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. 


About the Author

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®.

See More

Nourishing Meals Newsletter

Email updates.

Add Comment


So pretty and I am sure so tasty. Will you be at the cookie exchange? I'm hoping to enjoy one without having to bake. :)
Thanks for highlighting Gluten-Free Baking for Dummies. Can't wait to be sending along the winning copy.

I also posted about the giveaway on Facebook!

I tweeted about the giveaway @jesscaneal

This is such a fabulous giveaway. I would be happy to win any of these prizes!

Looks delicious!

I also tweeted the link! (!/livelocaliveraw)

I just shared this post on Facebook (

Thanks for the recipe and give-away! I would love one of these books and I will definitely try the gingerbread cookie recipe (though maybe with a few substitutions!) :)

Yum! Ginger and hazelnuts...2 of my favs! Thanks for sharing this!

Delicious! Can't wait!

I posted this on my Facebook!


I shared your site on my FB wall. Hope to get some people interested in changing their diets :)

I liked you on FB. Looking forward to baking again :)

I subscribed to your blog -thanks for all the great recipes!

I haven't had gingerbread cookies in AGES! Looks like it be spending this snow day in the kitchen! (is there any better way though?)

Thanks for the recipe!

I shared this link on facebook and I'll be making them soon!

I shared this link on facebook and will make them for Christmas.

Just dropping by to say that these cookies are adorable, Ali. What a great and much healthier cut-out cookie recipe for the holidays and a wonderful addition to Home for the Holidays ... Gluten-Free Style! :-)

I'm so grateful to you for participating in our holiday event (and snagging our grand prize Vitamix for us!), Ali! Can't believe we haven't even made it through a whole week yet ... so much good has been shared already. It's truly wonderful to see all our readers, blogger friends, and sponsors join in or support us in some way! :-)


I was just wondering how we could make gluten free gingerbread cookies. Thank you for the delicious giveaway!

Thanks for another yummy AND healthy recipe! I have never used coconut sugar but am intrigued! I am wondering if it subs well for icing sugar in whipped frostings?
I love your cookbook and am excited to read another is on it's way!
Thanks again,

These look fantastic! I love hazelnuts and know these will be a hit. All the ingredients look "safe" for me too. Thanks for sharing!

Oh YUM! I love hazelnut butter and can't wait to try and bake something with the flour. I love this recipe, I don't think I will have to make any substitutions at all. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

You have such wonderful recipes and have helped me broaden my gluten free diet. Thank you for sharing! Contact:

Yeah I have the weekend off looks like we are making cookies


Thanks, Ali, for pointing out that we have to include our emails in the post. My email is and I had two posts from this morning (5:42 and 5:52 am on 12/1/2011). One was a comment on your post, the other to let you know I shared it on facebook.

I am so appreciative of your recipes, cookbook and support. I am not only gluten-free, but nearly all flours are a problem, so ingredients like hazelnut flour are always good to try - and my family like the recipes as well!

Love your recipes and ideas, and the cookbook, too!

I use to hate ginger, except for in cook forms. But now I love ginger anything with a passion.

Thanks so much for sharing your recipes, elimination diet and other special diet info so generously, both on your website and in your book.

I don't have Facebook or twitter, but I can assure you that I've spread the word (via word of mouth) from coast to coast :)

Can't wait to try the Gingerbread cookie recipe! :) Loving this series.

hazelnut flour? what a great idea! and to think, with a vitamix we'd be able to grind our own!

thank you for the giveaway!

This is such a great GF idea for the Christmas season. I can't wait to bake...and maybe win something too.

I shared link on facebook!

What cute cookies!!

Coconut Sugar Icing. Brilliant.
I'd like to win too!
Chrystal in Canada
rickeysfortwo at yahoo dot ca

Thank you!

Just shared this page on FaceBook! I am sure that some of friends will enjoy it also.

It amazes me how many foods you are turning into 'flour' or 'sugar' and then coming up with a recipe to use them in! I have been slow to stock my pantry with some of the basics you use in many of your recipes. I refer to your cook book often & also send others your way when they are just beginning the journey into more healthy eating.
Thank you for all your help.

Can't wait to try your cookies--gingerbread is one of my favorites!

This is the perfect recipe! I love warm spiced things this time of year and haven't really been able to have them. It is so exciting to see your recipes! I am new at all of this G-F, so it is terrific to find all of these recipes. I am glad that your are participating in the Home for Holidays event! All of the giveaways look amazing!

Thanks I love love love gingerbread, these sound great but I'm not the best baker and gluten free has been even harder so baking for dummies wld be perfect for me.

Tweeted the giveaway!
jlo5616 @ gmail dot com
jlo5616 on Twitter

Coconut sugar is great, so is coconut flour!
jlo5616 @ gmail dot com

Thanks so much! I cant wait to make these and share tomorrow. :)

not sure if this is posting again, but I set up the blog so I can see if I win! The gingerbread looks great. Thanks

I am following you on Facebook and look forward to checking out your recipes and blog posts. :)

I shared your recipe on my fb page and tagged you. Thanks again for the recipe. :)

this looks so good! i've been wanting to use more hazelnuts this season.

I am resubmitting my first comment b/c I didn't leave my email.

These cookies look great, I plan on trying the dairy-free version of these. Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

Oooo, really looking forward to these! Wondering if we can make a gingerbread house....

Related Posts

Dec 18, 2023

How to Make Homemade Body Butter (skin food)

What you put on your skin is equally as important as what you put into your body! This homemade body lotion, or body butter, is incredibly easy to make and will deeply nourish your skin. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and absorbs everything you put onto it.

Read More
Dec 21, 2022

Oatmeal-Spice Shortbread Cookies

Happy Winter Solstice! Today is the darkest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern hemisphere. It is a time of pause and reflection; a time to clear space for a new year. What do you want to release? What do you want to create for yourself in the coming year?

Read More
Mar 22, 2018

Spiced Plantain Cookies (vegan, grain-free, nut-free, autoimmune)

Elimination diet cookies made from plantains! You'll love these chewy spice cookies if you are following our Elimination Diet or another special diet such as an autoimmune diet, gluten-free diet, paleo diet, or vegan diet! They are also a perfect treat to introduce to older babies and toddlers. Once your baby is okay chewing soft foods then try making these cookies.

Read More
Nov 23, 2016

Raw Cranberry Sauce ~ So Easy! (vegan, sugar-free)

If you are looking for an extremely easy and super nutritious cranberry sauce recipe, then I have just the thing! I've been making this raw cranberry sauce recipe for a few years and I've shared it on Instagram and Facebook, but never seem to get around to getting it up on my blog....until now!

Read More
Aug 25, 2016

Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

If you are in need of a chocolate fix or are looking for a dessert to impress your guests, then try this easy recipe for flourless, grain-free molten chocolate lava cakes! They are so simple and so tasty. You can even store the batter in the refrigerator and then cook one or two at a time, as needed.

Read More
Aug 19, 2016

Homemade Herbed Sea Salt Recipe (Herbamare)

If you have not already noticed, I absolutely love Herbamare! It is a fantastic replacement for salt or bouillon in savory recipes because it adds flavor without adding as much sodium. By replacing some of the salt with savory herbs and vegetables, you can naturally reduce the sodium while increasing the depth of flavors in your meals.

Read More