Gluten Free Ginger Cake Cookies

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Hello, you beautiful people! And, I mean everyone. This Christmas season has given me new reasons to look at the world, remembering how blessed I am. The big things. The little things. I’m truly a blessed individual.

OK, I wasn’t thrilled when the Little Man and I were sick all but 3 days in the last two months, but we got better. And, it’s small potatoes. I have had several friends going through some very rough times lately. Some are online friends. Some are real life friends. Some are both. To all of you, I send love and hugs and happy, happy thoughts.

And, somehow, this actually leads into the post I was going to write today. One of the many, many things that I am grateful for is my family. All of them. And, this recipe is an adaptation from a recipe of my step-MIL. If you can call it an adaptation. She freely admits that she doesn’t write down recipes or measure. She just throws stuff together, and most of the time, it works out. Well, this is one that worked out well. Very well.

About a month and a half ago, my FIL and step-MIL stayed the night at our house. Step-MIL brought these fabulous ginger cookies. I call them ginger cake cookies. They are cakey, and gingery, and yummy goodness. I asked her for the recipe, and she sent me an approximate idea of what she threw together. So, I did some work and came up with this recipe. It tastes pretty much like what she brought.

I also adapted this recipe to make a gingerbread “house” for a contest that my friend, Kim, is holding on her blog, Cook It Allergy Free. So, this brings me to the picture at the top of this post. I loved the picture this made when we were walking on my in-laws property. It’s not theirs. It belongs to their neighbor’s son, but they share the beautiful walking property. And, I felt good about my photographer’s eye, when I heard my step-MIL say it was such a great picture as I was bringing out my camera. (She used to be a professional photographer.) So, I was inspired to make this for the contest.

Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Trailer |
Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Trailer

So far, it’s not getting many votes. Like any. But that’s ok. It was my first attempt at anything like this. The Little Man helped me a lot. That boy has patience. He helped for an hour before he got bored and tried to put kidney and black beans on it. (He thinks the m’n’m’s are beans. And he will continue to think that as long as I can make it happen.)

So, if you feel inclined, you can vote for my trailer at Kim’s Gingerbread House contest. It’s #16. You can vote once per day. That would be cool.

Or, you can make the Gluten-Free Ginger Cake Cookies. That would also be cool. Let me know if you do. I would love to know how you like them.

Gluten Free Ginger Cake Cookies
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  1. Mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  2. Add palm sugar.
  3. Add ginger, molasses, and egg.
  4. Pile into little mounds on a cookie sheet. Might want to use parchment paper, but it isn't absolutely necessary.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes.
  6. Test at 8 minutes for doneness.


Gluten-Free Ginger Cake Cookies |
Gluten-Free Ginger Cake Cookies

Notes: If you don’t have fresh ginger, or the gumption to grate it, you can sub 2 teaspoons of ginger powder. I used McCormick Roasted Ground Ginger I got at BlogHer Food. It worked very nicely.

Also, I adapted this recipe for the gingerbread house by doubling the recipe, using a total of 3/4 cup molasses and 3 eggs. I let it sit in the fridge overnight before rolling. It made it cakier (not a word, but you know what I mean), and we are still eating it days later. It still tastes good. (Oh, yeah, I so destroyed it as soon as I took the picture. Not really impressed with how it turned out, but it was my first attempt.)

Lessons learned when making a gingerbread house:

  1. Roll the dough thin. Mine was much too thick to work with. The walls were heavy.
  2. Mix the royal icing for a very long time. I didn’t mix mine long enough, and it took forever to harden. Seriously, the reason the windows look so you-know-what-ed up it because after 3-4 hours of laying down, I tried to put the walls up, and everything came running down. Not pretty. But, it’s still tasty.
  3. If you use this recipe, you can take cookie cutters to it after. The Little Man has lots of his gingerbread “stars” to eat for a while.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

PPS – I am linking this recipe to Calling All Cookies – Gluten-Free cookie round-up, being held by Nancy at The Sensitive Pantry. Another dear friend.

PPPS – If you haven’t already, go vote for my trailer at Kim’s Gingerbread House contest. It’s #16.

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27 Responses to “Gluten Free Ginger Cake Cookies”

  1. I WAS RIGHT!! I knew it was supposed to be a trailer!!! That is awesome and that picture that you took at the top of this post is so so cool! Where exactly IS that picture taken. It is absolutely beautiful. Your photographic eye did not lead you astray on this one.
    And Ms Tia, your house turned out so Stinking Great!!! I have honestly not seen a Gingerbread House trailer before. You should win on pure ingenuity alone. xoxo

    • Wow! You do have Wi-Fi there, don’t you? It is at my in-laws. That is why we love going there a lot. It’s (technically) in between Carmel and Big Sur. One of the tiny hills to the West as you drive down the 1. I always carry my camera with me when we are at their place. Those pictures come up a lot.

      Oh, and thanks for “getting” it. Wasn’t sure if it would translate. And, glad to know I have a fan. Thanks!

      Tia 😛

    • Hi Maggie,

      Thanks! I felt inspired. Like I told Heidi. I’m not that good with traditional. I hope the Little Man can handle it as he gets older. 😉

      Tia 😛

  2. Tia – I love that you made a Gingerbread Trailer!! You’ve got my vote. So cute.

    Thanks a bunch for posting the cookies on the Calling All Cookies line up. They look delicious. I was chuckling about how your step-MIL wings her recipes–even when baking. So many articles tell you it’s an exact science but I guess she proves that wrong. Hugs, Nancy

    • Thanks, Nancy! I think the baking thing can be winged a bit. It seems as though you just have to know how flours work and add a bit of baking soda and/or powder, and you are good to go. I don’t know how she does it, but she wings it a lot. Just the way she is. Always seems to work out well, but then again, I’m not one of her regular guinea pigs, I mean kids.

      Tia 😛

  3. Tia, I love this post, that photo, and your gingerbread trailer! Yes, I could see it’s a trailer and I will vote for it tomorrow. Thanks for telling us we can vote daily. I had to go for a traditional gingerbread house today though. It just spoke to me. No idea whose creation it is and I think that I might have given the only vote for it. But, yes, your ingenuity is awesome. The flamingos are so cool and I love the M&M garland the tree … the tree is so cute! If your Little Man is patient, that’s a big blessing in itself. Last, the cookies look and sound great! I have all the ingredients, too. 😉

    Counting my blessings including having you as an online and real life friend!


    • Thank you so much, Shirley! I feel the same way about you. Was talking with Nicola the other night about you. The same ol’ stuff. You’re wonderful. The GF mom. Etc. Too bad we live on opposite ends of the country. 🙁

      Don’t worry too much about voting for me. Looks like the traditionals are winning. but that’s ok. I don’t need an iTouch anyway. I’m just a competitive person. 😉

      Tia 😛

  4. Hey Tia – Thanks for linking these up with 12 Days of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies! Can I have some of the M & Ms too?

    • Glad I had something to link up. Not a big cookie recipe maker. But, as fas as the M&M’s go, uh…Sorry. They are already gone. I love M&M’s. 😉


  5. This looks like a wonderful recipe! A pleasant surprise that there is no oil. I am going to try it with blackstrap molasses. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Megan,

      I never even thought about the fact that there is no oil. Good observation. This is how much of a baker I am not. I can’t remember if I used blackstrap molasses or not.. Should be good, though.

      Tia 😛

  6. Youyr gf cookies look great but your gf trailer looks amazing & awesome too!

    Waw!! Now, I would like to savour at least 4 cookies, dear Tia,…thanks!

    • Thank you, Sophie! I feel I could have done better, but isn’t that always the way. 😉

      The cookies are great. I have to blame, I mean thank, my step-MIL for that one. (I eat too many.)

      Tia 😛

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Oh, that sounds nice. I really like baking with the Little Man. It’s just so much fun.

      Tia 😛

  7. Love the idea of a gingerbread trailer! I like your new site! 🙂 Everything about it suits you better, I think. It’s snazzy. 😉

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Zoe,

      Thank you, so much on both accounts. Snazzy! I like that word.

      Tia 😛

  8. I think your gingerbread trailer is awesome! Those cookies sound pretty yummy too. I may have to try them with another nut flour …. hmm, and brown rice flour, I don’t have the white on hand. Should probably get some.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Alisa,

      Thank you! I like to be different. It’s not getting many votes. But those who vote for it like to leave a big comment about it. That’s kind of fun. Let me know how the cookies work with other flours, if you make them. I would love to know.

      Tia 😛

  9. I love your picture and your gingerbread trailer. I totally would have voted for it, but now I’m too late. I’ll link to your ginger cake cookies next week.