These gingerbread cookies are a holiday classic. They’re slightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, perfectly spiced, AIP, paleo, grain and dairy-free.
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Gingerbread cookies are just the cutest and a holiday classic for good reason. They’re fun to create and eat, no matter your age. This recipe for gingerbread cookies is AIP, paleo, grain and dairy-free and one that the whole family will enjoy.
These cookies are slightly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside and are great for making a gingerbread house with or for adding to your cookie jar for gifting. These gingerbread cookies have a quite strong ginger flavor with the richness of molasses. If you’re looking for super soft and fluffy gingerbread cookies that are lighter in texture and flavor (and don’t have molasses), try these AIP Gingersnaps.
Here’s what you’ll need for these AIP Gingerbread Cookies:
- coconut flour and tapioca starch
- cinnamon and powdered ginger
- baking soda
- sea salt
- unsulphered blackstrap molasses
- unrefined virgin coconut oil, melted
- vanilla extract
- apple cider vinegar
Here’s how to make these AIP Gingerbread Cookies
To make these cookies, combine the coconut and tapioca starch, cinnamon, and powdered ginger in a large bowl along with baking soda and sea salt. In a small bowl, combine blackstrap molasses with melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla. Make gelatin egg by combining apple cider vinegar, gelatin powder and hot water and whisking with a fork until frothy. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in the wet ingredients, stirring to combine into a soft, oily ball of dough. Place ball of dough into the fridge for 10-12 minutes.
Next, place ball of dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch in thickness. Use gingerbread cookie cutters to cut out your gingerbread people, re-rolling dough and cutting as necessary until all the dough is used. Transfer parchment paper to a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. My cookie cutters are approximately 3 x 2.5 inches and 8 minutes is the perfect amount of time for a cookie that is soft on the inside and just slightly crispy on the edges but you may need to adjust your baking time if you are using smaller or larger cookie cutters. Allow cookies to cool completely before removing from cookie sheet.
Please note, this recipe makes a small batch of cookies, so feel free to double if you require more.
AIP Gingerbread Cookies FAQs
Can I replace any of the flours?
I have not tested this recipe using any other flour combination so can’t recommend any substitutions.
Can I make this recipe coconut free?
I have tried different combinations of fats and flours and found this to work the best. If you’re coconut free, try out my Gingerbread Squares or AIP Speculaas/biscoff cookies for some delicious holiday treats sans coconut.
Can I omit the molasses?
The blackstrap molasses in these cookies really provides that classic gingerbread flavor and I don’t recommend omitting, but be sure to purchase unsulphered blackstrap molassses.
How do I store these?
Store in a sealed container on the countertop in a cool, dry area for 3-4 days.
Can these be made vegan?
I haven’t found a way to make these vegan as both gelatin and honey are essential to the texture.
Looking for more AIP Holiday Cookies? You might enjoy
- AIP Gingerbread Squares
- Berry-filled Linzer Cookies
- AIP Speculaas
- Chocolate Plantain Chip Cookies
- Christmas Cut-out Cookies
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