12 Days of Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies::Gluten-Free Gingerbread

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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

12 Days of Gluten-Free Holiday Cookies::Gluten-Free Gingerbread. Discover the deliciousness of Gluten-Free Gingerbread. Let the sweet, spicy aroma of the holidays fill your home while baking. These cookies are great for decorating, sharing and gifting—a classic holiday treat.


The foundation:
1 1/2 sticks lightly salted butter, softened.   Or for dairy-free use 3/4 Cup raw coconut oil—softened
1 2/3 cups organic raw sugar
1 orange, zested

The dry ingredients:
4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour blend, plus 1/2 cup additional for rolling, if needed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground dry ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

The wet ingredients:
2 eggs
1/2 cup dark molasses
1 lemon, juiced


Preheat oven to 350ºF.

In bowl add softened butter (or raw coconut oil for dairy-free), sugar and orange zest. Beat until smooth with electric mixer (5 minutes).

In separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, dry ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and sea salt. Set aside.

Once butter/raw coconut oil,  sugar and orange zest are well mixed, add wet ingredients of eggs, molasses and lemon juice. Then lower speed of mixer and add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients to make your dough.

Divide cookie dough in half.  Wrap 2 dough bunches separately in wax paper.  Chill for 20 minutes.  Line cookie sheet with wax paper and grease. Once dough is cooled, take out one dough batch and roll it out on a floured workspace using a floured rolling pin till dough is 1/2 inch thick. Use cookie cutters of your choice to make cookie shapes. Transfer raw cookies to cookie sheet carefully using a spatula.   Bake 8-11 minutes, or browned to liking.  Give cookies a little space as they do puff-up and spread a bit.

*See Frosting below for decorating:

Simple Citrus Frosting


1 cup powdered sugar

Zest of 1 orange -super fine

1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice

1 tbsp lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon orange liqueur


Whisk all ingredients together till smooth.  If too thick add a touch more orange juice to thin out. Or if too thick, add more sugar.

Use a pastry bag with proper tip and pipe frosting on as desired.

Tip: Make sure cookies are completely cooled before frosting.


We hope this recipe inspires your baking for special-diets this holiday season!

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