This week my kids and I had a contest who could design the best gingerbread house.
My tried and true recipe is one I make every year, and it tastes sooo good PLUS it's dairy free and gluten free, as I have an allergy to those ingredients. I have included the recipe below.
For my private, semi-private, and group class clients, I thought you all would get a chuckle at this coffee mug I found online:
Funny eh? My sets of ten normally turn into sets of 12...15...18 :D
It seems I am not alone with my struggle of ten, lol!
Dairy Free and Gluten Free Gingerbread Recipe
0.5 cup Brown sugar
0.25 cup almond butter
3 tbsp molasses
0.25 cup earth balance
0.75 tsp ground ginger
0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
0.25 tsp salt
0.5 tsp baking soda
0.5 cup quinoa flour
0.5 cup oat flour
0.5 cup buckwheat flour
In a large mixing bowl, add egg, softened butter, molasses, almond butter, brown sugar, salt, spices, baking soda and beat on low with a mixer, or vigorously whisk.
Add gluten free flours to the wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon. Stir until well combined. Your dough should hold its shape when pressed, but not feel dry.
Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (preferably overnight).
Once chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees (176 C). Carefully roll out dough to a little thicker than 1/8 inch between two sheets of plastic wrap or parchment/wax paper, generously sprinkling the bottom layer and the top of the dough with flour before rolling. You don't want it too thin (1/4 inch thick) or they'll be too crisp.
Next, use a lightly floured spatula to carefully transfer the cookies to a baking sheet, working quickly. Leave 2 inches for spreading.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they appear only slightly browned on the edges. They'll continue firming up as they sit on the pan. Let rest on the pan for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Now though I bake very yummy gluten free and dairy free goodies I am not known for my design skills! Also, my dog stole part of my roof so I had to use a Christmas tree cookie instead, which in the end I thought was a cool addition :)