gluten-free gingerbread cookies with half dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles on a red plate
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Gluten-Free White Chocolate-Dipped Gingerbread Cookies {Dairy-Free Option}

An easy recipe for gluten-free gingerbread cookies! The classic soft and chewy gingerbread cookie dipped in decadent white chocolate. The recipe has a dairy-free option.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free dairy-free gingerbread cookies, gluten-free gingerbread cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
chill 58 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 46 cookies
Calories 149kcal
Author Audrey from Mama Knows Gluten Free


  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softned dairy-free use Earth Smart Balance butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour I like Pillsbury gluten-free
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum , leave out if your flour already has it
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice
  • 6 tablespoons  granulated sugar for rolling
  • gluten-free sprinkles (optional)

White Chocolate Dip

  • 3 cups gluten-free white chocolate chips use dairy-free white chocolate chips or omit if dairy-free and see glaze recipe
  • 3 Tablespoons shortening

Dairy-free glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-4 teaspoons non-dairy milk I like almond, cashew or coconut milk.


  • In a large bowl cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until fluffy.
  • Add egg, molasses, and pure vanilla extract. Mix until fully blended.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together gluten-free flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.
  • Pour the dry ingredients slowly into the wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  • Chill the cookie dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add 6 tablespoons of sugar into a small bowl.
  • Using a greased cookie scoop or a rounded tablespoon scoop out the cookie dough and roll into a round ball.
  • Roll the cookie ball in the sugar and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Dip the bottom of a drinking glass into the sugar and use the bottom of the glass to press the cookie ball flat.
  • Repeat placing cookies 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Please watch your cookies because all ovens are different. 
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for several minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to completely cool.
  • Cool completely before dipping cookies into white chocolate or glaze.

White Chocolate Dip

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup white chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of shortening at a time in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Stir to make sure it is fully melted and smooth. You will need to melt several batches because the chocolate cools quickly.
  • Using a spoon, pour the melted white chocolate mixture on half of the cookie. Spread the white chocolate with the spoon to smooth out if necessary.
  • Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet and use gluten-free sprinkles to decorate.
  • If using the dairy-free glaze: mix all ingredients together until smooth. You can sprinkle the glaze on the cookie with a spoon or spread it on with a spoon and then decorate with sprinkles. Have fun and get creative! The glaze will not be as white or a thick as the white chocolate, but it will be as tasty.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • Enjoy!


  • I like Pillsbury gluten-free flour. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.
  • I used a greased cookie scoop.
  • For the dairy-free option I used Smart Balance Butter, almond milk and Nestle's Simply Delcious White Morsels (dairy-free, gluten-free)
  • Store in an air-tight container
  • Mama says, "always check your labels!"


Serving: 1g | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 66mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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