GLUTEN-FREE GINGER COOKIES WITH DARK CHOCOLATE AND CARDAMOM
A name like "Gluten-Free Ginger Cookies With Dark Chocolate and Cardamom" may feel like a mouthful. But just one bite and you'll want to cram your mouth FULL of these festive holiday cookies! Their sophisticated spice blend, satisfyingly chewy texture, and dark chocolate topping combine to make these gluten-free goodies worthy of their big name.
I started reducing gluten in my 20’s after doing my first cleanse. Before cleansing, I thought it was normal to have to run to the bathroom to pass gas several times a day. The difference I felt during the cleanse was such a relief! Since then, I’ve generally saved gluten for “worth it” treats like still-warm croissants or a fresh hunk of Acme bread torn straight off the loaf. But until this year, I was the only one in our home who cared about gluten.
Scott didn’t feel like it bothered him so he enjoyed it with gusto, usually in the form of a stack of after-dinner cookies. Then he started having aches and pains he never experienced before, so he started researching inflammatory foods and reducing his gluten, dairy and alcohol intake. While his pain persists, he immediately noticed the same digestive changes I did, as well as improved energy levels during the day. And when he started reintroducing those foods one by one, gluten stood out as the catalyst for his symptoms.
This is why most of my treats - including these gluten-free ginger cookies - are made with almond flour. We don’t subscribe to a particular diet, but we do find that eating mostly paleo is what makes us feel best!
A Few Special Instructions
When you first mix the batter, you may look at it and think These cookies are a total flop. Without refrigeration, the dough looks and acts like a mud puddle. My gluten-free ginger cookies absolutely need to be refrigerated for a full hour before baking. These fluffy little nuggets are built to spread gingery deliciousness all over your baking sheet while they're cooking. (That's how they get their crispy edges!) But if you skip the refrigeration you'll basically end up with a sticky, gooey mess. The same goes for the 5-minute rest time after baking. These ginger cookies need time to harden as they cool. So don't move them to your cooling racks until at least 5 minutes has elapsed. The only other thing you have to worry about is the chocolate melting situation, which I wrote about extensively in my Holiday Chocolate Bark recipe. I like to play Jackson Pollack and spatter my sweets with globs of melty goodness, but you might also enjoy dipping one side like a black and white cookie, or creating a more intentional pattern. Get creative and go for it! And when you're done, please post a pic on Instagram and tag me so I can see how they came out!