Our family is like many in that we like to make Christmas cookies. My 11 year old daughter in particular loves, love to bake. We were asked to contribute some cookies so we could go caroling with my parents and most of my brothers and sisters. We wanted to visit some of the elderly, lonely people in our neighborhood and eat the leftover cookies with hot chocolate after. That’s all fine and good unless you are on a restricted diet. My daughter wanted to make gingerbread cookies, but I said they had to be Paleo.
So I developed this Paleo gingerbread man cookie recipe and I’m so happy with how it turned out. This dough holds it’s shape perfectly when baked…it doesn’t spread at all! I love how the almond flour gives it a nutty crunch and I love how there are relatively few ingredients. I was also surprised to learn that most people think that molasses is Paleo because it would be hard to duplicate that flavor. The real maple syrup gives it a similar flavor to brown sugar but is so much healthier for you than brown sugar.
Please let me know if you enjoy these gluten-free gingerbread cookies by commenting below. I would love to know how if you just make them for yourself or if you share them with others.
These Paleo gingerbread cookies hold their shape when cooked and have a nutty flavor.
- 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
- 3/4 Cup Tapioca Flour
- 3/4 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Cloves
- 1/4 tsp Real Salt
- 3 Tbl Coconut Oil
- 2 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
- 3 Tbl Molasses
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the almond flour, tapioca starch, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.
Add the coconut oil, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla to the dry ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until a thick dough forms. You may need to mix for a minute of two until the dough comes together. Don't worry about over-mixing the dough, since it contains no gluten you can't over-develop it and cause tough cookies.
Place the dough in-between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll out the dough to a 1/4" thickness. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
Peel the top layer of parchment off of the sheet of dough. Cut out gingerbread man shapes with a cookie cutter and place the gingerbread men 1" apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the pan and store in an airtight container.
Decorate with desired icing and toppings!