Karina's Gingersnaps and Rolled Cut-Out Ginger Cookies

The dough for these gluten-free gingersnaps lends itself beautifully to rolling out and cutting into shapes. Usually vegan gluten-free dough is finicky. But I found it surprisingly easy to roll out- with a simple technique we use for making crackers. The cut-outs were tricky to move, though. But don't fret. I have a method to bypass that horror (cookie shapes breaking into sad little twisted lumps).

Ingredients:

1 cup sorghum flour (also called jowar flour)
1 cup tapioca starch/flour
1/2 cup hazelnut flour or almond flour
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup Spectrum Organic Shortening or vegan margarine
1/4 cup unsulphured molasses
4 tablespoons coconut milk (or non-dairy milk)

Supplies you'll need:

A large baking sheet. An Exopat or Silpat. Plastic wrap. A rolling pin. Cookie cutters.

Instructions: 
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use a whisk attachment or pastry cutter to cut in the shortening and molasses. The mixture will be sandy and crumbly. Add the coconut milk one tablespoon at a time. Mix after each spoonful to keep a close eye on the consistency. You don't want the dough too sticky. It should still appear somewhat crumbly- but- when you pinch the dough it should stick together and feel like cookie dough. I used four tablespoons of carton-style coconut milk to get to this consistency. Divide the dough in half. Wrap one half in plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge to chill while you work with the other half. If the dough seems too soft and warm- chill all of it for an hour to improve the rolling out process. Split the half dough ball in two.

Place the Exopat liner on the counter. Put the dough in the center, and using your palms, lightly press the dough into a flattish round shape. 
How does the dough feel? If it's warm or very soft you may need to chill it before working with it. If it feels sturdy and pliable, proceed. Cut a swath of plastic wrap the size of the Exopat and lay it on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin to roll out the cookie dough evenly. The plastic wrap makes this super easy. When the dough is evenly 1/4 inch thick, pull off the plastic and save it for the next batch. Use cookie cutters or juice glasses to cut shapes into the dough- not too close together. Do not move the shapes you cut. You are just cutting the dough. Carefully pull away the pieces of dough surrounding the cookie shapes, leaving the cookie shape itself on the Exopat (I used a butter knife to help me do this). When you're done you'll have a sheet of shapes ready to bake! Roll up the excess dough to reuse. Place the baking sheet next to the Exopat liner and gently move the liner with cookies onto the baking sheet. Bake in the center of a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Note: Use this first sheet as a trial run to see your best baking time. The thinner the cookie the faster it will bake. Mine were ready at 8 minutes.

These gingersnaps crisp as they cool. So if you like a chewy, tender ginger cookie, bake for less time, say 7 to 8 minutes. If you prefer them crunchy gingersnap style, bake them at least 8 minutes, up to 9 minutes- if they aren't rolled very thin. Remember the thinner they are the faster the bake. For thicker cookies, bake up to 10 minutes- but remember, these really do crisp as they cool to room temperature, so experiment with timing.

When the cookies have firmed up and are cooled enough to handle, remove them to a wire rack to continue to cool and crisp up. 
Repeat the process for the remaining cookie dough. Note: If you bake two sheets at a time, your baking time may vary from mine. I baked one sheet in the center. Rotate the pans to help with even baking.

When the cookies are cool, divide them up and store them in sandwich bags, inside a large freezer bag. Freeze for maximum taste and texture preservation.

Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies, depending upon the size of the cut-outs.
Recipe Source: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com