Autoimmune Paleo Lemon Cookies Recipe

autoimmune paleo lemon cookies

I’m excited to introduce you to Bre’anna of He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. I recently discovered her blog and fell in love with her creative autoimmune paleo baked good recipes. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Autoimmume Paleo Protocol (AIP for short), read this. 

Autoimmune Paleo Lemon Cookies

These paleo lemon cookies are one of my family’s favorite treats right now. I was actually saving this recipe for the AIP cookbook I am writing. But I just love Lauren and when she invited me to guest post, I wanted to give y’all something fun and summery!

These cookies are 100% AIP compliant but they taste like they came straight out of a bake shop. I think you’re going to love them!


Lemon Cake Cookies (Autoimmune Paleo)

Yield: Makes 24 cookies

Lemon Cake Cookies (Autoimmune Paleo)

These cakey lemon cookies use gelatin as an egg substitute. Because they are free of dairy, grains, refined sugar, nuts and seeds, these cookies are suitable for the autoimmune paleo protocol. But you wouldn't guess it!


    For the cookies
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (find it here)
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot flour (find it here)
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric (for coloring)
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter, softened (not coconut oil - find it here)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 gelatin egg substitute made with 1 Tbs. gelatin (See step four below.)
  • For the Icing
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot flour
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. For the cookies Preheat oven to 325, and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: coconut flour, arrowroot flour, salt, cream of tartar, baking soda.
  3. In large mixing bowl or stand mixer, cream together the next six ingredients: applesauce, coconut butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, honey, coconut oil and vanilla.
  4. Prepare gelatin egg substitute: Whisk 1 tablespoon gelatin into 1 tablespoon lukewarm water. Add 2 tablespoons boiling water. Whisk vigorously until completely dissolved and frothy.
  5. Add gelatin egg substitute to stand mixer. Beat on medium to incorporate.
  6. Add dry ingredients to stand mixer, beating on medium until combined.
  7. Using a tablespoon, scoop out dough and drop onto cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with bottom of cup to make 1 1/2-2" circles.
  8. Bake for 18-23 minutes, or until cookies are golden brown around edges and slightly firm to the touch. Cool completely on wire rack.
  9. For the icing Whisk all icing ingredients together. Drizzle over tops of cooled cookies.
  10. Store covered at room temp for soft cookies, or in the refrigerator for firmer cookies.

autoimmune paleo lemon cookies

About Bre’anna of He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

bephotoSMALLBre’anna is an AIP-recipe creator and blogger at He Won’t Know It’s Paleo. Her recipes are dedicated to her gluten-loving husband, Chris, who didn’t know he was eating paleo for the first six months she cooked that way. She considers it her biggest accomplishment in the kitchen when she won him over to her paleo – and then AIP foods! Her cookbook is due out this fall on Amazon. You can find Bre’anna on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. Kathy says

    Thanks for the great website, and it’s a life saver to have these gorgeous AIP recipes. I’ve enjoyed several so far. I can’t access coconut butter where I live. Is there anything I could substitute for in this recipe? I’d love to try it.

  2. Merry says

    Hi Lauren,

    Is coconut butter the same as manna? I have manna but not coconut butter. Wondering if it would be an ok sub.

      • Janna says

        This was my question as well. In my mind, there is no substitution for eggs. I love them and think they’re perfection. If you were to use eggs in this recipe, how many would it be?

  3. Mona says

    love the recipe, however, being vegetarian, cannot have gelatin. Do u think a chia egg or would egg replacer work?

  4. Gaelle says

    Thanks for this recipe. I have really bad physiological reactions to anything coconut, could you recommend another flour in addition to the arrowroot flour?

  5. Melisaa says

    Was excited when I saw this recipe, even more so since I had all the ingredients. They unfortunately do not rise, most likely due to the lack of a real egg. The flavor is different due to the gelatin. However, it’s better than no cookie, if you are AIP and desperately need one!!

    • Jennifer says

      I tried these two ways, batch with egg then batch with gelatin hoping they’d turn out better. You’re correct, the egg batch rose. I didn’t care for the taste of either. Maybe the flavor the arrowroot adds is an acquired taste? I used Bob’s Red Mill.

  6. says

    Hmm I love to have this paleo cookies.. Its My first time knowing about this paleo lemon cookies and seems to be so delicious and healthy.

  7. Rebecca says

    Great recipe. Thank you! For people who prefer a crunchier cookie, is there anything you can do to modify and still keep it AIP friendly?

  8. Amy says

    I’m excited to try making these. It’s nearly impossible to find coconut flour recipes that are egg free, and my daughter is anaphylactic to eggs.

  9. Shannon Klein says

    I’m going to try making them with “alum free baking powder” (is that aluminum free?) instead of the baking soda + cream if tartar and see how it goes…

  10. says

    Great recipe here can’t wait to get some extra time to get a chance to make these! I do love lemon!

    Thanks for sharing with us,

  11. Natalie says

    My mom made these for my birthday! They’re great – they have a savory side, too (didn’t make the glaze). Only thing is there is no instruction for adding the turmeric. It was easy to figure out, but just for completeness you might want to add it.

  12. Charlotte Taylor says

    Could you send me the nutritional values for these cookies. I am diabetic and need to know carbs,fat, and calories. I look forward to making this recipe. Thanks.

  13. Reva says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Love, love, love these cookies! They are delicious and my kids can’t get enough of them!

  14. Charlotte says

    What could I use instead of applesauce? I cannot have soy,dairy, gluten, sugar, and I follow the FODMAP diet. Since I can’t have apples, honey, or fake sweeteners, nor sugar..I am stumped! I cannot have pears or peaches to use as sweeteners either. . Sigh..

  15. Jerri-Lynn says

    any suggestions for subbing something for the applesauce…every recipe I ever tried that uses it that’s all you taste…is the applesauce…yes even unsweetened…. Thank you

  16. says

    Just made these; in a high altitude home (7,600 feet). They came out fantastic! I did tweak it a little bit and added some cardamom. One of the best paleo cookie recipes I’ve ever made. Thank you!

  17. Kim says

    These cookies are fantastic!!! Sadly the applesauce and honey did not work with the candida I am working on. I’ll try green leaf stevia for the honey. Can I substitute more coconut oil and butter for the apple sauce? Thank you so much for your input!!!! Kim Love your recipes… they have made eating fun again :)

  18. Hayden says

    I was under the impression that cream of tartar was not gluten free or safe for those with celiacs? I’d be ecstatic to use it again if it’s safe!

  19. Angeleah says

    These have a fresh lemon tase that’s very pleasant. The texture is certainly more cakey than even a soft traditional cookie. They are pretty fragile.(they would not hold up in a ziplock bag.Tupperware would be a must if traveling with them.) If you had a taste for a cruncy lemon cookie, this will not do it for you but if you had a taste for a lemony baked good in general, this should do it.

  20. Cara says

    These tastes yummy but turned out completely flat and floppy. They also left my hands very greasy after eating. Not sure what went wrong. I’ll try them again though.

  21. says

    Hello Lauren. My name is Dan and I am a founder of Easy Fast Recipes website. Many thanks for this lovely Paleo Lemon Cookies Recipe recipe! Natural, simple and affordable ingredients, easy to follow step by step instructions. I am a Paleo diet follower myself. This is yummy easy fast recipe and I think it’s going into my bookmark list.
    Keep up the good work. I am looking forward for more Paleo easy food recipes on your great site in the nearest future.
    You are welcome to visit my website >> Easy Fast Recipes for Healthy Lifestyle & Fitness. Cheers and do have a great day!

  22. Suz says

    so, the picture is beautiful, but if you closely you will see just how flat they are. I had to fold them in half (yes, they are foldable) or stack three on top of each other to feel like I was eating a cookie. They definitely weren’t *terrible* and might make good ice cream sandwiches…but I was pretty disappointed and wouldn’t recommend anyone make these. Sorry to leave a negative review–I feel bad doing that, but don’t want other Pintrest-ers to waste a lot of time/ingredients on this recipe.

  23. Lise says

    These are fantastic! I didn’t have any coconut butter, so I used the same amount of coconut oil and added 1/3 cup more coconut flour. I also didn’t flatten them – just left each little cookie in a pile. Yum yum. I’ve been eating the Autoimmune Protocol for 6 weeks now and these were just what I needed.

  24. Janet T. says

    apples are the highest numbers on my reaction list. Odd, right? I’m wondering if I could use baby pears instead?

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