The Best Ever Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies – Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps

gluten free gingerbread cookies

These gluten free gingerbread cookies are actually ginger snaps — very famous ones at that. They are inspired by Mrs. Bean’s Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps from the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox. My version is grain free, refined sugar free, and paleo. But don’t let that scare you off. They are also delicious and full of cozy fall spices like nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Topped with a slice of apple, they are the ultimate fall cookie!

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A Glimpse into the World of Fantastic Mr. Fox

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“Fantastic Mr. Fox” is a film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book. The story follows the life of Mr. Fox, a cunning and adventurous fox who leads a double life as a loving family man and a daring chicken thief. The film is a visual feast with Wes Anderson’s signature style, offering a quirky and heartwarming experience for audiences of all ages.

Our family has a wee obsession with all things Wes Anderson. And personally I have a rather large obsession with foxes. So naturally, Fantastic Mr. Fox is one of our favorite films. Not only is it wildly entertaining, super quirky, and hilarious, it’s a great movie for foodies.

Fun fact: my husband and I dress up as characters from Wes Anderson movies every year for Halloween. I hand painted that dress.

Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps: A Delectable Culinary Delight

In the film, Mr. Fox’s love for good food is evident throughout. Among the numerous delectable dishes featured, the Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps stand out as a culinary masterpiece. It’s a spicy cookie that’s topped with an apple slice cut through the middle of the apple so there’s a star shape inside. Each fall we love to watch the movie, accompanied by our own gluten free gingerbread cookies topped with apple slices.

gluten free gingerbread cookies - nutmeg ginger apple snaps

What is a Gingersnap?

Let’s clear something up right from the start, shall we? Ginger snaps are meant to be a crisp cookie that SNAPS when broken, hence the name. I cannot tell you how crazymaking it is to see recipes for ginger snaps that are actually soft, ginger molasses cookies. They are two different kinds of cookies entirely, and each with its own merits. These gluten free gingerbread cookies are baked until crisp, so IMO they definitely qualify as a gingersnap.

How to Make Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies – AKA Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps

Bringing the Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps from the screen to your kitchen is a delightful way to relive the magic of “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Here what you’ll need to make these gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, refined-sugar free cookies.

  • Grain free (or gluten free) flour blend – I used Beth’s Blends
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Coconut Oil – I prefer refined so it doesn’t actually taste like coconut
  • Molasses
  • An egg
  • Spices including nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves
  • Baking soda (omit if you’re using self-rising flour, Beth’s Blends is self rising)
gluten free gingerbread cookies nutmeg ginger apple snaps

Whether or not you’re a fan of Wes Anderson or Fantastic Mr. Fox, you will certainly be a fan of these gluten free gingerbread cookies — AKA Mrs. Bean’s Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps. They are pure autumnal bliss.

Here are a few more gluten free apple recipes to try!

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gluten free gingerbread cookies

The Best Ever Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

Alison Needham
These gluten free gingerbread cookies are actually ginger snaps — very famous ones at that. They are inspired by Mrs. Bean's Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps from the movie Fantastic Mr. Fox. My version is grain free, refined sugar free, and paleo.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 cookies
Calories 142 kcal




  • Preheat your oven to 350° F and line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl using a a whisk or electric hand mixer, beat the coconut oil, brown coconut sugar, and molasses together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla and continue to mix until very smooth, set aside.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the flour(s), cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda (if using) and salt. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until you have a thick cookie dough. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes so you can roll it into balls. If you plan to roll the cookies in sugar (or granulated sweetener) put it in a shallow bowl.
  • Roll a 1.5” ball of dough in the sugar and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat, spacing cookies 2” apart and using both baking sheets to make 15 cookies. Flatten the cookies using your fingers or the bottom of a drinking glass until about 2.5″ in diameter. Top with slice of apple.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes or until edges are browning. Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then carefully transfer to wire racks to cool completely. If needed, pat the apples dry with a paper towel. Store the cookies covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Serving: 2cookiesCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 92mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 16IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Fantastic Mr. Fox, gluten free cookie recipe, Gluten Free Cookies, gluten free gingerbread, gluten free gingerbread cookies, Gluten free gingersnap cookies, nutmeg ginger apple snaps
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