Staci Troilo’s Second Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange! #SugarCookies #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #writingcommunity #authorsbaking

Hi! Today I’m excited to participate in Staci Troilo’s Second Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange!

I decided to make a sugar cookie that is paleo, gluten-free, and dairy free. Our family has many different dietary needs, including celiac and dairy allergies. I do a variation of the AIP Paleo diet to keep my autoimmune in remission, so I don’t eat sugar, dairy, nightshades, or gluten. I make everything from scratch and avoid all prepackaged foods.

My notes and changes follow the recipe. I added pictures to show what I used and did.

Here is the recipe I found online at Erin Lives Whole. Thank you, Erin 🙂


  • 2 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Here are my ingredients:


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 12 tbsp water
  • a few drops of food coloring

Here’s what I used:


  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Add almond flour, coconut flour baking soda, salt (all dry ingredients) to a medium bowl
  • Mix together egg, honey, coconut oil, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a large bowl
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix to combine
  • Mix until a ball forms
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 30 minutes to prevent sticking when rolling.

My dough before I put in the fridge:

  • Roll dough about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and use cookie cutters to cut
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes. Watch cookies closely – they burn quickly!
  • If decorating, allow cookies to cool completely

Icing (for decorating)

  • Add powdered sugar, water, and food coloring together. Mix to combine
  • Put in ziplock bag and cut corner to allow for easy decorating.

Here are my cookie all ready for Santa!

  • I made a couple of changes to the recipe. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon and a splash of maple syrup to replace the almond extract that turned out to be empty.
  • I don’t think I chilled the dough long enough because I had a hard time with my cookie cutters even with flour. So, I used a glass to shape ornaments.
  • I used my convection setting on my oven since I am at 3700 feet.
  • When it came time to put the icing on the cookies, I set three aside for me without any added sugar icing.
  • I’m not skilled at decorating. I do think they look like ornaments though.
  • My husband insists they are the best cookies I’ve made, but I think he might be a little biased. Although, I thought they were very tasty too.
Thank you, Staci! This was a lot of fun.

65 thoughts on “Staci Troilo’s Second Annual Virtual Cookie Exchange! #SugarCookies #paleo #glutenfree #dairyfree #writingcommunity #authorsbaking”

    1. Thank you, Carol! I wish I had the patience to do all the small details on them but I did enjoy all the colors

    1. Thanks, Sally 🙂 I make everything gluten free and its nice to find recipes exclusively for that and other allergies. They were tasty. I love honey in sugar cookies.

  1. I have family with dietary restrictions, too, so it’s always nice to have a few ingredient-safe recipes to fall back on. This one sounds delicious—both with the almond extract and with the maple syrup. Thanks for sharing these. 🍪

    1. It is nice to have options and a nice treat that everyone can eat, Staci. I will have to make another batch with the almond to compare but loved the maple in it. Thank you for having this exchange, it is so much fun with the bonus of new recipes. Hugs xo

    1. It is nice to have food that everyone can eat, Annette. If I don’t mention its different those who eat gluten rarely notice. I’ve become the house for gluten free dinning.

    1. It is nice to have it, especially in our family. I’ll have to try it with the almond and compare it, Joan. I am a fan of maple syrup though 🙂

  2. My son, who’s a total foodie and loves to bake, has several friends with dietary restrictions, so he’ll love to see this recipe. Thanks for sharing it, Denise!

    1. It is a challenge to bake now with all the restrictions our family has, so I’m always happy to find a treat everyone can share. I hope your son likes them too, Teri 🙂

  3. Thanks for the recipe, Denise. My husband and I also don’t eat sugar or gluten, so these are perfect for me to try. And I laughed that your replaced the vanilla with maple syrup (I’m constantly out of things and make last minute substitutions!). Wishing you a wonderful Christmas holiday and amazingly creative, happy, and healthy new year. Hugs.

    1. I find the same thing, Diana that I run out of things when I’m baking. I’ve become very creative in replacing ingredients because I hate to drive all the way to the store for one thing 🙂 Glad this recipe can work for you too. I don’t miss sugar at all but boy it was tough quitting it…lol. Thank you, I wish you the very same wonderful Christmas and happy, creative, and super healthy new year too. hugs back xo

  4. I love cookies with almond extract, but maple syrup sounds even better. That was a great substitution. Thanks for this recipe which is so good to share with people who have dietary restrictions.

    1. It was a fun substitute for the almond and brought a nice flavor to it but I will be replacing that empty bottle next time I shop. It is nice to have a treat handy for those with restrictions in their diet 🙂

    1. I liked the blend of coconut and almond flour and always love the flavor of honey, Robbie. It was a hit here 🙂

  5. My sister has to eat gluten free, so I am going to make a batch of these for her to try and see if they tickle her fancy. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Denise.

    1. I hope she likes them as much as my husband did, Carla. It’s nice when everyone can have a treat, especially around the holidays:)

  6. My friends all have different dietary restrictions, too, so it’s always nice to have recipes that work for each one. But having to make EVERYTHING from scratch would be so hard! Way to go! And glad you found things that work to keep yourself healthy.

  7. Beautiful, Denise! 🎄 Reminds me of baking for Christmas with Mama. We always saved a dozen or so and pierced holes for hanging on the tree. <3 Christmas & New Year blessings, my friend.. xo

    1. I remember doing that too, Bette:) When my kids were little they did that at school. Such a personal touch for the tree. Thank you. I send you the very same blessings for Christmas and New Years xo

    1. Thanks, Darlene 🙂 It’s nice how different all the recipes were! Makes for some fun baking later.

    1. Thank you. I give all the credit to the sprinkles. Yes, there is a bit of magic in them, I agree.

    1. Thank you, Michele 🙂 Yes, it does seem to be more common than it used to. Nice to have options.

  8. I like the almond and coconut flour substitutions in this recipe. There is one member here that has issues and I like the flavor of both. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    1. They do add a different flavor that I enjoy too. It makes it nice everyone can eat it too, unless you have nut or cocobut allergies, luckily we don’t have that in our family.

    1. We used to be like that too. My food groups used to be burger, fries, and chocolate…lol. night shades are potatoes (except sweet) all peppers(except black) paprika, tomatoes, and eggplant. They produce their own toxic repellent that can bother some people and can inflammation. I loved spicy foods so I really miss the peppers

Leave a Reply