Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookie Recipe

Ali Segersten Dec 01, 2011 456 comments
Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookie Recipe

Our children have so much fun cutting out and decorating these lovely gluten-free Christmas cookies! Just look at these photos, what is not to love? This time of year takes me back to baking gingerbread and sugar cookies with my mother. My brothers and I would decorate dozens of cookies with beautiful colored sprinkles and bright white icing. I wanted to share that experience with my own children, only with a healthier, gluten-free version. Thus, this recipe was born! It uses coconut sugar as the main sweetener, along with a powdered coconut sugar icing. Although coconut sugar is definitely a low-glycemic sweetener, it is still sugar, and these cookies are to be considered a sweet treat.

My recipe below calls for sweet rice flour. This type of white rice flour is made from sticky rice, or glutinous rice. It helps hold the cookies together without the use of gluten flour or gluten-free binders. I prefer to use this superfine sweet rice flour. Superfine flours are ground so finely that they lack the grittiness typically found in other types of rice flours. 

You can follow my blog post for How to Make Powdered Coconut Sugar if you would like to use a more nutritious sugar in the icing. We like to decorate these cookies with nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. You can definitely get creative here with the toppings. 


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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I can't wait to try the coconut sugar powdering icing recipe, this is always a hard one for me around birthdays!

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I have been looking for a gluten-free christmas cookie option and this one looks wonderful. I love all your recipes!

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Can't wait to try this - thank you!

I can hardly wait to make these with my granddaughters! All I need to sub is vegan butter and Ener-G egg replacer for vegan, gluten free goodness. Thank you for the recipe!

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Thanks for all the great data you give us. The glycemic index coconut sugar is a very useful.

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Thanks for the holiday cookie recipe! The coconut powdered sugar is a great idea.

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I can't wait to try this recipe, I have a gluten-free, dairy-free, healthy sugar cookie exchange coming up soon - I think this will be perfect! Thanks for making healthy baking yummy and do-able!

I just ordered hazelnut flour from Azure today, will be making these next Wednesday night!!

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Thank you! I will have to give this a try,


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How cute! I first discovered Nutella and hazelnuts when I was in Austria in college. What a great way to introduce my son to gingerbread cookies, which I promised him we'd make this year. Thanks for the recipe!

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