Thin & Crispy Almond Flour Sugar Cookies (healthy, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free)
With only nine ingredients these vegan almond flour sugar cookies are dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and a tasty way to celebrate! These healthy sugar cookies with almond flour come out thin, slightly crispy, and extremely light. They're a wonderful vegan sugar cookie for kids and can be sprinkled with sugar on top or iced if you want to dress them up.
Perfect for the Holidays (like these Hazelnut healthy sugar cookies), this vegan, almond four sugar cookies make a tasty but light indulgence.
While I try to scale back sugar and processed food with my kiddos (check out these simple swaps to cut sugar!), there is a bit more intake during Christmas. Hence, these healthy sugar cookies with almond flour are a great way to let them indulge without it being over the top.
We love these almond flour sugar cookies because:
- the base of the cookies is loaded with healthy fats to act as a stabilizer
- there's minimal processed sugar in them
- they're light and won't leave you feeling bloated
- getting the kids in the kitchen to help me make them is fun
The healthy sugar cookies are also freaking delicious when crumbled over cashew ice cream topped with my caramel magic shell recipe. Just sayin' 😉
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Do The Almond Flour Sugar Cookies Hold Together?
I'll be the first to admit that these vegan sugar cookies are finicky. They do hold together (this is why it is especially important to let the dough sit in the fridge and bind) but they're thin.
For this reason, the best way to keep them from falling apart between the time you use a cookie cutter and getting them to a baking tray is to use a silicone spatula to lift them.
Do not try to pick them up with your hands either until they're fully cooled. They come out of the oven soft and need time to firm up.
Why They Are Great For Kids & Toddlers
These vegan sugar cookies are perfect for kiddos because they contain far less sugar per cookies than your standard sugar cookie recipe.
When my daughter was very young (around 18m-2) I would also skip topping them with additional sugar and leave them as is. This means that there were only two tablespoons of sugar and one teaspoon of maple syrup in the entire batch.
Being that there are so many unhealthy options around the Holidays, I make sure to have a stash of these on hand to bring with me so that my girls have a healthier choice when needed.
Likewise, my girls also love making them with me and I love having them in the kitchen! They may not be the beeessssstttt helper but they learn a ton about food and thinks it's awesome to "help mommy".
I personally love bringing a tray of these with me to Christmas dinners because they’re a delicious but light dessert. And who doesn’t love sugar cookies? Though, these pine tree cookies are super cute too!
Topping The Cookies
In an effort to keep these sugar cookies healthy, I simply sprinkle a bit of extra sugar on top to give them some texture.
On the other hand, I have yet to try icing the sugar cookies. That said, they are very thin and delicate. This means, if you are going to use icing, I would do it with a piping bag and not a utensil. I don't think that trying to "spread" the icing on would work very well.
Do They Puff Up?
No. Given that there's no baking powder in these sugar cookies with almond flour they do not puff up. After you use your cookie cutter and transfer them to the baking tray, they will mostly stay the same shape.
Icing The Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies
Now, to be honest, icing isn't really my thing. As a busy mom, I don't have time to make the sugar cookies look like little trains with different colors or whatnot. If you want to ice your gluten-free sugar cookies traditionally, you'll want to make royal icing and color it.
Royal icing is still dairy-free and gluten-free but it is LOADED with sugar. In contrast, you'll notice that this gluten-free sugar cookie recipe is actually not that sugar dense. Sweet but not sugar-based. Likewise, I also do my best to use natural sugars (honey and maple syrup) when I can. Thus, royal icing is not something I would use.
However, there is another option!
I've been whipping up a super speedy, dairy-free icing recipe that I find is working really well. I love it because:
- there are only three ingredients (color aside)
- it hardens just like "normal" icing
- slightly less sugar dense
Dairy-Free Sugar Cookie Icing Recipe
If you want to "fancy-up" the gluten-free sugar cookie recipe and give it some icing, this dairy-free sugar cookie icing recipe is perfect. It's made from coconut milk powder which is a great healthy fat. Thus, it's dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
Nevertheless, some coconut milk powders contain sugar so take a peek at the back of the ingredients! I personally use one without added sugar.
For the sugar cookie icing simply whisk together:
- 5 tbs coconut milk powder
- 2 tbs coconut oil (measured solid and then melted)
- 2 tbs cane sugar
First, heat the coconut oil and ensure there are no clumps in the coconut milk powder. Then, mix together all the ingredients until ultra-smooth. Finally, place the sugar cookie icing into a plastic bag, cut the corner, and pipe it on!
Such a simple alternative to anything fancy and much, MUCH, healthier.
Color Options For The Sugar Cookie Icing
Again, I'm not overly fancy when it comes to decorating cakes, cookies, or cupcakes! But one thing is for sure, I do my best not the negative effects of food dyes to use traditional coloring options (read more about ). If I want to color the sugar cookie icing I use:
- a tiny bit of beet powder (it makes everything pink)
- crushed EnergyBits tablets (a light green, use code mamabear to save some money and learn more about why these tabs are a staple in my diet!)
- Blue spirulina powder
Regarding this, I find that you only need a tiny bit of the powders (¼ teaspoon ish) to get a nice light color. But again, use what you're comfortable with!
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Healthy Almond Flour Sugar Cookies
These healthy, light, gluten-free sugar cookies make the perfect addition to a Holiday party. They contain healthy ingredients, are easy to make and you can customize the shapes based on preference. Have your kids get involved in making them and let them roll, cut, and of course, lick their fingers 😉 With this sugar cookies recipe, you get all the benefits of almonds while still enjoy cookie deliciousness!