Gingerbread Cookies with Chocolate Icing

You’re probably thinking: “Oh for Pete’s sake…can’t she leave anything alone??” Well stop it, you sound like my husband…and no I can’t. If I can make a special treat better for you…why not? And lookee here! I made gingerbread men, decorated with icing and everything! And not a pinch of refined white sugar or flour. Ok…there might be some in the decorations…but that’s up to you. The cookies and icing are (white) sugar-free.20141207_110308I certainly don’t want to gain those holiday pounds. And if there is something I’m going to save myself for( not that you should SAVE your calories…but anyway)…it’s my Mom’s shortbread. Besides, the fun of gingerbread men is the baking together and decorating, right? Ok, the eating too. And these are awesome!20141207_111309

Typically the fat in cookies is butter or oil. These cookies don’t have any of that…instead I used a healthy fat that you probably wouldn’t expect…avocado! No-don’t leave! I swear you don’t taste it! It creams right into the batter seamlessly.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup avocado (about one medium)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

Chocolate Icing:

  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted20141207_110715

Preheat oven to 350.

Blend together the avocado and coconut sugar. Once combined, add all the spices and molasses. Scrape down the sides often. Add the egg and vinegar. Mix. Add the almond meal. Slowly add the flour, 1/2 cup at a time. Once it’s all combined-it will be sticky. But if it is at all liquid-y, add a bit more flour until it can form a ball in your hand.

Place in an airtight container and leave in the fridge overnight (or forget about it for two days like I did-whatever!).20141207_110828

You can make the icing ahead of time. It’s super easy. Melt the coconut oil. In a blender, place banana, cocoa and maple syrup until pureed. Add the coconut oil and blend until combined. Place in a bowl and put in the fridge until it sets up, about ten minutes.

Easy peasy.

Take the dough out of the fridge and grab a big handful. make sure your work surface and rolling pin is floured. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick. Make some gingerbread men! Some trees! Whatever you want! If you don’t have cookie cutters, just slice the dough anyway you want and place on a parchment covered baking sheet.20141207_102907

Bake for 7 minutes or until the bottoms are JUST starting to brown. Let cool. Now the fun begins! Decorating!

I put out all sorts of things for my kids to decorate their cookies. Skip the pure sugar candies and sprinkles. If the kids don’t see them, they won’t miss them! Some options:

  • Berries
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • grapes, cut up
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Unsweetened coconut
  • Chocolate chips (I’m not entirely evil)

Slather your cookies in icing and let them get to it! Play some music, get some eggnog, and have fun! Merry Christmas!20141207_110600