A sweet and refreshing twist on your average holiday cookie! Grain Free and Paleo friendly! Orange Maple glazed sugar cookies are great for sharing!
My Holiday gifts usually consists of food. Let’s face it, I’m frugal but also like to feed people. That’s allowed, right? Well, the Christmas is a perfect example. I have family and friends who like to receive Healthy Bites. Easy, I make a big batch for Holiday Parties, etc. But I also have friends who are more than gluten free. They are grain free or paleo or dairy free, etc. Hey, I’m all of those at times as well. Just depends on the week!
Needless to say, I wanted to make sure those friends could enjoy an allergy friendly treat this Holiday season. Hence these paleo friendly focused orange maple glazed sugar cookies.
To be honest, I winged the recipe. And to be honest, I loved them! But I wanted to make sure they were up to PALEO PAR so I had 2 other honest friends try them before I gifted them.
Grain Free Orange Maple Holiday Cookies
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup potato starch or arrowroot
- 1/2 tbsp baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1/2 tsp each --> ginger and cinnamon
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (see notes for lower sugar)
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sparkling orange juice (feel free to use fresh orange juice if you don't have sparkling)
- 1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
- 2 tbsp coconut butter
- orange zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- optional icing -
- coconut oil
- vanilla protein powder --> Not paleo though
- maple syrup
- Combine all your dry ingredients and seasonings in a large bowl. Make sure they are finely mixed. In another bowl, whisk your egg and milk. Gently fold into the dry ingredients and beat on low, then stir in your sparkling drink , coconut butter, and maple syrup (or sugar if you are using it). All while beating on low or with mixer.
- The batter will be THICK but keep beat until all is mixed. Then add in your extract and mix again.
- Roll into a dough ball and place in wax paper in fridge for 2-4 hrs.
- Once that is set, roll out your dough with a floured rolling pan. Use cookie cutters to cut into 20 or so cookies. place on greased baking sheet and bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
- If you want them extra crispy, I would bake for 2-3 minutes longer.
- Remove and let the cookies cool.
- Once cooled you have the option of using icing. I mixed a 1/4 cup coconut oil with 1/4 cup maple syrup, a little vanilla, and cinnamon. Coated each cookie with the mixture them sprinkled with extra orange peel or orange zest and vanilla protein powder. You can easily use powdered sugar instead.
- If you want these cookies to be more sweet, then use extra maple syrup and icing!
for lower sugar option use xylitol syrup
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APPROVED. Not too sweet. Refreshing. And the ones with icing were a bonus!
Oh, and did you see that special ingredient listed?
Yep –> it’s a sparkling fruit drink. Bai Bubbles Blood Orange to be exact. When added in with that maple coconut butter and orange zest, it creates a killer combo! More on that drink later.
Okay Okay, I so i might have healthified these glazed sugar cookies to the max, but trust me, you can make them extra sugary… if you so dare. 😉
Favorite Holiday Cookie? Do you healthify things for friends or yourself?
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