Gluten Free Ginger Molasses Cookies – Gluten Free Christmas Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups gluten-free baking flour blend (ensure the blend contains xanthan gum)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Additional:

  • Granulated sugar, for rolling the dough (optional)

Instructions:

  • Prep the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour blend, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves (if using), and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar: Using an electric mixer or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, for about 1-2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure even mixing.
  • Combine wet ingredients: Add the egg, molasses, and vanilla extract to the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Beat on low speed until just combined.
  • Incorporate the dry ingredients: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in two batches, mixing on low speed until just incorporated after each addition. Be careful not to overmix the dough.
  • Chill the dough: This is a crucial step for gluten-free cookies. Cover the dough with plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight. Chilling allows the dough to firm up and the flavors to meld.
  • Preheat the oven: When you’re ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Shape and roll the cookies (optional): If you prefer a sugar coating on your cookies, prepare a shallow dish with granulated sugar. Scoop the chilled dough using a tablespoon or cookie scoop and roll it into balls. You can then roll the balls in the sugar for a sparkly finish.
  • Bake the cookies: Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie to allow for spreading. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centers are slightly soft.
  • Cool and enjoy: Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips:

  • Ensure your gluten-free flour blend contains xanthan gum, which helps bind the ingredients and achieve a chewy texture.
  • Chilling the dough is essential for preventing the cookies from spreading too much and ensuring a chewier texture.
  • If you don’t have a gluten-free flour blend with xanthan gum, you can use a combination of almond flour, oat flour, and tapioca flour, but the texture of the cookies might be slightly different.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices to your preference. You can add a pinch of nutmeg or allspice for a more complex flavor profile.
  • Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or freeze them for longer storage.

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