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Paleo Gingerbread Cookies | give the gift of paleo christmas treats.

Christmas shopping is stressful, right? The crowds, the parking, the dollars spent + the biggest stress of all is ‘picking the perfect present’! Well, first things first, here’s a gift for you, our paleo gingerbread cookie recipe! Scroll down if you just can’t wait any longer!

This year, we’ve decided to take a minimalist approach to Christmas + instead of focussing on the gifts, we are focussing on quality time with family + friends. Don’t get us wrong… we still LOVE to give gifts but instead of hitting the shops, we are whipping  up a batch of paleo gingerbread cookies, packaging them up + tying them with ribbon! CUTE! Edible gifts are the best kind of gifts… + when they are healthy too, it’s all a big WIN WIN situation! Here’s a few of our ideas to make your Christmas presents unique , delicious (+ merrymaker approved!).

paleo raw choc peppermint bites.

These raw choc peppermint bites are inspired by the candycane but with added CHOCOLATE! Which means added delish factor! We like to make a batch, put them in a cute jar + tie with ribbon! A little mini blackboard adds to the cuteness too!

paleo coconut ice.

Our paleo coconut ice is super sweet + pretty, it’s actually REALLY healthy too! We like to place a batch on a nice wooden board or platter + wrap in cellophane! You could also place some in cellophane bags or a cute box!

paleo spiced nuts.

For your savoury queen or king! These spiced nuts are SO delicious… yes TOO delicious (you might want to double the batch!). We used pistachios, pumpkin seeds + cashews for the gift below!

paleo granola.

We’ve been gifting loads of granola to friends + they just LOVE it! Make a batch + place in a cute jar or cellophane bag! We have heaps of recipes, so take your pick: banana cereal clusters, orange + date granola, chocolate granola or just your regular granola.

paleo raw christmas cake.

Cake on Christmas is always necessary but we’re not fans of traditional Chrissy pudding. Instead? We will be making our paleo raw Christmas cake (think chocolate, vanilla + citrus-sy flavours… YUM!). Make this cake when someone asks you to ‘bring the dessert!’. Trust us, you will be the talk of the party!

Now for the crowd pleaser! Paleo gingerbread cookies! Yes, we said PALEO GINGERBREAD COOKIES! This recipe is all thanks to merrymaker mum (she really is getting good at this!). Bake a batch, package them up + write a cute Christmas note to all your friends + family! We LOVE paleo gingerbread cookies + you will too!

Do you have any more ideas for healthy edible chrissy gifts? We’d love to hear them, just leave us a comment!

Always merrymaking,

e + c

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paleo gingerbread cookies.
Serves 20
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
stuff you need
  1. 300g almond meal
  2. 1 tbs. ground ginger
  3. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp. nutmeg
  5. ½ tsp. baking powder (gluten free)
  6. 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  7. 2 tbs. raw honey
  8. 1 tsp. 100% vanilla extract
  9. 1 egg
  10. (spices can be adjusted to suit taste)
now what
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F).
  2. In a large bowl mix the almond meal, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder. Leave this for now.
  3. In a food processor, whiz the coconut oil, raw honey, vanilla extract + egg until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the food processor + whiz to form a dough (the mixture will be quite moist).
  5. Take out the mixture + knead a little to form a ball.
  6. Place the mixture between 2 pieces of baking paper + roll out to 3mm thick.
  7. Place this into the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  8. Once refrigerated, cookie-cut into desired shapes (like gingerbread men, stars + chrissy trees!) + place carefully onto a lined baking tray (you will need 2 trays).
  9. Place into the preheated oven + bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool + enjoy!
  1. Watch the oven especially if your cookies are super thin. They will cook faster!
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  2. I can’t wait to make these but I am in Canada and haven’t seen this sweetener before, is it stevia??

  3. Hi Heather! Yes! Natvia is just a brand of Stevia we have here – we will make sure we list that each time we use Natvia 🙂 🙂 Enjoy and let us know how they go! e + c

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  6. My mum and I tried this and it didn’t work at all we’re really confused because we followed the recipe exactly but it turned out really powdery and not like dough. Please help us.

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    Hmmm! We’re not sure! We are going to have to put it on our list to re-do and check the recipe! We’ve seen lots of social media pictures popping up… and they all seem to work! We’ll look in to it asap! 🙂 x

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  9. The cake turned out really nice but we haven’t tried the recipe again yet.

  10. I love the recipes you guys come up, they always work a treat for me! But I didn’t do quite as well with these – the only thing I did differently was sub out the honey for maple syrup. Usually this is not an issue but wondering if in this case, honey is essential? They came out pretty dry 🙁 Any ideas?

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    Hmmm. No they should work fine with maple or honey we’d think! We might have to give them another try and check the recipe! 🙂 xox Thanks Sara!

  12. Thank you so much for this recipe, its great! My toddler is having fun rolling and making shapes. It’s the best cookie dough we have tried. We’re going to experiment with different flavours because it’s become a firm family favourite 🙂

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  15. Hi Merrymaker Sisters

    If you don’t have a Vitamix or Kitchenaid etc, how else could you make the dough?


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  17. Hi Ladies, great recipe………is it essential to have the honey? I am wanting to sub with Natvia…….will it still work out?? Thanks!!

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    Hey Melissa! It SHOULD work out ok, you’ll just have to gauge if it comes together like a dough 🙂 it may need some extra coconut oil to bring it together! Store in an airtight container in the pantry 🙂 always merrymaking e + c

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  20. Hi Girls

    Can these be frozen? Or how long do they stay fresh? I wanted to pre make them for christmas day.


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  22. Natvia is not just stevia but has added erythrytol (spelling?), at least it is in Australia. You will need to Google the pros and cons of this alcohol sugar to see if it’s something you want your children eating. Personally the benefits of raw honey or coconut sugar look more attractive to me.

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    Hey Rachael, like all our recipes feel free to swap sweetener and milks etc. 🙂 We actually don’t eat natvia anymore, this is a pretty old recipe but it’s all about what works for you. 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

  24. Hey girls!! Thank you for this recipe! They are in the oven right now! How long do these usually last for as I want to give them as gifts on Xmas eve…..?

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    Hey Judith! They will stay fresh 3-5 days… obviously tastier the fresher they are! Hehe! 🙂 🙂 Merry(maker) Christmas to YOU! e + c

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  27. Instead of using almond meal, what would you use for a nut free receipe and would there be any quantity adjustments?

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    Hmmm – gosh, it’s mostly almonds! But you could TRY sunflower meal… note; we totally have not tried this though! 🙂 🙂 Good luck Keryn! x

  29. where’s the recipes gone?? my favourite pale gluten free gingerbread cookies are all blog and no recipe!

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