Monday, February 7, 2011


We had some get togethers this past weekend where I was responsible for the dessert and I opted for gingersnaps. I actually made gingersnap sandwich cookies but I don't have a picture of the final product. I wasn't sure if I was happy with it or not but after they sat in the refrigerator overnight I decided I was happy with them.

These are easy and taste delicious, as Nicole (a fellow Gluten Freer) stated they taste like real cookies, score! I flattened the cookies with a fork making a cross-wise pattern. This will result in a flat cookie perfect for making cookie sandwiches. If you like your cookies to be chewier and thick (like I usually do) don't flatten them with a fork before baking.

Gingersnaps - Gluten free/Dairy free
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook
2 1/4 C GF flour - I used Gluten Free Mama's
1 t xanthan gum
1 C packed brown sugar
3/4 C shortening
1/4 C molasses
2 eggs
4 pieces sugared ginger, chopped
1 t baking soda
1 t ground ginger
1 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/4 C granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375 F.

In a mixing bowl combine 1/2 of the flour, xanthan gum, brown sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, sugared ginger, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves until combined. Add the remaining flour and stir until thoroughly combined.

Shape the dough into 1 inch balls then roll in the granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are set.

You can stop here and enjoy the cookies as they are or you can make a vanilla filling to make gingersnap cookie sandwiches.

Vanilla filling

1/2 C shortening or Earth Balance (you can use butter here if dairy isn't an issue)
1 3/4 C powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out of it
1 T rice milk, or your favorite milk or milk substitute

Whip the shortening or butter in a mixer until smooth. Add half of the powdered sugar and the vanilla bean seeds mixing well. Add the milk again mixing well. Add the remaining powdered sugar mixing until thoroughly combined and if needed you can add more milk to get your desired consistency.

Spread filling onto the bottom of one cookie then sandwich it with another cookie of the same size. Store in the refrigerator until they are ready to be served, I prefer them at room temp so I'd set them out for 30 minutes or more before eating.


  1. They were amazing! You are an fantastic baker! Nicole

  2. I'm glad they turned out. I sometimes wonder why I try new recipes when I'm sharing them with other people :)

  3. They were fantastic! We aren't limited as to what we can eat, and the only cookie I'd pick over this one is my Grandma's Oatmeal raisin.
    Thanks for bringing them to the Superbowl party! I had to hide them from the kids!

  4. Thanks Aaron! I've got a big head now knowing I'm in second place to your Grandma :) Guess who will be getting more cookies next time I see him?