Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Not only do these cookies make your kitchen smell amazing, but they taste delicious, and look cute too!  Warm and fresh from the oven, these cookies are infused with the traditional flavors of molasses, ginger, and cinnamon that combine perfectly with a sweet and creamy vanilla frosting.  Also, it’s the perfect recipe to make with kids as they can decorate their own gingerbread men.  Feel free to add creative toppings like gumdrops or chocolate chips for eyes and buttons. These gingerbread babies are almost too cute to eat!

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Gingerbread cookies are definitely a classic treat of the Christmas season.  But traditional gingerbread usually contains gluten, eggs, butter–ingredients that can cause inflammation and intestinal issues. Alternatively, these cookies are dairy-free and gluten free, yet they taste like the real thing! Who doesn’t want a healthier version of a classic Christmas cookie?

Gingerbread Babies with Buttercream
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Dry Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour (GF all purpose flour for gluten free version)
  2. 1 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp. ginger
  5. 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup earth balance
  2. 1/3 cup molasses
  3. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/4 cup of water
  6. 1tbs. blended flax seeds soaked in 3 tbs. water for 10 minutes (or flaxseed meal + the water)
Frosting
  1. 3 cups powdered sugar (organic powdered sugar for vegan version)
  2. 3 tbs. earth balance
  3. 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. dash of sea salt
  5. enough almond milk for desired consistency (about 2 tbs.)
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.  Mix first five wet ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add soaked flaxseeds or flaxseed meal and mix; add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two baking trays with parchment paper.  Roll cookie dough into a ball then flatten onto counter space sprinkled with flour.  Use cookie cutters to cut out gingerbread and add to trays.  Bake for about 10 minutes.  While cookies are cooling, melt earth balance to room temp until it has melted to a soft and creamy consistency; add powdered sugar ingredients and mix until desired frosting consistency forms.  Frost cookies however you'd like. Eat these cute little cookies if you dare. :0
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