Gluten Free Gingerbread Men

Makes 6 gingerbread men

Get the kids involved with this easy gluten free gingerbread men recipe. You will find the smell hard to resist whilst baking!

Free from Gluten, Soya, Wheat, Nuts


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  1. Measure the flour, ginger, cinnamon, xanthan gum and soda into a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Sieve the flour blend into a separate large mixing bowl.
  3. Put the sugar, butter and syrup into a saucepan and heat gently, swirling the pan occasionally until dissolved.
  4. Pour the saucepan contents onto the prepared flour and stir to combine.
  5. Add the egg and mix into a sticky dough.
  6. Cover and chill the dough for an hour or until firm.
  7. Pre-heat the oven.
  8. Rub some butter around the inside of into two large baking trays or insert a baking liner.
  9. Dust the work surface with flour, put the dough in the middle and sprinkle it with more flour.
  10. Roll out the dough until 7mm/¼” thick.
  11. Press the gingerbread man cookie cutter into the dough to cut out the shapes.
  12. Gently transfer the shapes to the prepared baking trays, leaving plenty of space between each shape.
  13. Gather left over dough into a ball, roll it out again and cut more shapes.
  14. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  15. Leave to cool on the tray.
  16. Using writing icing to decorate the cold gingerbread men.


gingerbread man cookie cutter, 2 x large baking trays, 2 x mixing bowls and saucepan


180°C, Fan 160°C, 350°F, Gas 4

Cooking time

10-12 minutes
Lovely recipe! I added honey too and they're not too sweet :] They're so light and airy, perfect to snack on
By Megan
27 Mar 2021
Really tasty gingerbread biscuits!
By Sarah
23 Dec 2020
Easy to make and came out perfectly! I cut the sugar in half which worked fine and still tasted good
By Hannah
17 Dec 2020
Super easy recipe making really yummy biscuits! Couldn't even tell that they're gluten free they taste so good. Would recommend adding a little extra ginger/cinnamon. Also, one batch makes a lot more than 6... I doubled the mixture and now have a trillion little gingerbread men
By Ivy
14 Dec 2020
Wow these are good! Really yummy and easy to make! I like ginger so could add more but these are melt in the mouth! Highly recommend
By Carolyn Hawkes
17 Aug 2020
Both my children loved the biscuits, they held their shape really well and taste nicely. The dough had just the right consistency! A great gluten free biscuit!
By Ana James
04 Jul 2020
I find it really hard to make good gluten free biscuits but this recipe was so easy and made great results. One of my covid 19 isolation bakes done :) (If you want them really gingery add more)
By Bliss
22 Apr 2020
These turned out AMAZING! Very delicious and not to mention fluffy, the instructions were easy to follow and the ingredients were easy to get from the local supermarket. Overall would use this recipe again and i highly recommend it :)
By Holly Drewe
04 Jan 2020
Very easy to follow recipe that produces beautiful results. We used small/medium cutters and made 20+ gorgeous gingerbread biscuits that were a hit with the whole family. They're a new family favourite!
By Courtney Monaghan
22 Dec 2019
Personally think it could do with more flour (very sticky) and more ginger. I also added a bit of ground nutmeg and changed for fruit sugar. They take longer than recipe says to make, as they came out a bit soft initially. Not sure if the recipe seeks softer gingerbread, it doesnt say, and I'm used to ones with a crunch. Very tasty though
By Aleks
15 Dec 2019
Good recipe that doesn’t spread so maintains their shapes. Very sticky to work with so we added more flour. Personally we will add more ginger next time and leave to cook for longer as they didn’t crunch.
By Mrshdoesglutenfree
16 Dec 2018
I’ve tried so many recipes for gingerbread men but non have turned it like this! They are fabulous, one small tip, pop in a bag or on some grease proof paper before putting in the fridge. Other than that perfect!
By Sam
17 Nov 2018
These are delicious with a cup of tea but I think on my 2nd batch I'll lose slightly less sugar.
By Shona
29 Sep 2018
I have used this recipie a few times now and it always comes out lovely, we add a little more ginger to suit our taste, the kids love them and they don't spread - so the buscuits keep thier shape!
By Amanda
09 Sep 2018
Made these today with my grandaughter. Recipe worked well; we left the dough in the fridge for several hours and we added more flour when rolling when the dough became sticky.
By Sue
31 Aug 2018
Brilliant. I managed to make a good dough, quite sticky to work with though, best to leave them on the baking paper where you cut them out. My daughter loved decorating with currants and best of all they were super tasty for a gluten free recipe!
By Christina
26 May 2018
hopeless does not make a dough, makes a batter and despite chilling no improvement - unable to turn into shapes
By Val
13 Apr 2018

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