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Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cookies With Apple Bourbon Frosting

Because I love my gluten-free friends. Because I’m always up to a challenge. Because I suspect that gluten truly isn’t good for any of us, I present thee with a non-gritty, fool-your-friends gingerbread cookie. Complete with apple bourbon frosting. Because if you’re living a gluten-free life, you deserve it.


Cream together:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar


  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground Jamaican allspice (or allspice will work fine)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg

Slowly add:

Preheat oven to 350F. Roll out gluten-free gingery goodness onto a floured surface to about 1/4th of an inch thick. Dough will be firm enough that you may even be able to roll it and cut your cookies out without using more superfine flour. Cut into little 1 1/2 inch circles or your shapes of choice. Bake for about 8 minutes or until done. Allow cookies to cool completely.

The only thing that could make this better is Apple Bourbon Frosting.


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons apple juice (To make your own: Cut 1 apple into small pieces & stir in 1/2 c. white sugar & 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice. Let sit for 1/2 hour. Stir again and use 6 T. juice from apples in place of apple juice.*)
  • 4 tablespoons Jack Daniel’s Black Label Bourbon (Some bourbon may not be gluten-free. This can be replaced with water.)
  • Dash of salt

Stir all frosting ingredients together until smooth. Spread frosting onto cooled cookies.  Allow to dry overnight or for several hours before plating or wrapping. *If you make your own apple juices, you can stir in 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, cook remaining apple pieces & juice (and a little extra water if needed) in a saucepan until apple is softened. Refrigerate and enjoy applesauce later.


Because gluten-free should be grit-free.

Recipe makes about 30 cookies.

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One Response

  1. Dixie Watson

    These look so good, wonder if I could be Gluten -Free !

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