Sunday, January 13, 2008

Gingerbread Cookies


The boys wanted gingerbread cookies. I know I made them last year, but I think I used a mix from Gluten Free Pantry. I didn't have that today so I had to go fishing for a recipe that I could "allergenize". I found one that looked promising at Allrecipes. The original recipe is from Colonial Williamsburg. What attracted me to it is that it didn't have any eggs in it, so that was one less ingredient that I would have to replace. The cookies turned out beautifully! They held their shape perfectly and taste very yummy! They are a very old fashion cookie.

Recipe adapted from

1. 1 cup of white sugar
2. 2 tsp. of ground ginger
3. 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
4. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
5. 1/2 tsp. salt
6. 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
7. 1 tsp. xanthan gum
8. 1 cup dairy free margarine, melted
9. 1/2 cup coconut milk
10. 1 cup unsulfured black strap molasses
11. 3/4 tsp. gluten free vanilla
12. 4 cups gluten free flour blend (1 cup Bette Hagman's Gourmet Light Flour Blend, 1 cup Sorghum flour, 1 cup Tapioca flour, 1/2 white rice flour, 1/2 cup arrowroot starch)

extra white rice flour for mixing and potato starch for rolling


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and xanthan gum. Mix in the melted margarine, coconut milk, molasses, and vanilla. Stir in the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. The dough should be stiff enough to handle without sticking to the fingers. If necessary, add additional white rice flour to prevent sticking.
3. When dough is smooth, roll between 2 sheets of wax paper or pat (I found patting easier)to 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with potato starch to prevent sticking. Cut into shapes and transfer to cookie sheets.
4. Bake for 10-12 minutes in preheated oven. The cookies are done when the top springs back when touched. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks. Decorate as desired.


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HipWriterMama said...

How interesting. It uses coconut milk? Off the top of your head, do you know what food family coconut belongs to, for allergy checks?

FoodAllergyMom said...

In my allergy book coconut is listed in the palm family and the only relatives listed are dates and sago palm starch.

FoodAllergyMom said...

These look like a soft cookie (which I love!), but I'm wondering if you think it would hold up for gingerbread houses. If not, do you know of any good DF, GF, EF gingerbread house recipes?

FoodAllergyMom said...

What is in Bette Hagman's Gourmet Light Flour Blend? I don't have access to it, but surely I have all of the ingredients. I can guess at proportions.

FoodAllergyMom said...

I just want to thank you for this recipe!!! They were amazing, soft and chewy, the way I like my cookies! I made my traditional allergen filled spice cookies at the same time and they turned out crunchier than usual, so I kept eating the gluten free gingerbread men and feeling really guilty.