Recipe: Making Perfect Gingerbread Cookies

This time of year, cookie baking is fast becoming a family tradition for us, as it is for many families. I’m always on the lookout for new cookie recipes because so far, I haven’t found any that are truly family staples. I mean, we all love cookies around here, but there haven’t been any recipes so far that stand out so much that we absolutely HAVE to make it each and every year. So this year, I took a crack at this clean eating gingerbread shortbread recipe.

Clean Eating Gingerbread Shortbread Recipe

While these still aren’t the cookies we’ll look forward to most each holiday season, they were definitely yummy enough for me to share here. Mini Chef in particular enjoyed these. I think they’re a great “kids cookie”.

I find myself continuously trying to recreate the cookie flavors I had in Germany. This was another of those attempts. And while it’s definitely not an exact match, I keep getting closer with every try.

Clean Eating Gingerbread Shortbread Recipe Baked

This clean eating gingerbread shortbread recipe makes a hearty cookie. Dense, but dry like a typical shortbread. It’s definitely a whole grain cookie with a whole grain texture. This is not a delicate shortbread. But it is delicious.

This recipe adapted from the Kind Arthur website.


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0 from 0 votes Clean Eating Gingerbread Shortbread Recipe Print Clean Eating Gingerbread Shortbread Recipe Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 35 mins Total Time 55 mins  

Love shortbread? These gingerbread flavored shortbread cookies are flavored with German-style gingerbread spices. Perfect for the holidays!

Course: Dessert Cuisine: American Yield: 28 cookies Calories: 146 kcal Author: The Gracious Pantry Ingredients
  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour (affiliate link)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered Sucanat I just buy the regular stuff and run it through the grinder at home)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. ground anise seed
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
US Customary - Metric Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. 

  2. Grease an 9 x 13 spring form cake pan and set aside. (Pan can be slightly larger, but not smaller)

  3. Sift the flour and set aside.

  4. In a stand mixer, beat the butter, adding the Sucanat and vanilla extract. until the mixture is well combined and the butter is very soft.

  5. On slow speed, a little at a time, add the flour until it's completely mixed into the butter.

  6. Add all the spices and mix until well combined.

  7. If you have a dough hook attachment, switch to that at this point. 

  8. The dough will be very crumbly at this point. Like a big bowl of bread crumbs. Add 1 tbsp. of water at a time until it holds together. Just keep in mind this is supposed to be a dry dough. So don't overdo it. (I added 3 or 4 tbsp. - the need for water will vary and some folks may not need it at all.)

  9. Press the dough into the cake pan and press until it evenly covers the entire cake pan. This can take a few minutes with a dry dough, but be patient. It will work.

  10. Next, prick the dough with a fork at even intervals to allow for proper baking.

  11. Bake for about 40 minutes or until the dough is golden brown around the edges.

  12. Remove the pan from the oven, immediately release the sides of the pan and cut the cookies while everything is still warm. (If your cake pan scratches easily, you may want to carefully transfer this to a cutting board first.)

  13. Cut into 28 squares and allow to cool completely.

  14. Store in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Nutrition Facts Clean Eating Gingerbread Shortbread Recipe Amount Per Serving

Calories 146

Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 6g


Saturated Fat 4g


Cholesterol 17mg


Sodium 58mg


Potassium 23mg


Total Carbohydrates 20g


Dietary Fiber 1g


Sugars 10g

Protein 1g


Vitamin A 4.1% Calcium 1.8% Iron 2.5% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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