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Sugar Cookies (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

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Sugar Cookies

Sugar-Cookies7I find sugar cookies to be so completely comforting and very personal.  For me this is because people all over the world can use the same basic recipe and yet they all come out so very unique.

Kids and adults both enjoy designing, decorating and of course eating them.  A basic sugar cookie recipe uses 1 cup of butter, 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, 2 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1 beaten egg and 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour.  I was really missing a good ole’ sugar cookie recipe in my raw little raw world so I set out on a mission to create a healthier version and  I accomplished just that. :)

Shaping sugar cookie dough is perhaps the most fun part of this recipe.  You can roll out the dough and cut it with cookie cutters.  If you don’t have a collection of cutters, cut shapes out of cardboard and trace around them with a sharp knife.  You can also make slice-and-dehydrate cookies with the dough.  Shape it into logs, wrap in plastic and refrigerate.  Once chilled, slice and dehydrate.  These cookies can be colored, decorated with sprinkles, slathered with frosting, or even topped with jam.

Back in the day, while living in Alaska, my mom and I got into this bad habit of purchasing A sugar cookie from the local 7-11 gas station.  I emphasize the word “A” because it was only ONE cookie… ONE BIG COOKIE! lol  They were addicting.  They were large in diameter, super thick, and so delicious!

These cookies where soft and each bite was like sinking your teeth into a chewy cloud (can’t you just imagine a chewy cloud? :)   They were sweet but not to sweet to where you couldn’t finish it.  If I recall, they must have been about 4-5 inches in diameter and about 1/2″ thick.

Not only that they were then topped with a delicate, mouth-watering pink icing which was then adorned with sprinkles.  Not so bad for 7-11 huh?  haha  If memory serves me right, they had about 400 calories per cookie.  Oy-vey.  But long gone are those days and those cookies… till today!  The cookies made from this recipe remind me of those chewy clouds and now I am a happy camper knowing I can enjoy them whenever I wish and they are made with healthy ingredients.  Mission accomplished.

P.S. I have included a baking option for those of you who don’t own a dehydrator.  You are still light years ahead of purchasing commercially processed cookies.  So I am proud of you for being here.  I do recommend in time that you invest in one as it will open up a whole new culinary world to you. :) I highly recommend the 9 tray Excalibur dehydrator.


Yields 24+ cookies



  1. If you make your own almond flour, be sure to remove the skins from the almonds if you want your cookie to be a creamy/white color.
  2. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, break down the almonds, cashews, and coconut into a flour, add in salt and blitz together.
  3. Add sweetener, vanilla bean seeds and extracts.  Process until it starts sticking together and forms a ball.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for approx. 40 minutes or until chilled through.  This step is very important.  If you attempt to skip it you will find the dough to sticky to deal with.  You could also place the dough in the fridge overnight if you wanted to do this in phases.
  5. Once chilled, line your surface with plastic wrap and place the chilled dough ball in the center.  Cover with another piece of plastic, then start to roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thick.  Remove the top plastic piece and using cookie cutters, cut out your shape(s) and transfer them to the mesh sheet that comes along with your dehydrator.
  6. Dry at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degree (F) for roughly 10-16 hours or until desired dryness is reached.
  7. Frost, decorate and eat!

Baking option:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the cookies at lest 1” apart.  These cookies won’t flatten while they cook, you will need to help them by slightly flattening them with your fingers.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes.  Often times ovens run at different temperatures regardless of what the dial says so please check in on the cookies about every 5 minutes for the first batch. Document the time it takes for the next tray or batch.
  4. The baked version got nice and tanish/brown.  They didn’t get snappy crispy which I like.  They are more chewy.

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F).  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.





Snowmen on a stick…




I made these for quick gift giving.



Raw & Baked Version


18 thoughts on “Sugar Cookies (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

  1. ben says:

    Thanks so much.

  2. Vanessa says:

    Wow! Those look amazing! I have to make some of these for the holidays! BTW I love your website and I’m kind of addicted! LOL! It’s nice to see a fellow Living Light grad doing really well in their raw dream. Keep it up! :)

  3. Amy says:

    Amie, when do you sleep?! You are prolific in recipe creation! I am loving the MANY recipes coming this season. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try this one on my kids.

    • amie-sue says:

      DOH! I knew that I was forgetting to do something! haha I try to but raw ingredients dance in my head and keep me awake. hehe Oh, please let me know what your kiddos think. They are my toughest audience and I love their feed-back. Have a wonderful weekend, amie sue

  4. Jenny says:

    Can these be made without a dehydrator?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Jenny,

      Good question… I haven’t tried baking them, because I try to keep most of these recipes on the raw side. (give or take a few processed ingredients). amie sue

  5. Courtney says:

    Amie Sue, Did you use almond meal to make these, or did you use almond flour (leftover re-dydrated pulp from almond milk? I have both but am curious as to which is would be better? Thanks so much in advance. BTW~ I’m super excited about all the butter and sugar cookie recipes! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Courtney…
      I have used both and they both taste good, just a slight difference in texture.

      Almond meal, specially if you make your own doesn’t grind down to powder. Still good though.
      Almond flour made from almond pulp – I would recommend dehydrating the pulp and then grind to a flour for the best texture.

      Please let me know how they turn out for you! Many blessings, amie sue

  6. Rachelle says:

    Hi Amie-Sue,
    I have just recently begun adventures in raw “cooking” and I love your site. I just wanted to tell you that my 6 year old son, who is one of the pickiest eaters ever (and very addicted to sugar) LOVES your raw sugar cookies. I made your basic vanilla frosting and sprinkled cinnamon on top at his request and he gobbled them up. AND he passed them out to his friends and they ate them too! Hah!
    Thank you so much!

    • amie-sue says:

      Oh Rachelle, that is so wonderful to read. Thank you for sharing that with me, it means a lot. Kids are always number one on my list for taste testing and approvals. hehe Have a blessed day, amie sue

  7. Claire says:

    Is there a way of doing this without the nuts? Maybe a seed substitute?

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Claire,

      I don’t think that any seed would taste right with this recipe. Nuts are the bulk ingredient of this recipe so it would require redesigning this complete recipe. I don’t really have a recommendation at this point. When I create recipes I spend a lot of time balancing ingredients to get the right texture and test that I am aiming for. I hope that makes sense. Have a great evening, amie sue

  8. Kellie says:

    Hi, i was wondering if you would think about taking orders and selling cookies and/or a cake?

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