Iced Gingerbread Cookies

3.5 (12 reviews)

Iced Gingerbread Cookies



  • 1/2 cup  unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup  sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp.  ground ginger
  • 1 tsp.  ground cloves
  • 1 tsp.  baking powder mixed with 3 Tbsp. cold water
  • 7 oz.  agave syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 2 cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup  powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp.  water
  • Sprinkles, for decorating


  • In a large bowl, beat the applesauce with the sugar.
  • Add the spices, baking powder–water mixture, and syrup and mix well.
  • Add the flour gradually and mix into a stiff dough. Shape into a ball and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • On a flat, floured surface, roll the dough out to 1-inch thickness and cut with holiday-themed cookie cutters. Place the cut-out shapes on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. (Allow some space in between, as they will spread a little while baking.)
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned around the edges. Allow to cool.
  • Mix the powdered sugar and water until smooth. Spread on the cookies and decorate with sprinkles. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 4 servings



Rated 3.5/5 based on 12 reviews

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