Vegan Gingerbread Christmas Cookies
I don’t know about you, but Christmas cookies are one of my favorite traditions of this time of year. Eating the leftover dough, cutting out shapes with adorable cookie cutters, just baking in general feels so festive!
Our church is having a traditional Christmas Cookie exchange where everyone brings a few dozen cookies, and we all get to try each other’s favorites. Of course I want to bring something healthy, but also I don’t want it to taste “too healthy.” Because, people. And I don’t know if you’ve tried finding a healthy cookie recipe that actually TASTES good, but it’s not easy!!
So, after many tries and alterations, I bring you VEGAN GINGERBREAD COOKIES.
VEGAN GINGERBREAD COOKIES RECIPE
+ 2 cups whole wheat flour
+ 2 teaspoons ground ginger
+ 2 teaspoon cinnamon
+ 1 teaspoon baking powder
+ ½ teaspoon cloves
+ ½ teaspoon baking soda
+ ½ teaspoon salt
+ ½ cup coconut sugar
+ ¼ cup coconut oil, softened (not melted)
+ ¼ cup molasses
+ ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
+ 2 tablespoons almond milk
+ Gingerbread Cookie Cutters (optional, but cute!) I found adorable mini cutters at my local craft store for around $2!
1. In a large bowl, add flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, cloves, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, add sugar and coconut oil. Use an electric beater to beat the mixture until fully combined. (I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer) If you don’t have an electric beater, whisk the mixture for 1 to 2 minutes until combined.
3. Add molasses, applesauce, and 2 tablespoons milk to the bowl; continue to beat or whisk until fully combined.
4. Pour the dry ingredients into mixing bowl. Beat until a dough forms, adding a little flour at a time if it’s too sticky. Don’t add too much flour. And don’t over beat!! (I know from experience, it’s crazy hard to get nicely shaped gingerbread men when the dough is too sticky!)
5. Lightly flour a flat surface. Pour the dough onto the surface and knead a few times, until the dough ball is smooth.
6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate overnight, or for least 2 to 4 hours.
7. Preheat the oven to 350F.
8. Lightly flour a flat surface. Knead the dough a couple times, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to about ¼ inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut the dough (or you can roll the dough into balls and flatten slightly for round cookies). Roll the leftover dough into another ball; repeat the rolling and cutting steps until all dough is used. You can make regular sized gingerbread men, mini men, or even just round cookies!
9. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10-14 minutes. ( check at 10!!)
10. Place on a cute plate and bring to al of your Christmas parties this year!