Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wheat and Gluten-free Organic Gingerbread Cookies Recipe


I am totally thrilled by this recipe-- it rolls out great and the house smells like Christmas as the cookies bake, and then, of course, they taste delicious.  I got it from the Veganchef.com but I made some adjustments-- I did not use any baking soda and increased the baking powder to 3 T. and therefore left out the salt (I'm a low salt eating plan).  I used some essential oils instead of all dry spices.  I substituted extra virgin coconut oil for the safflower oil called for in the original recipe.  I also used a great silicone sheet that meant the cookies did not stick as they cooked and popped off nicely.  You can search on the Veganchef.com site for the original recipe if you want a more traditional take. :

2 cups organic brown rice flour
1 1/2 cups arrowroot powder
1 1/2 cups amaranth flour
3 T. organic baking powder
2 t. organic cinnamon
10 drops Young Living Ginger Essential Oil
5   drops Young Living Nutmeg Essential Oil
5   drops Young Living Clove Essential Oil
1 1/2 cups Organic Cane Sugar
1/2 cup organic applesauce
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, melted in a cup in a bowl of hot water
1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
2 T. vanilla
coconut oil, for oiling cookie sheets or you can use a silicone sheet on top of a pizza pan like I did-- no extra oil needed and the cookies don't stick at all.

Decorator's Frosting
 
In bowl or VitaMix (what I did), combine together the brown rice flour, arrowroot, amaranth flour, baking powder, and cinnamon,  and set aside. Pour into a small bowl (if you are using the VitaMix).  Place the remaining "wet" ingredients in the VitaMix and combine. Pour into a large bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover the bowl, place it in the refrigerator, and chill the dough for 1 hour or more.  (I left mine overnight in my cool sideroom).   Using a little oil, lightly oil (or mist with oil) two non-stick cookie sheets and set aside. Sprinkle a little arrowroot over a work surface (I didn't bother with this step). Divide the chilled dough into quarters, work with only one quarter of the dough at a time, and keep the remaining dough covered and chilled until needed. Working in batches, roll out the quarter of dough to 1/4-inch thickness, and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Carefully transfer the cut cookies to the prepared cookie sheet. Bake them at 350 degrees for 6 minutes (the cookies will feel slightly soft to the touch). Allow them to cool on the cookie sheets for 3 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely. Repeat the rolling and cutting-out procedure for the remaining cookie dough. Store the cookies in an airtight container.
To make Gingerbread People: Cut the dough using a person-shaped cookie cutter. Carefully transfer the cut cookies to the prepared cookie sheets...
To make Glazed Gingerbread Cookies: Cut cookies as desired and bake as directed above. Prepare the Decorator's Frosting and use it to decorate the completely cooled cookies, as desired. Allow the frosting to set completely before transferring the cookies to an airtight container.
Yield: 3 - 4 Dozen

*If you wish to order food-safe Young Living Essential Oils using my sponsor #, go to Young Living.com and provide #607652 and my name, Ind. Distributor Cynthia Zirkwitz.


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Disclaimer:This blog reflects my own personal beliefs about the health benefits of being gluten-free. I am not a Medical or Health Care professional and any information or products contained in this blog are not meant to replace your responsibility to consult with the appropriate health care provider about your own circumstances and concerns.



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