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Grain-Free Spice Cookies :: Christmas Cookie Exchange

One of my all-time favorite cookies at Christmas, or anytime, is a molasses or ginger snap cookie. Because our family tries to adhere to a grain-free diet, I’ve put together this grain-free spice cookie recipe that is not only grain-free, but can be adapted to suit most any diet.

Go grab your napkins because you are about to start salivating at all the wonderful Christmas cookies recipes you are about to see. I have a wonderful opportunity to join up with a group of ladies that are some of the best DIYers  including in the kitchen.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now, before I get started you might be wondering why we are “grain free”.  I honestly would love to be a foodie blogger because I could fill your head with all sorts of information on your gut and how it is your second brain, but to save a little time (like hours) I will give you a snippet.  (You can read more about my family here)

INFORMATION

Everything we put into our bodies makes us who we are, and our body can only make use of what we put in if we have good (or friendly) bacteria in our gut and maintain a healthy gut ecosystem.

My family has dealt with numerous digestive trials and I have learned how to prepare & eat fermented, cultured, and nutritious foods that have given us back our health, starting with our gut.  We try to follow a GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) protocol, which is very similar to SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet), that nurtures you from the inside out.

Do cookies aid in that repair?  Not at all, the empty carbohydrates lacking nutritional value only feed the bad guys living in your guy.  However, a healthier snack is better than a junky one, and besides that, who can have Christmas without cookies?

RECIPE

So off we go to make some grain-free, easier to digest cookies.

Let’s bake!  (printable version)

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of the wonders of the gluten-free/grain free world is how to cook with these funky flours.  I mean, the texture just isn’t like wheat and can really look unappealing at times.  A secret to mimicking that texture is to use arrowroot powder.  That stuff is so versatile from baking to natural bath & body care.  It allows us to use almond flour, coconut flour, and gluten free flour and get us a cookie that, well…looks like a cookie.

TIPS

In this recipe I used almond flour (Bob’s Red Mill– or sometimes called “almond meal”), but you can also use coconut (Tropical Traditions), or sunflower seed flour.   You just want to make sure the almond flour is the blanched kind, which means it has been processed in a way that removed the phytic acid that is detrimental to your health, particularly your teeth.  (I told you I could fill your head!)

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Normally I would have assembled these cookies as my recipe states, but in haste we dumped everything in the stand mixer – whoops.
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 It’s called the “hurry-the-baby-is-sleeping” method.  Ah well. They turned out just fine, but really you should follow the steps to get a good cookie.

BEST OF TIMES

A memory I have as a child: When my parents would take us out on Saturday early to get errands done in a nearby city.  We would stop to visit my grandma and one of my parents would run to get doughnuts from a local bakery.  They would ask what we’d like, and I would always say a mule ear.  I can’t stand doughnuts, but those molasses mule ear cookies were the best. sigh…

So because of that I love using spices like ginger, cinnamon, and allspice in my cookie recipes.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
We source most of our ingredients from a local Mennonite bulk food store and our local farmers.  Take a look at your eggs.  Your egg yolks should be so orange they’re almost glowing, not pale yellow like the ones in most grocery stores.

GOT CHICKEN?

I’d raise chickens myself if my city would allow it.  I even called the mayor to ask, and he seemed to think I was crazy.  I told him I could hear a rooster at the city park down our street so someone had to have chickens. He told me to tell him where, to which I replied politely, “You can go down there and hear it for yourself, if you’d like.”  I wasn’t about to snitch.

A neighboring city to ours allows you to have hens, but not a rooster (did you know you don’t need a rooster to get eggs?), hopefully our city will catch on to that idea or we’ll get to move soon.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

This is how your cookies will look once placed on the baking sheet. As mentioned above, it’s better to refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes to firm them up. ‘They will have a consistency similar to a no-bake cookie.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once they’re done baking and have cooled, use a piece of paper to lay on the cookie halfway and dust the exposed side with confectioner’s sugar.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DECORATE

Let’s add some festive embellishments. Put about 3 tablespoons of confectioner’s sugar in a small bowl. Then add a few drops of milk to create a pasty consistency.  Then drop a small amount near the  edge of the cookie as shown.
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grab a couple dried cranberries and press them into that dab of confectioner’s sugar.
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 My kids had a blast decorating, especially the dusting part.Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAnd then you’re done!
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My daughter couldn’t wait to snatch one up.  I told her she’ll be singing, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth…”

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Happy baking!  I wish you and your family the best holiday season ever.

Grain Free Holiday Christmas Spice Cookie Recipe for Gut Health, GAPS SCD by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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Comments

  1. Vanessa says

    These look so good. I love spiec and its gluten free which is great. Thanks for sharing and I am pinning.

  2. Mary Beth says

    Oh, Larissa, these look so tasty and your little helpers are adorable!

  3. [email protected] says

    I can only imagine how happy your kids are when it is cookie baking time. It’s great that you created a cookie that fits in with your family’s diet needs.

  4. Cathy Carroll says

    These are so pretty and look so delicious. I love cookie baking day with my grandkids – so much fun and it looks like your little ones are enjoying it a lot. Cathy

  5. hippie_mom says

    Thanks for the gluten free suggestion! We have Celiac so I am always looking for new gluten free recipes!

  6. Shell says

    Love your presentation in your photos of the grain free spice cookies! They are going to be on the list of recipes to try this season! So happy to join you on the 2014 Christmas Cookie Exchange. Happy Thanksgiving. Michelle @ Dandelion Patina

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