The holiday season, even though it may be a little modified this year, is the most wonderful time of the year. Generally, we think that can be attributed to 2 things: cookies and gifts.
Now, possibly, if you no longer believe in Santa, spending time with loved ones and giving gifts rather than receiving them take precedence.
Regardless, cookies and gifts, or cookies as gifts, are a nice touch – there’s simply no denying it. Every family has that one member whose baking is superior to all and whose desserts seem irresistible. This year, that person could be YOU!
Nothing brings out the creativity of a Paleo baker like the holiday season, and we have rounded up some recipes proving that simply because you are avoiding wheat flour and refined grains does not mean you are missing out on anything.
Get your apron on, pour some wine, and drag out the coconut flour — it’s time to bake some paleo Christmas cookies.
These healthy recipes turn all your childhood memories and family favorites into sweet treats you can feel good about eating. You might not be trying ALL of these, but making some for sharing and indulging is definitely worth the time and effort.
These are delicious to eat, or hang on your tree. If you have an afternoon to spend with your kids, this recipe is a great way to do it, with ingredients you can feel good about. The decorating part can be tricky to keep paleo, but there are some great paleo frosting recipes out there, and you can always use dried fruits and nuts instead of candies.
No Christmas would be complete without a classic sugar cookie. Be sure to have your favorite cookie cutters handy!
Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
Salt and caramel belong together. These come out tasting very reminiscent of a Twix bar. You might even feel these are too delicious for gifting and eat them all yourself.
You can never, ever go wrong with nut butter and chocolate, and these little paleo buckeyes made with cashew butter are way too easy to make to miss out on.
Hot Cocoa Cookies
These cookies are cute to look at and taste like they were way harder to make. They encompass all of the things that make a piping hot mug of hot chocolate good. You don’t even need marshmallows, and you won’t be missing out on them.
These little nuggets are way more than simply a delicious Paleo Christmas cookie – Snickerdoodles are a hit year-round. No holiday cookie tray is complete without these gems though, and a little pumpkin spice will be welcomed in a crowd of chocolate chips and sprinkles.
Orange Maple Cookies
For those looking for alternatives to a chocolate cookie, or if you are wanting to add variety to your cookie repertoire this season, the comforting flavor combination of citrus and maple in this cookie makes them a perfect choice.
Orange Vanilla Crescent Cookies
For many, crescent cookies are a long-standing holiday family tradition. The combination of buttery cashew flour, sweet orange, and warm vanilla makes the perfect combination for these cookies. Drizzle them with rich chocolate you’ve got a scrumptious treat!
Chewy Molasses Cookie
The list would be incomplete without a traditional molasses cookie. If you love a chewy cookie, then these definitely won’t disappoint.
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Macadamia nuts are amongst the healthiest for you, so why not add them into a cookie batter and call it a day? Their creamy texture is amazing in baked goods, and these biscotti-like treats will quickly become a firm favorite.
Italian Fig Cookies (Cucidati)
These cookies are almost a variation of fruit cake. Almost. These chewy delights are a mainstay on many Italian cookie trays. Often, they never seemed to contain quite enough filling. This recipe definitely has enough of the good stuff – a variety of dried fruits and orange jam give this its texture and taste.
Chocolate Dipped Cranberry Almond Biscotti
These chocolate-covered biscotti will make the perfect little dipper for your dark roast, or you can pack them into gift bags for friends and family to enjoy after their holiday meal.
Coconut Oil Fudge
Making fudge is that impossible feat one is expected to overcome every holiday season. Your Paleo lifestyle may have let you believe that you get a free pass on — and you are right. This version is much easier than a conventional fudge recipe and still insanely delicious.
Here’s to a safe, happy, healthy holiday full of cookies and joy. Don’t forget to save some for Santa.