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RECIPE: Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

gingerbread man
Christmas is only 4 sleeps away and we have been busy in the kitchen over the last week making some yummy gingerbread men. The kids love making gingerbread men and decorating them, especially at this time of year and cooking is a great school holiday activity too. It’s great for all ages; my 5 year old Son spent an hour today perfecting his little men as he decorated them exactly the way her wanted. My 2 year old just told me she needed the play dough to make things; aka the cookie dough and the 7 year old loved creating too.Β 

gluten free gingerbread men


I actually trawled the internet to find a gluten free version for us to make but I couldn’t find what we wanted which was simple but still tastes like the real thing. These are our gluten free version we have put together; sweetened naturally with coconut sugar (if you don’t have any you can definitely sub in for brown sugar) and maple syrup they taste delicious. Please keep in mind that being gluten free, the dough is quite wet so when you scoop out onto the bench make sure you put lots of flour underneath, you can also firm it up in freezer if you have time to wait. And if you find a rolling pin a bit hard at times to roll out the dough, just use your hands to flatten the dough, keep it simple and have fun getting your hands dirty.Β 



gf gingerbread men

gluten free gingerbread men

Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

Gluten Free Gingerbread Men


  • 250grams butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 egg
  • 3 cups gluten free plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 180Β°c, and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup together until creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Then add the flour and almond meal, ginger, baking powder to the bowl, and stir into butter mixture.
  3. Scoop onto a lightly floured surface and flatten until smooth. The mix is a bit wet so you can put it in the freezer to make it a bit stiff or utilise the extra flour on the bench and be gentle. You will need to roll out in small sections.
  4. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer to tray.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes until light brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Decorate how ever you choose 😝