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

by purelytwins

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.

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.

grainfree paleo sugar cookies

healthier roll out sugar cookies

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. 

healthy gluten free dairy free sugar cookies

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!

sugar cookies made with plantains

flourless sugar cookies made with cashew flour

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!

egg free dairy free gluten free sugar cookies

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!

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?

You may also like


Colleen December 13, 2013 - 10:36 am

Did you use a green plantain or a ripe plantain?

purelytwins December 13, 2013 - 11:28 am

it was a little yellow but not really ripe.

Erica December 13, 2013 - 11:38 am

They look SO perfect! Festive!

purelytwins December 13, 2013 - 11:40 am

thank you Erica 🙂

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 13, 2013 - 11:52 am

Dang, ladies! These look amazing!!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 13, 2013 - 11:53 am

CUTE cookies! Love the cut-outs! I love mine with LOTS of frosting! 🙂

purelytwins December 13, 2013 - 5:41 pm

oh yes we love a good frosted sugar cookie too!

Brittany December 13, 2013 - 12:20 pm

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

purelytwins December 13, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Brittany we recommend almond flour.

lindsay December 13, 2013 - 1:43 pm

yes it is my favorite! that and snickerdoodle. Oh my, must make!

purelytwins December 13, 2013 - 5:43 pm

snickerdoodle another classic one 🙂 love!

Heather December 13, 2013 - 5:23 pm

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

purelytwins December 13, 2013 - 5:45 pm

so happy to hear it Heather!!! wahoo 🙂 glad you enjoyed the cookies!!

GiGi Eats Celebrities December 13, 2013 - 11:54 pm

OOO you two would be so proud. I made some amazing allergen-free cookies!!!! Posting them XMAS EVE 😀 So flipping tasty! They remind me of you two, lol!

purelytwins December 14, 2013 - 10:41 am

Gigi so excited to see the recipe!!!! xoxo

The Delicate Place (@misathemeb December 14, 2013 - 11:46 am

these are absolutely adorable! i actually like them plain–sort of like a shortbread type and dunk them into coffee 🙂

purelytwins December 14, 2013 - 11:49 am

same here Melissa!!

Joanne December 14, 2013 - 2:28 pm

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?

purelytwins December 14, 2013 - 3:56 pm

Joannne as we mentioned above the amount of cookies will vary depending on what size you make the cookies 😉 And yes almond flour would work. Enjoy them!! Happy baking

Morgan December 15, 2013 - 12:07 pm

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.

purelytwins December 15, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Morgan awesome!! so happy your family enjoyed these cookies 🙂 and glad to hear coconut oil worked too!

ashley December 16, 2013 - 1:57 am

can you use a banana instead of a plantain?

purelytwins December 16, 2013 - 8:31 am

Ashely sometimes bananas work for plantains, you will have to use a more green banana. And might have to add in more arrowroot or coconut flour.

Heather December 16, 2013 - 2:42 pm

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

purelytwins December 16, 2013 - 5:02 pm

so happy to hear this Heather!!!! enjoy the cookies

lynn @ the actor's diet December 16, 2013 - 11:50 pm

you guys and the plantains…i love it!

Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite December 18, 2013 - 6:11 pm

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!

purelytwins December 18, 2013 - 8:07 pm

welcome Rachel, we are happy you found us too!

Heather December 21, 2013 - 2:41 pm

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

purelytwins December 21, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Heather yes we think almond meal flour could be used instead of the cashew, just might change the look of them.

BaltimoreMama December 21, 2013 - 9:33 pm

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 December 22, 2013 - 8:32 am

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 December 22, 2013 - 12:19 pm

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

purelytwins December 22, 2013 - 1:19 pm

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.

Brooke March 4, 2014 - 9:45 pm

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!

purelytwins March 5, 2014 - 7:54 am

awesome Brooke! so happy to hear this!! enjoy the cookies 🙂

Anoushe November 30, 2014 - 4:07 pm

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 🙂 )

Anoushe December 5, 2014 - 9:33 am

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!

purelytwins December 5, 2014 - 11:53 am

So happy to hear you enjoyed these cookies!!! Happy cookie making 😉

Nikole December 21, 2016 - 1:56 pm

Do you think I could use bananas instead of plantain? And coconut oil instead of butter?

purelytwins December 21, 2016 - 11:43 pm

You might be able to use a banana instead of plantain, it might change the flavor and texture some. And for the oil that too might just change the final texture.

Comments are closed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More