Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe

Gluten free gingerbread

Gluten free gingerbread

Gluten Free Gingerbread is really hard to make. I’ve tried and tested a lot of different recipes over the years and had some EPIC fails. But this year was MY YEAR! I did it. I made The Best Gluten Free Gingerbread. Can you see how excited I am about this? With all those Capital letters?! I love these sweet little decorated cookies, with their spicy bite. Don’t get me started on the smell as they bake, the whole house fills with Christmas.

Gluten free gingerbread men

Gluten free gingerbread men

This year I actually used an existing recipe and replaced the flour for gluten free flour. Its from Taste, its their Gingerbread Men recipe. I’ll list it below with the gluten free inclusion but I’ll also share some tips I worked out to make this easier to do. The nature of gluten free can sometimes be difficult to deal with. It doesn’t have the elastin properties wheat flour does. But there are ways! It’s totally worth the little bit of extra work because it the best gluten free gingerbread you’ve ever had. Trust me!

Gluten Free Gingerbread


  • Melted butter, to grease
  • 125g butter, at room temperature
  • 100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) golden syrup or treacle
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 375g (2 1/2 cups) plain Gluten Free flour (I use white wings)
  • 1 tbs ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda


Beat butter and sugar in bowl until creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk. When combined add dry ingredients, Gluten Free flour, ginger, mixed spice, and bicarb soda. When combined it should form a very thick and elastic dough. It doesn’t need much working just scrape it out onto clingwrap (you’ll probably need a metal knife this is a strong sticky dough). Form into a flat disk and put it in the fridge.

The key to working with this dough is COLD. Lots of fridge time. I’ve even put it in the freezer let it defrost a little and worked with it from there. Put it in the fridge until its hard, so probably an hour. Once cold I cut the disk into quarters and work with each quarter leaving the rest in the fridge.

Preheat your oven to 180C. Roll the dough out between two sheet of baking paper until 3-4mm thick and about the size of your baking tray. Peel off the top baking paper only. I then use my cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the dough the distance I’d like them to be on the tray. Then carefully remove all the excess dough revealing the cookies how they’ll be cooked. Lift the baking paper sheet with the cookies (do not lift individual cookies or you’ll end up with elasto-gingerbread-man) onto the tray and place it all in the fridge for another 5-10minutes.

I use this process because the gingerbread is very stretchy and elastic, if you add more flour to dry it out it will just be a crumbly cracked mess, this makes a very delicious cookie that holds together very well and shouldn’t be dry or crumbly.

After cooling. Place the cookies in the oven for 5-10minutes. or until golden and cooked to your liking. I found 5-7 gives a softer gingerbread man, 7-8 worked perfectly in my oven and 10 produced a very crisp and very brown cookie. Just watch your first batch carefully to see how you’d like yours to turn out.

Let them cool for at least 30mins before decorating. You’ll note that I’ve used Cachous and mini MnM’s in some of my decorating. If you live in Australia they are not gluten free, but if you live in the US they are. My husband and neighbours are about to get lucky! Don’t worry, there are others I decorated purely gluten free for me to eat while I’m present wrapping! You can find lots of fun gluten free decorating shapes and 100’s and 1000’s in the baking isle at Coles. The mini heart ‘buttons’ are gluten free.

Decorate your Gluten Free Gingerbread

Decorate your Gluten Free Gingerbread

Store in an airtight container or they will go soft. They still taste good like this but you’ll end up with some amputees!

Gluten Free Christmas Gingerbread

Gluten Free Christmas Gingerbread

These are so good you can even pack them up and give them to all your friends, even those who dont eat gluten free! They wont be able to tell the difference!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Christmas Gifts

Gluten Free Gingerbread Christmas Gifts


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10 Responses to “Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe”

  1. Chantel Sutton Says:

    Ive been trying to do the gluten free gingerbread for my nephew for chiristmas im following all hints but still my cookies are turning into just blobs on the tray once baked! is there something ive missed?7 very frustrating!

    • sweetunwrappinglife Says:

      Chantel, hmmm thats strange, maybe your oven isn’t hot enough or it could be the gluten free flour you’re using. You need a quite fine dry flour, dont use one with a bean flour in it they tend to be too moist. White Wings GF blend is made of maize and potato mostly, its very fine, almost resembles talcom powder. Let me know if any of that is helping? I also think if you make extra sure they dough is cold. I have found the warmer the dough the more they tend to loose shape. Good luck!

  2. Felicity Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe- I’ve spent a while trying to track down a simple gluten free recipe for gingerbread men and I tried your recipe yesterday and decorated then with my younger cousins yesterday and everyone loved the taste of them and said you couldn’t tell they were gluten free! So I can’t wait to make gingerbread houses next with this recipe- soooo delicious!
    Thank you!!

  3. Rachel Sowinski Says:

    I made these on the weekend as we have alot of people at work that are gluten intolerant, these have gone down a treat. and really quite easy to make.

  4. Vanessa Says:

    Can’t wait to try these for my girls! I have been looking everywhere to get a good gluten free gingerbread recipe as I want to make a gingerbread house with them. It is SO hard to find good sweet gluten free recipes like these!

    • sweetunwrappinglife Says:

      Hey Vanessa, good luck with them. I dont know how long they’ll last as a gingerbread house. Maybe try cooking them a couple of minutes more so they are quite crunchy. I know when I’ve left the cookies out overnight they become very soft and crumbly. But hey, worst case senario, once you’ve decorated you’ll just have to eat it straight away! Claire 🙂

  5. shea Says:

    hi i was just wondering is there any wy to stop the ginger bread getting soft when you leave it out as i am planing on making a house and want to serve it on christmas day any thing you could tell me?

  6. Vicki Says:

    Used your recipe to make a gluten free gingerbread house! Success, thank you very much.

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