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Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies w/ Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling

These Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies with Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling are absolutely scrumptious. Soft, moist, and delicately spiced, they’re a delicious holiday treat!

Gingerbread Cookies with Rum Raisin Caramel FIlling

By posting this recipe for Gluten free Gingerbread Cookies with Sea Salt Rum Raisin Caramel Filling, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board. I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Today I bring you these Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies filled with Rum Raisin and Sea Salt Caramel.

Oh. My. Yum.

What’s the occasion, you may be asking?

Well, first of all, I say, who needs an “occasion” to eat gingerbread cookies filled with rum raisin caramel?

Not me! {After all, they’re all I ate for breakfast today. And, it twas the best kind of boozy Friday morning for sure!}

But, if I have to give you one, or two, or three reasons to make these Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies, let’s just say…

  1. Tis’ the holiday season, for {natural} sweetness, spice, and everything nice!
  2. It’s a cold (a 53 degree Souther Cali kind of cold) and rainy day today. The BEST type of day for baking cookies!
  3. I’m entering these lovelies into a Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB). This means they are {mostly} sweetened with delicious and naturally sweet California Raisins!
Rum Raisin Sea Salt Caramell

Warning! It will be SO tempting to eat this Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling by the spoonful. But, you must resist the temptation as the recipe only makes JUST enough to fill the cookies!

Before I share the recipe with you, let’s chat a little about California Raisins

+ Naturally sweet & packed with nutrients including potassium, fiber, and iron. I pretty much always have a bag of these plump, juicy beauties in my pantry for healthy snacking.

+ One of my favorite ways to enjoy California Raisins, is in a big ol’ bowl of oatmeal with a pinch of sea salt, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a splash of milk. No other sweetener needed. Promise.

+Naturally gluten-free, California Raisins make a delicious portable snack. Which is why I like to recommend my celiac and gluten-free clients keep a stash of them for healthy noshing on the go.

+ For more information about all-natural, no-sugar added California raisins and for recipe inspiration, be sure and  visit www.loveyourraisins.com. Or, get social at www.facebook.com/californiaraisinswww.pinterest.com/calraisins, or www.twitter.com/caraisins.

P.S. California Raisins also taste pretty darn delicious in these Maple Oatmeal Raisin Pecan Cinnamon Cookie Dough Balls . And, in this Maple Oatmeal Raisin Cinnamon Pecan Cookie Dough Ice Cream. Yum!

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Nutrition Notes + How to Make Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

  • These gluten free gingerbread cookies are also vegan.
  • I kept the added sugar low by sweetening them naturally sweetened with California Raisins. Plus, a tiny bit of pure maple syrup.
  • They’re rich in heart healthy fats from the walnuts and flax meal, plus fiber from the nuts, flax, and California Raisins. They’re also antioxidant rich and have anti-inflammatory spices. No one will blame you if you eat a cookie {or two} for breakfast!
  • These gluten free gingerbread cookies are SO easy to make! Make the dough in a food processor, roll it into balls, press them with clean thumbs (get your kids involved!), bake them, and top off with the SUPER YUMMY sea salt caramel rum raisin filling!!!
gluten free gingerbread cookies with caramel filling on a white napkin

Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies w/ Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling

These Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies with Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling are absolutely scrumptious. Soft, moist, and delicately spiced, they’re a delicious holiday treat!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups walnuts divided
  • 1 cup California Raisins soaked in water, divided
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup sorghum flour {or your favorite gluten-free flour}
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt divided, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum optional {or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract for alcohol free version}

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place raisins and 2 cups of water in a medium size mixing bowl. Heat for 3 minutes in microwave, let sit for 5 minutes to soften, then drain.
  • While the raisins are soaking, combine 2 cups of the walnuts, flax meal, sorghum flour, maple syrup, spices, and baking soda, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a food processor. Add 1/2 cup of softened raisins, and process the ingredients in the food processor until moist and mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Divide dough into 16 balls and place on un-greased baking sheet. Use your thumb to press each cookie ball, then bake for 8-10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Allow cookies to cool completely before removing from the baking sheet.
  • Make the sea salt rum raisin caramel filling while the cookies are baking, by combining the remaining 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/4 cup of walnuts, and 1/8 teaspoon of salt with the rum (or vanilla) and coconut oil in a small food processor or blender, and processing, scraping the sides of the food processor or blender as needed, until mixture is relatively smooth.
  • Spoon 1 teaspoon filling onto each cookie, and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword christmas cookies, gingerbread cookies, gluten free christmas cookies
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Gingerbread Cookies w/ Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin FIlling

So, what’s stopping you? Dig in!

Let’s Chat!

Have you ever used raisins as a natural sweetener? Have you baked any cookies yet this holiday season? So, do tell…have you been naughty or nice this year???

Be sure and check out all the other delicious sweet and savory Recipe ReDux recipes featuring naturally sweet California Raisins!

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23 thoughts on “Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies w/ Sea Salt Caramel Rum Raisin Filling”

    1. Hi Kellie! Always happy when you stop by to visit and say hello 🙂 Thanks so much! I’m loving the new layout too, and, ahem, these gingerbread cookies make me insanely happy. Cheers!

  1. Wow, these look amazing! I love what you’ve done with this contest, EA! I would need to make about twice as much of the caramel rum raisin filling so I can taste a few spoonfuls 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

  2. I NEED THESE! I have 17 things left to do today, and making these does not fit on my list, but I can’t stop thinking about them – yummmmm!!!
    ~jules

  3. When I was a kid, my favorite Christmas cookies were a date pinwheel ….I learned later were made with rum. I think it’s high time I introduced my kids to rum in cookies. (: Recipe says raisins and walnuts are divided. Think I figured 1/2 cup raisins in the filling?

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