These Paleo Soft and Chewy Gingerbread Cookies are going to be your new holiday favorite!! They're made with simple ingredients, low in sugar, and have the perfect kick of spice. Great for anyone who is gluten-free or dairy-free!
Start by adding the almond flour, baking soda, salt, and spices into a mixing bowl. Use a whisk or fork to blend until fully combined. (Make sure to break up the almond flour chunks.)
Next add the eggs, molasses, vanilla extract, and coconut sugar into a separate bowl. Blend with a whisk for about 30 seconds.
Fold together the dry and wet ingredients until a sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour. (Overnight is best.)
Once the dough has chilled, roll it into 1+½ inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Gently press down on each ball to flatten them into thick disks.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute, and then transfer each cookie to a cooling rack.
When preparing the cookies, I like to roll them into balls first, and lay them out on my non-stick baking sheet. (You can also line your baking sheet with parchment paper.) Once they're laid out, gently press down to flatten them into round disks.
You can make the cookies whatever size you want, but just know that they will not expand too much in the oven!
They will still be pretty soft when you take them out, so make sure to let them rest on the tray for one minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
When measuring the almond flour, make sure to shake the bag around first so it's not tightly packed together. Scoop the flour and take a butter knife to scrape the excess flour off. You can also spoon the flour into the measuring cup. DO NOT PACK the flour into the measuring cup.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I swap almond flour for gluten-free 1-1 flour? I would not recommend swapping the almond flour for any other flour for this recipe. I'd also like to note that the quality of almond flour you buy is extremely important! Some brands are more grainy than others. My favorite brands are Blue Diamond and Bob's Red Mill. Both can be found on Amazon!Are these gingerbread cookies healthy? Yes! Compared to traditional gingerbread cookies, this recipe has very simple ingredients, and significantly lower in sugar. (About 6 grams of sugar per cookie!) I also used coconut sugar, which is a lower glycemic option. If you want to make them completely sugar free, just swap the coconut sugar for Lakanto Golden Monkfruit. (My favorite sugar-free alternative!) You can also do a ¼ cup of each.What if I don't have time to chill the dough? You must chill the dough for at least an hour in order to roll them into balls! It's very sticky from the molasses, so it's important to let the dough set in the refrigerator to firm up. I usually make the dough the night before, but as long as it's not too sticky, it should work just fine!
How to store leftovers
You can store leftover cookies at room temperature. After a couple days, I would move the container into the refrigerator to keep them fresh for longer. You can also store the cookies in a freezer bag or air tight container in the freezer! PRO TIP: Frozen cookies are actually really delicious! If you don’t want to bake all of the cookies at once, you can store the dough in the freezer for a rainy day! (That's usually what I do!)