Gingerbread Cookies {Grain Free & Nut Free}

With the holidays approaching I can’t help but get excited about baking fun treats for my family and friends. My three year old daughter loves to bake with me. Yesterday she was really excited about these cookies because we got to use cute cookie cutters! Her face lit up when I gave her this special Gingerbread Man Cookie. 

These cookies aren’t crispy like traditional gingerbread cookies. They hold up well but they are soft. We based this recipe off of the recipe in Nourishing Traditions. We substituted coconut flour for the almonds and added an egg to help hold the dough together.

Gingerbread Cookies

 
Gingerbread Cookie Recipe
Makes 12 gingerbread man cookies (depending on cutter size) or 24 cookies 
 
Ingredients
1 cup coconut flour {where to buy coconut flour}
1/2 cup soft butter or coconut oil {where to buy coconut oil}
1 cup arrowroot powder
1 egg
1/2 cup raw honey {where to buy honey}
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt {where to buy salt & spices}
filtered water
 
Instructions
1.Mix all dry ingredients together. Add the honey and egg and mix well. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough forms into a ball (I only added 1 tablespoon).
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop cookie dough out using a tablespoon size measuring spoon. 
 
3. Flatten cookies with a fork. Bake round Gingerbread Cookies for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
 
4. Use a cookie cutter/a> to cut out gingerbread man cookies. Carefully place cookies on cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. 
Note: Baking time may vary depending on how thin you roll out your cookies. Cheek your cookies frequently to prevent burning.

Eat The Cookie!

Serve warm or store cookies in airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!

 

Gingerbread Cookies {Grain Free & Nut Free}
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup soft butter or coconut oil
  • 1 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • filtered water
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together. Add the honey and egg and mix well. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough forms into a ball (I only added 1 tablespoon).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop cookie dough out using a tablespoon size measuring spoon.
  3. Flatten cookies with a fork. Bake round Gingerbread Cookies for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Use a cookie cutter to cut out gingerbread man cookies. Carefully place cookies on cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Baking time may vary depending on how thin you roll out your cookies. Cheek your cookies frequently to prevent burning.

 

This recipe is linked to Fill Those Jars Friday, Fight Back Friday
About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
28 comments… add one
  • Sally November 20, 2015, 8:33 am

    Hi.
    I love the look of your recipes but I’m trying to avoid high sugar and carbs. For your cakes cookies etc is it possible to replace the honey with sugar free sweetner?

    I can’t use agave syrup either so I guess I need to know if there is anything else I need to add with sweetner to replace the moisture in honey or maple syrup.

    Thank you so much!

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  • Louisa October 23, 2015, 10:21 pm

    Hi there,

    I tried this recipe and realised, (after I had made the cookies), that you haven’t mentioned the butter in the instructions. Unfortunately, they haven’t turned out very nice, but have topped them with ginger icing. They’re very healthy because no one will eat them!!

    Regards,
    Louisa

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  • Sandy December 10, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Did anyone ever try it as a gingerbread house? Did it work okay?

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  • malinda December 9, 2014, 5:19 am

    just made these and will definitely will make them again. the house smells wonderful & my lils are munching them now! only question i have is what do you do with the butter? i just put it in at the end and mixed it in! i didnt notice it stating specifically in the above recipe what exactly to do with the butter? my dough was a bit crumbly so i added more water and reshaped often but still was crumbly, (which is the case it seems with all my coconut flour recipes). do you think adding another egg would help with this? thanks so much!

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  • Sam August 4, 2014, 10:49 am

    I made these last night, with a few adjustments. I used only 3/4 cup apiece of coconut flour and arrowroot. And instead of honey, I used 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. of maple syrup. I also added a teaspoon of baking powder, and used no water. (Incidentally, the recipe above doesn’t say when to add the butter/oil. ;))) The texture of the dough was just right. I formed it into 14 balls, and flattened them on a cookie sheet. Then I baked them at about 325 degrees for about 45 minutes (it took a long time for the cookies to get golden brown and crispy). They tasted really good. If I made them again, I would double the spices, I think, because I didn’t taste them that much.

    Another point–most arrowroot on the market is not real arrowroot, which is very expensive. The only brand I’m aware of that is always real arrowroot is Frontier. So, unless you want to settle for cassava starch or some other imitation, make sure you always buy Frontier arrowroot (if you can afford it).

    Anyway, thanks for the recipe–I’m digging the cookies. Hope you find these comments helpful. Right now I don’t have room for the cookies in the fridge, but hopefully they’ll keep okay until I do. 🙂

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  • Charis Yoder December 11, 2013, 10:41 am

    My family and I have recently gone grain-free. The kids have been begging me for a gingerbread house. Would this recipe hold up to that challenge? I’m down to my last cup of coconut flour and I really want to know this will work.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe on Facebook!! 🙂

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  • Sara December 8, 2013, 1:56 pm

    just made these they are super yummy ! I did make changes to the second batch , doubled the spice and used fresh squeezed orange juice instead of water , makes them a little crunchier , thanks so much for this holiday fav!!

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  • Lisa December 5, 2012, 5:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My son has been obsessed with gingerbread men since we read him the story, and while I wanted to make some as a little Christmas project with him, I was not sure I could find a good GF recipe. We substituted organic blackstrap molasses for the honey, and it was very tasty, plus, it had the dark rich color of traditional gingerbread.

    I found the dough supple and very easy to work with. We rolled it out on silicone mats, and the cut-outs easily transferred to the pan with a spatula (even with my four year old’s dubious “help.” ) When I gathered the scraps to re-roll the dough, it was a bit crumbly and cracking, so I just put it back in the bowl and kneaded a bit of water into it. I did this each time I re-rolled it, and it worked beautifully (I’m not sure if it dried out so much in between because of my son’s grubby little paws overworking the dough, or if it’s just because the coconut flour has so much fiber that it gets drier the longer it sits. At any rate, drizzling a bit of water and re-kneading in between rolling worked perfectly.) We will definitely be using your recipe again. Thanks so much!

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  • Eleanor Armistead Batson December 2, 2012, 6:27 pm

    I’m going to try to make these. I have some unsulfured Blackstrap Molasses. I’m going to replace the honey with that to make them even more gingerbread-like. I’ll let you know how they turn out! Many thanks!

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    • Sara December 8, 2013, 1:58 pm

      how did it work with the molasses?

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  • Lisa December 2, 2012, 2:40 pm

    I was disappointed that this recipe was labelled ‘grain free’ when it has arrowroot powder. It may not be a ‘grain’ but is not allowed in grain-free diets. That being said I have been desperate to find a gingerbread recipe that does not have molasses, so I tried this one. I replaced the arrowroot powder with 1/3 cup coconut flour. It seems to have worked ok – next time I will refrigerate the dough first to make it more ‘rollable’.

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    • The Coconut Mama December 2, 2012, 5:01 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m sorry you were disappointed! I’ve actually seen many grain free recipes use arrowroot powder and tapioca powder. Arrowroot IS grain free though and is a very healthy ingredient.

      “Arrowroot powder is a nutritious food, obtained from the fleshy root stock of a tropical American plant. It is an easily digested food well fitted for infants and the convalescent. It resembles cornstarch in being white, fin and powdery….. Arrowroot was once widely used in baby formulas as a superior carbohydrate, experience having shown it agreed with babies better than any other starch or sugar. We now find the reason. It is the only starch product with a calcium ash. In this regard, the calcium chloride, in the form of calcium found in arrowroot starch, is very important for the maintenance of proper acid and alkali balances in the human body…” – Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig

      I used arrowroot powder a lot when I was eating grain free during my pregnancy. I avoided grans, nuts, seeds and legumes to avoid large amounts of phytic acid in my diet. Phytic acid binds with minerals in the body and can cause mineral deficiencies. Arrowroot is very low in phytic acid and does not need to be soaked like nut flours do.

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      • Diane December 11, 2014, 5:19 pm

        I wonder if Konjac Flour would be a suitable substitute for Arrowroot for those that can not tolerate it. It’s high fiber, but no carbs and it is also a soluble plant fiber. You use much less than regular flour. It is grain free.

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  • Stephanie Numan Scholman December 2, 2012, 8:57 am

    They turned out fine, and taste great! I’ve stayed away from honey because it’s so sweet, and I have hypoglycemia. My naturopath did say that honey and maple syrup should be ok for me, and it’s sugar that I’m sensitive to and probably causes low blood sugar. I may try the recipe again with one of the two and see how it goes. Thanks for the reply!

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  • Stephanie Numan Scholman December 1, 2012, 5:57 pm

    Is it important to use honey in this recipe? I used Agave syrup because it’s lower glycemic. The dough was very finicky to work with. I had to add several tablespoons to make the dough stick together, and it was still very crumbly. I had to squeeze the dough in my hand and roll it to make it form a ball.

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    • The Coconut Mama December 1, 2012, 9:06 pm

      Stephanie Numan Scholman » I only reccomend natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. Agave is not a natural sweetener. You may of had to let the dough sit for a short while to let the coconut flour soak up some of the liquid.

      I’m sorry you had trouble with this recipe :(. Coconut flour can be very difficult to work with sometimes.

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  • Lyza @ Chic Shades of Green October 3, 2012, 8:38 pm

    I was just wondering how I could make grain-free gingerbread cookies.

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  • Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance September 28, 2012, 11:00 am

    LOL at the faces on your gingerbread men! This sounds like a delicious recipe!

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  • Victoria September 28, 2012, 9:12 am

    GAPS doesn’t allow arrowroot powder. Is there a substitute I can use for that?
    Thanks so much!

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    • Tiffany @ The Coconut Mama September 28, 2012, 9:37 am

      You could *try* using all coconut flour in this recipe. I would only add 1/2 a cup of coconut flour to replace the 1 cup of arrowroot. You could also try almond meal too.

      Hope this helps 🙂

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  • Gaby @A Crafty Gourmet September 27, 2012, 11:54 pm

    These look INCREDIBLE!! I may have to make a batch!

    Reply

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