These sugar free gingerbread men are also gluten free, grain free and made with whole food ingredients. They are fun to make and fun to eat.

They will help keep your children sugar free whilst still enjoying baking together. Read my top tips below, if you’re hopeless at icing/frosting.


The irony after naming these sugar free gingerbread men, is that I have just realised (now I have finished the graphics on all the images) that there are actually only two little gingerbread men in the photos. I wrote this post in December, so maybe the cookies reflect my state of mind at this time of year.

I do like the festive shapes of the angels, trees, hearts and stars. My son did make some trains and dinosaurs, but they never made their way into the shot (the cookies ‘disappeared’ somehow).


If you are lousy at icing/frosting gingerbread men (or really can’t be bothered) then throw some icing in between the gingerbread men and sandwich them together. Just call them gingerbread ‘sandwiches’ and everyone will be impressed at how creative you are.

Sugar Free Gingerbread Men Recipe:

Sugar free gingerbread men are the perfect treat to take to festive parties or why not make them all year round for a crunchy cookie?

 Course Cakes and desserts
 Cuisine Gluten Free, Grain free, LCHF, Low Carb, No Sugars, Wheat Free
 Keyword Sugar free gingerbread men
 Prep Time 20 minutes
 Cook Time 12 minutes
 Total Time 32 minutes
 Servings  gingerbread shapes
 Calories 68 kcal


Sugar free gingerbread men

  • 110 g butter softened
  • 4 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice or more, to your taste
  • 1 egg
  • 200 g almond meal/flour
  • 4 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves

Sugar free icing/frosting

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp cream cheese (regular not spreadable)
  • powdered sweetener to taste
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Metric grams – US measurements


Sugar free gingerbread men

  1. Mix the butter and sweetener together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and mix.
  3. Add all the other dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Adjust the dough with extra almond flour or water until the dough is the right consistency to be rolled out.
  5. Roll between two sheets of baking parchment, cut out various shapes using cookie cutters and place on a lined baking tray.
  6. Bake at 180C/350F for 10-12 minutes or until cooked (cooking times will vary considerably for this recipe and how crispy you like your gingerbread men). Once cooked, you may want to turn them upside down and bake for a further minute to ensure they are crisp.

Sugar free icing/frosting

  1. Microwave for 10-15 seconds or heat on the stove gently to soften (not melt) the butter and cream cheese together. Mix.
  2. Add the vanilla and add sweetener to taste. Mix.
  3. Allow to cool slightly and thicken enough to be able to be piped onto the gingerbread men.
  4. If the icing/frosting is too thick, add a few drops of water, if too thin, allow to cool in the fridge to allow the butter and cream cheese to solidify slightly.

Recipe Notes

The nutrition panel does not include icing/frosting as how much you use will vary depending how you decide to decorate the gingerbread shapes.

Nutrition Facts
Sugar Free Gingerbread Men
Amount Per Serving
Calories 68Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.3g10%
Total Carbohydrates 2g1%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 0.3g
Protein 1.8g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.