Gluten Free Gingerbread Men
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Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

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Serves 1 - 12 Biscuits

Delicious, gluten free gingerbread men who taste like they should!

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  • 225g rice flour (plus extra for dusting the work top)
  • 125g gram flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g butter
  • 175g dark soft brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 egg
  • icing sugar, water and decorations


    1. In a food processor combine the flours, xanthan gum, spices and bicarbonate of soda. Whizz the ingredients to mix them thoroughly. Add the butter and process again till the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and process again.
    2. Add the golden syrup and egg and process until the mixture starts to come together. Tip out onto a (rice) floured surface and form the dough into a smooth ball. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
    3. Take out the fridge and roll to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use a gingerbread man cutter (or any cutter you like) and cut out as many shapes as you can, re-rolling the left overs to use it all up.
    4. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Line a baking sheet with non stick baking parchment (reusable is best) and bake the cookies for approx 12 minutes until nicely browned but not burnt. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 mins then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. While the biscuits are cooling, mix some icing sugar with enough water to make a fairly stiff icing, adding food colouring if you wish. We decorate ours with smartie buttons (the Aldi equivilant are GF and jelly belly beans work well too). Decorate as you please. Now watch them disappear!!
    6. Taken from my blog

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15th Oct, 2018
Worked perfectly! The dough held its shape really well and it tastes great :-) I'll be using it again regularly!
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Chantal de Lescure
15th Dec, 2017
I can't believe this recipe has so few reviews! It's EXCELLENT. As someone who has wheat allergies it's little things you miss the most, like enjoying gingerbread men during the holiday season! We've made this recipe twice now and follow it exactly as written. (We'll be making it again today!) It's perfect every time. The cookies are delicious and no one ever know that they are gluten-free. I highly recommend them!
7th Sep, 2017
Was slightly concerned that the mixture was too dry to make a dough but I persevered and it did make a lovely soft dough that was easy to work with. It made lovely biscuits and, as catstuart said, you would never know they were gluten free.
14th Sep, 2014
Fabulous recipe that makes easy to roll and cut shapes of gingerbread that also don't break easily when you transfer them to cooling rack. My daughter would have preferred a stronger ginger flavour but they were perfect for me. I loved the slightly crunchy outside but softer middle, when I cooked them for a minute or two longer I got a more snappy biscuit so experiment with times slightly to get your preference. Would highly recommend using this recipe. You would never know they were gluten free!
5th Jan, 2014
Great recipe. We made a house from it and it was perfectly sturdy! Really yummy too. You would never know it was gluten free.
Mrs Doodles
12th Nov, 2013
Great recipe turns out like 'regular' gingerbread men and a big hit with my coeliac husband! Just tweeked the recipe slightly by adding an extra half teaspoon of both ginger for flavour (we love the taste!) and xanthan gum (for binding) and also altered cooking time to 10.5 minutes in total for our oven. Overall a great success :0)
9th Jun, 2018
What kind of rice flour are people using? I've got Holland and Barret's "Brill Brown Rice Flour" and am off out to hunt for white. Seen tips online about mixing them and other gingerbread recipes specifically asking for brown only. Thanks!
18th Feb, 2015
Hi, gram flour is also called besan flour and is made from ground chickpeas :-) x
5th Oct, 2014
I'm in Canada. What's "gram" flour?? thx
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