Gluten-free Gingersnaps are a deliciously addictive Christmas cookie that’s super easy to make. My healthy version contains a nice dose of anti-inflammatory ginger. That’s because I’m passionate about creating desserts that taste incredible while containing super foods. My recipes are a win-win for everyone!
Easy Low-Carb Gingersnaps Recipe
These low-carb Gingersnaps are the perfect holiday cookie. My children and I have been baking quite a lot of gluten-free Christmas cookies lately. I find this ginger cookie recipe especially easy to make and so do the boys. That’s why I was asked to prepare it live on Colorado’s “Everyday” Show. The program aired on our local Fox News Station.
- 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
- ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons palm shortening
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut sugar for dipping
- In a small bowl combine almond flour, arrowroot, salt, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon
- In a medium bowl combine shortening, honey, and vanilla
- Mix dry ingredients into wet
- Knead dough by hand, until it comes together
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball
- Briefly dip ball into a small bowl of water
- Roll wet ball in coconut sugar to coat
- Place ball on parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Flatten ball with palm of your hand
- Bake at 350°F for 7-8 minutes
- Cool and serve
Forming the Dough
I’ve made this recipe dozens of times and it comes out perfectly for us! If you live in a dry climate and your dough does not easily come together, feel free to add one extra tablespoon of honey which will do the trick. I haven’t ever had to do this, but want to troubleshoot for you just in case!
Healthy Christmas Cookie Recipes
I went on Twitter recently to ask folks a few questions about the holidays. I was having trouble deciding which cookies are appropriate for Christmas. The verdict was that my Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies are indeed a Christmas treat.
Low-Carb Christmas Cookie Recipes
If you’re looking for other low-carb Christmas cookie recipes you’ll love these!
Watch Me Prepare Gingersnaps on Live TV
Here’s the video to show you how to make my Gingersnaps recipe!
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Hi, Why palm shortening? I heard that it was bad for you. is it? Is there another substitute for it?
K, feel free to experiment with the ingredients of your choice :-)
I subbed butter for Palm shortening. I see many had problems getting them to hold together. I just worked and almost kneaded it. It came together within a few mins of mixing. I am trying to make some healthy cookies for a friend with cancer. These got both my and my hubbies approval. and were gone in a matte of mins :D I think next time I will just add a bit more spice.
Thanks Avril! I’m so happy that you and your husband enjoyed these cookies :-)
These cookies have a great “snap” I am going to make some more, I have substituted butter, and Swerve for the honey, and added 1/4 t. nutmeg, just dab cookies with water while patting down if necessary, these taste awesome! Thanks Elana for another great grain free recipe.
You’re welcome Dawn!
I made these yesterday substituting 3 TBSP butter for the palm shortening. Otherwise exactly as written. Delicious! Fantastic! Helped me resist making that (NYT) stout gingercake recipe that has tons of sugar and flour…Thanks very much!
Thank you! I scrolled down to see what I could replace the shortening with and didn’t have to look very long! Butter sounds PERFECT! Will get my son to make some of these tonight.
Deborah Wilson says
I bake using your wonderful almond flour recipes at least 3X wkly and this is the first recipe I haven’t been happy with. It has way too much vanilla for my liking. No biggie, next time I’ll simply use 1 tsp. as opposed to 1 Tbs. Thanks so much for all your recipe’s, Elana. I’ve been waiting anxiously for your almond flour cookbook to arrive from Amazon.ca and I don’t know what’s taking so long as I usually get their orders within 3 days. Can’t wait to see it!!!
Is it possible to sub coconut oil for palm shortening?
Susie, I haven’t tried that so not sure :-)
I’m going with a teaspoon of vanilla extract – a tablespoon seems way too much.
Keren, we love vanilla :-)
Fred Flinstone says
Did you really mean one tablespoon of vanilla extract?
Fred, yes I discuss it in the video :-)
I loved this recipe!! The only thing problem is that all my cookies stuck to the parchment paper terribly. They tasted great but weren’t really cookies, mostly crumbles :(
Any suggestions to avoid that next time?
Laura, thanks for your comment! This typically happens when coconut flour is used in place of almond flour. For more on that please go here: