Gluten Free Gingersnaps-Crisp and Spicy

Gluten Free Gingersnaps–Crisp & SpicyGluten Free Gingersnaps. The fragrance gets me every time. The sweet smell of ginger and cinnamon, sugar and molasses all blending into crisp perfection in a hot oven. Of all the Christmas cookie recipes I have, one shouts CHRISTMAS the loudest. Gingersnaps. I like them snappy crisp, full of pungent spice and a little bit of heat as you savor the buttery flavor. I’ve discovered a way to make them gluten free which brings great joy to my husband’s and my seriously gluten intolerant guts. (Odd to use the word ‘guts’ in a cookie post but if you’re gluten intolerant like we are, you know exactly what I mean!)

I posted this recipe for Spicy and Crisp Gingersnaps last Christmas and as much as I love it, I’m sticking with a gluten free version this year. Although you could easily make last years gluten free with a flour blend like this one: King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Baking Mix.

Gluten Free Gingersnaps–Crisp & Spicy

The ingredients for Gluten Free Gingersnaps

Gluten Free Gingersnaps–Crisp & Spicy

The batter, ready to be gingersnaps

To keep these cookies gluten free I use almond flour, good pastured butter, coconut sugar, a little arrowroot powder (which is a healthy starch and gluten free thickener) to make them crisp, molasses and lots of spice. One word of caution: these cookies are buttery which is a good thing in my book because good pastured butter is a healthy fat, but all the butter and the fat from the almond flour means these babies will spread. Don’t put more than a dozen at a time on your cookie sheet and in truth, nine would be better. Also, I use a little scoop to measure out my cookies and it’s only a couple teaspoons. So keep them on the small side. They are very light and crisp and you know what? They’d be incredible layered with vanilla ice-cream for crisp and Christmas-y ice cream sandwiches. Or crumbled atop fresh whipped cream or yogurt. Hmmmm……

Gluten Free Gingersnaps

Gluten Free Gingersnaps–Crisp & Spicy
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Serves: 48 cookies
 
Crisp and spicy, rich and buttery, these gingersnaps add lots of Christmasy spice to your holidays!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup pastured or organic unsalted butter (I use Kerry Gold or Plugra)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar or organic brown sugar
  • 1 organic egg
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I use RealSalt exclusively)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 large baking sheets or to save clean up, cover each sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix until well combined. Add the egg and molasses. Mix until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the almond flour, arrowroot powder, baking soda, salt and spices until blended. Add to the sugar and butter mix slowly and mix until just blended.
  4. Chill mixture in the refrigerator for at least an hour but up to a couple days.
  5. Using a scoop if you have it or a teaspoon, make small balls, about an inch in diameter, and place 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake a total of 12 to 14 minutes, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking.
  6. Remove from oven when cookies have spread and are a rich brown color. Let cool for 1 minute on the baking sheet.
  7. Remove each cookie carefully and place on a wire rack to cool. Cookies will get crisp as they cool.
  8. To keep cookies crisp, store in a covered container.

 

Gluten Free Gingersnaps–Crisp & Spicy

Gingersnaps fresh out of the oven!

Kate’s Tips

  • Add a couple tablespoons of freshly grated ginger to the recipe for even more ginger flavor.
  • Or, add some finely chopped crystallized ginger to the recipe.
  • If you cut the sugar in half, I have a feeling these would be a wonderful addition to a cheese plate!
  • For a fancy presentation, drizzle cookies with melted white chocolate. Oh my heavens!

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Happy Baking!

xoxo

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