If you’re looking for a healthier alternative to traditional gingerbread houses, our gluten free Gingerbread Cookie Christmas tree recipe is easy to make with no added sugar!
Every time my girls see the gingerbread house kits at the store, I see their eyes light up. Very quickly my stomach starts to turn because I know just how much fun they’ll have fun making a gingerbread house – and just how upset their tummies will be if they eat it.
I came across these really cool cookie cutters that allow you to create a Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Tree. So I decided to try my hand at making a Gluten Free Gingerbread Christmas Tree with 0g added sugar.
Instead of the traditional gum drops and other candies that are used on gingerbread houses, we decided to only use treats like Stretch Island Fruit Snacks that have 0g added sugar.
We’ve been buying the Stretch Island Fruit Strips for years, so I was really excited that Stretch Island wanted to sponsor this recipe using their Stretch Island Fruit Bites. They taste really great!
Best of all, Stretch Island Fruit Leathers and Organic Fruit Strips contain 0g added sugar.* The sugar you’ll find in Stretch Island fruit snacks is from all natural fruit puree concentrates and fruit juice concentrates.
These yummy snacks are made with 100% fruit ingredients and they’re Non-GMO Project Verified, vegan and gluten free as well. The Fruit Strips and Fruit Bites are USDA Certified Organic. They’ve been made this way for 40 years!
They were the perfect choice to use as decorations for our gluten free Gingerbread Christmas Tree with 0g added sugar! We had a really great time decorating it.
Do you want to learn how to make your own Gluten Free Gingerbread Christmas Tree using Stretch Island Fruit Snacks? Follow this simple tutorial!
Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Tree Recipe
- 4 cups almond flour
- 1 cup Swerve Sweetener granulated
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 225˚ F. Line two baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.
- Add the almond flour, sweetener, coconut flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, baking powder, xanthan gum, ground cloves and sea salt to a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.
- Add the dry ingredients, eggs, melted coconut oil, molasses and vanilla extract to your food processor with dough attachment to blend the ingredients. If you don't have a food processor, you can work it with your hands, but it will take a lot more time.
- Once the dough comes together, divide dough in half. Set one half aside, then place the other half onto a large sheet of parchment paper. Place one more piece of parchment on top of the dough, then roll it out until it's about 1/4" thick. Use the Christmas Tree cookie cutters to cut one cookie for each cutter if you want to make the same size tree I did. If you want a larger tree, you'll want to do two cookies from each cookie cutter.
- Gently transfer the cookies onto your lined baking sheets. Try to group the larger stars on one pan and the smaller stars on the other pan. Continue to re-roll the scraps until you're out of dough, then repeat this process with the other half of the cookie dough.Place the baking sheet in the oven, and bake for about 60 minutes or until golden brown and just firm to the touch (they will firm up as they cool). You may have to bake the pan with the larger stars for a bit longer than the pan with the smaller stars. Keep an eye on them.
- Once they're done, remove the baking sheets from the oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes on pan, then transfer the cookies over to a wire rack so they can cool completely.
- While the cookies are cooling, place the powdered Swerve sweetener, meringue powder, matcha green tea and arrowroot powder into a medium sized mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Add the water to the mixing bowl, and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth. Continue adding 1 teaspoon of water until you reach your ideal consistency.
- Once the cookies are cool, you're ready to assemble your tree. Starting with the largest star on the bottom, stack them in order, using Royal Icing to "cement" them together.
- When you're happy with the tree assembly, allow it to set for 30-60 minutes before proceeding.
- Next, it's time to decorate! Use the icing to turn the tree green.
- Once you're happy with the icing, we get to add the Stretch Island Fruit Snacks as decorations. The fruit snacks make great ornaments, and you can cut the strips into shapes to look like garland, lights, ornaments or a star. I like to use a little bit of icing to cement the Stretch Island fruit snacks to the tree.
- Use any additional decorations you want to add to your gingerbread Christmas Tree. Let the icing set for at least 30 minutes, then you're ready to display (or devour) your gluten free Gingerbread Christmas Tree with 0g added sugar!