Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Since several people recently suggested I needed a good gluten-free vegan gingerbread men cookies recipe on here, gingerbread men have been at the top of my priorities list ;) . I had a recipe for some from previous years, but I decided to take this opportunity and tweak it so as to cut out some of the sugar from my already dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free recipe. The results were, well… they were all eaten up in one morning! I actually had to guard them and fend people away until I managed to snap some photos to show you. The little guy in the tea cup lost his head seconds just after the shot above was taken ;) #caught!

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

My favorite part of the process of making this classic gingerbread men recipe was using “gingerbread boys” cookie cutters by Tovolo. I heard about them through someone on facebook recently and fell in love. I mean, c’mon, how stinkin’ cute are these cookies?!? The grumpy guy was the best! {and the most coveted around here!}. What I loved about these cutters is that because they are imprintable I was able to get away with having gingerbread men without the icing. I know, I know, the icing is the fun part, but it’s also full of sugar… And you have to wait for it to set… {and who wants to wait anyhow when you have fresh out of the oven, warm, fragrant cookies right in front of you?!?}. Anyways, once I had seen these, I just couldn’t go back to my regular old cutter, and these were definitely worth the $6 investment. {If you do want to ice your gingerbread boys, by the way, feel free to use the vegan royal icing from this recipe}.

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Now if you want to be even more radical than imprinting instead of icing your gingerbread men cookies, check out these ninjabread men for inspiration. What an awesome idea this girl had! I definitely think those are genius cutters too. I especially enjoyed the ginjabread men fight :)

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Anyways, back to these tasty gingerbread men cookies… ;)

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Gingerbread Men Cookies


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  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 17 gingerbread men

Ingredients

  • ½ cup non-dairy butter, at room temperature OR coconut oil, softened
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup {or liquid sweetener of your choice}
  • 3 tbsp blackstrap molasses {I recommend using a sulphite-free brand}
  • 2 ½ cups gluten-free flour blend {I recommend Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend} {or make your own by combining: 1 ¼ cups brown rice flour, ¾ cup tapioca starch, ½ cup sweet rice flour, ½ tsp guar gum}
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves
  • dash of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Prepare a rolling area with two additional sheets of parchment paper for that, and have your gingerbread cookie cutter(s) handy.
  2. Place butter in a large mixing bowl and whip it with a mixer until it’s creamy. Add sweetener and molasses, vanilla, spices and salt and mix once again to combine. Add in flour and use a wooden spoon to mix. Then get in there with your hands and mix everything together by working the dough until you can shape it into a ball {note: as depending on the flour mix you use there may be a slight variance, know that the consistency of the dough should not be sticky but should press together when pinched — be sure to knead it really well first for some time — if it’s a little sticky, add a little more flour (try 1-2 tbsp); if it’s a little dry add a little more sweetener (try 1 tbsp)}. Shape the dough into 2 balls and then flatten each into a disk.
  3. Roll out one of the dough balls between two sheets of parchment paper to ¼” thickness. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. Carefully transfer to a prepared cookie sheets, spacing them ½” apart {they won’t spread as they bake}. Gather up any dough scraps and repeat until all dough is used up. Repeat the process with the second dough ball.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 11-12 minutes, until the edges just begin to darken. Remove from oven and place on a cooling rack. {Note: cookies will harden a little within minutes of cooling, so don’t overbake}. Allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies Recipe

Happy baking!

xo Audrey

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Disclaimer: This post contains an affiliate link to the gingerbread men cookie cutters and gluten free flour blend.

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