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Are you trying to make sure your WHOLE family eats healthy, yet worried about the spooky holiday full of candy and sugar? These gluten-free and Paleo Halloween cookies are delightful and sure to bring a smile to your kids' faces. Shaped like tombstones and actually quite easy to make.
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Cute PALEO Halloween Cookies

Ever get sick of looking through all those magazines and Pinterest this time of year with all their cutesy cookies, cupcakes, and candies that are all done up for Halloween that you (or your kids) can't have? So many creative ideas out there, yet hardly any that you can actually eat!

Paleo Tombstone Cookie Recipe

This year I set out to rectify that. I wanted some Paleo tombstone cookies for Halloween and I'm thrilled to say that I got 'em. Took me a few tries to have them actually maintain their shape so they didn't result in Paleo blob cookies, which I admit are equally as scary but not exactly what I was going for. Perhaps if I had made them green they would have been more appropriate.

No extra special equipment is needed for these. Just a hand mixer, a cookie sheet, a pairing knife to cut the tombstone shapes and a plastic sandwich bag to pipe the chocolate lettering on. It's quite simple to cut the tombstone shape with the paring knife after rolling out the dough, so no need to go spend your hard earned money on some random cookie cutter. And I actually DO own some fancy schmancy piping bags for icing and the like, but honestly, plastic sandwich bags seem so much easier to use sometimes (and yes, if you want to be green you can reuse the bags).

Paleo Tombstone Cookie Recipe

If you want extra credit, put the cookies in some Paleo “dirt”! This dirt recipe by Cassie of Fed & Fit is perfect to stick these tombstones in and my kids squealed in delight when they saw the whole thing together.

Paleo Tombstone Cookie Recipe

To complete your Paleo and gluten-free Halloween extravaganza, give your kids some little trinkets in these easy to make Pumpkin Treat bags, some healthy treats wrapped up in some fun wrappings, a healthy pumpkin patch scene snack, and these chocolate covered apples and your kids will have so much fun!


Make These AIP Halloween Cookies

I get a lot of questions about how to modify these to be compliant for the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP Diet), so this is what I'd do:

Use this AIP Shortbread Cookie recipe for the cookie part (but take out the lavender).

And then for the lettering/decoration, use a mixture of approx equal parts Carob powder and melted coconut oil or coconut butter. You may have to play around with the ratios to get it to work, and if you want you can also add a smidge of maple syrup or honey to sweeten it up.

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If you make these cookies, I'd love to hear how they turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingonpaleo!

Paleo Tombstone Cookie Recipe

Paleo Halloween Tombstone Cookies

Author: Michele Spring
Servings: 16 cookies
Are you trying to make sure your WHOLE family eats healthy, yet worried about the spooky holiday full of candy and sugar? These gluten-free and Paleo Halloween cookies are delightful and sure to bring a smile to your kids' faces. Shaped like tombstones and actually quite easy to make.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs


  • 2 cups Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup Maple Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Palm Shortening room temp
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the lettering


  • In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together.
  • In another large bowl using a hand mixer, mix the egg and vanilla. The mixture should look like cottage cheese.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix with the hand mixer until it starts to come together in one mass, about 30 seconds.
  • Scoop the mixture out onto a sheet of plastic wrap, form into a ball, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • After the refrigeration is done, preheat the oven to 300 F.
  • Take the dough and place it on a sheet of parchment paper on the counter. Flatten out slightly with your hands and then sprinkle some almond flour on the top. Either roll out with a rolling pin or continue flattening with your hands until the dough is about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Using a small paring knife, cut tombstone shapes.
  • Use a really thin spatula to lift the cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. You may have to pat the cookies a bit to get them back into the tombstone shape.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the bottoms start to turn brown.
  • Let cool.
  • To do the lettering: Melt the chocolate chips and coconut milk in a small pan over low heat or in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir until it is smooth and then scoop/pour into a sandwich or quart sized plastic bag. Squeeze all the air out and all of the chocolate to one corner, then clip off the SMALLEST possible little bit of the corner with your scissors.
  • Squeeze the chocolate slightly to get a stream to start coming out and practice a bit on some parchment before writing on the cookies. Let the chocolate harden before moving the cookies (at least an hour). If you really need them sooner, put them in the fridge for a few minutes.
Course: Dessert
Did you make this recipe?Leave a comment below or share a photo on Instagram and tag me @thrivingonpaleo !
No need to sit out from the fun this Halloween! These Paleo and gluten-free cookies are sure to delight your kids. This is a great recipe for those with Celiac, those who are dairy-free, and those trying to avoid too much refined sugar.

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