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Most people who know me know that I don’t actually celebrate Christmas. But hey, that doesn’t mean I can’t make Christmas cookies! What’s a more classic Christmas cookie than gingerbread men cookies, right? It should come as no surprise that I set out to make a sugar-free gingerbread cookies recipe.
On that subject, I have a confession to make. This was my first attempt at not only sugar-free gingerbread cookies, but actually any shaped cookies. Who knew it was so much fun to use a cookie cutter? Don’t worry, the recipe is still tried and true. I made a couple different versions of it to get it just right.
With this particular sugar-free gingerbread cookie dough, it can be a bit of a challenge to transfer the cookies from my work surface to the parchment lined baking sheet. I highly recommend using an extra thin turner for this, which was a huge help. (This one worked great!) If you accidentally smush your little gingerbread men, or their arms and legs fall off during transfer), don’t worry. You can just reshape or reattach as needed once they are on the baking sheet. Worst case, just smash the dough together, roll it out, and try again.
I brought these low carb gingerbread cookies to a holiday get-together once already, and everyone loved them. They are lightly crispy on the outside, a little chewy on the inside, and have that classic gingerbread flavor. People seemed to like dipping them into their tea, but maybe that was just a Russian thing to do with cookies? They are really good plain, too.
One of the best things about making sugar-free gingerbread men is they are just so darn cute! I’m no artist when it comes to frosting, but I still had fun drawing their little smiley faces and buttons down the front.
If you have little ones that are old enough to help with baking, they’ll enjoy helping you make these sugar-free gingerbread cookies. I’ll bet they’ll be a fun activity to do with my daughter when she’s older and can help me decorate. (I guess I should say daughters now – plural. Wow, I can’t believe my second little girl is already halfway to being born already!)
As fun as it is to frost these low carb cookies with faces and cut out shapes, I have to add that this part is totally optional. These sugar-free gingerbread men are just as delicious if you make them as plain round cookies! So, don’t feel obligated to make the shapes if you’re in a hurry or if you really don’t care what they look like. And, if frosting decorating isn’t your thing, you can just make a simple zig zag pattern – or even simply spread it on top.
Either way, you’ll want to add these sugar-free gingerbread cookies to your holiday table!
Sugar-free Gingerbread Cookies (Low Carb, Paleo):
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