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33 AIP Cookie Recipes To Keep Cravings At Bay

Louise | February 28

It’s easy to think that cookies are completely forbidden when you first go on AIP (autoimmune protocol).

After all, traditional cookie recipes are loaded with non-AIP ingredients like eggs, white sugar, butter, and wheat flour.

But AIP cookies do exist…they simply use ingenious AIP-friendly baking ingredients.

So, check out the list below of AIP cookie recipes that I’ve found. They’re guaranteed to keep your inner cookie monster satisfied.

From flavor-filled pumpkin spice gingersnaps to lemon sandwich cookies, these AIP cookie recipes will help you keep up an AIP lifestyle while still enjoying your favorites from childhood.

I’ve even included a few cookie recipes for folks who can’t eat coconut (a common ingredient in AIP dessert recipes).

Here are just a few of the 33 AIP cookie recipes we’ve included:

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33 AIP Cookie Recipes To Keep Cravings At Bay

AIP “Chocolate” Cookie Recipes

Dark Chocolate Avocado Fudge Cookies

– Unbound Welness

Ingredients: avocado, coconut flour, carob, honey, coconut oil, baking soda, gelatin, water.

You don’t often think of avocados as an ingredient in cookies. But after you try this recipe, you might start! The rich creaminess of the avocado lends just the right texture to make these cookies nice and fudge-y, without any added butter, sugar, or cream!

AIP “Chocolate” Snowflake Christmas Cookies

– Unbound Welness

Ingredients: cassava flour, arrowroot starch, carob powder, coconut milk, coconut cream, coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut flakes, baking soda.

These toothsome cookies rely on cassava flour, a gluten-free alternative often used in AIP baking. Derived from the yucca root, you may also be familiar with cassava as the foundation of tapioca. These moist cookies also have a hit of maple syrup in them, making them a delicious once-in-a-while indulgence.

The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

– Grass Fed Salsa

Ingredients: palm shortening, maple syrup, maple sugar, vanilla powder, arrowroot starch, tigernut flour, gelatin, baking soda, cream of tartar, sea salt, raisins.

Subbing in palm shortening for coconut oil, this delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe is perfect for anyone who dislikes or is allergic to coconut. Although the recipe relies on chocolate chips (a no no for some AIP folks), you can easily replace these with carob chips, making these tasty treats AIP-friendly!

AIP Chocolate Chip Cookies

– Forest and Fauna

Ingredients: coconut flour, palm shortening or coconut oil, maple syrup, sea salt, gelatin, water, raisins or apricots or figs.

An interesting new twist on a chocolate chip recipe, this time without the carob! Using homemade “chocolate chips” that rely on cacao butter instead of carob or cocoa, these easy-to-make cacao butter chips can be used in any recipe that calls for traditional chocolate. Although taken from the same plant as chocolate, cacao butter hasn’t been shown to have the same problematic lectins as other forms of processed chocolate, making it more suitable for AIP lifestyles.

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

– Home Oasis Project

Ingredients: coconut oil, gelatin, coconut flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, sea salt, baking soda, lemon zest, carob.

You may not think about it, but the coconut oil at the base of many AIP-friendly cookie recipes blends perfectly with a little hit of lemon flavor! We love these cookies because of this extra citrus zip, taking a standard cookie recipe to new heights.

AIP Chocolate Chip Cookies

– Feeding Yourself Well

Ingredients: coconut shortening, coconut flour, tigernut flour, maple syrup, vanilla (optional), salt, gelatin, water, carob chips.

Tigernut flour is the secret ingredient to these addictive cookies. Known as “earth almonds”, the tigernut plant is actually a tuber, cultivated as far back as ancient Egypt. Tigernut flour is a true superfood, energy and mineral-rich and bursting with vitamins E & C! What more can you ask of a cookie recipe?

Ooey Gooey Tigernut Cookies

– Goodies Against the Grain

Ingredients: tigernut flour, Vital Proteins Vanilla Bean Collagen Peptides (optional), carob powder, sea salt, maple syrup, coconut oil, gelatin, coconut butter (optional).

This recipe reads like the greatest hits of AIP cookie ingredients! From vitamin-dense tigernut flour to protein-dense vanilla bean collagen peptides, these cookies really have it all. And with a decadent coconut butter drizzle on top, this a recipe you’ll be using time and time again.

Cherry Carob AIP Cookies

– Whole Nourished Life

Ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot starch, salt, carob powder, coconut, maple syrup, coconut cream, gelatin, cherries.

Carob and cherries are a dynamic AIP duo in this cookie recipe. But who wants to pit all those cherries? Spare yourself the effort! Cherries are often available pre-pitted in the freezer aisle at your local grocery store. It’s the perfect way to add a bit of summer sweetness to your desserts, no matter the season!

Sugar and Shortbread AIP Cookie Recipes

Frosted Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

– Fed And Fulfilled

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Fed and Fulfilled

Ingredients: palm shortening or coconut oil, coconut sugar, applesauce, baking soda, cream of tartar, tapioca starch, coconut flour, sea salt, raw honey, maple syrup, coconut cream, matcha green tea powder, beetroot powder, turmeric, coconut butter.

I think sugar cookies are almost as fun to decorate as they are to eat. But full of sugars, eggs, and flour, they’re hard to include on an AIP diet. But this AIP-friendly recipe brings back the fun of decorating. A combination of tapioca starch and coconut oil makes for the perfect cookie consistency to decorate to your heart’s delight!

Santa’s Shortbread

– Flash Fiction Kitchen

Ingredients: cassava flour, tapioca flour or arrowroot starch, coconut oil, maple syrup or honey, sea salt, cinnamon (optional), gelatin.

I love any recipe that provides easy ingredient swaps for folks with other dietary requirements. Which makes this shortbread recipe one of my favorites! Not only AIP-friendly, this delicious shortbread recipe also can easily be converted for vegans, making it a party-pleasing win!

Tigernut Flour Shortbread Cookies

– Feasting on Fruit

Ingredients: tigernut flour, maple syrup, coconut butter, vanilla extract, salt (optional), carob powder, coconut oil.

These elegant tigernut cookies are one of my favorites when guests are over. Topped with a carob and maple syrup-based glaze, these nut-free and grain-free shortbread cookies are sure to impress!


– Eat Heal Thrive

Ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot flour, sea salt, palm shortening, maple syrup, alcohol-free vanilla extract, water.

I love shortbread, mostly for its rich buttery and crumbly consistency. But what to do when butter’s off limits? This recipe makes you forget all about dairy with an easy-to-make AIP-friendly cookie. Using a combination of palm shortening and arrowroot flour, this recipe recreates that classic shortbread consistency without any flour, eggs, or butter!

Cassava Flour Iced Sugar Cookies

– Club TBYH

Ingredients: cassava flour, sea salt, baking soda, palm shortening, maple syrup, vanilla extract, coconut milk, vanilla powder, maple sugar.

It’s hard to think of an AIP-friendly cookie recipe that holds its shape as well as this one, making it ideal to use with cookie cutters and for decorating with kids! The proportions of cassava flour and palm shortening are the secret to its great texture, making it the perfect base for a delicious AIP-friendly vanilla icing!

AIP Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

– What Great Grandma Ate

Ingredients: coconut flour, tapioca starch, cinnamon, sea salt, baking soda, grass-fed gelatin, water, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, coconut butter.

This easy sugar cookie takes your classic AIP-friendly recipe to the next level with one of my favorite spices: cinnamon! With just a touch of warmth, these cookies are a must-try if you’re looking for a touch of sweetness without adding carob.

Maple Shortbread

– Further Food

Ingredients: coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, sea salt.

This is a go-to shortbread cookie recipe for me because it’s so simple and so delicious! With only five ingredients, most of these AIP-friendly items are already in my pantry at home. Which means I’m often tempted to whip up a batch (probably more often than I should!)

Chewy Cinnamon Sugar Plantain Cookies

– Beyond the Bite

Ingredients: yellow-green plantain, water chestnut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, palm shortening, maple sugar.

These plantain cookies are a dream for AIP-friendly and low-carb folks, wonderfully moist and chewy. Just make sure you check your plantains before adding them to the mix. Using yellow plantains can result in thinner cookies. Use the greenest plantains you can find for a thick, moist, and chewy cookie.

AIP Lavender Shortbread Cookies

– Primal Palate

Ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot flour, sea salt, lavender, palm oil shortening, raw honey, coconut oil, coconut butter, pure maple syrup.

I was afraid to use lavender in my baking for the longest time: I didn’t want my cookies to taste like soap! But this recipe put all my fears to rest- an elegant and delicate AIP-friendly cookie that is perfect as a sweet gift or an after-dinner treat.

AIP Spice Cookie Recipes

Chewy Banana Spice Cookies

– Empowered Sustenance

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Empowered Sustenance

Ingredients: bananas, water or maple syrup, gelatin, coconut flour, cinnamon, arrowroot flour.

Bananas can be the perfect AIP-friendly way to keep cookies moist when you can’t add butter or other fats. The combination of bananas and cinnamon gives these cookies a wonderful flavor, with just a hint of spice and fruit.

Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Cookies

– A Girl Worth Saving

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving

Ingredients: pumpkin, coconut, coconut flour, banana, cinnamon, vanilla extract, coconut oil, coconut butter, green apple.

Who says pumpkin is just for autumn? These cookies take advantage of pumpkin’s natural moistness, resulting in a soft, chewy cookie with oodles of flavor. Just make sure to find an AIP-friendly spice blend (or just use cinnamon) to stay away from any stomach irritants. And don’t forget the apple and coconut butter frosting- it’s delicious!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies You Can Actually Eat!

– Eat.Play.Love…More

Ingredients: pumpkin or butternut squash puree, coconut flakes, coconut oil, coconut flour, cinnamon, ginger, maple syrup or honey, molasses.

It seems like pumpkin spice is everywhere these days, but many store-bought pumpkin syrups or spice blends contain tons of chemicals. But you can still enjoy the wonderful flavors of autumn by making your own version of this iconic flavor at home! This spice cookie recipe amps up the flavor with cinnamon and clove- even adding an extra chewiness, thanks to the addition of coconut flakes. It’s a recipe that’s perfect for any season!

AIP Applesauce Spice Cookies

– Our Grain Free Life

Ingredients: tigernut flour, arrowroot powder, gelatin, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, coconut oil, coconut butter, applesauce.

I love the flavor combination of apples and ginger- making this recipe one of my favorites! Instead of using the whole apple, the recipe calls applesauce which acts as both a sweetener and helps to keep the cookies nice and moist. Combined with a little cinnamon, these cookies are the perfect taste of fall, no matter the season!

Grain-free Spice Cookies

– Whole New Mom

Ingredients: coconut butter, honey, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking soda, coconut oil, gelatin powder, water.

Spice cookies are one of my all-time favorites, but I used to worry that I’d never be able to find an AIP-friendly recipe for them! This inventive recipe puts all my fears to rest, using a combination of cloves, ginger, and cinnamon. Did you know cloves are actually a dried flower bud from an evergreen tree? Which makes them perfect for AIP-friendly recipes!

Squash and Sweet Potato Flour Molasses Spice Cookies

– Beyond the Bite

Ingredients: butternut squash flour, sweet potato flour, molasses, maple syrup, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, sea salt, gelatin, palm shortening.

Folks on AIP may be used to cassava flour or tigernut flour, but why not expand your pantry and try butternut squash flour? Acting as a binder, the sweet potato actually gives a wonderful pumpkiny taste to these cookies- a perfect match for the intense flavors of molasses, cinnamon, and ginger!

Molasses Spice Cookies

– Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Ingredients: pumpkin, arrowroot, salt, coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, coconut flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger.

The molasses and pumpkin in these cookies are a dream come true. Not only does it make for soft and chewy cookies, their earthy sweetness matches perfectly with the AIP-friendly spice blend of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.

Carrot Spice Cookies

– Life Beyond Lyme

Ingredients: carrot, apple, sweet potato or yam, dates, coconut oil, cinnamon, powdered ginger, baking soda, salt, coconut flour, coconut.

Reading the ingredient list for this recipe, you’d almost think you’re making power bars, not cookies! From dates to carrots to apples, they are chock full of nutrients and flavor! These cookies are perfect as treat for a weekend at home or even packed away for a hiking trip.

Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) Spice Cookies

– The Real Food Guide

Ingredients: sweet potato, dates, water, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, sea salt, cloves.

Sweet and moist, these delicious spice cookies don’t rely on any flour at all! Featuring a combination of mashed sweet potato, dates, and shredded coconut, this surprisingly healthy cookie recipe will make you feel good about satisfying your sweet tooth.

Other AIP Cookie Recipes

Gingersnap Cookies

– Autoimmune Wellness

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: dates, arrowroot starch/flour, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup, coconut oil or lard, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, sea salt.

Offering both a coconut and coconut-free version, this easy AIP-friendly gingersnap recipe a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Using a combination of maple syrup and molasses, this cookie packs a snap of flavor (get it, gingersnaps?). You can even coat the cookies in coconut sugar if you’re looking for a little extra texture to this toothy treat.

Apricot N’Oatmeal Cookies

– Healing Family Eats

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: coconut, apricots, coconut oil salt, gelatin, water.

Although I love oatmeal raisin cookies, I haven’t been able to enjoy them since adopting an AIP diet. But this inventive recipe captures that toothy oatmeal cookie texture with not a speck of oats in sight! And instead of the classic raisin, the addition of apricots gives a bright fruity flavoring to the cookie, making it one of my all-time favorites.

Ginger Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream

– Grazed & Enthused

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: sweet potato flour, arrowroot starch, lemon zest, baking soda, sea salt, gelatin, ginger, honey, coconut oil, palm shortening, white sweet potato, lemon juice.

I used to think sandwich cookies were permanently off the menu, given all the butter and sugar used in traditional frosting fillers. But that’s before I found this inventive and delicious recipe! The secret is the combination of mashed white sweet potato and honey which keeps the traditional look to the sandwich cookie while making it AIP-friendly!

No-Bake AIP Snowball Cookies

– Grazed & Enthused

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: Japanese yam, coconut oil, coconut cream, honey, coconut, sea salt, arrowroot or tapioca starch, cinnamon.

The best cookie recipes (AIP, Paleo, Keto, or otherwise) encourage customization…letting you add or subtract flavors to make the cookie your own. That’s why I love this recipe for snowball cookies, which not only gives lots of different options for add-ins, like citrus or peppermint or pumpkin spice, but also encourages you to play around with the basic form of the cookie, like how to swap tapioca for arrowroot flour. It’s such a versatile recipe, there’s an option for everyone!

Sweet Potato, Coconut and Vanilla Cookies

– Healing Family Eats

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: sweet potato, palm shortening, blackstrap molasses, sea salt, coconut flour, baking soda, vanilla powder, coconut.

A win-win combination of sweet potato, coconut, and vanilla makes for one delicious AIP cookie recipe! Although the original recipe calls for coconut nectar, made from the sap of the coconut palm blossom, this ingredient may not agree with everyone’s dietary needs. Feel free to swap it with molasses to enjoy a slightly darker, chewier cookie!

Lemon Cake Cookies

– Empowered Sustenance

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: Empowered Sustenance

Ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, sea salt, turmeric, lemon juice, lemon zest, applesauce, coconut butter, honey, coconut oil, vanilla extract, gelatin.

With so many cookie recipes, you may have thought I forgot about cake! With this recipe, you can have your cake and eat it too with a delightful citrus flavor and cake-like consistency. Topped with a lemony drizzle, I like to think of each cookie as a mini-cake made just for me!

AIP No Bake Cookies

– It’s All About AIP

AIP Cookie Recipes

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: coconut oil, coconut butter, collagen hydrolysate, honey, vanilla (optional), carob powder, coconut.

Don’t be put off by the fancy names in this AIP cookie recipe’s ingredient list, these are delicious and addictive (and easy!). Collagen hydrolysate is an AIP-friendly binder that acts very similar to gelatin. It’s widely available to purchase online and works great in any no-bake recipe, like these cookies!

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