These Cassava Flour Sugar Cookies are the best grain free cut-out cookies! They have a no chill dough that is easy to make and roll out and bakes within minutes. This Paleo Christmas cookie recipe is made from cassava flour, nut free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
I've always had a soft spot for cut-out cookies.
Growing up, my family made them every year around Christmastime. I fondly remember spending hours upon hours with my sister, intricately decorating the cookies with colored frosting and sprinkles.
These cassava flour sugar cookies are a little different than what I made during my childhood, being that they're completely gluten free and dairy free. But this cassava shortbread cookie recipe is just as delicious!
These grain free sugar cookies are:
- Nut free, dairy free, refined sugar free
- Lower in sugar than your "typical" cookie
- Only made with cassava flour
- No chill - the dough doesn't require any refrigeration
- Made with 7 simple ingredients
- Easy to roll out and cut into shapes
I know I'm biased and all, but this really is the ultimate grain free sugar cookie recipe. It's SO easy to make and bake and even easier to eat 😉
Before we dive into the recipe for these cassava flour sugar cookies, let's talk about cassava flour...
What is Cassava Flour?
Cassava flour comes from from the cassava (or yuca) root. It is peeled, dried and ground to make cassava flour. This flour is grain free, gluten free and Paleo friendly. Furthermore, Cassava Flour works well as a 1:1 substitution (by weight) for wheat flour and many gluten free baking mixes.
Is Cassava Flour the Same as Tapioca Flour?
It’s important not to confuse cassava flour with tapioca starch. Yes, they both come from the cassava root, but they are very different. Tapioca is the extracted starch of the cassava root. Whereas, cassava flour comes from the whole cassava root. They serve very different purposes in baking and cooking and are not interchangeable.
What Can You Make with Cassava Flour
Cassava flour can be used to make any and all kinds of recipes. I love using it in baked goods such as muffins, breads, pancakes, donuts and scones. It can also be used for breading chicken or thickening soups and sauces. Cassava flour often works as a substitution (by weight) for wheat flour.
Ingredients in Cassava Flour Sugar Cookies
Only a few simple Paleo ingredients are needed to make these grain free cut-out cookies:
No substitutions have been tested. However, grass fed butter should work in place of the shortening. I like using shortening because it bakes similarly to butter but is Paleo and Vegan friendly (inexpensive too).
If you are looking for an egg free sugar cookie recipe, check out my Tigernut Flour Sugar Cookies.
How to Make Sugar Cookies Using Cassava Flour
These cookies are made in one bowl and don't require any refrigeration.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Make the Cookie Dough
Combine the cassava flour, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then, add in the shortening, using your hands to work the dough. At this point, the mixture should be clumpy and fairly dry (see photos below).
Next, add the remaining ingredients. Mix first with a fork, then use your hands to knead the dough.
Roll the Dough and Cut Out the Cookies
Shape the dough into a ball and flatten it on top of a sheet of parchment paper. Roll the cookie dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper until it is about ⅛-1/4 inch thick.
Remove the top layer of parchment paper and cut the dough into shapes. Place the cookies on a baking sheet.
Bake the Cookies
Lastly, bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size, shape and thickness of the cookies.
Cool the Cookies
After baking, remove the cookies from the baking sheet and cool on a wire cooling rack. Once cooled to room temperature, the cookies can be frosted.
How to Make Paleo Sugar Cookie Icing
I combined a few simple ingredients to make my own Paleo icing. However, you can choose to frost these with anything you wish. My favorite "healthy" frosting to buy is Simple Mills Vanilla. I use it when I don't want to make my own. Just note, because it contains powdered sugar it is not 100% Paleo.
Paleo Vanilla Icing
- ¼ cup powdered monk fruit
- 1 tsp tapioca flour
- 2 tsp almond milk (or coconut milk)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
Simply, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until the icing is smooth. Place the icing in a small plastic bag and cut a hole in the corner. Then, pipe the frosting onto the cookies.
Paleo Cookie Decorations
For this recipe, I added Supernatural's "Into the Woods" sprinkles on top of the icing.
Some other great decorating options include:
- bee pollen
- shredded coconut
- cacao nibs
- chopped nuts
- crushed, freeze dried fruit
- cinnamon or pumpkin spice
- Natural food coloring in the form of beet powder and spirulina
More Cassava Flour RecipesPrint
Paleo sugar cookies made from cassava flour. Dairy free, nut free, grain free and no refrigeration needed.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cassava flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add in shortening. Use your hands to work the shortening into the flour mixture until the dough starts to clump.
- Mix in egg, maple syrup and vanilla. First, mix with a spatula or fork, then use your hands to knead the dough.
- Roll dough into a ball, flatten and roll between two sheets of parchment paper using a rolling pin (until dough is about ⅛-1/4 inch thick).
- Use cookie cutters to cut shapes in the dough. Transfer the shapes from the parchment paper to a baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes*
- Remove from oven, cool to room temperature on a cooling rack and frost.
*Cooking time will vary slightly depending on cookie size and thickness.
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