Gingerbread cookies are a must for the holiday season. It's one of the things I always remember about Christmas growing up so it's something I want to share with my children. Something even better is that gingerbread has a lot of very healthy ingredients. The warming spices in gingerbread are great for digestion and the blackstrap molasses is a natural source of iron. Blackstrap molasses is also a naturally balanced source of calcium and magnesium. I used to make a point to eat molasses when I was pregnant because I was borderline anemic with both of my pregnancies.
I love this recipe because there aren't too many ingredients, it's very quick to mix together and it's a really fun project for little children to help by cutting out the shapes with cookie cutters. The main ingredient in this recipe is almond flour which also makes them a healthier alternative to traditional grain based cookies. They are higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates.
These cookies can also be frosted but they never seem to last long enough for me to make frosting and actually decorate them.
Grain-free Gingerbread Cookies
- 2 cups almond flour
- 2/3 cup arrowroot flour
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. ginger
- 4 tbsp. maple sugar, sucanat, or turbinado
- 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
Preheat over to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine almond flour, arrowroot, sea salt, baking soada, maple sugar, and spices. Stir to combine.
In a small saucepan, bring molasses to boil and add in the coconut oil. Whisk together until combined. Pour the molasses mixture into the flour mixture and mix well until a dough ball forms.
Place a piece of parchment paper on a surface, dust with arrowroot, place another sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch thick.
Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes and carefully peel up the excess dough around the shapes and transfer the parchment paper onto a cookie sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on a cooling rack.
What holiday cookies are a must for your family at Christmas? Share in the comments below.
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