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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posted on Facebook for the giveaway!

I shared this recipe on fb!

Love these cookies!! What a great recipe! we will try these for sure!! and love the vitamix giveaway!! thanks!

Perfect timing for this recipe, our class is buzzing about Saint Lucia cookie dough. Thanks -

Those look delicious, Ali! Last year was the first year we made gluten free gingerbread cookies. I'd love to try this recipe out to compare.

Kristinevicker @ yahoo(dot)com

Sounds great! I'll have to try these.

would love any of those books...the gingerbread people look awesome!
~ Lisa

And posted on Facebook (citylifeeats at gmail etc)

Tweeted! (sorry, my email is citylifeeats at gmail etc.)

Thanks so much for this recipe. I've found that it's not the gluten, it's the wheat. And I've recently discovered the wonders of date sugar as a sweetener alternative that will chemically work in a cookie. Saw your technique for the powdered sugar but don't have a Vitamix - so pick me to win it! I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how am I going to powder that date sugar? I'm thinking I'll put it in a plastic bag and crush it with a rolling pin maybe. These cookies look yummy. Will definitely be trying them.

These cookies are so pretty - and I love the idea of using Hazelnut flour :)

Tweeted! @ATHDolls

Shared your Giveaway post on Facebook.

I would love to be entered into your giveaway! I have been a big fan of your cookbook and use it almost daily. Thank you :)

Oops! I meant to post that last question about replacing hazelnut flour under the cookie recipe, not the powdered sugar one. Sorry!

I posted a message on facebook also. Is there anyway to make these vegan? I'm allergic to dairy and eggs. Thank you!!!!

This cookies look amazing. Glad to see a baked item without xanthan gum.

I posted this on Facebook. :)

These look delicious, I cant wait to make these with my little one.

Shared this on Facebook for you!

I also shared it on Twitter! Awesome recipe! I just purchased a gingerbread house cookie cutter kit and I know my four-year-old son will be DELIGHTED to make this simple yet beautiful recipe. :)

These look so fun, my kids LOVE cut out cookies of any variety! Thanks! Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva

I shared it on Facebook! I have some gluten-free friends who are "newbies," so I know that they will find your recipe particularly helpful at this holiday season.

Thanks so much! I love gingerbread. Do you think this recipe works well with almond flour, too? My husband doesn't like hazelnuts.

What an amazing giveaway selection. The cookbooks look wonderful, but I have to admit that I would love, love, love the Vitamix. :)


These look amazing! My daughter has been asking to make gingerbread cookies, now I know what we'll be doing this weekend!

kchalbi @ hotmail . com

Thanks for the great-looking recipe and the opportunity to win.

I am sooo excited to have found your site and this recipe. I've been dreading losing my favorite cookies at Christmas and now i won't miss them. I'll have these. I'm sharing this on FB so my other friends can see it to!


These cookies look fantastic! We have tried cut out cookies year after year with no success. Can't wait to make these! Your give-aways look like a lot of fun and a blessing! Thank you for all you do to help my family and so many others that I have shown your blog. You are a blessing!!
Stephanie Moschel

I share your lovely post on Facebook! :) Lots of love, Debbie

Shared the post on Facebook!!

Will definitely be using this recipe - I love hazelnut flour!
Thank you for the chance at thes great prizes, too!

This recipe looks great - I love hazelnut flour! Thank you for the chance at the wonderful prizes!!

My daughter just mentioned wanting to make gingerbread dog and cat cut-outs. This recipe looks GREAT, thanks!

My daughter was just talking about wanting to make gingerbread dogs and cats this year. This recipe looks GREAT, thanks!

Ali, I love how recipes come to you in a flash and these Cut-out cookies are beautiful! xo Debbie

Your cookies look excellent and what a great giveaway! Sign me up for the prize :)

These look super

These look amazing!!! So glad I don't have to miss out on this with my kids this year. :)

These books look great1 I would be thrilled to have any one of the! I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the release of your new cookbook though!


I subscribed to your blog.

I liked you on facebook.

Cookies look delicious! will have to try them soon.

Thanks for the post, the tradition of making gingerbread cookies can now continue even though my daughter and I are gluten-free!

I'm really excited about these cookies! Now to find hazelnut flour in Japan...

We eliminated wheat from our diet several years ago and we stunned how much better we felt. In the past year though we started eating wheat again because we failed to plan ahead and now once again can feel the results. Time to make a change for life. Thanks for your inspiring blogging!

I'm really excited about these cookies! Now to dig up some hazelnut flour in Japan...

I have tweeted this post.

I have shared this post on facebook

These cookies are so cute - like the powdered coconut sugar idea for the icing.

Posted this on facebook

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