Sunday, December 14, 2014

Paleo Gingerbread Men Cookies

Gingerbread Men cookies have been a favorite holiday treat of mine and my entire family for as long as I can remember. This recipe for crisp, yet chewy "Paleo Gingerbread Men Cookies" is the perfect rendition of the traditional recipes many have been making for years. Additionally, not only are these cookies cute as can be, they are easy and quick to make and if desired you can have fun decorating them with raisins, chocolate chips or even cinnamon red hot candies or piping them with an easy Coconut Oil Icing tinted with all natural food coloring. (India Tree makes all natural food coloring.) 

Note: If you are looking for crispy gingerbread men, I suggest letting them cool thoroughly for several hours and not sealing them in a air tight container. However, if you like your gingerbread chewy, then they will stay that way by cooling, and then storing them in an air tight container. Either way they are really yummy!

Recipe: makes 12 cookies

  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup well mashed sweet potato (about 1/2 a medium sweet potato)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup softened coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a sauce pan, heat molasses to a boil.
  3. Add maple syrup, sweet potato, and coconut milk to sauce pan.
  4. Stir ingredients until combined, then remove from heat.
  5. In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  6. Pour dry ingredients into wet, and stir until batter is fully blended.
  7. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.
  8. Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper, until about 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Cut batter with cookie cutters of choice.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  11. Let cool, decorate as desired, and enjoy.
  1. Beat together softened coconut oil with maple syrup and vanilla until fluffy.
  2. Put in a small piping bag, or alternatively in a small sandwich bag, and cut a tiny hole to squeeze frosting out onto gingerbread men.
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  1. Ug, first time comment didnt take. Will do again:
    Delightful! They look and sound great, thanks for the recipe. :Op

  2. Thanks Debra and thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Holiday's!

  3. Thank you for posting to Motivation Monday!

  4. Love this wonderful, wholesome recipe. The addition of the sweet potato is such a great idea! Your Gingerbread Men Cookies look so cute too! Thank you so much for sharing them with us at the Hearth and Soul hop. Pinned :-)

    1. Thank you April and thanks for hosting Hearth and Soul blog hop!

  5. Do you have to use coconut milk?

    1. No. You can use regular milk if you do not have a sensitively to it or whatever your favorite non dairy milk is. Enjoy the Holidays!

  6. These are adorable. I'm so making these with my girlies. Yum, I can smell them already :)

  7. That frosting is great, I have not seen that before, Thanks

  8. These sound wonderful. I am going to try these. Love the idea that you used natural food coloring. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays blog hop. PInned & twitted. Have a healthy happy blessed Christmas.

  9. Your Gingerbread Men are just awesome! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special Christmas week!
    Miz Helen

  10. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :) I can't wait to see what you share next time!

  11. Hi! I love love love that these have sweet potato in them and definitely need to try the recipe. I can't have nuts unfortunately, will it work if I substitute other flours? Do you think I would use the same ratio?