Chewy Paleo Ginger Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Paleo ginger cookies that are super soft and chewy! Just as delicious, if not better, than a gluten-filled ginger cookie. They’re also grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.

These paleo ginger cookies have the perfect texture! No funky gluten-free weirdness around here. I’ve made them so many times not just because they’re so yummy, but because I keep eating them all before I can take pictures. I used a mixture of almond flour (almond meal would work, too!) and coconut flour. I find that this usually produces a nice chewy texture in cookies.

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If you don’t happen to have coconut flour, I really suggest buying some. It’s not the cheapest flour but you only use a little bit at a time. I have my $10 container around for months and I bake with coconut flour a lot. But if you don’t want to buy it or are really desperate for ginger cookies, these whole grain ginger cookies are amazing! But honestly, I prefer this grain-free version.

I love these ginger cookies plain, which is what you see here, but I’ve made them with crystallized ginger. And chocolate chips! And orange zest. One thing I haven’t tried is white chocolate. I think that would be even yummier than with semi-sweet chocolate!

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I rolled these paleo ginger cookies in granulated sugar just because I love the crackly crust it forms, but it’s definitely not necessary. They’re sweet enough without. :)

The outer crust of these (with raw sugar) is nice and firm and therefore perfect to give as a Christmas present! Or an everyday present. I doubt anyone would complain about receiving these during the other 11 months of the year. ;) Sometimes grain-free cookies can be slightly sticky but rolling them in sugar solves that issue. Coconut sugar would work fine if you’d like to avoid the white stuff and keep these ginger cookies paleo!

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Chewy Paleo Ginger Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

Rated 5.0 by 4 readers
Chewy Paleo Ginger Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 28 cookies


  • 240 grams (~2 1/3 cups but please weigh!) almond flour or almond meal
  • 1/2 cup (66 grams) coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (use grain-free / paleo baking powder, if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (160 grams) honey
  • 6 tablespoons (84 grams) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (110 grams) molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • coconut sugar, granulated or raw sugar, for rolling - optional (if you use coconut sugar, your cookies will look darker than mine)


  1. Mix the dry ingredients (almond flour through nutmeg) in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Add the dry mix to the wet mix and stir, just until combined. It will be like batter at this point. Chill in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes or until it's firm like regular cookie dough.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350°F (176°C).
  4. Form the dough into twenty-eight 1 1/2" balls. Roll in additional granulated or raw sugar, if desired, and place on a cookie sheet (I put mine on a Silpat) about 1 1/2" apart. There's no need to flatten them.
  5. Bake for 14 minutes. They'll crackle a little (that's good!) and still be soft. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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  • Rennie
    August 21, 2016 @ 2:48 am

    These were really good! I liked how simple they were to make. The crackly thing…oh how I love those cookie crackles! I rolled them in cane sugar, and then when they cooled I made a glaze with almond milk and powdered sugar and spooned it over them. That put them over the top….but they were plenty good without the glaze and perfect for a healthier cookie.

    • Erin replies to Rennie
      August 22, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

      I’m so happy you liked them and I love the sound of that glaze! I’ll have to try that next time. :) Thanks a bunch for your feedback and the tip!

  • Carole says
    December 7, 2015 @ 3:44 am

    How should these be stored, and for how long can they be stored? Would like to bake some for Christmas presents. Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Carole
      December 7, 2015 @ 11:01 am

      Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. No need to refrigerate. :) I hope they’ll be enjoyed!

  • Cheryl
    December 29, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

    These are SO YUMMY! My non-Paleo extended family absolutely loved them…so much so that they were requested for next year AND I am making them again for a party we are having this weekend. Woot woot! Thank you SO much!

    • Erin replies to Cheryl
      January 3, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy that you and your family enjoyed them! I hope the people at the party will enjoy them, too. :) Thanks so much for the feedback (and sorry for my slow reply!)

  • Brittni says
    December 16, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    I am wondering if I could push a white chocolate kiss in middle kind of like a peanut butter kiss cookie? What do you think?

    • Erin replies to Brittni
      December 16, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

      Oh my, yes! I haven’t tried it but that sounds amazing. :) Let me know how they come out!

  • Linda says
    December 9, 2014 @ 10:48 pm

    Didn’t realize I was out of almond meal, so I subbed more coconut flour (livin on the wild side) and some flaxseed meal. Used all molasses. Let them cool completely and score!

    • Erin replies to Linda
      December 11, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

      Haha. You wild thing, you. ;) I’m happy that they came out well with your changes! Thanks so much for the feedback. :)

  • Barbara says
    December 5, 2014 @ 10:00 pm

    these look yum…did you roll them in the sugar while still warm…have you tried raw, or coconut sugar…just wondering if would work the same .. :)

    • Erin replies to Barbara
      December 7, 2014 @ 11:45 am

      Thanks, Barbara! I rolled them in sugar before baking. :) Raw sugar works great and coconut sugar works, too, if you don’t mind the stronger taste (which I do). I hope you’ll enjoy them if you try them out!

  • Becca G says
    December 3, 2014 @ 11:20 pm

    Just made these cookies this morning. They were fantastic and turned out perfectly. Next time (and there will be a next time!) I think I’ll add a dash of clove for good measure. Thanks!

    • Erin replies to Becca G
      December 5, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

      I’m so happy that they came out well for you! Thanks for the feedback. :)

  • Mrs Kim says
    November 26, 2014 @ 5:50 am

    Fresh ginger or ground ginger???

  • Leslie says
    May 14, 2014 @ 12:36 am

    These look soooo yummy! Do you have any idea of the calorie count per cookie (I apologize if this is already posted, I looked quickly but didn’t see any nutritional info in the comments). Your recipes are awesome!

    • Erin replies to Leslie
      May 14, 2014 @ 11:34 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! Unfortunately I don’t have that info but you can copy and paste the recipe here for a nutritional breakdown, if you like. I hope you’ll enjoy them! :)

  • bettyjocrocker
    March 5, 2014 @ 1:42 am

    I’ve made these three times now and have doubled the last two batches. Hands down my favorite gluten free cookie. The only modification I’ve made is to add a bit of ground flax for the some of the almond flour. Delish! Thanks so much for this fabulous recipe.

    • Erin replies to bettyjocrocker
      March 5, 2014 @ 8:03 am

      I’m so happy that you liked them. :) And flax seed sounds like a great addition. Thanks so much for the feedback and the rating! :)

  • Jeanne
    December 28, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    I am allergic to almonds (bummer), so I wondered what I could substitute for the almond flour. Any ideas? Thanks so much! Love your recipes. <3

    • Erin replies to Jeanne
      December 28, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

      Thanks, Jeanne! :) Any other type of nut flour or nut meal would work. Unfortunately, regular flour won’t work as a sub. I bet hazelnut meal would be good here! And I know Trader Joe’s has cashew meal. Good luck! :)

  • cliff1976 says
    December 14, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    We made these for my German coworkers and they were impressed, as were we. However, coconut flour is not easy to get here. 13€/kg at our neighborhood Bioladen! Any cheaper near you?

    • Erin replies to cliff1976
      December 19, 2012 @ 8:19 am

      I get MorgenLand Kokosmehl from Alnatura at 12/kg so not really any better, but the thing with coconut flour is that it lasts forever. Normally you only use a small amount at a time so it lasts ages. I'm still using the same 500 gram container I got in March or April and I use it pretty often. And sorry for the slow reply! Just got back from vacation. I'm happy you liked the cookies and thanks for the feedback. :)

    • Krista replies to cliff1976
      December 8, 2013 @ 2:17 am

      Great recipe!:)
      Can I sub the coconut oil with a different one? My family doesn’t like coconut as much as I do, and they can taste it.
      Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes! They all sound awesome!

      • Erin replies to Krista
        December 8, 2013 @ 11:35 am

        Thanks, Krista! Can you get refined coconut oil? That’s all I have access to and it has absolutely no coconut taste or smell! I’ve tried the unrefined type, which does taste coconut-ty, so I can see how your family wouldn’t like that. If you can’t find refined coconut oil, you could try melted butter but as I haven’t tried it, I can’t promise it’ll work. Good luck! :)

        • Krista replies to Erin
          December 8, 2013 @ 3:13 pm

          Thank you so much, I’ll take a look. Can’t wait to do my Christmas baking now!
          Love my sweets, but hate the fat and sugar.
          Thanks for helping to reduce these and give back the healthy in treats.

        • Erin replies to Krista
          December 9, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

          Thanks for your kind comment, Krista! I love making goodies just a little healthier. It’s pretty fun! ;) I hope you get your Christmas baking started soon and that you’ll have a chance to try these. Thanks again. :)

  • Heidi @ Food Doodles says
    November 28, 2012 @ 8:08 pm

    Aww, I really hope you find out what's causing your problems. I've heard good things about those light therapy lamps actually. Your cookies are so cute! Yum!

    • Erin replies to Heidi @ Food Doodles
      November 28, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

      Thank you, Heidi. I hope so too! I'll let you all know if it actually works. :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts says
    November 28, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    I hope cutting out gluten makes you feel better. These cookies look great, I should find some coconut flour so I can try more gluten free baking!

    • Erin replies to Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
      November 28, 2012 @ 7:19 am

      I hope you do! It's really expensive but I've been on the same $7 can for half a year so it's not so bad. You normally just use a few tablespoons at a time. I was shocked by how much I needed here but it's so worth it. :)

  • Aimee says
    November 27, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    So excited to have found your blog last night on pinterest! I follow the Paleo Diet so I am constantly looking for grain free recipes. Cookies are my weakness and these look delish! My fiance made a grain free pumpkin "granola" last night. Recipe needs a little tweaking, but I think it will turn out great the next time! Hope you are feeling better soon. I have been struggling with extreme fatigue lately as well, but I am too busy to go to a doctor!

    • Erin replies to Aimee
      November 27, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

      Hi Aimee! I'm happy you found me too. :) You'll find lots more grain-free recipes in the future because I really like them and they're fun to make. And they're SO much better than the gluten-free ones with weird flours in them. At least to me! Are these cookies Paleo? I hope they are so that you can make them! They're really my favorite grain-free goodie so far (I only started in March or so). Your fiance sounds pretty great, making granola and all! I hope you have a chance to go to the doctor soon to find out what's going on with you. Good luck with that. :) Thanks for stopping by to say hi. I love hearing from new readers!

    • Aimee replies to Aimee
      November 27, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

      They are Paleo! Its more honey and molasses than is recommended, but you have to indulge sometimes! I plan to get some more honey at the farmers market on Sunday so I can make them ASAP :)

    • Erin replies to Aimee
      November 27, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

      Yay! Let me know how they come out. You could reduce the honey by a few tablespoons, but it might affect the texture, which I'd be afraid of messing with. I love these so much that I'll be making them again and I'll experiment and add a note about the honey.

  • Carla Walker says
    November 27, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

    Now that you mention it actually, my SIL was tired all the time and she got tested (for that and for tons of other problems she was having too) and she found out she had a gluten allergy too. She has been going gluten free for a couple months now and I think it is helping her fatigue, but Im not totally certain. I will ask her about it. Defintiely a good thing to try though. These cookies look delicious and I wouldnt ever think they are so healthy lol. I would love to try them :)

    • Erin replies to Carla Walker
      November 27, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

      Oh, do ask her! I'd love to hear about her experience. I'm so eager to feel better. I'll try anything at this point even if it means no gluten. So far it hasn't been so bad! I hope your SIL is feeling better. :)

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says
    November 27, 2012 @ 7:24 am

    These look so yummy, I wouldn't even have guessed they are grain free. I think it is really commendable you are taking your health into your own hands and trying to get to the root of this. I cannot believe the doctors wouldn't listen to your input and ideas :(

    • Erin replies to Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations
      November 27, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      I've had a hard time with the doctors! Extremely frustrating. But what's not frustrating is these cookies! I've made some other grain-free cookies since then and these kick butt. SO good! Thanks again for your nice comment. :)

  • Nicole @ Lapetitebaker says
    November 27, 2012 @ 3:30 am

    I have constant fatigue as well. Maybe I should join you in this gluten free month long experiment. If any of the recipes are like these cookies, I am totally in!

    • Erin replies to Nicole @ Lapetitebaker
      November 27, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

      Oh, sorry to hear that, Nicole. :( I hope you can find a solution. Have you seen a doctor? Were they helpful at all? After one week of being gluten-free, nothing's changed. I'll keep going, though! Maybe it takes a while.

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says
    November 26, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    Hi Erin!! Wow, these look SO good! Incredibly soft and chewy – I can tell from the pictures! Are these the ones you adapted from my site? OR are those yet to come! Regardless, they look AMAZING and I think I need to try them!

    • Erin replies to sally @ sallys baking addiction
      November 26, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

      What?! Nooo. I would of course credit you! :) Yours are still to come. I'm not wild about the pictures so I'm waiting until I can eat gluten again because Mr. Texanerin hates all Christmas gingery stuff, meaning there's nobody to eat them. I also have grain-free gingerbread men to post. So um, yeah, people. Hope you like ginger cookies because two more versions are coming! And I hope you do try them. So yummy!

  • london bakes says
    November 25, 2012 @ 7:10 pm

    Good luck with your gluten free month, I hope you see some improvement!

    I love these cookies, I can definitely see these making it onto my christmas baking list!

    • Erin replies to london bakes
      November 26, 2012 @ 7:50 pm

      Thanks! I hope they do. They're awfully yummy. :)

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks says
    November 25, 2012 @ 5:18 am

    They look so good! I made some no-bake cookies like this years ago, raw, vegan, GF – I need to go look up my own recipe because I forgot about them. Yours look PERFECT with that drizzle on top! Mmm, great flavors!

    • Erin replies to Averie @ Averie Cooks
      November 26, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

      Thank you, Averie. :) I'll have to go check yours out! They sound delicious.

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen says
    November 25, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    At least you are trying to be better for Christmas, I've lost hope for myself already! But I must say, these gluten-free chewy ginger cookies look divine! Yummm

  • says
    November 24, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Loving the ingredient list on this. I think you should have posted that 700 cal per serving recipe, indulging is just part of life and once in a while is ok :-)

    Let me know how your gluten free diet turns out for you!

    • Erin replies to
      November 26, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

      Yeah, but for Thanksgiving you get enough calories anyway, so I thought I'd be bad to add to it. I mean, there were 4 ounces of cream cheese per person in there. BAD! Bad bad bad girl. Anyway, I'll let you know how the gluten-free thing goes!

  • The Life of Clare says
    November 23, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

    Oh I really hope you're gluten freeness works! Those cookies sound delicious! I love the addition of spices!

  • Becca says
    November 23, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

    Ive got one can of pumpkin purée I need to use before the end if the month before I start working on Christmas desserts. These cookies look really delicious. I hopefully you'll start feeling better after going gluten free for a week.

    • Erin replies to Becca
      November 26, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

      Thanks Becca! And what happened to the post-Thanksgiving pumpkin… forsaking? I couldn't think of a better word. :D

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says
    November 23, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    These look wonderful! And good luck on the gluten-free month – i really hope it helps you out, friend. =)

    • Erin replies to amy @ fearless homemaker
      November 23, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

      Thank you! I hope it does. But I kind of hope it doesn't because I don't want to have a gluten intolerance. I want there to be some simple, non-serious cause / treatment to all my symptoms. But yeah, guessing that won't happen!

  • Sonia! The Healthy Foodie says
    November 23, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Good on you for trying the gluten free option, Erin. I really wouldn't be surprised if you saw some great improvement in the way you feel.

    These cookies look amazing! You keep coming up with recipes like that and you won't miss your gluten at all! :)

    • Erin replies to Sonia! The Healthy Foodie
      November 23, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

      I ate gluten-free pasta tonight! It was good. :) I don't even eat all that much gluten to begin with (normally only what you find on here + pasta), but I do love homemade dinner rolls. I think that and croissants, both of which are total nutritional disasters, are the only things I'd really, really miss. Thanks for your support as always! :)

  • Kammie @ Sensual Appeal says
    November 23, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    Loving the cookies! They look delicious. And you can still post some thanksgiving recips whooo cares, everyone's got leftover pumpkin anyway right? :) I do hah

    • Erin replies to Kammie @ Sensual Appeal
      November 23, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

      Hehe. I thought everyone would turn against pumpkin the day after Thanksgiving! I still haven't. :)


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