GF/Paleo ‘Oreo’ Cookies

Free from preservatives, wheat and sugar!

My challenge this week (as if getting out of bed in time for work five days in a row wasn’t challenge enough) was to make a gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free version of Oreo Cookies and still have it be delicious. The delicious factor was non-negotiable.

First, the cookie layer.

It had to be the right mix of salty and sweet to deliver that signature Oreo taste so I used both coconut flour and almond meal (otherwise known as very finely ground almonds).

Together with cocoa powder and sunflower seed butter this created both the texture and the taste I was looking for.

cutting out the shapes is the second most fun part (the first being eating them, obviously)

I scared the dog (who likes to watch me cook from a safe distance) by gleefully yelling: “IT’S GO TIME!”  and proceeded to stage two.

The sweet cream filling.

This was a bit trickier. From what I remember (although admittedly I haven’t eaten an Oreo in a very long time), the filling needed to be sweet, smooth and sturdy enough to hold two cookies together.

I settled on a cream cheese and vanilla version with honey as the sweetener.

Good ol’ reliable honey.

patiently awaiting the final layer, then into my belly they go

They came out great. We had some guinea pigs friends round and the whole plate vanished before I even had time to save one for the chef. Boo.

What is it they say about the shoemaker’s kids needing shoes? Well something like that applies…

Oreo Cookies (makes 13)


  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup finely ground almonds (I pulsed mine in a coffee grinder for a few minutes til powdery)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds or flaxmeal
  • 2 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tsbps butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sunflower seed butter (other nut butters can be used)
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Sieve the coconut flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Pour in the almonds, flax seeds and salt. Stir.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the butter, eggs, honey, sunflower seed butter and vanilla.
  3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir ’til it forms a thick dough.
  4. Roll out the dough and, using a cookie cutter or similar instrument, make your cookie shapes (I used a cutter about 2in in diameter). You should make around 26.
  5. Bake these on a lined baking tray at 375 for 7 minutes. Remove and let chill in the fridge while you work on the filling.


  • 4 oz cream cheese, at room temp
  • 2 tbsps butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsps honey
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  1. Using an electric whisk or blender cream together all the above ingredients. When they are thoroughly blended place around a heaped tsp’s worth on each cookie. You don’t want to go overboard here because if the cookie is over-filled, the creamy goo will squish out on either side as you try to eat it. Unless you are eating these alone that will lead to shame and embarrassment (and possibly cream cheese all over your face).
  2. Sandwich the filling between two cookies.
  3. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.

47 thoughts on “GF/Paleo ‘Oreo’ Cookies

  1. Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Cookies and ice cream, next to a woman wearing high heels, and her favorite perfume, cookies and ice cream are my weakness. “Things My Belly Likes” gets it right. I am making these this weekend, as soon as I gather the ingredients. Thank you “Things My Belly Likes”.

  2. I am so making these! Being gluten-free, it seems like there just aren’t enough GF and low sugar treats out there so I’m thrilled to try this. Inspired and brilliant!

  3. I’m confused. In your ingredient list you list baking powder, but in the directions it says to add baking soda. Which is correct? I look forward to trying this recipe. Thanks!

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  5. Yummy, can’t wait to try but do you think I can leave out the ground almonds? Maybe more flax? Shredded coco? No other nut to sub either. Lmk your thoughts!

    • Hi Melissa. I’m a bit wary of this one because the almonds are crucial to the texture. If I were you, I’d start my experiment by increasing the ground flax – that might do the trick. You’d get a spongier cookie but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, right?! :) The only way to tell is to try….hope you enjoy and let me know how it goes!

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  7. Hi! Thank you for testing this–so excited to try it out. But I have one question, and forgive my ignorance as I am slwoly switching to a Paleo diet, but isn’t cream cheese and heayv cream non-Paleo?

    • Hi Megan. It’s a good question – there’s a lot of confusion out there! There are varying opinions about the whole definition of ‘paleo’ – some people say paleo is absolutely no dairy, some say limited dairy is allowed. I’ve also heard that dairy is primal whereas no dairy is paleo. I personally follow the limited dairy approach because a) I LOVE cheese and b) I don’t have any kind of reaction to it. If you’re unsure, I’d recommend cutting out dairy for a while and then slowly re-introducing. If you’re ok with it then cool, everyone’s different. For further info on the paleo/primal thing, this is a cool graphic, Cat

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  9. HI Cat! You are my hero! :) This is full of awesome and win and I will have to try it myself sometime, so I’m pinning it for later. Woot! :D Thank you for going out on a limb and concoting this! :D Best, Dawn

  10. So I’m eating the first batch right now, and I have to say I think I may have made them wrong. I’ve never cooked with coconut flour before and my dough ended up being a little more sticky than firm, but they baked fine. Instead of oreos they look like whoopie pies and have the consistancy of brownies but they are still really good! considering i only used honey as sweetener :-) I’ll be making them again, they are a good guilt free cookie.

  11. it is NOT PALEO, if you use salt, butter, cream cheese, honey, heavy cream.

    especially dairy if anything at all. huge mistake and massive fail. sorry :( they do look yummy tho!

    • Paleo is not a religion. Some people tolerate dairy just fine, and others don’t. It’s not that hard to substitute coconut oil for butter and coconut cream for heavy cream. You can even make a cashew-based version of cream cheese. Put your thinking caps on, folks, and figure out what works for you.

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