Gingerbread Cookies (gluten free)

Gingerbread Cookies (gluten free) This classic holiday cookie gets a gluten-free makeover. Trust us, they're just as cute and just as tasty! Use butcher's twine to hang the cookies as decoration... if you can resist the temptation to eat them all. For help making these cookies, watch my video!
  • tick Dessert/Sweets
  • tick Gluten Free


  • 3 1/4 cups gluten-free flour mix (Cup4Cup is recommended, available at
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses


In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and all of the spices, including the salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter with the brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy, scraping down the sides if necessary. Add the egg and molasses and mix on low speed until combined. With the motor on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Mix until the dough is consistent in color.

Divide the dough in thirds and wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before rolling out. (If the dough chilled overnight, give it more time to warm up before rolling.) On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper or cutting board, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes. If you would like to hang your cookies from a tree, use a toothpick or skewer to poke holes in the cookies where the string will be threaded. Use a spatula to transfer them to ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for 6-9 minutes, to desired firmness. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a rack to complete cooling.

Decorate the cookies with the royal icing and allow them to dry completely before threading with twine to hang.


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  • Michelle SULLIVAN says:

    Hi, In the potterybarnkids video of this recipe, you say 2 sticks of butter, but the printed version here uses 3 sticks--could you clarify please? Thanks!