Gluten-Free Holiday Baking: Soft Ginger Cookies

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It’s almost the end of the year! Because the year-end holiday season is synonymous with cookies, I decided that it was high time to share a recipe.

If you're on a gluten-free diet, these are the cookies for you. Made with molasses and warming spices, they bake up nice and soft, delicious with a cup of hot cocoa. Get the recipe: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/gluten-free-soft-ginger-cookies/

Since winter has arrived and the temperatures are dropping low, I thought it would be best to share a ginger cookie recipe that will warm us with its spices.

This ginger cookie recipe is different from gingerbread and the ginger snaps you might be used to – not only does it result in soft, chewy cookies (much like these similar snowflake cookies), but it is also gluten free, so even those with celiac disease can enjoy them!

Looking for a simple, gluten free cookie recipe? Add this one to your holiday baking repertoire! Santa would surely approve: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/gluten-free-soft-ginger-cookies/

Made with blackstrap molasses, and gluten-free flour, this recipe incorporates ground ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg to give it that characteristic ginger cookie taste.

It’s a very simple recipe that can be made in less than 45 minutes from scratch, and the results are simply mouthwatering.

Serve these sweet treats when your guests are visiting this holiday season, or pack them in little jars and give them as presents. Either way, your guests will surely ask you for this amazing recipe!

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The instructions below make 15 large cookies, but you can double or triple the recipe to make more in one batch. Just be sure to avoid crowding the cookies on the baking tray and avoid baking too many at a time, so they have ample space to expand.

Ready make these delightful gluten-free soft ginger cookies at home? Let’s head straight to the recipe!

The Recipe

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Soft, gluten-free ginger cookies that will warm you up with their spices this holiday season. A fresh batch of these can be made in just under 45 minutes!
Servings Prep Time
15 large cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 large cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12 minutes 10 minutes
Recipe for Homemade Soft Ginger Cookies | Foodal.com
Gluten-Free Soft Ginger Cookies
Votes: 8
Rating: 3.88
You: 3
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Soft, gluten-free ginger cookies that will warm you up with their spices this holiday season. A fresh batch of these can be made in just under 45 minutes!
Servings Prep Time
15 large cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
15 large cookies 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
12 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar + more for rolling
  • 1 large egg*
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour blend
  • 2 teaspoons ground Ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
Servings: large cookies
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Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and frothy.
  2. Beat in the egg and the blackstrap molasses with the butter-sugar mixture until combined.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder together.
  4. Sift the gluten-free flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix well with a wooden spoon until you get a uniform cookie dough.
  5. Place the dough in the refrigerator to chill for 10 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Roll or scoop the chilled dough into small balls about 11/2 inches in diameter. Roll the balls in sugar and place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches of space between each.
  8. Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the cookies are lightly browned and puffy.
  9. Transfer the cookies from the parchment paper to a cooling rack as soon they come out of the oven, so they don’t stick to the parchment.
  10. Cool completely before storing in airtight containers or serving.
Recipe Notes

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Adapted from Taste of Home

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Soft Ginger Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 281 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 186mg 8%
Potassium 146mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 18g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 8%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prepare the Mise en Place

First, get your ingredients ready.

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Measure out the ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs, blackstrap molasses, gluten-free flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder.

Step 2 – Prepare the Wet Ingredients

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In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

The Best Homemade Soft Ginger Cookies | Foodal.com

You can do this with your stand mixer, or by hand with a sturdy whisk. I like to use the nonstick silicone kind, since it makes cleanup easier.

The Best Homemade Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies | Foodal.com

Add the egg and the blackstrap molasses, and mix well until combined.

Homemade Gluten-Free Soft Ginger Cookies Recipe | Foodal.com

Step 3 – Prepare the Gluten-Free Flour Mixture

In another bowl, whisk the gluten-free flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking powder together until combined.

Step 4 – Prepare the Dough

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Sift the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix very well with a wooden spoon until you get a homogeneous cookie dough.

Homemade Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies | Foodal.com

Step 5 – Chill the Dough and Preheat the Oven

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.

While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 6 – Roll into Small Balls

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Once the dough has chilled, roll the dough into small balls about 1 1/2 inches wide, and then roll these in sugar.

Gluten-Free Soft Ginger Cookies Recipe | Foodal.com

If you prefer, an ice cream scoop can also be used for portioning the dough.

Place the sugar-coated balls onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches of space between each.

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The dough will expand as it bakes, so you want to be sure to leave enough room.

Step 7 – Bake and Cool

Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes (or a bit less if using a convection style toaster oven) until the cookies are lightly browned and puffy.

Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack immediately, so they do not stick to the parchment.

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The sugar coating forms a light caramel when baking. This is delicious, but it may cause the cookies to stick to the parchment paper.

Allow them to cool completely before storing in an airtight container or serving.

Serve and Tuck In!

Once they’re cool and firm, it’s time to enjoy these deliciously spiced sweet treats. Try pairing them with a hot cup of tea, or a mug of hot cocoa, made from scratch.

These can keep in an airtight container for up to a week. But based on my own experience, I can tell you that they will probably not last that long.

These gluten-free ginger cookies have a soft texture, and delicious flavor. Get the recipe now: https://foodal.com/recipes/desserts/gluten-free-soft-ginger-cookies/

If you want to make some more gluten free baking excursions, make sure to try our cashew brownies, mandarin orange sponge cake, and grain-free chocolate chip cookies

Do you like your ginger cookies soft or crispy? Let us k now in the comments below!

And be sure to take a gander all of our cookie, dessert, and gluten free recipes!


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It’s the holiday season and large batches of cookies are in order! What better than ginger cookies to warm you up with their spices? Bake these gluten-free soft ginger cookies to serve your guests or to give as presents. Get the recipe from Foodal now.

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Felicia Lim

Felicia Lim is a Singaporean who moved to Argentina for love. Based in Buenos Aires, also known as “the Paris of South America,” she fills her days with freelance writing, recipe development, and food photography – three passions that give her endless joy. When she isn’t typing away at her computer, cooking in the kitchen, or shooting in her balcony-studio, you can probably find her curled up on the couch, lost in the pages of a good book.

It’s the holiday season and large batches of cookies are in order! What better than ginger cookies to warm you up with their spices? Bake these gluten-free soft ginger cookies to serve your guests or to give as presents. Get the recipe from Foodal now.

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