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Every holiday season needs gingerbread cookies to be complete, can we agree? If they’re vegan gingerbread cookies that’s even better in my opinion! So grab your ugly sweater apron (actually a thing btw, haha) and put on a sappy Hallmark Christmas movie so you can get baking.
This post is all about chewy vegan gingerbread cookies
My family’s Christmas Traditions:
When I was a kid it was a family tradition to make gingerbread houses every year. We usually had a little friendly competition to see who’s house was the best. It was fun motivation for the little ones to not give up as soon as they got bored and also to not eat all their sweet decorations before the process was done.
The downside of our tradition was always that we’d use those pre-assembled kits that tasted like drywall. They’re so convenient if you have kids and don’t want to spend hours baking and assembling, but for eating they are a no-go. That’s why every household should have a classic gingerbread cookie recipe to make when eating is the goal. These cookies won’t realistically be stable enough for house building, but that’s just because they’re so soft and chewy. It’s a positive negative, if that makes since.
About the recipe:
This recipe is so quick and easy. I’ve probably made it a dozen times this season by popular request. They’re good iced or not iced, you can decorate them with the kids, they don’t need any fancy ingredients, and….they’re vegan gingerbread cookies. Need I say more?
Have you been following for a while? If so, you may remember back in the day when I used to have time to make EPIC GINGERBREAD HOUSES. I will do a post at some point on how to make an entirely vegan gingerbread house. Let me know in the comments if that’s something you’d like to see. These cookies won’t really be house-building material. I mean, if you bake them extra long it might work but there are a few ingredients I’d change. Probably best to just make these for devouring.
Hope you’re ready for your house to smell like Christmas. Baking holiday cookies really brings families together and creates great memories with the kids.
Let me know what you think if you try them!
If you need some decorating things you can find all kinds on Amazon super cheap. These are some of my favorite essentials for vegan Christmas cookies.
Let’s get to the recipe.
Soft Baked Gingerbread Cookies (Vegan)
- 1/2 cup room temperature vegan butter
- 1/2 cup plant-based milk
- 1/2 cup pure cane sugar
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cloves
- 1 1/4 teaspoons ginger
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for rolling cookies out
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup plant-based milk
Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Beat butter, molasses, and sugar together until creamed. Mix in milk until combined then add vanilla, soda, and spices. Add in flour and mix only just until combined, trying not to over-mix.
Roll dough out to about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Cut cookies with your chosen cookie cutters. Place them, at least 1-inch apart, on a parchment lined baking tray.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until very lightly darkened on edges. Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.
Stir together the ingredients for the frosting until completely smooth. If it seems a bit too thick add a few drops more of milk, if it seems a bit to thin, add a bit more powdered sugar.
Frost cookies as desired. You can add food coloring or sprinkles if you like. Allow icing to dry completely for about 45 minutes (or just eat them right away ;p). Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
This post was all about chewy vegan gingerbread cookies