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Valentine Sugar Cookies (vegan, gluten-free)

This sugar cookie recipe from Detoxinista.com is yummy and healthier than the traditional sugar cookie. I have notes here on making them oil-free.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 12 small cookies
Author Detoxinista.com and Faithful Plateful


  • 1.5 cups blanched almond flour (swap 1/2 cup for oat flour for lower-fat)
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch or cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 TBSP melted coconut oil (or applesauce for lower fat and less chewy results)
  • 5 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

    Whisk the dry ingredients together, breaking up any clumps. Stir in the melted coconut oil (or applesauce), maple syrup and extracts.

  2. Either chill the dough and prepare later, or make into cookies now.

  3. Roll into balls, or roll the dough out 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes. Use a spatula to transfer to the baking sheet. Dough is fragile, so you may need to re-shape the cookies on the pan a bit.

  4. Bake 8 minutes for soft and chewy cookies, or 10 minutes for more crispy cookies. Let cool on the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack or plate to frost.

Frosting Ideas

  1. Thaw out 2 frozen strawberries in the microwave. Put into a small blender with 1 cup powdered sugar for a pink strawberry icing.

  2. Although I haven't tried it for lack of access to coconut butter, I've seen this idea several times as an excellent frosting:

    3/4 cup melted coconut butter (blended up coconut)

    1/4 cup maple syrup

    1/4 cup plant milk

    Freeze dried berries crushed into powder for color and flavor

    Stir together.

  3. Look up cashew frosting recipes (Minimalist Baker has a delicious one).

Recipe Notes

You can swap 1/2 cup of the almond flour for oat flour for lower fat (so 1 cup almond flour and 1/2 cup oat flour). Texture isn't quite as good but we still enjoyed them.

 Applesauce makes the dough more sticky and less of a sugar cookie texture, but also still good!