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Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-free)

The book that inspired the recipe.

The book that inspired the recipe.

 

Jim Aylesworth is one of my family’s favorite children’s authors – our very favorite is his version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Last Christmas, my kids were gifted his version of the story The Gingerbread Man.  The rollicking tale was a huge hit, and the kids didn’t even seem to get too upset when the poor Gingerbread Man lost his life.

“Riddle riddle ran, Fiddle fiddle fan, so ends the tale of the Gingerbread Man.”

The original recipe on the back of the book, The Gingerbread Man.

The original recipe on the back of the book, The Gingerbread Man.

The back of the book features a gingerbread recipe, and I wanted to give them the real life experience of a warm gingerbread cookie!  We’ve now made these several times… the first time we did just gingerbread men, the next time it was reindeer!  I am a lazy baker – I didn’t bother rolling out the dough or using cookie cutters.  I just made little balls with the chilled dough and let my kids put them together and mold it into the shape.  You can also just make regular round cookies, if you’re pressed for time or don’t have kids to please.

I’ve modified the original recipe to make it gluten and refined sugar free.  The bonus with gingerbread cookies is the molasses – a very good source of iron – and the pumpkin pie spices – which are immune boosting.

So try this recipe out over Winter Break, entertain the kiddos, and feel good knowing you’re not just wasting calories!

Kids love getting interactive with their food!

Kids love getting interactive with their food!

 

Finished product - and almost time of death for the Gingerbread Men

Finished product – and almost time of death for the Gingerbread Men

Fresh out of the oven - this is the results of just flattening the 2" balls and baking

Fresh out of the oven – this is the results of just flattening the 2″ balls and baking

Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-free)

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Serves: 24

Gluten free gingerbread - great for the kids to mold into men, reindeer, trees, etc. Or just make regular round cookies!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour blend (I've used Pamela's and Namaste before)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or use 2 t. cinnamon, ½ clove, ½ nutmeg, ½ allspice)
  • 1 egg
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup blackstrap molasses
  • ½ cup raw cane sugar (brown sugar substitute)
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • Currants or raisins for decorating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, and spices) to a small mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream egg, molasses, sugar and honey. Add butter and mix well.
  4. Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl and use a hand mixer or stand mixer to blend well.
  5. Chill dough in refrigerator for about an hour. Form into 2 inch balls, place on cookie sheet, flatten with a large spoon or spatula, and bake for 10-14 minutes. Or get creative and form gingerbread men, reindeer, trees… let the kids decide!

 

 

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