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Cookies are people too. And sometimes, they’re snowmen. Especially when you have a fairly pathetic complement of proper cookie cutters. Or did until last night. When you went to a … more »

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

Cookies are people too.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

And sometimes, they’re snowmen.

Especially when you have a fairly pathetic complement of proper cookie cutters. Or did until last night. When you went to a new shopping center nearby that has a Sur La Table with a whole mess of cookie cutters for $1.00. And set things to rights in your kitchen for this holiday season.

‘Cause it’s on. We baked the heck out of Thanksgiving, and now we’re turning our attention to Cookie Season. Consider yourself warned.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

To your dry ingredients, add pure vanilla extract, molasses and honey …

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

… then the nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

It’s gonna be lumpy. But when we add some water, it’s gonna smooth things right out.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

Then roll it out between two sheets of parchment paper with a French Rolling Pin until it’s no less than 1/4 inch thick. If you make it too thin, the dough will be really hard to handle.

Then chill the dough, as rolled out, in the freezer for about 10 minutes until it’s firm.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

Flour your cookie cutter.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

And cut out your shapes. Then pull back the dough, leaving behind your people. They’re a little floured. Just dust them off with a pastry brush. No biggie.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

Transfer them to a rimmed baking sheet.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

Like so.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

Then decorate.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

And perhaps pretend you’re Charles Schulz.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Gingerbread Men Cookies

Or just a girl. With a piping bag. Who loves Peanuts.

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Dairy-Free GF Gingerbread People
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Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 30
 
Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Egg-Free Cut-Out Gingerbread Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups (245 g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • ¾ teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅓ cup (73 g) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons (60 g) nonhydrogenated vegetable shortening
  • ⅓ cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, place flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, brown sugar and granulated sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add molasses, honey and vanilla, and mix to combine as best you can (it will be lumpy). Add the shortening, and mix again as best you can (lumpier still).
  3. Add the water, and mix until smooth. Place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick, no thinner (see photo). Place in the freezer to chill until firm, about 10 minutes.
  4. Flour your cookie cutter (see photo), and cut out shapes. Peel back the surrounding dough (see photo), and place the cutouts evenly spaced on rimmed baking sheets. Gather and re-roll scraps, chill and cut out again.
  5. Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until just lifting off the pan easily (longer for crisp cookies). Remove from the oven and cool completely before decorating.
Notes
Makes about 30 cookies, depending upon thickness of dough and size of cookie cutter.

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Me

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  • Heather Tunison on Facebook

    love this!!! Can’t wait to make them :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Kadren Hubbert Grawburg on Facebook

    Dang, we’re going to have fun with this!!! :)

  • Kadren

    Question for you, what type of frosting do you suggest to use? A thin butter cream? Thinking that after I paint the bathroom floor, I will be making a batch of these so the girls can decorate tonight. :) Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Kadren,
      I used Royal Icing. Simple to make with confectioner’s sugar and either meringue powder + water or egg whites. Works a treat, and dries hard overnight. Not that mine made it that long. A thin buttercream will be a lot harder to work with, and won’t dry hard. It would still taste good, though. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Carmen Bishop-Seib on Facebook

    I saw cookie cutter shaped like ninjas – Ninjabreadmen!!!!!!

  • Pamela G

    Noms!!! wanted a good cutout recipe.Thanks!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Pam,
      Pleasure. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Pamela G

    OH! and btw…got myself a new rolling pin just before Thanksgiving…works a charm! :) Thanking YOUUUU!

    • Nicole

      So glad, Pam! It does make a huge (unexpected) difference.
      xoxo Nicole

  • Linda

    Yay you! I just knew that if I went out and bought gingerbread people cookie cutters (not to mention off-the-wall cutters like lips and feet) that you’d come through with a recipe with Better Batter instead of 14 different kinds of flours. Nicole saves the day again! xoxLinda

    • Nicole

      Hi, Linda!
      You got feet cutters? I’m so jealous. I couldn’t even find a tree. But I guess I could foreseen the run on cookie cutter trees. ;)
      Any other cookie recipes you’re hoping for? Don’t keep cookie secrets, now!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Linda

    oh oh oh I know one~ How about linzer raspberry (or maybe even strawberry) filled heart sandwich cookies–you know the kind that sort of taste like shortbread but with ground hazlenuts added to the dough. The bottom is a solid cutout cookie with jam then a cut-out heart on the top. Valentine’s Day is just about upon us and that’s my favorite cookie–you’re almost there with your sugar cookie recipe, but the linzer I believe is a bit more richer and even more scrumptious with the added ground hazlenuts in the dough. I’d be glad to send you a foot cookie cutter–when I see those little gems, I grab ‘em by the handful. xoLin

    • Nicole

      I love Linzer cookies. That’s a great idea! It’s actually usually ground almonds. I make linzertorte with almond meal, rather than grinding sliced almonds. I like the smoother texture, and — it’s way easier!
      A handful of feet, huh? ;)
      Thanks for the cookie idea, Linda!
      xoxo Nicole

      • Linda Stoddard

        That’s great! Yes, almond can be used and makes sense to use almond flour, but the traditional Viennese linzer torte (according to an Austrian friend) from which the linzer cookie evolved used ground hazelnuts. Both would work together, add more flavor and keep with tradition too! :-)

        • Nicole

          So interesting, Linda. I didn’t know that about linzertorte originally being made with hazelnuts. I wonder if I’ve ever had one made with hazelnuts. That sounds really good. Maybe almond flour with some ground hazelnuts? I wonder… I’ll have to work on it. Thanks so much for the info!
          xoxo Nicole

  • Janine

    We are compiling our Christmas / Holiday baking list, and these gingerbread cut-outs will be on the list! So far, in addition, we have:
    Sugar cookie cut-outs (from your book)
    Peppermint patties (from your blog)
    Flourless peanut butter cookies (Real Simple recipe) — adding chocolate Kiss to top
    Fudge (your blog)
    Peanut brittle (recipe of unknown origin)
    Lemon drop bark

    I think that’s as much as we can handle, and we’re well-covered for recipes! BTW, made the choc chip cookies from your book a couple nights ago, and my family is ga-ga for them. Thank you!

    • Nicole

      Hi, Janine,
      You’re so organized! I love it. Flourless peanut butter cookies sounds amazing. They’re probably pretty quick to make, too. Lemon drop bark? I love peppermint bark. I guess lemon drop bark is similar, just with crumbled lemon drops?
      So glad you enjoyed the chocolate chip cookies! There are always a few of those in my freezer. :)
      xoxo Nicole

      • Janine

        Yes, that is exactly what lemon drop bark is! My husband used to work in store operations for a department store, his desk was right next to the candy buyers — and his favorite holiday treat that they sampled was lemon drop bark. A few years back, he begged me to make it. I haven’t figured out the best what to crush/crumble the lemon drops, but I do make hubby happy by trying, year after year!

        • Nicole

          That sounds awesome, Janine. I had never heard of it before, but I love the idea. I would imagine it is hard to break the lemon drops in just a few pieces, without crushing them into dust. That’s a tough one. He’s a lucky man!
          xoxo Nicole

  • http://www.heathersblog-o-rama.blogspot.com Heather :) :) :)

    Oh, I love these cookies…I’d love to eat one right now :) :) This is awesome :) have a great week. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  • Melissa

    It’s a silly question, I know, but do you think that if you left it a little thicker it could serve to make a gingerbread house?

    I’m making houses over the holidays with my kids who are not GF and would love if my little guy could make one too.

    • Nicole

      Hi, Melissa,
      Not a silly question at all! A great question.
      Yes, I think they would be sturdy enough for a gingerbread house. I typically use Graham Crackers (there’s a recipe in my cookbook) for that, but these would likely work quite well. Great idea!
      xoxo Nicole

  • Shannon

    Nicole!! I have just recently found your blog & I am in love…with you & your recipes! You are a witty wonder to behold. :P I have been gluten & dairy free for 2 years. 2 of my 3 children are also gluten free. I am eager to try Better Batter! I love what their company is all about! I can’t wait to try your gingerbread people. ;)

    • Nicole

      Hi, Shannon,
      I can tell already that you’re going to be a breath of fresh air around here – and I could use that! So happy to have you here. Welcome. I think we’re going to make beautiful cookies together – along with our gingerbread people. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • http://www.familyfreshcooking.com/ marla

    Such sweet little cookies and oh so HAPPY :)

    • Nicole

      Hi, Marla,
      Thanks for visiting (and thank you for the Facebook mention)! They were happy. Until they got eaten. Then, not as happy. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Karen Langley

    Hi Nicole,
    I don’t have vegetable shortening on hand – do you think I could make these with butter?

    • Nicole

      Hi, Karen,
      Good question. You can, but the dough will spread a bit. I would just be sure to roll them a bit thicker, and to have them be ice cold before you bake them.
      xoxo Nicole

  • http://www.godairyfree.org Alisa

    These look amazing! My friend Heidi at adventures of a gf mom uses Better Batter and swears by it. I really need to give that one a go!

    • Nicole

      Nothing beats Better Batter, Alisa. :)
      xoxo Nicole

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