Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies

by Amie on November 30, 2012

Okay, you caught me.

I’m officially obsessed with using my ice cream scooper to make cookies.

I just couldn’t help it.

They’re just so darn cute.

And the gingerbread flavor just makes them TDF. (Ta die for, obviously).

Don’t ya think?

I mean come on, we’re all used to making gingerbread cookies out of cookie cutter people or gingerbread houses. So, why not get a lil’ creative and make a few gingerbread scoops that you can pop into your mouth without worrying about those ginger people snapping in half. Plus, the raisins on my gingerbread women always went bad so fast and I had to pluck ‘em off anyway.

So this way you don’t have to worry about decorating any ginger people.

These gingerbread cookies are just a lil’ scoop. A cute finger-food scoop that will cure your sweet tooth in a mere second.

There’s something special about gingerbread. It’s sweet without the added sugar. Kinda like cinnamon but a lil’ more subtle.

I’d actually recommend eating one of these guys for breakfast in the morning with some fresh jam. Why not? It’s kinda like eating a muffin or scone but ten times better.


Just make sure to pour yourself a nice glass of almond milk on the side. It really makes the whole experience a whole lot better. Kinda like in the movies. Hehe.

You heard me. Cookies for breakfast. It doesn’t get much better than that. Especially on a Friday.

This gluten free gingerbread recipe is super easy to throw together and not overly sweet, which makes it great for breakfast… or mid-afternoon snack or dessert… or just because.

This was actually my first attempt at baking gingerbread cookies. I’ve always been deterred from them in the past because I never wanted to spend the extra five minutes on using ginger people cookie cutters and then decorating them. There I said it.

But guess what? These cookies are totally worth every second it takes to make ‘em, scoop em and bake ‘em. In fact, I think baking these spurred a deep love for gingerbread and I can forsee a whole lotta gingerbread coming in the future.

These cookies remind me of summer ice cream scoops; they’re fun and playful and just make me smile. So, go ahead and smile. O, and these taste a whole lot better when baked in your pajamas on a Saturday morning.

Join me for a Twitter Party with King Arthur Flour about holiday baking on Thursday at 8PM EST by following #gfholiday on Twitter.  See you there!

And don’t forget to head over to my Facebook Page starting December 1st where I’m hosting the ’25 Days of Christmas’ Giveaway Every Day. I’ll be giving away a new gluten-free gift everyday from December 1st-December 25th.
Enjoy and Good Luck!

5.0 from 3 reviews

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies
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Serves: 24
Gluten-Free, Vegan and Dairy-Free
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seeds
  • ½ cup dairy-free butter
  • ⅔ cup agave nectar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • ⅓ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp. Simply Organic All Spice
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Simply Organic Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix water and ground flax seed in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine butter, agave, molasses and flax mixture. Then add quinoa, rice and tapioca flours, all spice, baking soda and cinnamon; mix well to combine.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop batter and place onto baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Se aside to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


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Sunithi November 30, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Nice ! I could eat these babies right now :) Can I link this up too ? :)


Amie November 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Thank you so much; of course you can link them! Thanks again Sue!


Diana @ Eating Made Easy November 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

These look just like a scoop of ice cream. Love it! Definitely trying this.


Amie December 1, 2012 at 12:04 am

Thanks Diana; hope you enjoy them!


Amie December 1, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thanks Diana; I hope you like them! They’re so fun and tasty!


Jennifae December 1, 2012 at 1:04 am

I fell head over heels in holiday LOVE with these sweet darling cookies, I literally jumped up and made them. My house smells like magic, and my belly is full of warm ginger goodness. These are delightful. Crisp on the outside, and melt in your mouth inside. Thank you.


Amie December 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Awe; I am so happy to hear that! So glad you enjoyed them. Have a fabulous holiday season and thanks so much for your comment!


Lori @ RecipeGirl December 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Yummmmmm! My GF Mom is coming for Christmas. Guess what I’ll be making?!?!


Amie December 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm

O goodie; I didn’t know your mom was gluten-free! Yipeee; hope she enjoys them. xo


Amanda Martinez December 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

Oh yum!! I can’t wait to try these! And thanks for the hot tip about the ice cream scooper :D


Amie December 2, 2012 at 9:21 am

Thanks Amanda; hope you enjoy them! Have a great holiday season!


Angelica Z B December 2, 2012 at 10:10 am

I don’t usually bake cookies but these look delicious and nothing to feel guilty about. I really like your recipes, very healthy.


Amie December 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thanks so much Angelica! Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday!


Bonny December 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

LOOKS AMAZINGLY GOOD! only hope a Canadian can win!!!


Amie December 2, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Thanks so much! Of course you can enter to win!


Bonny December 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

yeah Canadians can win!!! gonna try making these cookies. . . . I LOVE gingerbread.


Amie December 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Hope you enjoy them!!


Britttany December 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

These look awesome Amie!! xoxo


Amie December 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Thanks Britt! Miss you love!


Lisa December 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

You had me at gingerbread! Seriously…my favorite cookie of all time is my grandmother’s gingersnaps! Not hard like the store bought ones, they are lightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy gingery bliss on the inside. I see no reason why these can’t be the same! I will definitely try these, they sound amazing!


Amie December 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thanks Lisa; I hope you enjoy them…they’re delish!


Amie December 4, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thanks Lisa; I hope you like them…they’re fun to eat too because of the shape!


Jeanne December 8, 2012 at 2:05 pm

These look delish. But instead of using the ice-cream scoop, can this dough be rolled and cut into shapes? I am looking for a GF recipe for gingerbread cookies that can be decorated. Thanks!!


Amie December 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Yes, of course Jeanne! You can use them with cookie cutters!


Selene December 8, 2012 at 6:40 pm

These look so yummy!
I thought frontier spices were not gluten free …
Do you know if this is still the case?


Amie December 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Thanks Selene; their spices are gluten-free and haven’t heard otherwise so I’ve been using them and have enjoyed them!


Rachel December 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

How did you get them to stay in the ice-cream scoop form during baking? Mine flattened out…but they taste amazing!


Amie December 11, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Thanks Rachel; maybe it was the combination of my Earth Balance butter and that we used different brands of gluten free baking mix? Did you use Earth Balance butter? Try upping the baking powder


Jeanne December 15, 2012 at 12:39 am

When you wrote, “Cream together butter, sugar, molasses and honey. Beat in honey and vanilla extract.”, did you mean: “Cream together butter, sugar, molasses and honey. Beat in EGG and vanilla extract.”???


Jeanne December 15, 2012 at 12:39 am

Gosh I hope so because that’s what I am doing right now!


Amie December 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

Yes, thanks for catching that. Egg should be in there! Thanks Jeanne; have a great holiday!


Jeanne December 15, 2012 at 11:30 am

I will let you know how they turn out. Baking right now!


Amie December 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

Great; thanks Jeanne!


Kim December 16, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I have been craving Gingerbread Cookies for weeks….I’m a gluten free girl so when I saw this recipe I got super excited!!!! Yummy…..can’t wait to bake :)))


Amie December 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

Thanks Kim; have a great holiday season!!


Lanell December 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

My celiac daughter loved these! Simply Delicious. At her school Christmas party they read a gingerbread man book, went on a treasure hunt and then were rewarded with gingerbread cookies to decorate. So this recipe really kept her feeling included. Thank You!


Amie December 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Awe thank you Lanell! So glad to hear you and your daughter enjoyed them! Have a fabulous holiday season! xxooo


Kathy December 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I made these with a dairy free margarine and the cookies flattened out and were very crispy. They had good flavor though I prefer a soft cookie, so not sure i would make these again.


Amie December 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Thanks Kathy; glad you enjoyed the flavor! Happy Holidays!


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