Nothing says Christmas baking like the taste of gingerbread! These gluten free chocolate dipped gingersnaps are a keeper!
Gingerbread cookies are always such a staple at this time of the year, especially in my family. I love family traditions. My favourite part of Christmas, since I was a child, was getting my grandmas massive tin of homemade cookies.
Opening up that tin to release all the smells of Christmas joy was always such a warming feeling. She would make everything from a regular gingerbread cookie to sweet caramel cookie squares.
These traditions are definitely ones I want to carry on to my children, and their children… soooo Mom, start baking!!!! hehe
Have you ever wonder what is actually in a gingerbread cookie? Is it raw ginger? is it bread? I actually had no idea until the day I sat down to create my own recipe for it.
Gingerbread cookies are usually just a broad term for cookies that are flavoured with cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon. They can be hard or soft, big or small.. they can even make cute little houses or scary looking men.
How ever you like your gingerbread, you have to try it dipped in chocolate!
These gluten free chocolate dipped gingersnaps are by far the best thing ever. Not trying to brag or anything.. but I basically am. These were such a hit in my house. Even Dylan ate them!! SAY WHAT?! That is of course after he inhaled half a pizza.. but hey who am I to judge! I wish I could eat like him and still keep a fit figure like that!
Unfortunately I have to keep working on my bride bod this Christmas season.. need to limit my cookie intake and TRY to eat healthy. My goal is to eat healthy ALL holiday season, then have a cheat meal on actual Christmas Day. I think thats a fair goal for myself! Besides I love cooking and baking for other people more then I like cooking for myself. I will probably bake a ton of cookies and pass them out to whoever is brave enough to try my “healthy” treats hehe
Although all my baking is gluten and dairy free, making it healthy in my opinion.. doesn’t mean you should go ahead and eat the entire batch yourself in one sitting. You still need to eat in moderation. Just because something is labelled as a HEALTHIER OPTION, doesn’t mean you won’t gain weight from consuming them.
I made this mistake back in the day when I started making vegan cheesecake, like my Chocolate Cheesecake Cups.. When I first discovered how delicious these were I made them all the time and would eat one (or two opps) after dinner every night.. Soon I started gaining a few pounds and I couldn’t understand why. SO I went back to eating my usual diet, minus the delicious vegan cheesecake and then BOOM the weight was back off.. Sure just so your aware, you still need to watch how much you eat of these “healthy” baking desserts!
These gluten free chocolate dipped gingersnaps are basically the perfect combination.
Christmas + Chocolate = Heaven.
For these gluten free chocolate dipped gingersnaps you will need:
- Coconut flour
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Ginger spices (see recipe index at end of post)
- Coconut oil
- Maple Syrup
- Cute Festive Sprinkles
And some other but not as important ingredients! You will also need a food processor or a heavy duty blender to turn your almonds into a nice fluffy flour!
You can always opt out of the fun sprinkles but I find that they just really turn this recipe into a Christmas recipe. You could make plain Jane (no offence to Janes) cookies any day of the year, but adding in the colours of Christmas really spark the spirit of Christmas.
Anyways enough ranting.. lets just jump right into the recipe. If you have any questions regarding these gluten free chocolate dipped gingersnaps, leave it in the comments below or just fire me off an email. I’m happy to help!
Now go stuff your face with these gluten free chocolate dipped gingersnaps!!
- 1 cup whole unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flour
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 cup dark chocolate (dairy free) chocolate chips
- Christmas sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Set aside
- Blend almonds in a blender or food processor until it becomes a flour. Add this flour to a medium bowl with coconut four, baking soda, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Mix all together until well combined.
- Add the coconut oil, egg, maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla to your flour bowl. Mix until a even dough forms.
- Cover the bowl with a lid or wrap, then place in fridge for 20-30 minutes.
- Roll out dough very thin and cut out cookies (no cookie cutter? use the lid of a mason jar). Lay out on baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
- While cookies cool, melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave or heat on a stove.*
- Take each cookie and dip into the melted chocolate and place back on the parchment paper. Spread sprinkles. Place cookie tray into freezer for 20 minutes.
- *If the chocolate becomes clumpy, add some coconut oil to it to smooth the chocolate out.