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AIP Speculaas


These AIP Speculaas/speculoos are the most delicious light and crispy spiced biscoff shortbread cookies that are perfect for the holiday season. They’re AIP, paleo, vegan and coconut-free.

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These AIP Speculaas/speculoos are one of my favorite holiday cookies. They’re perfectly crispy and buttery tasting without the dairy, wonderfully spiced with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and cloves and have the most subtle hint of bright citrus from the lemon zest. They’re AIP, paleo, vegan and coconut free and they make perfect holiday gifts because they keep well on the counter in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.

I’m so excited to bring you this recipe in collaboration with the lovely Michelle from Unbound Wellness! We wanted to do something fun for the holidays and put our heads together. I created these AIP speculaas and she an amazing cookie butter that uses these cookies as the base of the batter. Drool!  Have you ever had cookie butter? If not, now’s your chance. Everything Michelle makes is fantastic  – you won’t regret it!

Photo by Michelle from Unbound Wellness

Here’s what you’ll need for these AIP Speculaas:

  • palm shortening
  • maple syrup
  • lemon zest
  • vanilla extract
  • cassava flour
  • cinnamon, cloves & powdered ginger

FAQs for AIP Speculaas

How do I store these?

These keep really well in a sealed jar/container on the counter for up to 3 weeks. They’re perfect for gifting!

What can I use to imprint my cookies?

Some speculaas are made using cookie molds. In lieu of that you can imprint your cookies using a cookie stamp or embossed rolling pin. Don’t have one? Try imprinting your cookies with the side of a grater, a gnocchi board or even a fork. You can also skip this step altogether – they’re just as tasty!

Can I replace the palm shortening?

I haven’t had luck replacing the palm shortening with another ingredient in this recipe.

If you loved these AIP Speculaas I would appreciate it so much if you would give the recipe a star rating and short review. Also, be sure to snap a picture of the finished product and share it with me on Instagram by tagging @healmedelicious and using the hashtag #healmedelicious. 

Looking for more AIP holiday Cookies? Try:

  • AIP Linzer Cookies
  • AIP Gingersnaps
  • ‘Chocolate’ Plantain Chip Cookies


AIP Speculaas (paleo, vegan, coconut-free)

These AIP Speculaas/speculoos are the most delicious light and crispy spiced shortbread cookies that are perfect for the holiday season. They’re AIP, paleo, vegan and coconut-free. 

  • Author: Nicole @healmedelicious
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minutes
  • Yield: 1820 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies



  • 1/4 cup + 1 TBSP palm shortening
  • 3 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest, finely grated
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBSP cassava flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 TBSP cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp powdered ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Add palm shortening, maple syrup, lemon zest and vanilla extract to a stand or hand held mixer and mix until combined.
  3. In a large bowl add cassava flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger and mix until combined.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in palm shortening mixture. Use a fork and then your hands to combine ingredients into a ball of dough.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
  6. Use a rolling pin to roll out dough to a rectangle 1/4 inch in thickness
  7. Refrigerate rolled out dough for 7 mins.
  8. If desired, use a cookie stamp or embossed rolling pin to imprint the surface of the cookie dough or skip this step!
  9. Use a pastry knife, pizza wheel or large knife to cut the dough on the parchment paper into evenly-sized rectangles. Dough will be fragile so there’s no need to move the cookies around/space them out on the parchment paper as they don’t spread while baking.
  10. Carefully transfer parchment paper with cookies to a large baking sheet.
  11. Bake in middle rack of oven for 12- 13 minutes.
  12. Once the cookies are out of the oven, allow them to cool completely before handling or they will break.*



* These cookies will be incredibly fragile once out the oven and still hot. I do not suggest moving them off the cookie sheet until they have cooled completely.

Keywords: aip, paleo, coconut-free, dairy-free, cookies, holiday cookies, speculaas, speculoos

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