Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookie Recipe


Or shall I call them Gingerbread Hazelnut Cookies since they are made primarily with hazelnut flour? Our children have so much fun cutting out and decorating these lovely gluten-free Christmas cookies! Just look at that photo, what is not to love? I am sharing this recipe as part of a wonderful blogging event called Home for the Holidays....Gluten-Free Style hosted by Shirley from gluten-free easily! Twenty-four bloggers were asked to create and share recipes that meant both home and holidays to them. In addition to the recipes, we’ll also be hosting giveaways of the resources you value the most....cookbooks, resource books, apps, and the grand prize, a Vita-Mix!

You can view yesterday's post from Heidi at Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom. She shared her Gluten-Free Fritter recipe. Tomorrow Sunny from And Love it Too will be sharing a holiday recipe. So be sure to go check their sites as well.

For me, Home for the Holidays takes me back to baking gingerbread and sugar cookies with my mother. My brothers and I would decorate dozens of cookies with beautiful colored sprinkles and bright white icing. I wanted to share that experience with my own children, only with a healthier, gluten-free version, and thus this recipe was born (actually the recipe came to me in a flash one night). It uses coconut sugar as the main sweetener, along with a powdered coconut sugar icing. Although coconut sugar is definitely a low-glycemic sweetener, it is still sugar, and these cookies are to be considered a sweet treat.



Gingerbread Hazelnut Cut-Out Cookies

I use Bob's Red Mill Hazelnut Meal Flour. It works beautifully in baking. You can check your local health food store for it or buy it on Amazon.com. If you don't want to use coconut sugar or don't have access to it, Sucanat (whole cane sugar) is a good substitute. It still has all of its nutrients intact like coconut sugar, but has a higher glycemic index. For a dairy-free option, use Earth Balance or Coconut Oil in place of the butter (note that I have not tested the recipe this way though). Use currents, raisins, sliced almonds, natural sprinkles (from Let's Do Organic!), or anything else you can imagine to decorate them. I find the dough is best if it is refrigerated overnight. You can make the dough after your children are in bed and then bake the cookies with them in the morning.

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups hazelnut meal flour
1 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Wet Ingredients:
1 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup softened organic butter
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1 large organic egg
2 teaspoons vanilla

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate, smaller bowl beat with an electric mixer (or vigorously whisk) together the wet ingredients. Add the wet to the dry and mix together. Form into a ball, cover, and place into the refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight. 

When the dough is firm and chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place a large piece of parchment or waxed paper down onto a clean, flat work surface. Lightly flour the paper with sweet rice flour. Take part of the dough and roll it out to a little less than 1/4 inch of thickness. Put the remaining dough back in the fridge to keep it chilled. Cut the dough out using your favorite holiday cookie cutters. Carefully peel away the dough around the cut-outs. Then take a thin spatula and lift the cookies onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. 

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes depending on how crisp you like them. A few more minutes of baking makes them crispy. Just watch them so they don't overcook. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool. Then repeat with remaining dough. Let cook completely before frosting.

Coconut Sugar Icing

You can refer to my last blog post on How to Make Powdered Coconut Sugar in order to make this icing. 

1/2 cup Powdered Coconut Sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons milk (I use almond milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Place powdered coconut sugar in a small bowl, whisk in the milk and vanilla. Use to ice cooled cookies. You might need to make more depending on how much icing you like on your cookies. Source: www.NourishingMeals.com

More Holiday Treats:
And Now The Giveaways!!

To enter to win one of these fabulous books, please leave a comment below. You can leave up to three comments by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter. Come back and leave a comment saying you did, so we can count it. All of the comments you leave on this post and any other posts by other bloggers (see the full line-up here) will be entered into the Grand Prize Giveaways. The grand prize winners will be announced on Christmas. Note that you will have 48 hours only to leave a comment here and then I will announce the winners. You will need to have a Blogger account with an email attached to it so we can contact you or leave your email address in the comment like this: jane @ yahoo(dot)com. It only takes a second to set up a Blogger account (you do not need to use gmail to set one up). This is a good way if you feel uncomfortable leaving your email address in the comments. You can view my profile to see how I have my email as a link in my profile if you don't totally understand what I am saying. :)

Grand Prize: A 5200 Vita-Mix which includes the dry container
Second Prize: A $150 shopping spree from freefromgluten.com
Third Prize: $89 dollar value package of Caveman Cookies


Today's Giveaways: 

This book is an awesome addition to any gluten-free, whole foods kitchen. It is filled with nutritious recipes that you will want to make over and over again! When I first opened it I literally wanted to bookmark every recipe. It is written by Hallie Klecker who blogs at Daily Bites. Her recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free.....and amazing.  




This is a resource book you will want to have if you are dealing with gluten intolerances or Celiac disease. It covers all the myriad of diseases and symptoms associated with gluten as well as the difference between Celiac Disease and a gluten intolerance. This book was written by Seattle doctor, Stephan Wangen. You can check out his clinic, The IBS Treatment Center for more information.



I don't own this book (though it looks fabulous) so here is the description from Amazon: The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen makes cooking healthily both easy and delicious. This veritable volume is chock-full of more than 250 recipes, plenty of color illustrations, and advice on which foods are (or aren’t) okay when powdered, canned, or frozen. L√©vana promises your new superfood diet will taste so good, you won’t ever go back. 




This baking book is newly released! It was coauthored by my good friend and local Naturopathic doctor, Jean Layton. Not only is this a recipe book with over 150 recipes, but also a resource book on baking gluten-free. You'll find tips for stocking your kitchen, certain gluten-free baking methods for cakes, cookies, and breads, plus much more!



Please leave a comment to win one of these great books and to be entered into the Grand Prize Giveaway. Remember to include your email address or use your blogger account (with an email address linked in the account). Use your name or initials to distinguish yourself. Your comment will NOT be counted unless we have a way to contact you. Thanks for reading and for your support! :)

This giveaway ends on Saturday morning (12/3) at 7:00am PST. 
This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks everyone for participating. The winners will be sent an email notifying them. :)

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456 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe! Can't wait to make these with my daughter!

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  2. I can't wait to try this recipe. I love following you and am slowly switching to gluten free. Its been harder than I though. I just wish they sold the ingredients at costco. Thank you for all that you do.

    I also posted on facebook and twitter, and +1 for google.

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  3. I love your recipes!

    L. Dunnigan

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  4. Thanks for your willingness to participate in these giveaways! What a great way to celebrate the holiday season.

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  5. Following you! I am looking forward to trying this recipe! I LOVE Gingerbread!

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  6. Tweeted this give-a-way! @BreitWerk is my twitter name...

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  7. Posted this on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/LivingGlutenFree/

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  8. These cookies are so cute - like the powdered coconut sugar idea for the icing.

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  9. I have shared this post on facebook

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  10. I'm really excited about these cookies! Now to dig up some hazelnut flour in Japan...

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  11. We eliminated wheat from our diet several years ago and we stunned how much better we felt. In the past year though we started eating wheat again because we failed to plan ahead and now once again can feel the results. Time to make a change for life. Thanks for your inspiring blogging!

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  12. I'm really excited about these cookies! Now to find hazelnut flour in Japan...

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  13. Thanks for the post, the tradition of making gingerbread cookies can now continue even though my daughter and I are gluten-free!

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  14. Cookies look delicious! will have to try them soon.

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  15. These books look great1 I would be thrilled to have any one of the! I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting the release of your new cookbook though!

    Brandee
    bsimmang@comcast.net

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  16. These look amazing!!! So glad I don't have to miss out on this with my kids this year. :)

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  17. Your cookies look excellent and what a great giveaway! Sign me up for the prize :)

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  18. Ali, I love how recipes come to you in a flash and these Cut-out cookies are beautiful! xo Debbie

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  19. My daughter was just talking about wanting to make gingerbread dogs and cats this year. This recipe looks GREAT, thanks!

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  20. My daughter just mentioned wanting to make gingerbread dog and cat cut-outs. This recipe looks GREAT, thanks!

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  21. This recipe looks great - I love hazelnut flour! Thank you for the chance at the wonderful prizes!!

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  22. Will definitely be using this recipe - I love hazelnut flour!
    Thank you for the chance at thes great prizes, too!

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  23. I share your lovely post on Facebook! :) Lots of love, Debbie

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  24. Ali,
    These cookies look fantastic! We have tried cut out cookies year after year with no success. Can't wait to make these! Your give-aways look like a lot of fun and a blessing! Thank you for all you do to help my family and so many others that I have shown your blog. You are a blessing!!
    Stephanie Moschel
    bmoschel@mwt.net

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  25. I am sooo excited to have found your site and this recipe. I've been dreading losing my favorite cookies at Christmas and now i won't miss them. I'll have these. I'm sharing this on FB so my other friends can see it to!

    THANKS!

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  26. Thanks for the great-looking recipe and the opportunity to win.

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  27. These look amazing! My daughter has been asking to make gingerbread cookies, now I know what we'll be doing this weekend!

    kchalbi @ hotmail . com

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  28. Thanks so much! I love gingerbread. Do you think this recipe works well with almond flour, too? My husband doesn't like hazelnuts.

    What an amazing giveaway selection. The cookbooks look wonderful, but I have to admit that I would love, love, love the Vitamix. :)

    Thanks!

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  29. I shared it on Facebook! I have some gluten-free friends who are "newbies," so I know that they will find your recipe particularly helpful at this holiday season.

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  30. These look so fun, my kids LOVE cut out cookies of any variety! Thanks! Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva

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  31. I also shared it on Twitter! Awesome recipe! I just purchased a gingerbread house cookie cutter kit and I know my four-year-old son will be DELIGHTED to make this simple yet beautiful recipe. :)

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  32. Shared this on Facebook for you!

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  33. These look delicious, I cant wait to make these with my little one.

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  34. This cookies look amazing. Glad to see a baked item without xanthan gum.

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  35. I posted a message on facebook also. Is there anyway to make these vegan? I'm allergic to dairy and eggs. Thank you!!!!

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  36. Oops! I meant to post that last question about replacing hazelnut flour under the cookie recipe, not the powdered sugar one. Sorry!

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  37. I would love to be entered into your giveaway! I have been a big fan of your cookbook and use it almost daily. Thank you :)

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  38. Shared your Giveaway post on Facebook.

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  39. These cookies are so pretty - and I love the idea of using Hazelnut flour :)

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  40. Ali,
    Thanks so much for this recipe. I've found that it's not the gluten, it's the wheat. And I've recently discovered the wonders of date sugar as a sweetener alternative that will chemically work in a cookie. Saw your technique for the powdered sugar but don't have a Vitamix - so pick me to win it! I've been racking my brain trying to figure out how am I going to powder that date sugar? I'm thinking I'll put it in a plastic bag and crush it with a rolling pin maybe. These cookies look yummy. Will definitely be trying them.

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  41. Tweeted! (sorry, my email is citylifeeats at gmail etc.)

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  42. And posted on Facebook (citylifeeats at gmail etc)

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  43. would love any of those books...the gingerbread people look awesome!
    ~ Lisa

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  44. Sounds great! I'll have to try these.

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  45. Those look delicious, Ali! Last year was the first year we made gluten free gingerbread cookies. I'd love to try this recipe out to compare.

    Kristinevicker @ yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Perfect timing for this recipe, our class is buzzing about Saint Lucia cookie dough. Thanks - jabagne@comcast.net

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  47. Love these cookies!! What a great recipe! we will try these for sure!! and love the vitamix giveaway!! thanks!

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  48. I shared this recipe on fb!
    jabagne@comcast.net

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  49. posted on Facebook for the giveaway!

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  50. Tweeted it for the giveaway!! Thanks!

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  51. These look like so much fun. I can't wait to try them with the kids! roseofsharonsch@yahoo.com

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  52. No need to enter me Ali, just dropping by to say hi and tell you that your cookies (and coconut powdered sugar) look DELISH!!!

    xo,
    Heidi

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  53. I have sucanat so I would love to try these. Would almond flour sub for the hazelnut flour? I have that on hand. I'd like to try it the right way too but sounds like fun to try right away. My son loves ginger cookies and so do I. . .and cut out cookies are one of the best memories of Christmas I think :)

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  54. These cookies look amazing! Definitely on the list for Christmas! Thank you for sharing!

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  55. This recipe looks great - I may try it with almond flour since I don't have hazelnut. Thanks for doing the giveaway too!

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  56. Look forward to trying this! Love gingerbread cookies! Do you think I could make my gingerbread houses out of this recipe also?

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  57. What a delightful recipe! Simple list of ingredients and fun for the whole family. I'm looking forward to making these and sharing with others.

    What great giveaways too!

    I always look forward to the recipes you share, Ali. You are a blessing.

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  58. I shared this post on facebook.

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  59. What darling cookies you've made! The hazelnut flour is intriguing -- they must have a wonderful flavor. I'm sure I'd love them!

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  60. LOVE the powdered coconut sugar idea! I will be using my coffe grinder until I can get a dry container for my Vita Mix.

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  61. lovely looking recipe...my fam might turn into taste testers this holiday season ;D

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  62. lovely looking recipe...my fam just might turn into taste testers this holiday season ;D

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  63. those look delish! I love getting all the new ideas!

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  64. I remember as a kid making gingerbread cookies and houses with my mom. I made them with my boys when they were little but have not gone back to them since being gluten and dairy free. I think we're going to have to give these a try. It just looks like so much fun to me.

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  65. Looks yummy! Can't wait to try them.

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  66. I flipped the calendar to December this morning and Christmas hit me like a snowball! This was the perfect recipe to show up on my facebook page shortly after.

    Going to try dairy free as well as replacing that egg - cookie recipes are always tricky for my family as we can't have the eggs!

    Thanks!

    phantasmagorical@gmail.com

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  67. The gingerbread cookies look amazing! I saw your post for the powdered sugar and couldn't wait for this one!

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  68. Shared it on Facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=598780205

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  69. Cutest cookies! I'd love any of these books,
    emilyolivemama@AOL.com

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  70. The gingerbread cookies look so yummy! I think I'm going to splurge on hazelnut flour and make it with the kids for the holidays!

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  71. Yummy! Maybe we'll try adding some hazelnut flour to the "old" gingerbread cookie recipe in your book since eggs and dairy are still on the off list for D. These sound soooo good though! Yes, gingerbread cookies are certainly one of those foods that bring back happy holiday memories!

    juniper_g(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. Looking forward to trying this recipe with my little sister.

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  73. DarNagy@hotmail.comDecember 1, 2011 at 7:28 AM

    Oh, how I enjoy receiving your timely email recipes! My husband just asked me this past week if I would be make Gingerbread cookies for the Holidays....now I guess am! - Not only do I have to omit the dairy, but eggs as well. Though I have no choice for myself, I also love making GF/DF/EG/SF goodies for my friends and family knowing I'm feeding them a bit "healthier" version of our old favorites (most don't even know it until I blab!), and now the Cocount Sugar...ooooo, I can't wait to try it! - Blessings to you WLNK, and Happy Holidays!

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  74. This recipe looks great! I will definitely be trying it this year :)

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  75. This recipe looks great! I'll definitely be making these for Christmas this year :) Thank you Ali

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  76. I love gingerbread cookies, thanks for the recipe!

    pauladecaria(at)yahoo.com

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  77. I will have to give this one a try. Thanks.

    --Amy

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  78. Perfect timing! I have been looking for a good ginger bread,GF, recipe. Thanks!

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  79. Gingerbread cookies. The VERY first recipe I made on my own, I love them. It's kind of funny too because I was just looking at your coconut powdered sugar recipe yesterday! OK, Laurel, egg & dairy replacers - forward ho!

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  80. Thank you for this delicious recipe--we are so excited to make gingerbread cookies for our first family GF holiday!

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  81. Count me in!
    I love gingerbread.

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  82. These cookies look great! Love your decorating ideas!!

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  83. I'm so grateful for all your amazing recipe posts and tips. I send my patients to your blog all the time when I'm shifting their diet off wheat and gluten. Thank you for all the passion, time, and energy you put into this site, and the generosity with which you share it. YAY!
    Dr. Tonia Winchester, ND, Nanaimo, BC, Canada http://www.arbourcentre.com

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  84. I LOVED gingerbread! Thanks for this recipe :)

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  85. JUST what I was looking for! I love decorative cookies and it's such a hard thing to find with a gluten-free recipe. AND it's made with powdered coconut sugar, so a much lower glycemic index! Every year, my husband and I bake cookies and send them back to our friends and family back east (we're in San Francisco), and now I can send them pretty cookies that are better for them! Thank you so much!

    karrie.myers@gmail.com

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  86. I LOVE GINGERBREAD COOKIES!
    Haven't been able to have them for years,
    I am so excited to try your recipie.
    Thank you & Happy Holidays!

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  87. Never tried the hazlenut meal, but I think I'll get some for these!
    -Sarah P

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  88. Excellent! And thanks for educating me about coconut sugar...we're loving it:)

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  89. Wonderful! I'm going home for school break in a week, and was hoping to hold a cookie decorating party. We'll see if my friends notice the difference!
    Thank you always for your effort in sharing these awesome recipes- they always seem to pop up just when I need them :)

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  90. Ah! today is the day for contests! Thanks for the chance to win things.
    Sue Clark

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  91. Looks like a great recipe that is easily modified to fit our GFCF diet. Thanks!

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  92. Ali, your blog has been SO MUCH help to me since we started our journey of trying to find out what foods my son is allergic to. We used many of your recipes in our elimination diet, and now that he eats GF and LF I find myself checking your blog often for inspiration when I'm making my menus. THANKS!

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  93. Great recipe - esp the frosting. Tweeted on twitter.
    Moriah Cameron

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  94. I also shared this recipe on facebook.
    Thanks. =)

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  95. love the recipe - esp the frosting! Tweeted on Twitter
    moriah cameron

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  96. I've never tried hazelnut flour -- thanks for the yummy looking recipe and chance to win!

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  97. I love gingerbread cookies and these really fit the bill. Thanks for the recipe. Maggie

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  98. Wow, I have never heard of Hazelnut meal. I'll have to try that one!

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  99. I look forward to a time when I can use coconut sugar more often. I love gingerbread cookies.

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  100. Such a wonder ful website! My daughter is 4months old and I'm excited that there is another family I can learn from as we start to introduce foods to her.

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  101. I'm excited to make this and really excited to win a VITAMIX woo woo

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  102. I love gingerbread cookies and look forward to making them with my boys! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  103. Thanks for posting this recipe, the recipe for making the powdered sugar and all the cooking/baking hints. Love your site!

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  104. These look yummy!!! I am happy to have found your website! :) Hoping to win the giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  105. These look so yummy! Can't wait to make them and more! Your cookbook and blog rocks, thanks for all your efforts and happy holidays to you and your family!

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  106. This recipe looks amazing! I was just talking with a friend about trying to find a good Gingerbread recipe to try for the holidays :) Just out of curiosity is it possible to bake these cookies into large flat squares and use them to make gingerbread houses?

    Definitely going to share this! Thank you <3

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  107. My daughter is going to love making these! We were both diagnosed earlier this year with celiac disease and I've been overwhelmed with what to bake in the way of treats and cookies and this is a nice healthier alternative.

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  108. These look yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  109. Shared the cookies on facebook!

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  110. I can't wait to make these! One more week of finals for school and my time is mine to make a million little gingerbread GF people!!

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  111. I can't wait to try these out!

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  112. Shared this on Facebook and Twitter!

    Thanks again, I love your recipes!

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  113. the recipe looks divine. love this site anyway - i am always here....nice to see you participating in the giveaway project... came off the 28 day elimination diet about a week ago and it was and is a pretty amazing experience. staying gluten free and very low dairy. i love it. thank you.

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  114. These cookies look delicious. I'm going to have to pick up some hazelnut flour.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  115. These look so yummy! Can't wait to try them! Thank you!

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  116. I shared on FB. https://www.facebook.com/#!/uhdoy/posts/309859799032673

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  117. Awesome! We LOVE gingerbread cookies and hadn't found a recipe yet that would make the cutouts. I'm so excited! Thanks...

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  118. Shared on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/DucktorWho82/status/142296318210080768

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  119. So excited to make these cookies with my nephews! My sister-in-law freaks out at the idea of how 'hard' gf baking is, so will be so pleased to show her how easy it is instead! Thanks, Ali!

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  120. Wow - all those books look great!

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  121. Can't wait to try them and add them to Christmas gifts. Would love to win the book (s) kimcolwell@hotmail.com

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  122. I LOVE your website and all your recipes. I share them all the time in my newsletters. If I had a vitamix, I could actually make all the flours you suggest in your recipes. :)

    (wishes_521@yahoo.com)

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  123. Thanks for the recipe, it sounds great.

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  124. These look like the perfect gluten free cookie to make with my grandkids!
    paulab at montrose dot net

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  125. Posted on facebook twice, via personal profile and business page. :)

    (wishes_521 at yahoo.com)

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  126. I am looking for a gluten free gingerbread cookie recipe this year. Thanks so much!

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  127. Thanks for the great ideas! I also posted on FB. jtand4@juno.com
    Teri M

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  128. Thanks for the great recipe! I am looking forward to making these with my family. We visit your blog and book almost daily for recipe ideas and inspiration. Thank you so much for all that you do!

    dessertkatherine@gmail.com

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  129. I shared on Facebook, too.

    paulab at montrose dot net

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  130. Great prizes today and a great recipe! I'd love to win these books, especially the Kosher cookbook

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  131. Perfect timing! We are newly GF and my girls were just asking to make a gingerbread house like we did last year. So happy to have this recipe fall in my lap today. Thanks!

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  132. I absolutely love your recipes! Thanks for sharing them with us ... can't wait for your new cookbook!!
    Jenny
    jennifer.gehman@me.com

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  133. I shared this giveaway on FB.

    Arlee- fufi_nini02@yahoo(dot)com

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  134. These look so good!
    fufi_nini02@yahoo(dot)com

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  135. I am new to the gluten-free world and my life has changed for good, I am not feeling sick anymore!! Your recipes and books have helped me a lot! Now I got the cookie cutters to prepare this recipe with my son, Thank you! Merry Christmas

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  136. I'm new to gluten free - just a few months, but was lamenting the lack of spicy gingerbread cookies this year. I'll have to try this.

    Shared on facebook too.

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  137. Living gluten-free has been a challenged, but my body is really happy about it, I am not feeling sick! Now I got the cookie cutters to prepare the gingerbread cookies with my son! Thank you!! Merry Christmas!

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  138. Thanks for having a giveaway! I LOVE to win things :-)

    Here is my email address so that you can contact me when I have won. loveoncampers@yahoo.com

    Happy Holidays and Warm Tidings!!

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  139. Your cookies look delicious. I will absolutely be trying them with my son this year. Thanks.

    aliejudd@yahoo.com

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  140. Thanks for the great recipes and the giveaways. Can't wait to try these cookies!

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  141. I love your site and your cookbook! I have been following along for almost a year... since I've gone GF. You've not only made the transition easier but fun. I have never felt so good!!! I'm never going back. Can't wait to try the cut out cookies with my kids! : )

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  142. The cookbooks looks great and boy would I love to win a Vitamix! Sarah.kloss @ hotmail dot com

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  143. Oh, these look amazing! I might have to track down some hazelnut flour. Does anyone know if it can be found in Bham?

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  144. I can't wait to try this! We are dairy free so I will try coconut butter. I would love to win! E.hair.estrella(at)gmail (dot)com. Thanks!!

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  145. Mmmm... ginger is my vice. Have you attempted to make this into a house? Certainly one of my favorite glutenous childhood memories. I'd love to figure that one out!

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  146. I love your recipes! I am not gluten/egg/dairy free but cook from your website multiple times per week and love the results!!!!! I love experimenting with new flours/grains. Thank you! Can't wait to try this recipe.
    Tomi
    tsalami77@yahoo.com

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  147. I was just looking for a gingerbread recipe! Yippeee!!

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  148. These cookies look fantastic. I have one son who is gluten intolerant and now it looks like both his older and baby brothers are also showing signs of intolerance, so I am in the process of converting my whole family to gluten-free. My husband was lamenting about the lack of Christmas cookies last night...he will be thrilled when I show him this recipe!

    Thanks for all you do!
    Alison

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  149. Look like excellent cookies! Can't wait to see more
    Alena M

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  150. Great giveaway! Loving the recipe since we're new to gluten-free.
    racblom@juno(dot)com

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  151. Just posted on my FB account too!

    Thanks so much,
    Alison

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  152. I am so thankful I found your blog (and face book page)! The recipes and "welcoming" attitude of your posts have been a blessing! I am new to gluten free and don't feel as limited now :).

    Can't wait to bake this holiday treat with my daughter!

    Laura J.

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  153. this is amazing! thank you for the recipe and the chance to win! :)

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  154. I am in LOVE with your blog! I make your raw caramel dip about every other day!! Thank you for all the amazing recipes!!

    Abbie
    gardinerabbie@gmail.com

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  155. Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to make it with my little one.

    Heather500089888@aol.com

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  156. I am looking forward to making these with my girls, ali! i love hazelnuts so am excited for that flavor - and i will let you know how they work with a dairy free butter substitute as i am now GF and dairy free (they definitely seem to be triggers for my migraines, sinus issues, etc). thanks for the great recipe!

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  157. thanks, ali! looking forward to trying this recipe with the girls! i'll let you know how it works with a dairy free butter substitute!

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  158. this is wonderful and would hep me so much - newbie to this clan!

    tristazmail yahoo com

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  159. These cookies look fabulous! I can't wait to make them with my daughter.

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  160. Thanks for this wonderful cookie recipe - it looks delicious and simple, and I can't wait to make it with my daughter.

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  161. I also shared this post on Facebook. I love finding awesome local resources! (Yay Bellingham!)

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  162. I am subscribed and LOVE it!!!
    Kiddos will have soooo much fun making these.
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth
    eyetooth@embarqmail.com

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  163. Great idea. love working with coconut sugar...

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  164. This looks wonderful! I was just planning to bake a big batch of gingerbread cookies with my boys.

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  165. I was thinking of trying almond flour inplace of the hazelnut flour. If anyone has tried it and it didn't work, please let me know.

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  166. I just recently bought a bag of hazelnuts. I think this would be an excellent recipe to try it out with! :)

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  167. I'm in love with your blog and I check it just about everyday to try new recipes and read about the information you post. I don't usually enter in the drawings but today is different I guess! Hope I win something so I can use it to cook for my family! Cheers :)

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  168. Love your cookbook and your website! Would love to try this recipe. Can I substitute almond flour for the hazelnut flour?

    April
    apriltan@pacbell.net

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  169. Great recipe. I just put dd to work on it ;)

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  170. Thanks for posting! Have you ever tried to make a ginger bread house using this recipe?

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  171. This looks really good, Ali. I'm sure your kids had a lot of fun decorating...
    I love using coconut sugar as a sweetener. And the hazelnut meal is a great idea -- it makes the recipe almost grain-free! ;-)

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  172. Hi, I really do not understand this whole blogger thing but I'll learn. Hopefully almond flour will work for this gingerbread cookie recipe. I look forward to trying it. Thank you.

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  173. I posted earlier, but I'm adding another one because I shared on facebook, and also need to add my e-mail: dezihall@hotmail.com.
    Thanks again. Since finding out I am intolerant to a lot of food, I have looked to your site so much for food ideas and knowledge; it has made me enthusiastic about nutrition and cooking! It's pretty difficult being a young person surrounded by friends and family who do not understand food issues, but with the knowledge that is out there on the internet, people like us can live fairly functionally in a society based around wheat.

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  174. I have been gluten free for a few years and yours is one of the blogs that helped me get started. This recipe looks not only yummy, but fun, too!
    Arleen
    amsmmiii@gmail.com

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  175. the cookies look delcious! thanks for this giveaway

    bittofraw@gmail.com

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  176. I love your blog and have become a more confident cook in part due to your recipes. Your ideas for substitutions and how to use what you have available fresh has made me more comfortable experimenting and overall enjoying the results! I also keep kosher and since most of your recipes are dairy-free, it is very easy for me to make things that I can have with a meat meal. Although not GF, your blog has been a great resource for me for healthy recipes. Thank you!

    I also posted on Facebook.

    amaritrosin@gmail (dot) com

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