the best sugar cookies (egg-free, grain-free)

Howdy luvs,

How are you doing this Friday? We are doing fabulous.  You want to know why, sure you do. Well, even if you don’t we are going to tell you anyways. Haha.  We are super excited today because we have an awesome recipe to share with you.

We mentioned last week on facebook, we were literally jumping for joy as we could not wait to share this recipe with you!

These healthier roll out sugar cookies are soft and chewy and just as good as a traditional cookie.

the best grain-free sugar cookies

We got the best grain-free sugar cookie recipe for you! Yes flourless and egg-free too! And yes they are made from plantains. You guys know that we love to use plantains as our number one go-to ingredient for making flourless recipes.

The best soft grain-free egg-free sugar cookies.

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Healthier? Well yes, a little in our eyes.

Now these are SUGAR cookies. So yes they have sugar in them, but we reduced the amount to be a little less sweet. We do like sweet things, but we try not to overdo our sugar intake either. We could have used honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar to be a little more natural and healthier.


Sugar is SUGAR.

We do feel having some sugar is okay to do. All about moderation. And a little sweet fun too.  We aren’t huge fans of baking with honey. And using coconut sugar would provided a more darker sugar cookie. We wanted a more snow-like cookie.

We used arrowroot starch in these sugar cookies as we have learned from past baking experiments it helps with the final texture. Arrowroot just works so well. We know we are might receive a few comments… what can we replace the starch with. And to be honest. We are not sure. As again it just worked so well in this recipe

Like sugar, we are okay with having starches from time to time, as we do not always like using a lot of nuts in our recipes. So we do our best to balance everything. We have a vlog coming Saturday where we discuss this more. 

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In these sugar cookies we did decided to use cashews.

Cashews helped provide a nice soft moist texture to these sugar cookies. By using cashew flour allowed us to reduce the sugar some as they provided a nice depth in flavor.

Soft, chewy sugar cookies that are free of gluten, dairy, grains, and eggs that taste like the real thing!

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Hard to eat just one cookie.

We had to put them away fast as we were about to eat them all. They are that amazing. Ridiculously delicious.

These cookies. Seriously. SO good. You can’t tell that they’re made from plantains. Fantastic!

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We still have huge smiles on our faces.

This is one recipe we wanted to make so bad this holiday season. A grain-free (and egg-free for our egg-free folks) sugar cookie is all we wanted. We love sugar cookies around the holidays. A family tradition is making a whole batch of sugar cookies with Christmas carols playing. And we decorate them all up. Save a few for Santa, enjoy them ourselves and share with friends.

We usually take an old family sugar cookie recipe that has been passed down and make gluten-free. But now we have these to make too!

the best grain-free egg-free sugar cookies!

the best grain-free egg-free sugar cookies!

Easy grain-free vegan roll out sugar cookies. Sweet but overly sweet. A nice soft sugar cookie perfect as is or top with sprinkles or frosting.


  • 1 large plantain (7oz once peeled)
  • 1/2 cup cashew flour (we made our own from grinding whole cashews into flour)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (optional, just provides more depth of flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel plantain.
  3. Place plantain in food processor and pulse.
  4. Wipe down sides a few times and continue to pulse.
  5. Add in coconut butter.
  6. Continue to pulse until it purees. But not overly pureed, where plantains are not quite pureed all the way.
  7. Place almost fully pureed plantains and coconut butter mixture in a large bowl.
  8. Add in remaining ingredients.
  9. Stir.
  10. Batter should come together. Will be a little soft and sticky.
  11. Place dough onto floured surface (we sprinkled down arrowroot and coconut flour).
  12. Begin roll out cookies using a rolling pin.
  13. Adding in more coconut flour if it is really wet and sticky.
  14. Roll out to desired thinness of cookies.
  15. Grab cookie cutters and cut out shapes. Amount of cookies will vary.
  16. Place on cookie tray.
  17. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
  18. Enjoy warm or cold.


*These cookies are best stored in refrigerator.


the best christmas sugar cookies

Enjoy the best soft and chewy grain-free egg-free sugar cookies!

Make sure to make some for Santa ;)

Do you like sugar cookies? Do you like them plain, with sprinkles or with frosting?


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40 Responses to the best sugar cookies (egg-free, grain-free)

  1. Colleen says:

    Did you use a green plantain or a ripe plantain?

  2. Erica says:

    They look SO perfect! Festive!

  3. Dang, ladies! These look amazing!!
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  4. CUTE cookies! Love the cut-outs! I love mine with LOTS of frosting! :)
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  5. Brittany says:

    can I use almond flour or coconut flour instead of cashew flour??

  6. lindsay says:

    yes it is my favorite! that and snickerdoodle. Oh my, must make!
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  7. Heather says:

    Just made these and are they delish!! Thanks! I was really wanting cookies too!

  8. OOO you two would be so proud. I made some amazing allergen-free cookies!!!! Posting them XMAS EVE :D So flipping tasty! They remind me of you two, lol!
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  9. these are absolutely adorable! i actually like them plain–sort of like a shortbread type and dunk them into coffee :)
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  10. Joanne says:

    You girls are always my saving grace when it comes to grain-free baking! I’ve been on the hunt for a sugar cookie recipe for Christmas for ages, and I happen to have a plantain waiting to be used. THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!!
    Question, how many cookies does this make? And do you think almond flour could work in place of cashew?

  11. Morgan says:

    I made these last night for a family get together and they were a big hit. I used a pretty ripe plantain and coconut oil instead of coconut butter because thats just what I had all ready. I didn’t roll them out, I pressed tablespoon fuels down and sprinkled with sugar. I got lots of requests to make them again topped with toasted coconut. Thanks for another great recipe.

  12. ashley says:

    can you use a banana instead of a plantain?

  13. Heather says:

    These are so good! Just made them with my daughter. :) Thank you!!

  14. you guys and the plantains…i love it!
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  15. These look so marvelous! I have been scouring the web for a recipe like this and I am so happy I found you guys on Tastespotting!
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  16. Heather says:

    can’t wait to try these!! could trader joe’s almond meal/flour be substituted?

  17. BaltimoreMama says:

    How do you ‘grind’ your own cashew flour? I am really excited to try this recipe on X-mas morning (to bring for a family X-mas / birthday party later that day) but am a little worried about the cashew flour. I have enough cashews but no food processor. Vitamix? Pound in a plastic bag with a hammer? Also, I saw the comment on subbing for banana…I hope that works b/c that’s all my grocery store had!

    • purelytwins says:

      Do you have a coffee grinder? You can ground the cashews using that. If you can’t find a way to ground cashews into a nut meal (flour like) than we suggest buying almond flour from the store.

      • BaltimoreMama says:

        Thanks! I don’t have a coffee grinder…Would rice flour or a mix of rice and almond work? Thanks again!!!

        • purelytwins says:

          probably a mix of rice and almond would be best. though you could try rice flour and see how it does, you may have to add more or less liquid because it will react differently compared to cashew flour.

  18. Brooke says:

    my kids love making these cookies, though here in NZ plantains are hard to come by so we usually use bananas… but, i found some plantains the other day and the cookies are better than ever! have a batch in the oven right now, with ginger and cinnamon in, they smell delish, thank you!

  19. Anoushe says:

    Ohhhhh these look divine! This is my first year baking grain free as well as mostly vegan for my mom as she has developed a few intolerances.. After I made and loved your plantain bread (and raved about it to her) she promptly bought some more plantains. I think I will surprise her with these next advent Sunday :) (made almond butter raspberry cookies tonight :) )

  20. Anoushe says:

    I just cranked up with christmas tunes and got cracking at making these. You two are masterminds – seriously. I made a triple batch knowing me and my mom they will be gone by tomorrow (morning). The batter was AMAZING I don’t know how I will be able to not eat all the cookies once they are out of the oven…
    I was too lazy to use shapes, so I added chocolate chips and turned them into the most amazing chocolate chip cookies ever. Cashew flour is genius – such a creamy result! I am in such awe!
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