Gluten Free Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten Free Soft Gingerbread Cookies

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Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies, Vegan + GlutenFree
Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies, Vegan + GlutenFree from thecolorfulkitchen.com

Introduction

Are you ready to bring some holiday cheer into your life? Look no further than these gluten-free soft gingerbread cookies! These cookies are perfect for snacking, gifting, or even leaving out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups gluten-free flour blend (I recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg, followed by the molasses and vanilla extract.
  5. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
  6. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, drop balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are set and the tops are slightly cracked.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
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Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories: 120
Fat: 4g
Saturated Fat: 2.5g
Cholesterol: 20mg
Sodium: 105mg
Carbohydrates: 20g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 1g

Cooking Time

Total time: 30 minutes

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer or stand mixer (optional)
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire rack

Serving Suggestions

These cookies are perfect on their own, but you can also serve them with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce for an extra special treat. They pair perfectly with a warm cup of hot cocoa or cider, too!

Variations

  • Add 1/2 cup of chopped crystallized ginger for an extra kick of ginger flavor.
  • Swap out the molasses for honey or maple syrup for a different flavor profile.
  • Add 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries for a fruity twist.

Substitutions

  • If you’re not gluten-free, you can use regular all-purpose flour in place of the gluten-free flour blend.
  • You can use salted butter in place of unsalted butter, but be sure to reduce the amount of salt in the recipe by 1/4 tsp.
  • If you don’t have brown sugar, you can use white sugar instead.

Storage

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months.

Tips

  • Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature before you begin making the dough. This will ensure that it incorporates evenly with the sugar.
  • Measure your flour carefully! Too much flour can result in dry, crumbly cookies.
  • For an extra pop of flavor, sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a little bit of coarse sugar before baking.
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Notes

This recipe makes about 18 cookies, but you can easily double it if you need more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a different gluten-free flour blend?

Yes, you can use any gluten-free flour blend that is designed to be a 1-to-1 substitute for all-purpose flour.

Can I make these cookies vegan?

You can try using a vegan butter substitute and a flax egg in place of the butter and egg, but I have not tested this myself.

Can I use blackstrap molasses instead of regular molasses?

You can, but keep in mind that blackstrap molasses has a stronger, bitter flavor than regular molasses. You may want to use a little bit less if you’re not a fan of the strong flavor.

Final Thoughts

These gluten-free soft gingerbread cookies are the perfect treat for the holiday season. They’re chewy, spicy, and full of flavor. Plus, they’re easy to make and can be customized to your liking with different mix-ins and flavor variations. Give them a try and watch them become a new holiday favorite in your household!

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