Healthy Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Nothing says the holidays like melt-in-your-mouth gingerbread cookies

Photo by Sarah Britton

Healthy Holiday Gingerbread

Makes at least 2 dozen medium-sized cookies


2 ½ cups whole spelt flour

¼ tsp. fine grain sea salt

½ tsp. baking powder

1 Tbsp. ground ginger (or less if you prefer more mild gingerbread)

1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. ground cloves

½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

5 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted

½ cup coconut sugar

½ cup unsulfured blackstrap molasses

3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Sift the dry ingredients together.

2. In a small saucepan, melt the coconut oil, then whisk in the molasses, applesauce, and vanilla.

3. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, and fold to combine – you may need to use your hands to mix this, but don’t overwork the dough. Fold just until the ingredients come together evenly. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap, make a ball, then flatten into a large disc. Wrap and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

4. Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove dough from the fridge, unwrap and cut in half. Wrap one half and return it to the fridge. Place the other half of the dough between two pieces of baking paper and roll out (if it is very stiff, you may need to let it warm up just slightly). Remove top half of the paper and cut out desired shapes with a cookie cutter or a knife. Slide a knife or thin egg lifter under each shape and place on a lined baking sheet. Ball up the scraps of dough, roll it out between the parchment and start again. Once the dough becomes too warm, return it to the fridge and repeat the entire process with the other half of the chilled dough.

5. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 7-10 minutes (7 minutes produces a softer, chewier cookie, while 10 minutes produces a crispier one). Remove from oven and let cool on pan. Decorate with the Cashew Cacao Icing if desired. 

Cashew-Cacao Butter Icing

Makes about ¾ cup


½ cup cashews

a few pinches of sea salt

3 Tbsp. cacao butter, melted

1 ½ Tbsp. liquid sweetener of your choice 

½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped

3 Tbsp. hot water


1. Soak cashews with sea salt for four hours, or overnight.

2. Drain, rinse and place cashews in the most powerful blender you have along with all other ingredients. Blend on high until as smooth as possible.

3. Pour into a piping bag and store in the fridge until it firms up, about 2 hours, then use. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. If you do not have a piping bag, you can also use sandwich bag with a teeny corner snipped off, which is what I did!

Nutritional facts per serving Calories 137; proteins 2 g; fat 6 g; carbs 20 g

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