Old-fashioned, yet modern, almond flour gingerbread cookies ! They taste like homestyle favorites, but are grain-free, gluten-free & vegan, plus they are incredibly easy to make! They are perfect for gift-giving, or for keeping on hand all season long.
‘Tis the season to make gingerbread cookies!
These lovelies are a riff on my 3-ingredient Almond Flour Cookies. They are packed with ginger & spice goodness, plus the distinctive flavor of molasses, which makes any kind of gingerbread sing.
These cookies have are soft, but also have some chewiness. They are pretty amazing, if I do say so myself. They are also:
- Made with a limited number of readily available ingredients
- Vegan (dairy -free & egg-free)
Easy Dough, Easy Cookies
The dough is as easy as my other almond flour cookies, although it might take up to 2 minutes (instead of 1 minute) to prepare them, since measuring the molasses is, well, as slow as molasses :).
Sweeten Cookies with (a Small Amount) of Molasses & Coconut Sugar
I used a combination of coconut sugar and molasses to sweeten the cookies. I have some options for substitutes: brown sugar in place of coconut sugar, and maple syrup in place of molasses, in case you want a lighter flavor gingerbread. Keep in mind that venturing beyond the suggested substitutes will most likely lead to very different results, so experiment with caution!
I tried making these with all molasses (ugh, far too strong), part molasses & part maple (close, but still not right), but finally got it right with a sugar-molasses combo.
Specifically, I used 2-1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar and 2-1/2 teaspoons molasses. The dough is dark and thick, but still moist:
Sprinkle with Raw Sugar, or Leave Plain
You can scoop these directly onto a cookie sheet, or you can dip/sprinkle in turbinado (raw) sugar for some added sparkle. If you cannot decide, follow my lead and do some with and some without.
One of the many beauties of egg-free baking is that recipes can be scaled small, (this recipe yields 10 cookies) or easily multiplied into larger batches without issues. The dough is so easy, you could just mix a new portion with each tray of cookies.
Let’s face it, you’re going to want another batch.
Here’s a side-by side of the sugar-coated and plain cookies. My son actually preferred the plain. A tiny Christmas miracle!
Keeping with gingerbread tradition, these cookies continue to taste wonderful–in both taste and texture–after several days at room temperature.
Happy holiday baking!
How Should I Store the Cookies?
Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days (in a cool room; if it is hot, store in the refrigerator), the refrigerator for 1 week or the freezer for up to 6 months.
What is an Alternative for Coconut Sugar?
An equal amount of packed brown sugar can be used in place of the coconut sugar.
What is an Alternative for Molasses?
For a lighter-flavored cookie, an equal amount of maple syrup (or honey, if not vegan) can be used in place of the molasses.
More Grain-Free & Vegan Almond Flour Cookies to Try:
- 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Banana Almond Flour Cookies
- 4-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Flour Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies
- Pumpkin Almond Flour Cookies
- Sweet Potato Almond Flour Cookies
- 3-Ingredient Fresh Apple Almond Flour Cookies
Monday 13th of February 2023
I have to say, these were so easy, quick & delicious! Best of all my husband and grandson loved them! Which is really big, since they usually ignore my "healthy" recipes. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Tuesday 14th of February 2023
Excellent Lyn! Oh my goodness, I know what you mean--it is a super-success if my husband and teenage son give my powerhungry recipes a thumbs up :)
Thursday 8th of December 2022
Made these today for a friend for Xmas and they are absolutely DELICIOUS! Took less than half hour from start to out of the oven! I had to try one before i give them away and now I have to make more! Thanks so much for making it so simple to give the perfect baking gift for someone who is gluten free!
Monday 12th of December 2022
What a dear friend you are! So pleased you found the recipe to be a success, Shan!
Friday 4th of February 2022
Where is the moisture very dry
Friday 18th of February 2022
Hi Janis, Oh no, I am sorry the cookies came out dry. They should definitely be moist and tender. The moisture comes from the water and molasses in combination with the natural oils of the almond flour. If the cookies are dry, it is most likely due to too much almond flour. It is really easy to add too much almond flour in measuring cups. I suggest lightly spooning in the flour to measure, or, even better, weighing the flour for the best results.
Monday 17th of January 2022
Made these today, so good. I used blackstrap molasses. Added little bit more of the spices. So yummy. Thank you, Trina
Thursday 17th of June 2021
Thursday 17th of June 2021
Aww, thanks so much, Jin!