you can’t catch me, i’m the gfbread man

Exhausted every strategem for deflecting potential in-law advances this holiday season? Good for gfs, gf advocates, and even the most adamantly gluten-full great uncles, you’re sure to get a reprieve during dessert hour upon the presentation of these bad boys.

Total prep time: 1 hour

Total glasses of grandma’s nog allowed during prep time: 3

Total of conveniently missed “ring” references while mixing: 4-6

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Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In mixer, blend (until creamy) 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar. Beat in 1/4 cup molasses, 1/4 cup honey, & 1 egg.

In a separate bowl, sift 2 1/4 cups gluten free flour. Resift flour with 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp ground All-Spice, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, & 1 tsp ground ginger.

Add the sifted ingredients to the butter mixture in about 3 parts alternated with 1/4 cup water. This should be a fairly thick dough, but if it seems too sift to roll out, add a little more water.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to desired thickness (thicker cookies should be rolled to 1/4 inch). Cut out desired shapes.

Place cookies on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for about 8 minutes. Cookies are done when you push down on them with your finger and they spring back to their original shapes!

When finished baking, remove from cookie sheet and allow to cool on wax paper. (If you need to store cookies before icing, they will keep for a few days when covered with plastic wrap and left at room temp).

For icing mixture: Sift 1 pound Confectioner’s sugar. Place fine sugar into a deep, round bowl. Add 3 egg whites & 1/2 tsp cream of tartar. Beat ingredients until mixture is firm. (If you need to store, cover bowl with damp cloth & refrigerate.)

For painting: Separate icing into small bowls, add food coloring if desired (Americolor is a great GF brand found at specialty stores). Add a few drops of water until desired consistency–best if the icing is a bit stiff so it doesn’t run, but soft enough so it doesn’t indent.

Aunt Carin’s GFbreadmen recipe makes about 24 honey gingerbread cookies and are great for any occasion…

 

 

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