As a child, I couldn't wait for Christmas time when my mother would bake dozens of soft and chewy gingersnaps. The aroma would wash over our home and I could hardly wait for the cookies to cool once they would come out of the oven before devouring them.
I have always had a major sweet tooth and holiday goodies have both tradition and reminiscence working in their favor to become some of my most favorite treats.
After becoming gluten free, I worried I would lose some of the wonder of the holiday season. However, with the help of my loving mother, we worked on this recipe to make sure that none of the cheer of this special season would be lost for me or for any others who have Gluten Free needs.
From my kitchen to your's, Happy Holidays!
¾ C Butter
1 C Sugar
¼ C Molasses
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Ginger
1 tsp. Cloves
1 ½ tsp. Baking Soda
1 pinch Salt
½ tsp. Vanilla
2 C Great Value GF Flour* (plus 1-2 Tbsp. if you would like more puffy cookies)
Sugar/Sugar crystals for decoration
Using a hand/standing mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, egg, molasses, spices, baking soda, salt, and vanilla until well incorporated. Fold in the flour or run the mixer on lowest setting until just combined; add extra flour if you want the cookies to be puffier. Move dough to the refrigerator for 1 hour or longer.
Once the dough has had time to absorb moisture and firm up, remove it from the fridge, scoop out individual cookies, and roll each cookie in sugar, with colored sugar crystals to be extra festive! Preheat your oven to 375°f. Once preheated, place your cookies on a prepared cookie sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes; it depends on your oven but wait until they start to brown on the edges and get cracks on their skin. Let the cookies cool completely; they are delicate and can easily fall apart until they have had time to set up and cool.
Optional: Drizzle or dip in white chocolate for extra yummy flavor and really cute presentation.
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*At Sugies GF Goodies, we always use our favorite Gluten Free flour by Great Value at Walmart. We've tried them all to find the best, so you don't have to.