Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Updated June 24, 2017.

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies are a delightful holiday celebration of spicy flavors steeped in ancient times, the oldest known gingerbread recipe dating from as far back as 2400 BC., in Greece.  

Through the ages, various versions of gingerbread have permeated cultures world-wide, mostly in the form of dry ginger biscuits cut into shapes of royal figure-heads and animals.

Sometime during the Middle Ages, the English began decorating their ginger biscuits, after the practice was introduced by Queen Elizabeth I at a festival; gold leaf was often used. 

During this same era, elaborate gingerbread houses originated in Germany and became a Christmas tradition. 

Thence, gingerbread became the stuff of fairy tales and holidays.  

Remember the ornate gingerbread house in the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, by the Brothers Grimm?

Gingerbread men are immortalized in Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker, a Christmas ballet, and are main characters in one of my favorite childhood games, Candy Land.

Then, there’s the modern day take on the gingerbread man, “Gingy” in the movie, Shrek.

What about every child’s favorite American folk tale, The Gingerbread Man?

“Run!  Run . . . as fast as you can!

You can’t catch him.

He’s the Gingerbread man!”

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Time:  about 4 hours

Servings:  About 24 cookies


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter (1 cube)
  • 1 egg or equivalent Egg Replacer
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups Whole Grain Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, blend together sugars and butter until fluffy.
  2. Add egg and molasses; mix until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together dry ingredients.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients to the buttery sugar mixture; stir until blended.
  5. Tightly cover the cookie dough and chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Using a light touch of flour on a flat surface, roll out the Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies dough to just shy of ¼ inch thickness.
  9. Using your favorite gingerbread boy cookie cutter, cut the dough into shaped cookies.
  10. Place cookies 1 inch apart onto lined cookie sheet.
  11. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes or until edges are dry; do not over bake.
  12. Cool on cookies sheets for 5 minutes.
  13. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  14. Decorate your gingerbread men with icing, raisins, and cinnamon candies.

* Recipe adapted from The Gingerbread Man, retold by Eric A. Kimmel.

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