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Sleighbells ring, are you listening?! We are! That’s why we’re serving up our dietitian’s ginger cookies ready in time for Christmas lunch! If you’re looking for a low salt, low saturated fat version of the classic tasty ginger biscuits, you can’t go past this! They are high in antioxidants due to the variety of spices included and are a great source of fibre. Plus, they’re heaps of fun to make with the kids.

What more could you want?!

Christmas Ginger Cookies

Serves: 16
Prep time: Approx. 25 minutes (plus chilling time)


  • 3 cups wholemeal plain flour (plus more for bench)
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, cloves, pepper, baking soda, baking powder and nutmeg. Whisk until blended.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, combine oil and maple syrup and whisk until combined.
  3. Add brown sugar and whisk until blended.
  4. Add the egg and whisk until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry and mix just until combined.
  6. Once formed a dough-like consistency divide in half, shaping into 2cm flat discs.
  7. Wrap each disc in plastic and place in the fridge to chill until cold (you may also leave overnight).
  8. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line two large baking trays.
  9. Lightly flour bench top and roll out one of the cold discs until its ~1cm thick. If the dough is crumbly, roll out and let sit for a few minutes to warm up.
  10. Once dough is spread out into ~1cm thickness, use cookie cutters to cut out desired shapes and place each cookie onto lined baking tray.
  11. Combine the leftovers into a ball and repeat until you have used up all the dough. Repeat for the other disc.
  12. Place baking trays in the oven and bake for ~8-10 minutes.
  13. Once cooked place on cooling racks to cool. Enjoy straight away or store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Healthy Topping Ideas

Looking for a healthy topping? Try making a low sugar icing, with 1/4 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of lemon and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest.

Christmas Ginger Cookies Nutrition Stats

Nutrient Per Serve Per 100g
Energy 673KJ 1507KJ
Protein 3.4g 7.6g
Carbohydrates 24.9g 55.7g
Sugars 7.7g 17.2g
Fat (total) 4.6g 10.3g
Saturated fat <1g 1.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.0g 6.7g
Polyunsaturated Fat <1g 1.8g
Dietary Fibre 3.4g 7.6g
Sodium 85mg 191mg


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