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Ginger Snaps Gluten Free

My kids were getting ready for a several hours road trip and my youngest granddaughter was dreading it since she so quickly gets car sick. I made a batch of these ginger snaps and delivered them as they were leaving. They were quickly devoured by the whole family. But there was no talk of car sickness the whole trip !!
¾ cup butter

1 cup white sugar

¼ cup molasses

1 egg

¼ cup tapioca starch

½ cup potato starch

1 cup rice flour

1/3 cup white corn flour

1 tsp xanthan gum

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger

1. Cream together the butter, sugar, molasses, and egg.

2. Sift the dry ingredients together, making sure they are well blended together and add to the creamed mixture.

3. Put dough on dusted counter (with potato starch) and knead in extra flour until dough is just at the not too sticky stage.

4. Cover dough and refrigerate overnight.

5. Preheat oven to 325° (a hotter oven makes the cookies spread too much)

6. Pinching off small pieces of dough roll into a ball in the palms of your hand and then roll in sugar.

7. Place balls (don't flatten) on ungreased baking sheet about 2" apart and bake for about 13-15 minutes.

8. Remove pan from oven and place a large chocolate chip in center of cookie.

9. Cool slightly in pan before removing onto rack.


  1. These cookies look wonderful and I can't wait to give them a try. Thank you for sharing the recipe. :)

  2. I was looking for a gingersnap recipe last night! Thank you. On a side note, about your granddaughter's car sickness, try ginger pills. We have 2 children that suffer from motion sickness and I got the supplement at Walmart a few weeks ago. We just returned from a trip up north and not one complaint of feeling ill for the entire trip.

  3. I just made a new friend, whose entire family doesn`t eat wheat products, I`m just wondering if you would happen to have any recipes that would be flour free, and not have all the other flours in it? ( I can`t get alot of the other gluten free flours here)Just need some ideas. Love the gluten free section you have thanks alot!!!

  4. you have the patience of a saint to make the cookies so tiny that the chocolate chip looks like a kiss.
    another great gluten free recipe julie!!!

  5. Great idea with ginger cookies for car sicknesses, we just had our first car sickness traveling in the mountains. have to remember this

  6. Con... the reason that that there is a mix of flours is because gluten-free baking doesn't work well with just substituting one flour. What you can do, however, is buy packaged gluten-free flour mix - should be able to get that at your grocery store. If you a get an all-purpose one you could pretty much substitute equal amounts instead of flour.

    and thank you Swartzmomto3 for the tip about ginger pills.

    And Charlotte ... I used the jumbo chocolate chips -- the cookies are about 2 1/2" across... Not so patient after all ! smile...

  7. I love love love ginger snaps and a gluten free recipe from one of my all time favorite blogs, can't ask for more!

  8. Of all the foods I've missed, ginger snaps are very near the top of my list. I'm looking forward to trying these!

  9. I made these...taste great, but mine spread out an were very thin- so thin they couldn't even go on wire cooling racks. My dough was quite sticky before putting in the fridge, no matter how much potato starch I used. I'll try again.

  10. I'm sorry, DK Scott , that the cookies didn't turn out for you ...
    I don't know about the sticky dough problem (try dusting your hands as you work with it - and handle as little as possible overhandling can increase the stickyness) but the spreading out only happened to me once.. when my oven temp was set too high. I turned the heat down and the next plateful was fine.
    Hope next time works perfect!

    PS. you had me second guessing myself.. I just mixed these in again and I needed about 1 tsp extra potato starch to be able to handle dough to form a ball... maybe you forgot to add one of the flours?

  11. I'm so impressed to find a good selection of gluten free recipes. I married a Mennonite fellow so I know that Mennonite girls can really cook - also love your aprons, do you sew them yourselves?

  12. Hi Anne ! I hope all the recipes you try meet with approval!
    The aprons -- Lovella sewed them all for us, because no Mennonite grandmother was ever without her apron, but we did not expect the interest in them!
    We do not sell them but there is a link to the Simplicity pattern Lovella used on the blog.

  13. YUM!!! made these today... only refrigerated the dough 1 hour, no chocolate chips and only baked them for ten minutes, because I prefer them chewy. They turned out perfect! I'm so happy with every recipe of MGCC that I've tried. Very detailed instructions and you make it so easy to feel like a pro! thanks!

  14. Yummy!! Just made these today. I used yellow corn flour because I didn't have white, added about a quarter cup of potato starch till the dough seemed nice, refrigerated only one hour, no chocolate chips, and only baked them ten minutes, because i prefer cookies to be chewy. They turned out PERFECT!!! I'm so happy with every recipe that I've tried from MGCC. Great instructions, you make it so easy to feel like a pro! thanks!


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