Cookies For Santa

by Maggie on December 21, 2011

When we indulge, even during the holidays, we like to make sure it’s a healthy indulgence. And these cookies totally fit that bill! They’re loaded with healthy ingredients that contain protein, fiber, and even some calcium, thanks to the teff flour.

Using high fiber flours, like teff, in your gluten-free baking comes with another great benefit; they help to balance your blood sugar. And we all know our blood sugars need some balancing during the holiday season!

Santa will love this cookie, almost as much as you and your gluten-free lucky ones will love it. We’ll be leaving him a plate of these babies for his little midnight stop at our house. Rumor has it Dasher has gone gluten-free! Maybe Santa will share.

Ginger Molasses Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle

2/3 cup coconut oil, room temperature
¾ cup coconut sugar or cane sugar
1 tbsp ground chia combined with 6 tbsp water
¼ cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup teff flour
½ cup quinoa Flour
½ cup tapioca or arrowroot flour
1 ½ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup Enjoy Life’s chocolate chunks or chips
Chocolate drizzle – I used the chocolate from my Peanut Butter Cups

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silpat.
2. Cream coconut oil and sugar.
3. Add chia egg, molasses, and vanilla to coconut oil-sugar mixture. Stir well.
4. Sift together flours, spices, baking soda and sea salt.
5. Gradually stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
6. Stir in chocolate chips, or even chocolate chunks!
7. Put cookie dough onto prepared cookie sheet and press with the palm of your hand or a spoon before putting in oven.
8.  Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
9. Drizzle with melted chocolate when cool.

You’ll need to listen to this album while you’re finishing up your holiday baking.

More Holiday Recipes from She Let Them Eat Cake

Gingerbread Cookies
Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Chunk Pecan Squares
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

In case you missed it, here’s the Winners from Home for the Holidays Day 7 featuring my recipe for  Candy Cane Ice Cream!

The winner of The Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Kitchen:
Lori Robin Wilson—“Every gluten free, dairy free cookbook improves the quality of my life. The amazing thing is that my husband enjoys all my experimenting and baking. This is my first vegan and gluten free Chrismas and this would make it heavenly!”

The winner of Sugar Nation:
Angie Gray—“Great recipe and blog!”

The winner of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook:
Rebecca Ashley Mitchell—“This recipe sounds amazing! I cannot wait to try it, now to write a letter to Santa asking for an ice cream maker!!”

Thank you all for participating! And remember, you are all still in the running for three amazing grand prizes!

The third prize is a Caveman Cookies giveaway package!

The second prize is a shopping spree from Free From Gluten !

And the grand prize is a top-of-the-line Vita-Mix professional blender 5200 Super Healthy Lifestyle package and a free copy of the super cool e-book Eat Fresh and Detox your Life

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Ricki December 21, 2011 at 9:13 am

Forget Santa–I would want these all for myself!! They look amazing. 🙂


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 9:38 am

Ahh Ricki, you’re my kind of girl! Thanks. xo


Heidi Oran December 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

Holding out on me Savage?
I suppose you have to be of Santa’s caliber to score one of these…. 😉


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I would never hold out on you Heidi! Don’t go to Windsor and you might get some on Saturday 🙂


Annie December 21, 2011 at 11:25 am

haha Listening to the good old Buble while baking christmas cookies. Sounds like a good time to me! And lucky Santa (not to mention Callum and Livvie) these will obviously be the best cookies on the block. Merry Christmas! xox


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Annie! The Buble album is soooo good! Wish you were closer so you could join our little Christmas dance party 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too. xo


Sharon December 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

These sound great. Do you think I can substitute brown rice flour for the quionoa flour? Quinoa does not agree with me.


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Hi Sharon – I think you can definitely try it! I haven’t tried it with this particular recipe, but I have in other recipes. I think you’ll be just fine. Enjoy! Happy holidays!


Shirley @ gfe December 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Can I play Santa just so I can have these cookies? 🙂 Lovely healthy treats, Maggie!



Maggie December 21, 2011 at 5:33 pm

You bet Shirley! I think Santa will beat you here though, it’s a long drive for you 🙂 xo


Betsy @ Gluten Free Betsy December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Ohhh…those look tasty!


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Thanks Betsy. It was hard to walk past the cookie jar!


Alta December 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Love me some teff flour! These sound tasty.


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Me too Alta, it’s so awesome! I love using it in already dark cookies!


Miz Helen December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Those Santa Cookies look awesome Maggie. I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Miz Helen


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Ah Miz Helen! Thanks so much. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas too! xo


Sharon Baridon December 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm

These sound delightful…and somewhat healthy…considering I just ate a rather large homemade frozen dose of gluten free chocolate chip cookie dough!!! I see ground chia in a lot of your recipes, please explain to me what it provides…I’m still learning!!! Thank you so much!


Maggie December 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Thanks Sharon. They’re really a yummy cookie! I do use a lot of ground chia. It’s full of nutritional goodness (omega 3s and fiber), and it’s a great egg replacer. Wherever you see it mixed with water, I’m using it to replace an egg or two (1 tbsp with 1/4 cup water equals 1 egg). I also use it from time to time to replace xanthan or guar gums. I’m still playing around with that though. Happy holidays Sharon!


Richa@HobbyandMore December 23, 2011 at 12:24 am

ooh i like the quinoa flour in it and i love ginger and spices in any cookie! perfect! Have a wonderful holiday!


Stephanie December 19, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Wow! You nailed it with these babies-sure to be a regular in my house from now on, and heck, why not all year, not just at Christmas?! They are great without the drizzle too. One comment on the chocolate drizzle, I halved the recipe, and still had lots left over? Oh well, it will be good on an apple 🙂


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