Gluten free Ginger bread men

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What way do you like to eat your gingerbread man?  Maybe you are one of those who like to nibble on the decorations first or begin eating by biting off the head?  There must be some psychological meaning to all of this?  I will forever think of the cry’s from the gingerbread man in Shrek when he says “Not my gum drop buttons”!  Or how about the sassy gingerbread man trying to outwit the sly fox “run, run as fast as you can, you cannot catch me I am the gingerbread man”. We all have our fun stories and memories of gingerbread men and it is part of all of our holiday memories and traditions.

To honor my friends who are gluten-free I asked my friend Sharon from Sharon’s Gluten free kitchen and more to share her delicious gluten-free gingerbread recipe.

Ginger Gingerbread Men

  • ½ cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 ¼ cups sorghum flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup sucanat or organic light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup black strap molasses
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
  • 1/3 cup rice milk
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp  ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum

How to make them:

Beat coconut oil at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy or blended well; add flaxseed meal, rice milk. Mix ingredients on high-speed for 1 minute (let mixture set for 2 minutes), then, add honey, sucanat or light brown sugar and black strap molasses, beat well.

In a separate bowl, combine; sorghum flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, real salt, ground ginger, ground cinnamon and xanthan gum.  Gradually add dry ingredients to mixer, beating on medium speed until blended well.

Place soft dough in a plastic sealed container for several hours or even better overnight until dough is firm enough to be shaped properly.

Pre-heat  the oven 350 degree F.

Remove dough from the refrigerator and divide in four.  Roll out each portion at a time while the remaining dough remains chilled.   Roll dough out on a large floured cutting board and use a floured rolling-pin to roll dough to ¼  thickness  before cutting out ginger bread men with a 2-inch cookie cutter.

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool for a few minutes on cookie sheet before removing and cooling on a rack.

Wishing you a Merry Night before Christmas Eve!

Judith the Irish foodie

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