MAKES 2 (8 BY 3 BY 3_½-INCH) HOUSES AND MANY GINGERBREAD PEOPLE TOO! Introducing the only GF version of the season’s iconic cookie that you’ll ever need. Straight from our talented pal, pastry chef Cindy Falatic McIntosh of The San Francisco Ritz-Carlton, comes four-star flavor. Craft the dough into a midcentury-modern house (designed by retrorenovation.com), or make a gingerbread gang. Regardless, these cookies will spice up any holiday scene.

1 cup (125 grams) brown rice flour

3/4 cup (150 grams) white rice flour

1 cup (100 grams) gluten-free oat flour

3/4 cup (100 grams) buckwheat flour

3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda  

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground clove

1/2 cup (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar

1 egg

2/3 cups molasses

Royal Icing, for decorating (recipe follows)

 

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, and spices.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or by hand, cream the butter and sugar until smooth and combined. Add the egg and molasses to incorporate. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined.

Scrape the batter into a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 3 hours or until cool.

Transfer the batter to a piece of parchment paper, place another piece of parchment paper on top, and with a rolling pin, roll the batter 1/4 inch thick. Follow the gingerbread house pattern here or cut shapes using a cookie cutter, dipping in flour for each cut. Arrange 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets and bake until edges just begin to brown, 8 to 11 minutes. Cool and construct the house or decorate the cookies using the icing.

 

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Royal Icing
MAKES ABOUT 3/4 CUP In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk, mix together 4 cups powdered sugar and 2 egg whites until smooth and thick, adding a tiny bit of extra egg white to thin, if needed. Use as is or add food coloring. Transfer to a pastry bag or a ziplock plastic bag with a small cut in a corner and pipe onto the gingerbread.

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Photography Chelsea McNamara / Styling Victoria Granof