Special Diet - Created Date : 23.9.2019
Big & Chewy Paleo Gingerbread Cookies
Big soft and chewy Paleo Gingerbread Cookies that you won’t be able to stop eating! No one will know these delicious ginger cookies are Paleo. Perfect for a healthy Christmas/winter holiday cookie!
With Thanksgiving finally behind me (felt like I prepped since August!) I’m saying BYE BYE to pumpkin and HELLO to a whole lot of cookies. In fact, beginning today I’m bombarding you with at least 3 Paleo cookie recipes – please consider this your warning. But don’t be scared – be exited!
I know – you’re still working on Thanksgiving leftovers – I am too. BUT! December begins in a hot minute and it’s time to bake cookies. Warm, chewy, soft sweet cookies. I’m pretty happy about it if you couldn’t tell, since baking cookies is far easier than baking pies!
To be totally honest I only break out the molasses this time of year – no matter how much I’m reminded that I LOVE it once I use it – it just doesn’t feel right after the holidays are over. Big, soft and chewy ginger cookies have always been my favorite – way better than crunchy ginger snaps or plain sugar cookies in my opinion!
Prior to Paleo, my favorite ginger cookie recipe came from Allrecipes. I remember years ago when my girls were 3 and 22 months, we made these cookies on the floor of our kitchen because they wanted to help me roll the cookie dough in sugar. Even back then, Emily was a total sugar monster and had that job completely owned at not-even-2-years-old. We’ve graduated to sitting on chairs now, and, of course a healthier, grain free and Paleo version that’s seriously tasty and very addicting!
Last year, I made similar Paleo ginger molasses cookies, but, I wanted to see if I could get these cookies to be even bigger and chewier, because who doesn’t love a challenge like that? I’m constantly trying to improve my cookie recipes by tweaking little things – and not complaining at all about getting to eat all my experiments.
The combination of an egg + egg yolk instead of 2 eggs, no stir almond butter (which I find lends to chewier Paleo cookies in general) and the right combo of molasses/coconut sugar makes these cookies extra special in my opinion. You also get enough dough to make a dozen BIG cookies, which obviously is essential if you want to put BIG in your title. Which I do. Big cookies are better cookies, always.
Lastly, since we use only coconut flour, you’ll need to be careful to measure precisely and then allow the dough to sit and chill after mixing, since coconut flour is dense, expands a whole lot and needs some time to “set”.
Also, you can definitely adjust the spices a bit to suit your preference – I added a whole tsp of ground ginger which added a decent amount of “spice” so feel free to experiment to suit your taste. Other than that? I KNOW you’re going to love these cookies! Let’s start baking!
Big & Chewy Paleo Gingerbread Cookies
Big & Chewy Paleo Gingerbread Cookies
Big Chewy Paleo Gingerbread Cookies that are easy to make, delicious, addicting and no one will know they're Paleo! Perfect as a Christmas cookie or for anytime.
Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl, whisk (or use an electric mixer to combine) the egg, egg yolk, almond butter and coconut oil until smooth. Add the molasses, coconut sugar, and vanilla and continue to mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, combine the coconut flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients until fully combined - the dough will be sticky. Chill dough in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until it thickens and can be easily scooped.
Use a cookie scoop or rounded spoon to scoop the dough in heaping tbsps on the parchment paper, then gently flatten and sprinkle with coconut sugar if desired.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes until tops crack, don't overbake - cookies will become firmer and chewier as they cool. Cool completely on wire racks and enjoy!
What’s your all time favorite holiday cookie?
Were you ever an Allrecipes junkie like me?
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Thanks for the recipe. I am going to be attending a healthy collie exchange party soon and this recipe sounds great to try out. A couple of questions…Can I use regular molasses instead of Blackstrap molasses?
What is the difference between the two?
Can salted almond butter be used, or would the cookies be too salty? I buy salted almond butter for eating but will buy some unsalted for this recipe if you think the salted would negatively affect the taste.
I don’t think I’ve used salted almond butter for baking but I imagine it would change the taste at least a bit depending on the amount needed for the recipe. If you plan to bake with it on a semi regular basis, I’d say get some unsalted for that purpose.
Wow! The big and chewy gingerbread cookies are absolutely perfect! I inhaled three of them before I even took a breath. Am sharing with my GF DF friends so they, too, can enjoy gingerbread for the holidays. Thank you for your great recipes!
I’m going through a bunch of your recipes and saw these beauties. Glad to know they worked out as gingerbread men as an option and thought they could also be great as a pie crust for Pumpkin pie! Regardless, I can’t wait to try these out. I just love your blog!
I haven’t tried it with all liquid sweetener so I think the dry ingredients would need to be tweaked just a bit. if you want to try maple, I’d add 3 Tbsp instead of the full 1/4 cup and increase the coconut flour by 2 tsp. This is a total guess based on how I might test it myself, so I can’t promise the outcome. You also might need to chill for a bit longer before baking since the dough will be stickier.
Yes that would be fine! Just a note – sunflower butter can turn baked goods green when it interacts with baking soda in the oven. Not harmful at all, just a quirk, and it might not be as noticeable since these are darker in color ??
Made these with sunflower butter, they turned out horrible. I don’t think the oil is right to substitute. I have made many batches of other GF cookies with almond butter that turned out fab, so when I tried the sunflower recipe I was truly Disappointed. I will review when I follow the recipe using almond butter. Oh and yes they were green!
So I am crazy…I like my gingerbread cookies barely sweet and SUPER spicy….so I tried this with only the molasses and left out the coconut sugar (without doubling the molasses or adding honey or something like that). And, I put > a tsp of ground ginger, plus about a teaspoon of grated fresh ginger, and a bit of black pepper! So tasty! It may have been leaving out the coconut sugar, but mine came out super fluffy! So delicious! I like this better than my old GF (but not grain free) recipe…but I may try chilling the dough overnight to see if the coconut flour texture is less noticeable (for the skeptics – I don’t care at all!)
Excited because I make molasses cookies every year, but we are eating much cleaner this year, plus we have a constant issue with severe food allergies, so it would be great to find a recipe we can ALL eat. That being said, we have peanut, tree nut, and seed allergies in the family. I know it won’t be paleo anymore, but how do you think Wowbutter would do (soy “butter”) in this recipe? I’m going to try!!!
My start up is already thinking about the holidays (so we can make sure we have a lot of great content in time for December) and I wanted to see if you would be comfortable with us sharing your recipe on a blog post. We provide education for individuals who have chronic conditions and benefit from avoiding inflammatory foods in their diets and I think these cookies are a perfect alternative!
These cookies are so good! Just the right amount of chewy and taste so good. My kids love them too–other gingerbread cookie recipes I’ve tried have been too strong for them so these are perfect for kids. Really easy to make as well. Thanks for the great recipe!
I made these and they flattened out to fill the tray! Did I overmix? Would leaving the dough in the cold help? I’m in Aus and it is so hot at Christmas that the dough was going gooey as I put it on the tray, so would I need to wait until it’s nearly solid before scooping it?
I made these cookies for my paleo boyfriend. He LOVES soft gingerbread cookies. They were AMAZING!!!! He asked that I don’t give them away to coworkers because he wants to eat them all. HAHA!! I used Justins Cinnamon Almond Butter and they made the cookies extra delicious.
[…] Use this recipe for the “sandwich” portion of the pies. It is a recipe for gingerbread cookies but seriously tastes and feels like Little Debbie’s oatmeal cream pies. The only thing I did differently was that I did not flatten them, they spread A LOT in the oven and the batch that I flattened turned out reaallyyy flat. […]
Hi! I’m so happy you stopped by! My name is Michele and I’m a Paleo eater and recipe creator, runner, mom of 3, and the gal behind Paleo Running Momma! Over here you’ll find real-food, clean eating family favorites that you’ll be excited to share with your loved ones. I hope you stay awhile, eat, savor, and enjoy!
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