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Saturday, December 13, 2008

GFCF Gingerbread People


Here I've adapted an old favorite recipe for gingerbread cookies. The orange extract gives them a lovely, delicate flavor.

1/2 cup palm shortening

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup molasses

1 large egg

1 tsp. orange extract

2 1/2 cups GF flour blend (I used this one)

2 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray, set aside.


Beat shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in the molasses, then the egg until well combined. Add the orange extract and mix well. The mixture will look curdled.
Sift together the flour through the salt. Add to the wet mixture and beat into a smooth, stiff dough. Divide the dough in half. Place half the dough onto a floured piece of wax paper and knead a few times until no longer sticky. Roll the dough to 1/3 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake cookies about 10 - 12 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned and the cookies look set. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely before decorating.

4 comments:

claushausIII said...

You are my new Hero!! My 3 1/2 yr old son has Autism and we have been GFCF for 1 year now, but with a limited diet becuase he is so picky. I am so excited to try all of your new recipes. Thanks for doing all the hard work!
J Claus

Erin said...

Aw, thank you. I needed that pick-me-up today. :) I hope you find many recipes your picky eater will like!

Urban Hippie said...

the hallelujah chorus sang as these cookies came out actually looking like gingerbread men and then they DIDN'T fall apart! Thank you! Thank You! They even taste delicious. We had such a great time decorating cookies with your Mock buttercream frosting, fruit, GFCF pretzels and sprinkles from www.naturalcandy.com ... Merry Christmas and God Bless you for your holiday recipes, you've really helped us out!

Erin said...

Thanks! I'm so glad you had fun with these cookies. Merry Christmas to you, too. :)