Gluten Free Rolled Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten Free Rolled Gingerbread Cookies

Dessert, Treat

Equipment Needed: Oven, Stand Mixer

Time Needed: 1 hour

✓ Gluten Free

Contains Dairy

✓ Egg Free

✓ Nut Free

Gingerbread cookies for Christmas are a special treat. Making and frosting them is almost as much fun as eating them while waiting for Santa Claus to arrive. This version is gluten-free, egg-free, low in sugar, and can easily be adapted to be dairy-free. Molasses lends a distinctive flavor to this traditional holiday cookie.

Ingredients

Gingerbread Cookie Dough

550g Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Baking Flour
90g brown sugar, packed
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
170g butter (softened)
245g molasses
2 Tbsp milk

What you need to know

Decorated gingerbread cookies are one of our all time favorites. Decorating the cookies with royal icing if fun for the whole family and will keep kids happy for hours. Save a few for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Baking time will vary depending on size of the cookie and fluctuations in oven temperature. We suggest that you set a timer for less time initially and check on doneness of the cookie, adding more time if necessary. Gingerbread cookies should be crisp and hard when cooled. Keep in mind that the high humidity in Singapore will make the cookies softer over time.

There are many great recipes and video tutorials for Royal Icing available online. Chose the one that is best suited for your dietary needs.

The printable recipe below includes a half batch recipe.

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or stand mixer with the paddle attachment combine gluten-free flour, brown sugar, spices and salt. Add the butter and pulse or mix until the mixture resembles sand.
  2. With the processor or mixer running, add the molasses and milk until the dough is evenly moistened. Remove the dough, wrap tightly in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Meanwhile preheat oven to 165°C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. After chilling, remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into two sections. Keep one piece chilled while working with the other. Roll the dough between two pieces of cling wrap to about 1/8-inch thickness, carefully removing and replacing the cling wrap as needed to reduce sticking. Cut the dough into desired shapes but leave the cookies on the cling wrap.
  4. Return the rolled and cut dough to the refrigerator to set up while repeating step 3 with the second piece of dough.
  5. After both pieces of dough have been rolled, cut, and chilled, carefully remove the cutout cookies from the parchment sheets using a flat spatula and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. The scraps of dough can be rerolled and chilled for more cookies.
  6. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until the centers are firm, about 10-15 minutes, rotating the sheets about half-way through the baking time. Let cool completely before decorating.

Gingerbread Cookies

Decorated gingerbread cookies are one of our all time favorites. Decorating the cookies with royal icing if fun for the whole family and will keep kids happy for hours. Save a few for Santa on Christmas Eve.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
chill20 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Holiday
Author: Karen

Ingredients

Gingerbread Cookie Dough

  • 550 g Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Baking Flour
  • 90 g brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 170 g butter softened
  • 245 g molasses
  • 2 Tbsp milk

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Half Batch

  • 275 g Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Baking Flour
  • 45 g brown sugar packed
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 85 g butter softened
  • 122 g molasses
  • 1 Tbsp milk

Royal Icing

  • 2 large egg whites or 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted
  • Food coloring if desired

Instructions

Gingerbread Cookie Instructions

  • In a food processor or stand mixer with the paddle attachment combine gluten-free flour, brown sugar, spices and salt. Add the butter and pulse or mix until the mixture resembles sand.
  • With the processor or mixer running, add the molasses and milk until the dough is evenly moistened. Remove the dough, wrap tightly in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Meanwhile preheat oven to 165°C and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • After chilling, remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into two sections. Keep one piece chilled while working with the other. Roll the dough between two pieces of cling wrap to about 1/8-inch thickness, carefully removing and replacing the cling wrap as needed to reduce sticking. Cut the dough into desired shapes but leave the cookies on the cling wrap.
  • Return the rolled and cut dough to the refrigerator to set up while repeating step 3 with the second piece of dough.
  • After both pieces of dough have been rolled, cut, and chilled, carefully remove the cutout cookies from the parchment sheets using a flat spatula and transfer to the prepared baking sheets. The scraps of dough can be rerolled and chilled for more cookies.
  • Bake the cookies in the preheated oven until the centers are firm, about 10-15 minutes, rotating the sheets about half-way through the baking time. Let cool completely before decorating.
  • While the cookies are cooling, prepare the royal icing. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the egg white and vanilla extract until frothy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix on low until shiny (add any food coloring as desired at this time). Increase the mixer to high and beat until stiff and glossy, about 5-7 minutes. Decorate cooled cookies as desired.

Notes

Baking time will vary depending on size of the cookie and fluctuations in oven temperature. We suggest that you set a timer for less time initially and check on doneness of the cookie, adding more time if necessary. Gingerbread cookies should be crisp and hard when cooled. Keep in mind that the high humidity in Singapore will make the cookies softer over time.
There are many great recipes and video tutorials for Royal Icing available online. Chose the one that is best suited for your dietary needs.