Sugar Free Gingerbread Men cookie recipe

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This recipe will impress your family and friends this Christmas. A perfect edible Christmas gift for teachers or to I have also included a nut Free version of the ginger bread man recipe which I used sunflower seeds to make a “Sun flour”.
You can have some fun decorating your gingerbread men cookies into any design you wish, the icing is simple, just desiccated coconut blended until it forms a glossy white liquid which hardens once cooled. I use this in many recipes, called Coconut Butter, for steps on how to make it look within this recipe.

The decorations are the same all natural fruits, seeds and nuts used in the Colourful Christmas Balls recipe.

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Sugar Free Gingerbread Men cookie recipe

By November 28, 2013

Sugar Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free Gingerbread Men cookies complete with Sugar Free Icing and all natural decorations with a nut free version too.

Prep Time : 01h 30min. Cook Time : 15-20 minutes Yield : 20 Allergens : , , , ,

Rating 4.8 stars - based on 5 review(s)


  • For the Cookies
  • Almonds - 250g whole alonds or almond meal. If you are Nut free use Sunflower seeds
  • Butter - 50g
  • Blackstrap Molasses - 1 teaspoon - Spiral Foods brand is only 10% natural sugar, avoid most other brands
  • Rice Syrup - 1 Tablespoon
  • Natvia - 1 Tablespoon (none of our recipes have that Stevia after taste as only small amounts are used)
  • Egg - 1 XL
  • Vanilla Extract - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Powdered Ginger - 2 teaspoons
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon
  • Nutmeg - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - 2 Large pinches
  • Egg White - Whisked to brush over cookies
  • For the Icing
  • Coconut Butter - See link below to very simple way to prep it yourself with desiccated coconut or buy Spiral foods coconut paste sachets from Asian aisle at Woolies
  • For the decorations (optional)
  • Pepitas - 1 Tablespoon (makes Green colour)
  • Pistachio - 1 Tablespoon (makes Green colour)
  • Goji Berries - 2 Tablespoons (ground to make red colour)
  • Flax seed meal - 1 Tablespoon (is a pale Yellow colour)


  • In your food processor or high speed blender process the almonds (or sunflower seeds if nut free) on high speed until they turn into a flour then keep processing until the flour starts to release oils and starts to get sticky, if you start with almond meal instead of whole almonds, this wont take long but is an important step as you need to release the oils from the nuts
  • Add all remaining cookie ingredients and bring the dough together on a medium speed
  • Roll the dough out to about 1/2cm thick between 2 pieces of baking paper or use a silicon pastry mat - the dough will be too wet and sticky to roll out directly with the rolling pin
  • Lay the rolled cookie dough in the freezer for an hour or a few hours in the fridge, the butter and other oils will need to harden to enable you to successfully cut out and transfer your cookie shapes, you can also roll the cookie dough into a log if you want to cut circle cookies
  • Once the dough is firm, cut out your desired Christmas shapes, I used stars, Christmas trees, Candy cane and Gingerbread Men
  • Using a pastry brush, lightly coat each cookie with whisked egg white to give a gloss to the finished cookie
  • Bake in a preheated 170C oven (fan forced), you will have close to 2 trays of cookies
  • After about 15 minutes check the cookies, they need to be gently brown on the edges, they may need a few more minutes depending on the thickness
  • Cool cookies completely on a wire rack and prepare your icing and decorations
  • Prepare the green decorations by processing the pepitas and pistachio until a fine crumb
  • Prepare your red sprinkles by processing the goji berries until they are a red crumb
  • If you need yellow, the Golden flaxmeal is a pale yellow colour which I used for the star on top of the Christmas tree
  • For the Icing, I almost always have Coconut Butter on hand as you have to make a large amount and I use it in many things, see the steps on how to make it within this recipe or buy some from a heath food shop or Woolworths Asian aisle have coconut paste sachets which is the same thing (processed desiccated coconut until liquid which sets hard) these sachets can be handy too...anyway if you are making it now, the easy steps are within this recipe
  • Warm up some Coconut butter until liquid again, using a toothpick decorate your gingerbread men with the liquid coconut butter
  • Sprinkle some of your green or red decorations on top (or use a toothpick to place)
  • Leave the decorated gingerbread cookies in the fridge for the icing to set, the icing will stay on fine when left out of fridge for a while but best to store cold to prevent the coconut butter warming up and sliding off
  • The kids adored these beautiful treats and they will make gorgeous Christmas party treats or gifts, a very healthy surprise for an unhealthy time of year
  • I gave one more edible Christmas gift idea to show you so sign up to newsletter below if you are keen to check it out
  • Enjoy xoxSha
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5 Responses to Sugar Free Gingerbread Men cookie recipe

  1. Debs

    How long do these keep for? they look great!

    • Sha

      Hi. They keep for close to a week, store them air tight in the fridge. Enjoy.

  2. Mary

    HI Sha, very excited by this recipe. I am going to do a trial run now and just wondered if there is any good substitute for the molasses, its the one ingredient I don’t have?

    • Sha

      Hi Mary it can be optional (I need to change that above) it gives a brown sugar taste to the cookies. Treacle will also work if you have it, not sugar free but only very small amount used. I found a treacle high in nutrients and about 60% natural sugar so I’m actually using that in the UK while I’m visiting this Christmas.

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