These delicious Gluten Free Christmas Cookies are a satisfyingly soft ginger cookie.
They are a great Christmas treat that is a hit with all ages.
We always make a mix of iced and non-iced to satisfy all tastes.
The plain white icing on the cookies shown give these Christmas cookies a stylish, Scandinavian feel.
However they are also an ideal part of your gluten free Christmas baking to make with children.
Get your kids to select their favourite Christmas cookie cutter shape and personalise the decoration using coloured icing.
When making any of our easy gluten free recipes following a few simple rules will ensure your gluten free Christmas cookies will stay gluten free, we have some easy to follow tips on our Avoiding Gluten page.
4 oz (115g) butter
2 oz (57g) sugar
4 oz (115g) golden syrup
8 oz (225g) plain gluten free flour
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 teaspoons ground ginger (adjust to taste)
milk to mix
Icing sugar and water
Jam (sieved so there are no seeds or fruit pieces). It is best to use a jam that doesn’t have a strong flavor, apricot is ideal.
Food colouring (optional)
1. Pre-heat oven at 375oF, 190oC, gas mark 5.
2. Grease a flat baking tray.
3. Cream the butter ad sugar together.
4. Sieve all the dry ingredients and mix together.
5. Add the egg and syrup to the creamed butter and sugar and stir together.
6. Add the dry ingredients a quarter at a time until mixed, adding some milk at the end to create a soft dough. This dough will be much softer than you can roll out, so wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
7. Remove your dough from the fridge.
Unwrap from the cling film and roll out quickly on a lightly floured board (use your gluten free flour).
Using your preferred cookie cutters cut out your Christmas shapes.
The aim is not to add too much flour back into the mixture. Gluten free flours are best with more liquid so you will get a better flavor if your dough is as soft as possible.
Depending on the complexity of your shape, this may mean compromising a little on achieving the perfect shape in order to get the best flavor.
8. Gently place on your greased baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Make sure there is some distance between your gluten free Christmas cookies since they will spread a bit while cooking.
9. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before removing carefully from your baking sheet onto a cooling tray. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
1. If you are making your own icing - sieve the icing sugar and mix with a little water until you get a stiff paste.
2. Add food colouring to some of the icing if you will be piping additional decoration.
3. If using ready made icing roll it out and cut it into shapes using the same cookie cutters you used for the cookies.
4. Spread a little jam over the top of each gluten free Christmas cookie to be iced. This will ensure the icing sticks to the cookie. Place your cut ready made icing or spread your home made icing over the cookie.
5. Allow the icing to harden before piping on additional decoration.
6. Store in an air tight container in a cool place.
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