Grain Free Birthday Cake Cookies

Are you ready for what could potentially be the best week of the year?! It’s #AKBirthdayCakeWeek!

Due to the pandemic, so many of us have missed out on celebrating birthdays in the way that we traditionally would, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate with fun, creative birthday-themed recipes you could make for loved ones and celebrate with right at home. They’re all phenomenal (tested multiple times by yours truly), offer variety and include SPRINKLES. Because every birthday deserves sprinkles, right?

Best of all, we’ve got a very special GIVEAWAY happening + a bonus birthday cake recipe. Scroll down to get more details & enjoy the rest of the week! xoxo.

6 birthday cake cookies on a wooden board

Ingredients in healthy birthday cake cookies

These deliciously soft, grain free & gluten free birthday cake cookies use a few pantry staples and of course, plenty of sprinkles. Here’s everything you’ll need to make them:

  • Coconut oil: you’ll use melted and cooled coconut oil to made sure these birthday cake cookies are perfectly moist.
  • Organic cane sugar: I like to use organic cane sugar but you can also use regular sugar or coconut sugar. Just note that the cookies will turn out darker in color if you use coconut sugar (but will still be delicious!) 
  • Egg: you’ll just need 1 egg in these birthday cake cookies. Make sure it’s at room temperature before using in the recipe! A flax egg should also work.
  • Vanilla & almond extract: we’re using a combo of vanilla extract and almond extract, which gives these cookies that true birthday cake flavor.
  • Almond flour: be sure to use a fine, blanched almond flour for the right texture. Do not use almond meal.
  • Coconut flour: you’ll just need 3 tablespoons of coconut flour.
  • Baking soda & salt: to help these cookies bake up properly.
  • Sprinkles: because they’re birthday cake cookies, of course! This is the brand that I like to use, and this brand is also an all natural choice for sprinkles.
  • For the vanilla buttercream: you’ll need butter or vegan butter, organic powdered sugar, vanilla extract & sprinkles.

healthy birthday cake cookies on a grey board

How to make gluten free birthday cake cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. In a large bowl add in coconut oil, sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. Next, add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt; mix until dough forms. Fold in ¼ cup sprinkles. Allow the dough to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Use your hands to roll dough into golf sized balls. Place on the prepared cookie sheet then flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand so that it’s about ¼ inch thick.
  5. Bake for 9-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and allow cookies to cool completely before frosting. Makes about 14 cookies.
  6. For the frosting: Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla on high until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Fold in 1 tablespoon sprinkles. Frost each cookie, then add a few extra sprinkles on top.

6 dairy free birthday cake cookies on a wooden board

How to make vegan birthday cake cookies

These healthy birthday cake cookies can easily be made vegan & dairy free! Here’s how to do it:

  • swap in vegan butter for the frosting (we prefer Earth Balance for the best texture)
  • use a flax egg instead of a regular egg in the recipe.
  • Alternatively you can skip the frosting all together or use a dairy free frosting such as Simple Mills vanilla. The cookies themselves are delicious even without the frosting (though the frosting takes these the next level).

stack of grain free birthday cake cookies

Tips for making the best healthy birthday cake cookies

  • Do not use substitutes. Almond flour should not be replaced with any other flour, nor should you attempt to replace the coconut flour (though I suspect oat flour or a gluten free all purpose flour in place of the coconut flour may work out okay). These healthy birthday cake cookies are perfect as-is and the recipe should be changed at your own risk.
  • Pack your almond flour. You can pack the blanched fine almond flour just like you would with brown sugar. It makes all the difference! Do NOT pack your coconut flour though.
  • Use a room temperature egg. This will ensure that the coconut oil does not coagulate and cause the cookie dough to be super lumpy. Just place your egg in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes (before cracking), or run warm water over the egg for a minute to bring it to room temp.

Storing & freezing birthday cake cookies

To store the gluten free birthday cake cookies: feel free to keep these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day, then transfer to the fridge or freezer.

To freeze the birthday cake cookies: make sure the cookies are completely cooled, and then transfer them to an airtight container lined with wax or parchment paper or freezer-safe bag before storing them in the freezer for up to 2 months. I like to place them in a single layer to avoid any cookies breaking. Once ready to eat, simply thaw out at room temperature and enjoy! You can frost before or after they’re frozen!

healthy birthday cake cookie with a bite taken out

See how to make the healthy birthday cake cookies

AK Birthday Cake Week Giveaway

As always we’ll be hosting a fun giveaway to win a $200 gift card to Williams & Sonoma so you can stock up on baking supplies/pans or whatever your heart desires. PLUS the chance to get a bonus birthday cake recipe! To enter the gift card giveaway:

  1. Share a photo of your AK birthday cake themed recipes in-feed on Instagram or in our Facebook Group with the hashtag #AKBdayCakeWeek. Please note your profile must be public so that we can see your creations.
  2. The more you share by Sunday, 9/27, the greater your chance of winning!
  3. Winner will be announced on IG stories and in our FB group on Monday, 9/28. USA only, 18 or older to enter.

Bonus Birthday Cake Recipe

Want to get early access to our bonus birthday cake recipe? Head to this post and enter your email at the bottom to get it straight to your inbox at the end of AK Birthday Cake Week!

I hope you love these healthy grain free birthday cake cookies! If you make them be sure to leave a comment & a rating so I know how you liked them. Enjoy, xo!

Birthday Cake Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Incredible, soft grain free birthday cake cookies made with a mix of coconut and almond flour and topped with a luscious vanilla buttercream. These easy, healthy birthday cake cookies are gluten free and low carb but are full of that delicious birthday cake flavor you know and love.

  • 1/3 cup melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup organic sugar (regular sugar or coconut sugar will also work)
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups packed fine blanched almond flour (do not use almond meal)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour (do not pack)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sprinkles
  • For the vanilla buttercream (optional):
  • 4 tablespoons butter or vegan butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup organic powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl add in coconut oil, sugar, egg, vanilla and almond extract. Mix until well combined and smooth.

  3. Next, add in almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt; mix until dough forms. Fold in ¼ cup sprinkles. Allow the dough to sit for 3-5 minutes.

  4. Use your hands to roll dough into golf sized balls. Place on the prepared cookie sheet then flatten each dough ball with the palm of your hand so that it’s about ¼ inch thick.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and allow cookies to cool completely before frosting. Makes about 12-14 cookies.

  6. For the frosting: Beat butter, powdered sugar and vanilla on high until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Fold in 1 tablespoon sprinkles. Frost each cookie, then add a few extra sprinkles on top.

Feel free to use coconut sugar instead of regular sugar in this recipe, the cookies will likely just turn out darker in color, but will still be delicious!

Do not use substitutes. Almond flour should not be replaced with any other flour, nor should you attempt to replace the coconut flour (though I suspect oat flour or a gluten free all purpose flour in place of the coconut flour may work out okay.) These healthy birthday cake cookies are perfect as-is and the recipe should only be changed at your own risk.

Nutrition

Servings: 14 cookies

Serving size: 1 cookie (without frosting)

Calories: 159kcal

Fat: 12.4g

Saturated fat: 5.4g

Carbohydrates: 11g

Fiber: 1.9g

Sugar: 6.9g

Protein: 3.2g

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