These Gingerbread Men Cookies are rich, chewy and delicious, plus they’re paleo, vegan, and gluten-free. Making gingerbread men cookies is a fun holiday tradition that your kids will love.

In the weeks coming up to Christmas, I’ve been in the kitchen trying out healthier versions of the holiday treats I grew up with in England, such as gingerbread men. The challenge was working with paleo flours such as almond flour and substituting something else for the sugar.

My first attempt came out like sugar cookies. The missing ingredient was molasses—gingerbread isn’t gingerbread without it. I used this brand of molasses.

Molasses is a byproduct of sugar, however, and is fairly high in carbohydrates.

Is molasses considered paleo?

Yes, according to paleo expert Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. He says the benefits of the minerals in blackstrap molasses outweigh the sugar:

Along with 12 grams of carbs (around 6 grams of sucrose, 2.5 grams of fructose, and 2.5 grams of glucose), a tablespoon of this particular brand of blackstrap molasses also has 25% of daily magnesium, 20% of daily calcium, a few hundred milligrams of potassium (blackstrap’s got so much potassium that it’s caused hyperkalemia), plus appreciable levels of iron, copper, and manganese.

 

The first thing I ever baked was a large gingerbread man like the one pictured above (I was around five years old) and I have fond memories of it. I remember using raisins for the eyes and decorating it with different colored icing. I recently found the oversized cookie cutter at Williams-Sonoma and couldn’t wait to try it out.

My icing decorating skills are probably equivalent to those of a five year old’s, though. It’s not something I do a lot of.

 

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Making Christmas cookies with my kids has always been a bonding experience. Of course, they’re grown now and in other states. If you have young kids and haven’t tried it, I recommend it. Of course, it’s better to substitute healthier ingredients than you find in traditional recipes.

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Gingerbread Men
These Gingerbread Men Cookies are rich, chewy and delicious, plus they're paleo, vegan, and gluten-free. Making gingerbread men cookies is a fun holiday tradition that your kids will love.
gingerbread men cookies, paelo gingerbread men cookies recipe
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 8-10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
depending on size of cookie cutter
Ingredients
Frosting (optiona)
Prep Time 15
Cook Time 8-10 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes
Servings
depending on size of cookie cutter
Ingredients
Frosting (optiona)
gingerbread men cookies, paelo gingerbread men cookies recipe
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, add the almond flour, ginger, cinnamon cloves and salt until mix until combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg, maple syrup, molasses, coconut oil, and vanilla. Add to the flour mixture and mix until it forms a thick dough. Form into a ball and place in the freezer for 30 minute to harden before rolling.
  4. Place the dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it's about 1/4" thick. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on parchment-lined baking sheet (if dough gets too soft and breaks up, place it back in the freezer).
Frosting (optional):
  1. Beat together coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut flour, vanilla and salt until fluffy. Add to a piping bag and decorate your cookies.
Recipe Notes

If you're not going to use the cookies right away, you might want to freeze them as they tend to get hard if left out.

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