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Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

This post is in partnership with World Market

‘Tis the season to be in the kitchen. Or is that every season? Ha! It’s been two years since we completed our kitchen remodel (well, actually it’s coming up on two years! Our contractor was installing our Dutch door on Christmas eve and the whole space was completed after the new year).

So this will be our second December actually having our kitchen available and ready to use (and decorate!) prior to the holidays. Now it’s the room I look forward to making festive and enjoying the most. One of the first things we did to prepare for our kitchen for winter this year is to go out in search of new Christmas cookie cutters! Priorities, right? We grabbed a few really pretty copper ones in the baking area of World Market. We love collecting cookie cutters, but the real reason we collect them is we love baking (and eating) adorable cookies.

With various gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan family members, our baking habits have changed a wee bit over the years (hahah!) but we’re making it work! We don’t eat many sweets, anyway, but it’s fun to bake together and enjoy an occasional treat.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
Last weekend we had set aside a festive family day. After coffee at one of our favorite coffee shops (Storyville), we visited our local garden center because they are all set up this time of year with so many pretty holiday things (and REINDEER!). Then we came home to bake, decorate the kitchen and watch a movie together!

We had picked up some fun measuring spoons and cups at World Market, too, because most of our old sets were missing parts, so it was time to upgrade our baking tools! Actually, World Market had SO many cute things. A few of them somehow found their way to our cart. ;)

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Green measuring spoons / cookie cutters: one, two, three / Similar rolling pin

We found a gluten-free gingerbread cookie recipe online and then made a few modifications to make them dairy and vegan, too. (I’ll post our version and the link to the original below). They turned out cute. We frosted some of the cookies, so those were extra tasty and everyone in our house was happy to indulge.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
Paper Snowflakes

We intended to decorate our kitchen that day, too, but we ran out of time before our movie! We always think we can do more in a day than we are actually able to do. Anyone else? But we had bought some new jumbo paper stars at World Market so the next day we decided to have some fun with them and create a whimsical star (or snowflake) scene by hanging them above counters. Such a simple idea, but and I have to say they make the kitchen feel quite magical!

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

We found the original recipe here but modified it, the version we used is below.

Bake 350 degrees for 9 – 10 minutes


  • 2½ cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten-free baking blend
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick vegan alternative butter (we used 1 ‘Earth Balance vegan buttery stick’ in this recipe)
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsulphured molasses
  • 1/4 cup applesauce


  1. Mix flour, spices, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy.
  3. Add coconut sugar to the butter and beat until fluffy. Then mix in molasses and applesauce until creamy.
  4. Slowly add flour to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat until dough until combined and dough is no longer tacky (or continue to add a tablespoon of flour at a time to the dough until it’s no longer tacky.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Roll dough to ⅛”-1/4″ thick between two pieces of parchment paper, or dust surface with a little extra flour.
  7. Cut out shapes with cookie cutter and place on a baking sheet (use parchment paper or coat pan with vegan butter), about an inch or two apart.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes (until edges are set).
  9. Let cool and then add icing to decorate!
  10. Icing: Mix powdered sugar + a little non-dairy milk and a little vanilla to make a glue-like consistency.

Decorate: We used a sandwich bag with a small hole to squeeze icing onto our cookies!

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread CookiesCopper Leaf Patterned Boxes

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread CookiesMugs / Plates

The plates and mugs are new, too (all from World Market). I love having adorable plates and cups to use myself, or for special family times or get togethers.

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread CookiesMerry & Bright Cookie Tin

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

World Market had some fun holiday tins and boxes, so we got a few for packing up goodies to give away or send home with guests.

All in all, it was a very festive and tasty couple of days at our house!

What’s your favorite treat to bake around the holidays?

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Winter Kitchen + Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies


  1. Kerry L Fountain

    love the cookie recipe!! Can’t wait to try it – my gluten free and dairy free people will be happy. Wondering if you’ve ever used the YL vitality oils in baking? I use them often in my cooking, just wondered if I could use them in baking as well.

    • Sarah

      Yes, you can use them in baking too!

      • Kerry Fountain

        is there conversion info available?

  2. betty in Arlington

    Thank you for the GF gingerbread recipe, since I am a read celiac who needs to eat GF! need to try it. Also, how did you attach the snowflakes to your ceiling? Hooks, tape?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      You are welcome! To hang the snowflakes we put small nails in the grooves in between the planks and then tied string to the nail! We also could have used small command strip hooks but we didn’t happen to have any on hand :).

  3. Holly F.

    Hi! What brand of vegan butter do you use? I am allergic to whey and it’s hard to find any sort of butter/margarine substitute without whey in it. Loved this post, everything looks so cute and festive. Love those dishes!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you! We used Earth Balance vegan buttery sticks in this recipe! It is non-dairy.

  4. Linda Grubbs

    Those snowflakes….what a beautiful decor idea!! I always get great ideas from you Melissa! ?

  5. Debbie - MountainMama

    I love those paper stars, they are truly magical in your awesome kitchen!

  6. Jo Jo

    Oh, my kitchen is MY HAPPY place, especially this time of year! Your cookies are adorable and I love ya hose copper cookie cutters! I REALLY love ( want, NEED!) those beautiful paper stars/ snowflakes in my kitchen too! Such a wonderful, fun, festive idea! Thanks for checking he inspiration! favorite treat to bake during the holidays are ginger bread cookies! ??????

  7. Sarah

    Love,love,love the paper stars and the plates! Beautiful!!!!

  8. lizzy

    Oh I can’t wait to try this recipe! We’ve got a kiddo who’s allergic to eggs, dairy and gluten so Christmas baking is rather lack luster for him. He’ll be so excited! Thank you!

  9. Saad

    Wow, your kitchen looks so beautiful with these winter stars. The star design is though very impressive. By the way, those chocolates looks too yummy, I wish I could have one! :P

  10. Deanna Rabe

    That sounds like a few fun days!

    Merry Christmas to you all!

  11. Cathy Holmes

    Hello Melissa, I just made the cookies and they are fantastic, a perfect recipe. In recent years I have not baked as much but I had to make these, and I had most of the ingredients in the house already, though I did get the Earth Balance sticks rather than use the Earth Balance in the tub. Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you, Cathy! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you a happy new year, too!

  12. Rachael

    Instagram style, I like them so much!

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