The Best Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

The best gluten-free gingerbread cookies that are sweet, perfectly spiced, and made with only one specialty ingredient that’s easy to find!

I love gingerbread cookies and I love sharing them with people I love.

I’ve kind of dubbed myself queen of the gingerbread. It’s my “thing” during the holidays and I make so many batches I lose count. I send them in the mail to friends, I take them to every party, and I keep batches and batches in my freezer to share with guests when they come to my door. My Soft Gingerbread Cookies blow up the internet starting in November and it’s for good reason. They are amazing.

With that particular gingerbread cookie recipe I get two main requests/comments (besides how much people love them). 1) How do I make them without molasses? and 2) Can I make these gluten-free? I took it upon myself to answer those requests and questions properly this year so that everyone can enjoy gingerbread this season. In this post – gluten-free cookies!

I tweaked my original recipe just a bit by using gluten-free baking flour mixes and it turned out great. I tried it a few different times with different brands of flour and had great success. They taste just the same, and hold their shape perfectly. The only difference is they aren’t quite as soft when baked. The cookies are just a bit crunchy. My daughter actually preferred the texture of the gluten-free gingerbread to the my original recipe! She’s already requested another batch.

They are an excellent gluten-free gingerbread cookie with just the right amount of sweet and spice that I’ll be making for my gluten-free friends (Hi Lindy!) time and time again. I hope this becomes your go-to recipe, too.

The best gluten free gingerbread cookies that are sweet, perfectly spiced, and made with only one specialty ingredient that's easy to find!

Tips and Tricks for Making Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies:

  • You’ll want to use a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend such as Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour or Grandpa’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Baking Flour Mix. These flours have more than just one ingredient and work well when baking.
  • Use real butter and don’t forget the resting time. The dough should be tacky but not gloopy when you put it in the fridge. When it comes back out of the fridge, it should be very firm. You can keep the dough in the fridge for up to 2 days before using.
  • This is not a good gingerbread recipe for making gingerbread houses. The dough is too soft. I love making gingerbread houses (here’s a post of a bunch I’ve made) and I normally use this recipe for a sturdy hard cookie that is good for construction.
  • If you are in need of a cookie cutter set, I’ve had this one for almost 11 years and we use it all the time.

How to make-ahead or freeze your gingerbread cookies:

  • The baked cookies freeze very well. Just bake and cool (but do not add icing), store in an air-tight container, and freeze for up to 6 weeks. You can pull the cookies out as needed when guests show up, or thaw the whole batch for decorating all at once. This gluten-free gingerbread is a bit more fragile than my traditional gingerbread recipe, so store them in a container without piling them too high. They need to be babied a little or they’ll break in the freezer (freezer bags aren’t a good option for storing this cookie in the freezer).
  • The cookies will last 2-3 days ahead of time stored in an air-tight container at room temperature. These are a great make-ahead cookie for parties! You can also make the dough and hold it in the fridge for 2-3 days before baking it.

Here are my favorite ways to easily decorate gingerbread cookies:

  1. Royal icing
  2. Candies
  3. Sprinkling sugars
  4. Rubber stamps
  5. Candy melts
  6. Sprinkles

I wrote a huge post all about decorating these cookies if you want more specifics and details. Check out 6 Simple Ways to Decorate Gingerbread Cookies here on the blog.

The best gluten free gingerbread cookies that are sweet, perfectly spiced, and made with only one specialty ingredient that's easy to find!

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The Best Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 dozen medium cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

The best gluten-free gingerbread cookies that are sweet, perfectly spiced, and made with only one specialty ingredient that’s easy to find!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 5 cups gluten-free flour blend (such as Grandpa’s Kitchen or Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Cream butter, adding sugar gradually. Beat until well combined and light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Beat in egg, molasses, and vinegar.
  3. Sift all of the dry ingredients together and then blend sifted dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  4. Divide the dough into two even pieces, wrap each piece of dough in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30-90 minutes.
  5. When the dough is done chilling, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Working in sections, roll the dough to 1/2″ thick on a floured surface and cut into desired shapes. Place shapes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Gather and re-roll “scraps” of dough as needed, using all of the dough.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, and then move to a cooling rack.
  7. Repeat with remaining dough.
  8. Leave plain or decorate (here are 6 Simple Ways to Decorate Gingerbread Cookies if you are looking for some inspo).

Keywords: cookies, Christmas cookies, gingerbread, gluten free, gluten free cookies

If you like this gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipe here are a few other gluten-free desserts you might like:

Hooray for easy, gluten-free recipes that you can make for your friends who are gluten-free, even if you aren’t. Of course, be up-to-date on best practices for gluten-free baking and be aware of cross-contamination. Food safety and education is key when cooking for someone with food allergies.

Enjoy from my kitchen to yours!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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