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?
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.
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.