These gingerbread lace cookies are crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. They’re gluten-free and Paleo, and they even have a vegan option! These are the perfect cookies for holiday baking, because they are easy and delicious!
My semester finally ended last Friday, and now I’m free! The past four months have felt like an eternity, and I am so grateful to have two weeks of peace and quiet. I am going to spend all my time doing the things that I haven’t done since school started — namely reading, writing, and practicing the piano/clarinet. Unfortunately, these activities tend to fall on the back burner during the school year. Anything that I don’t *have* to do tends to go unfinished.
I’m also excited to bake a TON of holiday treats! These gingerbread lace cookies are on my list, as are these nut-free peppermint chocolate whoopie pies. Last year, my sister and I made a gluten-free (not Paleo) chocolate-gingerbread yule log. It was certainly impressive, but also a lot of work. We spent about ten hours in the kitchen over the course of two days! I would like to make some less time-consuming treats this year, which is why these gingerbread lace cookies are on my list!
If you look closely at the photos, you can see my failed powdered sugar glaze! I hadn’t made royal icing in ages, so this improvised version was a complete flop. I tried to cover it up with a dusting of powdered sugar, which is much prettier, anyway. *Powdered sugar is not Paleo.* If you’d like a Paleo icing for these cookies, I think a drizzle of my toasted coconut butter would be incredible! When I made these cookies, I immediately kicked myself for eating all of the coconut butter in about three days. Maybe I’ll have to make more!
I am unabashedly proud of these gingerbread lace cookies. The recipe began one night when I threw together some random ingredients, hoping for soft and chewy gingerbread cookies. I used way too much coconut oil, and I didn’t think to chill the dough. After the cookies had baked for a few minutes, I checked on them — only to find that they had melted together into one bubbly, sugary catastrophe! Upon tasting the finished product, however, I discovered that the cookies (cookie? For at that point the cookies had become completely homogeneous) were very tasty! They were more like a cookie bark than a real cookie, but they weren’t a complete failure, as I had suspected.
In Round Two, I reduced the amount of coconut oil and gave the cookies more room to spread. These two changes made a drastic difference in the final product, and the perfect you’d-never-guess-they’re-Paleo gingerbread lace cookies were born! They are completely addictive and delicious, and they’re much healthier than any store-bought cookie you could find!
I really think I need to make a batch of these cookies today. Cheers!