Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies + Homemade Icing


Merry Christmas everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday with their families!! There was no snow here in Wisconsin, which is just wrong, but what can ya do. At least we didn’t have rain.

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One of our family Christmas traditions is to make and decorate Christmas cookies!! We always go all out with the shapes and icing and my brother and I are the lead decorators. We always make classic sugar cookies but this year we also made some gingerbread! I was REALLY in the mood for gingerbread this year. I just love their spiciness and crispiness and they aren’t super sugary so you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating a few. Plus there’s just something so cute about little smiling gingerbread men. 🙂

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My mom is gluten-free and I have been trying to avoid gluten and dairy lately so we made the classic gingerbread cookies slightly healthier by making them gluten-free and using coconut oil and coconut sugar. Coconut sugar is great because it all natural and has a low glycemic index so it won’t spike your blood sugar like regular sugar. I also love the taste of it – it’s a lot like brown sugar, with a richer, caramel taste.

 

Gingerbread cookies are especially great to make gluten-free because they are so crispy, you won’t even be able to tell the differences between the regular and gluten-free flours. Don’t tell your friends and family they are gluten-free and I guarantee they won’t notice!

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We also made our own all-natural icing which I really recommend! The macadamia nuts add a subtle, delicious nutty taste and since it is only sweetened with honey, it isn’t overwhelmingly sugary either. The icing takes a little while to set so make sure you let the icing dry for about an hour (in a cool place) before stacking them.

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Enjoy!!! 🙂

Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies + Homemade Icing
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This healthier version of gingerbread cookies uses gluten-free flour, coconut oil, and coconut sugar. These cookies are spicy, crisp, and delicious! Add the all-natural homemade icing for a little extra sweetness!
Servings Prep Time
32 cookies 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Servings Prep Time
32 cookies 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies + Homemade Icing
Print Recipe
This healthier version of gingerbread cookies uses gluten-free flour, coconut oil, and coconut sugar. These cookies are spicy, crisp, and delicious! Add the all-natural homemade icing for a little extra sweetness!
Servings Prep Time
32 cookies 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Servings Prep Time
32 cookies 15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
Gingerbread Cookies
Vanilla Icing
Servings: cookies
Instructions
Gingerbread Cookies
  1. Whisk all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk coconut oil and molasses together until well-incorporated.
  3. Add the coconut sugar and egg to the molasses mixture and mix well.
  4. Pour liquid mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Divide dough in half and shape each half into about a 1 inch thick round disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and cool in the fridge for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Take dough out of the fridge and let warm up for a few minutes. Flour your working surface lightly and roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Cut out cookies with cookie cutters and place on parchment paper. Once all cookies have been cut, place baking sheets in the oven and bake for 8-12 minutes, depending how crispy you like your cookies. Take cookies out of oven and place on cooling racks to let cool. As cookies cool, they will crisp up more.
Vanilla Icing
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Once cookies are fully cooled decorate them with icing.
  3. Let icing set on cookies in a cool place for about an hour before stacking cookies.
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