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Paleo Cinnamon Snowflake Christmas Cookies Using Coconut Sugar :: Grain, Gluten, Dairy, & Egg Free

November 25, 2017

Celebrate the season without the sugar overload and make these festive and fun Paleo cinnamon snowflake cookies!

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The first snow…

My little winter babes are still anticipating the first measurable snow approaching the first week of December, peeking their little nose at the windows each morning to see if today is the day! I seriously have no idea where they get it from {self proclaimed beach bum here…}, but growing up here my whole life, I do have to say that there is just something magical about that first snowfall!

Bringing a little snowfall to our kitchen!

So while we await fresh powder to play in outside, I decided to bring a little snowfall to the inside! These sweet little powdery snowflake cookies made the girls completely giddy, and I loved that my oldest could make the entire recipe on her own. Sure the littles in the house loved helping here and there. But there is just something about this age 8…bam! She is not one of the “littles” anymore…she is genuinely a huge help in the kitchen, and so mature it blows me away!

Ownership…

And while we are on that note…man, oh man. Do I ever get it. It takes a little extra time to let them help in the kitchen, doesn’t it? This “Type A” and “go go go” personality momma has really had to learn how to step back and let my kids do their thing. Especially this age. Ownership means the world to them. Being able to edify them in front of their family or peers that *they* made the cookies does amazing things for their confidence.

And that whole “life skills” thing is pretty important too. Believe me. Growing up in a microwave generation and having to teach myself to cook in my 20’s has given me a new appreciation for making sure this generation knows how to make themselves some food. Get your kiddos into the kitchen this holiday season and help them start mastering those kitchen skills – start somewhere!

The holiday sugar trap…

It’s a tough one, isn’t it? I have worked on this balance for years now, and feel like I’ve come up with some happy mediums so that we can both enjoy the fun of the holiday, but also stay healthy and well so that we can actually attend all of the parties and have some fun. Sugar does, after all, feed those sick bugs in our bodies, so party after party, and holiday event after event can really wreck havoc on little ones especially.

{You can read more tips on keeping kids healthy during the holiday season in this super important post!}

A game changing combo!

These cinnamon snowflake cookies are not only super adorable, but they make a much healthier choice for a sweet treat when your kiddos have been “sugar-ed out” and you still have some holiday parties to attend! The nut flour keeping the starches down, coupled with the lower glycemic coconut sugar, make for a winning combination to keep blood sugars at bay.

Ok, fine…coconut sugar…so, how does it taste???

So good! There is a warm, almost light molasses flavor to coconut sugar, so it really gives these cookies in particular a gingerbread cookie flavor with the added cinnamon. It is so festive! I’ve switched to coconut sugar almost exclusively in some of my baking and my family really enjoys the flavor.

Kid friendly serving sizes

Make ‘em small and super cute, dear momma! They won’t know any differently! Here are some super cute mini cookie cutters you can use to make at least 2 dozen cookies (I made over 30 with mine). So instead of having to break apart a huge cookie for your 4 year old, and they feel slighted for only getting half a cookie, they get to have a whole one! Or even 2!

A note on the powdered sugar…

If you have super little ones at home and no bigs…I’d just leave it off 😉 They really don’t know any differently, and the cookies taste amazing without it! If you have some older kiddos at home like I do…I’m telling ya…the illusion of these looking snow dusted with the powdered sugar is SO worth the look on their faces! Do it up! Grab an organic/non-GMO sourced powdered cane sugar, and let them shake it on. Just watch those sweet faces light up!

Ingredient notes

Five batches in, and I was able to at least narrow this one down to gluten, dairy, and egg free! I know, I know, my dear nut free friends! Sigh. I didn’t get to trying these with a seed meal – I really think a sunflower seed type deal just might work. Blend it up into a “flour” and give it a go! And please comment below if you tried it so others who need to be nut free may try. I feel like I worked out the rest of the common allergens like dairy, gluten, and egg though!

If you don’t have access to coconut sugar, then organic cane sugar will work fine. I also think that soaked, blended dates might work. I think honey or maple syrup will be too runny/sticky, but you could give it a try.

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Paleo Cinnamon Snowflake Christmas Cookies Using Coconut Sugar :: Grain, Gluten, Dairy, & Egg Free
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Put all of the ingredients into a medium mixing bowl, and blend to combine. The dough should press together well. It shouldn’t be tacky or wet though. From here, you can either roll them right out, or refrigerate the dough until you are ready to roll it out. I have done both, and rolling out is easy both ways – I feel like the cut-outs came out of the cookie cutter a little easier when the dough was chilled.
  3. To roll the dough out, you can either use parchment paper, or dust the counter with Cassava Flour. I have done both and they both work well. Roll out the dough, cut the snowflakes out, and place them on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. I found that dipping my little cookie cutter into a bowl of olive oil made the cookies slide off the cutter easiest. Or dip in some cassava flour to flour it before cutting.
  4. Bake the snowflakes at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. You can dust the cookies with the organic powdered cane sugar at this point. After they cool a couple minutes on the baking sheet, move them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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35 Comments

  • Reply Megan Stevens November 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    These are precious, fun and exciting, Renee!! I Love that they’re egg-free. What a fun cooking craft to share with my youngest!!! 🙂 🙂 Thank you, we will have a jolly time; he will love this process and the outcome!!

  • Reply Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! November 27, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    I love how cute and festive these are, and I completely agree about the ownership part. My mom turned me loose in the kitchen where I was supposed to cook 1 dinner a week for our family, and I don’t know if I was much help, but she let me ask questions when I needed help, and I’ve been cooking non-stop ever since!

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 30, 2017 at 7:23 pm

      Ooo I love that Kari! I didn’t get into a kitchen to cook until I was in my 20’s!

  • Reply Jean November 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    These cookies are just too cute, and I love how easy they are to make!

  • Reply linda spiker November 27, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Such beautiful, delicate cookies and I love that your daughter is making them!

  • Reply Carrie @ Clean Eating Kitchen November 28, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Sharing this one on Facebook, Renee! What a beautiful cookie for the holidays!

  • Reply Katja November 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    These are so freaking cute! My Little One is going to love making these.

  • Reply Tina November 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Yum! Never enough Xmas cookie recipes!

  • Reply Jo Romero November 30, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Most beautiful recipe for Christmas I’ve seen so far! Love the look of these cookies – have pinned and will make them with the kids. Thanks!

  • Reply Joanie Noble November 30, 2017 at 10:41 am

    How many cookies were you able to get out of this recipe? Calculating for Christmas gifts

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Joanie! It was a little over 30 – I’d say 32-ish

  • Reply Debbie November 30, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I have made a batch of these cookies to sample before bringing them to a cookie exchange. I thought the taste was great, but found the almond extract a little over powering. Can I substitute vanilla for almond?

    • Reply Renee Kohley November 30, 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Hi Debbie! Yes you can sub vanilla!

  • Reply Hope November 30, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    These are so pretty Renee and love that they are gluten and dairy and egg free! I’m going to try some of these with my little boy for our Christmas Party next week, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish November 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    These photos are so special Renee! Such a gift how you capture these beautiful moments. The cookies look awesome and so much fun for the holidays.

  • Reply Monique November 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    These are so adorably pretty Renee, I’ve pinned this recipe everywhere 🙂 And I can’t believe how short and simple this recipe is! I was expecting it to be a lot more difficult as they look amazing. Yay!

  • Reply Holley @ ThePrimalDesire.com December 2, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    I LOVE first snowfall, my Dad used to wake us up to watch it with us!

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 7, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Love that – what a precious memory!

  • Reply Becky Winkler December 3, 2017 at 9:42 am

    These are so pretty and sound absolutely delicious!!

  • Reply Carrie Forrest December 3, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    These look so fun! I love it. Merry Christmas to all!

  • Reply cristina December 3, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    What a beautiful recipe. Simple and delicious and perfect for little helpers!

  • Reply ChihYu December 4, 2017 at 10:56 am

    These are GORGEOUS ! Wow I want to make them !!

  • Reply A Girl Worth Saving December 4, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Oh, I can’t resist a healthy Christmas cookie and these look amazing! I love that there are less than 10 ingredients too.

  • Reply Jessica DeMay December 6, 2017 at 6:55 am

    These are so pretty and festive! I love the simple ingredient list- definitely need to try them!

  • Reply Brittney Horst December 8, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    Can you sub coconut flour for almond flour? 🙂

    • Reply Renee Kohley December 9, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Brittney! I have not tried subbing coconut flour. Coconut flour behaves really differently than almond flour in baking, so you would have to play around with the amount I’m sure!

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