No Flour Sugar Cookies

Tis the season for sugar cookies!  Who doesn’t love cutting dough into fun and festive holiday shapes?  It is a memorable and festive holiday activity to do with your kids, friends or partner.

These super simple, no-flour sugar cookies are perfect for anyone who is gluten free.  Plus, they are egg and dairy free making them entirely vegan and allergy friendly.

They are as healthy as a sugar cookie can get without sacrificing taste.  The actual cookie doesn’t contain any processed sugar so if you omit the icing you can avoid a sugar rush.  But since it is the holidays, I say spread a tiny amount of frosting on your cookies and enjoy in moderation.

No one will know these are lightened-up from traditional sugar cookies and no one will guess they are vegan and gluten free.  So it can be our little holiday secret, okay?


Easy, No Flour “Sugar” Cookies (vegan & gf)

  • Author: EatingbyElaine
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 20 1x


These vegan and gluten free sugar cookies are healthier than traditional sugar cookies and allergy-friendly so all can enjoy this holiday season! This recipe makes 20 cookies depending on the size and thickness of your cookies.



  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup raw agave or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • For the Vegan Frosting
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened
  • Splash of non-dairy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream all ingredients together with a hand mixer in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Scoop entire batter onto large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top with another sheet of parchment paper. Use rolling pin or glass cup and roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Place in freezer for about 15 minutes until dough is firm and well chilled.
  4. Remove top layer of parchment and quickly use cookie cutters to make shapes. Remove excess dough and bake shaped cookies right on parchment paper. Repeat process with excess dough if desired. The recipe makes about 20 cookies depending on the size and thickness of your cookies.
  5. Bake at 325 for about 10-15 minutes, depending on thickness of cookies. Check on them every couple minutes as they can burn easily. You want them to look golden brown around the edges.
  6. Remove from oven and allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes.
  7. Carefully move cookies to cooling rack to cool fully (they will harden once fully cooled).
  8. Decorate cooled cookies with frosting and add sprinkles if desired.
  9. For the Vegan Frosting: Beat softened butter until light and fluffy. Then add vanilla and beat again. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time and continue mixing until creamy. Drizzle in a little non-dairy milk if clumpy. Place in refrigerator to harden the icing if needed. Store leftovers in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week.

  • Category: Dessert