They taste so good you don't need any frosting, but I'm sure your kids will love decorating them. I didn't have a gingerbread man cutter so I ended up with the cutest bears.
Also check out my Christmas Spritz Cookies and Russian Wedding Cakes...it's the most wonderful time of the year for cookies!
Split, wrap and refrigerate the dough. This is important and will firm your dough. Then roll the dough out between parchment or I used my glass cutting board with a little rice flour and it worked just fine
I was generous with the flour and they came out a bit dusty :) but who cares, they are super yummy!
Gluten Free Gingerbread Men or Bears
4 cups of gluten free All-Purpose Flour Mix- see recipe below
1/2 cup fine almond meal flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon fresh gluten free ground ginger
2 teaspoons gluten free ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon gluten free allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature or 3/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
1 cup dark brown coconut palm sugar, or sugar free substitute
2/3 cup molasses
1 large egg, or equivalent egg substitute
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Combine the flour, almond flour, xanthan gum, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, baking soda, allspice and salt in a large bowl. Whisk them all together to combine.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar together until they are well combined. Then add the molasses, egg, and vanilla. Run the mixer on low speed until everything is combined thoroughly, about 2 minutes.
- With the stand mixer running on low, add the dry ingredients slowly a bit at a time, mixing in between until the flour has disappeared entirely into the dough. Continue this until all the dry ingredients have been added. The dough will be a little sticky to the touch. If it's too wet add a 1/4 cup more flour a bit at a time. If it's too dry add a tablespoon of water at a time until it's slightly sticky and dough forms easily
- Refrigerating the dough. Divide the dough into four pieces. Wrap each in plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator. Chill the discs in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with a little cooking oil.
- Put one of the discs of dough between 2 pieces of waxed or parchment paper. Or sprinkle your board, roller and cutters with sweet rice flour
- Roll out the dough, to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut out the cookies using your favorite gingerbread man cookie cutter. Gather up all the scraps into a ball and roll the dough out. If it gets too warm or sticky you can pop it back in the fridge for a bit.
- Bake the cookies until the centers are just firm to the touch, about 12-15 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!! These are great unfrosted or use your favorite gluten free frosting to decorate
- Store in covered container in the fridge if they last that long :) Happy Holidays!!
- 1 1/4 C brown rice flour
- 1 1/4 C white rice flour
- 1 C tapioca flour/starch
- 1 C sweet rice flour
Easy Orange Frosting:
- 1 cup powdered sugar (you can put blonde coconut sugar in your food processor to powder)
- Finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon orange liqueur or gluten free pure vanilla or orange extract-opt
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.