of when we hear the word ‘cheesecake’.
4. Paleo Guilt-Free Pecan Pie Cookies
These bite-sized cookies use a grain-free shortbread base and a date-sweetened pecan filling to recreate the taste and texture of pecan pie. Because this recipe contains no egg, it is not only paleo and gluten free but vegan as well. Although there is a small quantity of maple syrup used in the shortbread base, the natural sweetness of the ingredients lets the flavor of the nuts come through beautifully. Each one is topped with a pecan half to make these paleo cookies really stand out.
5. Paleo Chewy Chocolate Almond Butter Sandwich Cookies
If you’re feeling nostalgic for old school peanut butter sandwich cookies, try this healthy paleo food alternative. It may be a challenge to not eat the creamy, chocolatey filling by itself, but you’ll find it compliments the salty sweetness of the cookies and is worth waiting for. Best of all, the filling only has two ingredients and is super easy to make. Be sure to only use dairy-free brands of chocolate chips to ensure these cookies conform to the paleo diet.
6. Paleo Banana Coconut Cookies
Not only are these paleo cookies super easy to make, but they use only four ingredients – two of them optional – and are gluten free, vegan, and GAPS-friendly as well! If you’re on a highly restricted diet, this cookie should be on your short list of go-to snacks, as it is free of grain, dairy, and eggs. For families with small children that need to whip up a healthy treat in a hurry, this quick and easy recipe is a great choice.
7. Paleo Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
Crispy on the outside, warm and cake-like on the inside, these bite-sized chocolate chip cookies are a true delight. This recipe offers alternative options for several of its ingredients to make it easy to use what’s already in your cabinets. You can even choose to use chocolate nibs instead of chocolate chips, and can use honey or maple syrup instead of coconut sugar if you prefer.
8. Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies
Like many paleo cookies, these have no grain, sugar, or dairy, but there are a couple of things that make these cookies truly special. The carrots are allowed to be the star of the show thanks to a simple recipe that dispenses with heavy spicing and has very little sweetener other than the natural sweetness of the carrots themselves. In fact, these cookies are so healthy, you don’t have to save them for dessert. But the real joy of these confections is the ‘cream cheese’ frosting made with cashews that is lavishly spread on top.
9. Paleo Caramel Brownie Sandwich Cookies
Do you like caramel and brownies? These hedonistic delights are sure to please you with their gooey caramel filling sandwiched between two chocolate chip brownie cookies. The salty sweetness of the filling perfectly complements the slight bitterness of the chocolate in the cookies. With a total prep and cook time of 50 minutes, they take slightly longer to make than other cookies, but the end result is worth the effort. Don’t worry, you’ll have some leftover caramel filling to eat when you’re done!
10. Grain-Free Paleo Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Sometimes an easy recipe is the best recipe. Not only are these snickerdoodles wholesome and easy to make, but they take less than 20 minutes to whip up, making them a great choice for a quick snack. Like a traditional snickerdoodle, they are buttery and finely textured. The subtle pumpkin flavor makes these cookies perfect for fall, but since these treats are vegan, gluten free, and kid-approved, feel free to enjoy them any time of the year.