AIP & Paleo Sugar Cookies

These AIP and paleo sugar cookies are so chewy and delicious, you’ll want to make a double batch! They are perfect for the holidays and loved by both adults and kids.

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Mmmmm… sugar cookies. You really can’t go wrong with them. It’s always a crowd favorite!

It’s the first week of quiet after our wedding, now that all the events are over and my parents left to go back to South Korea this past weekend. The past month has been crazy and wonderful at the same time and my parents have contributed so much energy and effort into the wedding events, not to mention traveling an insane amount, that I thanked them by doing what I do best: cooking dinner and baking them treats.

AIP & Paleo Sugar Cookies Recipe

Since my mom has rheumatoid arthritis, and it’s difficult to stick to the autoimmune protocol in Korea, she always requests that I make a dessert for her that she can bring back home and enjoy. And this time, I decided to make a big batch of these AIP & paleo sugar cookies!

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Coconut Butter Frosting

You can make these without the coconut butter frosting, but it seriously makes such a big difference with that moist, delicious layer. It also adds a touch of sweetness without added sugar that I love, so I highly recommend you make the frosting. Plus, it also looks so fun and snowy if you are making it for the holidays!

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Getting Creative with Food Restrictions

I truly enjoy creating these AIP and paleo sugar cookies for my mom, because it allows me to help, not just her, but others out there who are also on restrictive diets. Just because you can’t have certain foods, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge in sweet treats from time to time. You just gotta get a bit more creative in the kitchen!

I hope to bring you more AIP or AIP-optional recipes in the future. In the meantime you can check out other AIP recipes I currently have on the blog by clicking here!

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar CookiesAIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

AIP Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

AIP & Paleo Sugar Cookies

These AIP and paleo sugar cookies are so chewy and delicious, you'll want to make a double batch! They are perfect for the holidays and loved by both adults and kids.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Jean Choi



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, stir together coconut flour, tapioca starch, cinnamon, sea salt, and baking soda.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together gelatin and room-temperature water. Add hot water and whisk until the gelatin is dissolved.
  • Add maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the gelatin mixture and whisk together.
  • Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, while stirring with a fork.
  • Mix until combined and moldable.
  • Using rounded tablespoons, drop the cookie dough on the parchment paper. It might seem sticky, but it'll be easier to work once they are dropped.
  • Wet your hands slightly and roll the dropped dough into balls and flatten them.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until the edges are golden, but the cookies are still soft.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes. The cookies will harden as they cool.
  • Warm up coconut butter in the microwave or stovetop until slightly melted, but still thick and creamy. Spoon gently over cookies, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Let cool completely before serving.The coconut butter will solidify once cooled.
Nutrition Facts
AIP & Paleo Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Sodium 111mg 5%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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27 thoughts on “AIP & Paleo Sugar Cookies

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Hey there! I’ve never tried with arrowroot starch but I think you can try it without changing the recipe too much. It may alter the texture a bit because tapioca starch gives the cookies that chewiness. But I think you’ll still be able to make the cookies with the same taste.. Let me know how it turns out!

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      I’m not sure if anything can substitute coconut butter, but you can leave it out or try just using coconut cream with a bit of honey or maple syrup. It won’t solidify the same way though but it’ll still be tasty!

  1. Rachel Leet

    Hey Jean! Super excited to try these cookies. Just wondering if I could substitute collagen for the gelatin? I have collagen on hand already and was curious if it would alter the recipe a lot if I used that instead. Thanks!

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      Unfortunately, gelatin is necessary because it acts as an egg substitute and a binder in the recipe. If you can tolerate eggs, you can omit gelatin and water, and just make it with 1 egg instead.

  2. Yemi

    I made this with banana instead of gelatin (THANK YOU SPOONIE SOPHIA) and it was DELICIOUS! Being without bread and cookies has been one of the hardest aspects of going AIP for me so I feel very lucky to have found this recipe. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. Sandy Rusher

    Tried just as is except forgot the vanilla and added a bit of vanilla stevia to the coconut butter. I like when the tast in your mouth leaves you craving for more. They are grest. Thank you.

  4. Kathryn Powell

    These are fantastic! I made them as per recipe the first time then I substituted the cinnamon with carob -very yum!

  5. Lindsay

    YUM!!! I used 1 TBSP of banana instead of gelatin since I didn’t have any. These are SO delish! I’ve missed cookies so badly since doing the AIP diet. Definitely worth it to make these, super easy and tasty!

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      So glad you enjoyed it! And what a great idea to use banana. I have to try that next time!

  6. Heather

    While the flavors in these cookies gave me the seasonal hit I was looking for, the texture left much to be desired. Yes, they were chewy, but for me, not an enjoyable chewy… a chewy that made me feel like I had to be drinking some kind of beverage as I was eating the cookies because they dried my mouth out so much. Not sure what could be done to adjust this recipe to give a slightly better texture (maybe add some ACV to activate the baking soda and add some air bubbles?) but I unfortunately wasn’t a fan.

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      So sorry the texture didn’t turn out right for you! I’ve made these many times and I never thought they were chewy. Do you think you might have overmixed the batter? Either way, thanks for trying out my recipe!

  7. DC

    Sadly, these cookies were so mouth parchingly dry, I ended up not eating the rest of th batch. Really bummed. The texture was powdery and dry. It was impossible to eat a whole cookie without drinking a whole glass of water.

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      So sorry these turned out dry for you! I’ve made this several times, but I’ve never had an experience with them being dry. Did you add all the liquid ingredients to its full amount? Just trying to figure out what went wrong.

  8. jennifer wenzel

    I try so many different paleo and AIP recipes and I’m usually left disappointed. But these Paleo sugar cookies are delicious and very simple to make! My little guy loves them too! Thank you!

    1. Jean Choi Post author

      That’s the best compliment! Thanks so much and I’m so glad you enjoyed them. 🙂


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