These gluten-free, paleo/AIP gingerbread cookies are a holiday classic. They’re slightly crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, perfectly spiced, 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 gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, allergy-friendly, and one that the whole family will enjoy!
These cookies are slightly crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside! They’re 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 ginger cookies that are lighter in texture and flavor (and don’t have molasses), try these Gluten-free, Paleo/AIP Gingersnaps.
Here’s what you’ll need for these paleo/AIP Gingerbread Cookies:
- coconut flour and tapioca starch – grain-free, gluten-free flour combination
- cinnamon and powdered ginger – seed-free, AIP-compliant spice mix for the classic gingerbread flavor
- baking soda
- sea salt
- unsulphered blackstrap molasses
- unrefined virgin coconut oil, melted
- vanilla extract
- gelatin, apple cider vinegar, water – for the gelatin “egg”
How to make these gluten-free paleo/AIP Gingerbread Cookies without grain or almond flours
- First, preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut and tapioca starch, cinnamon, powdered ginger, baking soda, and sea salt.
- In a small bowl, combine blackstrap molasses with melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla.
- Then, combine all gelatin egg ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk with a fork until frothy.
- Next, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in wet ingredients. Stir to combine into a soft, oily ball of dough.
- Place ball of dough in the fridge for 10-12 minutes.
- Then, 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.
- Next, transfer parchment paper to a baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool completely before removing from cookie sheet.
- Finally, decorate gingerbread cookies, if desired.
Please note, this recipe makes a small batch of cookies, so feel free to double if you require more.
Gluten-free paleo/AIP Gingerbread Cookies FAQs
Can I replace any of the flours?
I have not tested this recipe using any other grain and gluten-free flour combination so can’t recommend any substitutions.
Can I make paleo gingerbread without eggs?
Yes! This paleo and AIP gingerbread cookie recipe is egg-free. Instead, gelatin is used to help bind the ingredients.
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 coconut-free option for Snickerdoodles, my Gingerbread Squares or these AIP Spiced Shortbread Cookies/Speculaas for some delicious holiday treats sans coconut.
Can I omit the molasses in this refined sugar-free recipe?
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 can I ice/decorate these gingerbread people?
How do I store these?
Store in a sealed container on the countertop in a cool, dry area for 3-4 days.
Can these gluten-free, paleo/AIP gingerbread cookies be made vegan?
I haven’t found a way to make these vegan as both gelatin and honey are essential to the texture of these gingerbread cookies.
Looking for more grain-free, AIP/paleo 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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