These traditional gingerbread cookies are thin, crispy, and spicy! Have fun and get creative with cutting them into whatever shape is your heart's desire and decorating them with icing!

Gingerbread Christmas Cookies [Vegan]

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mild-tasting olive oil (or sunflower oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
For the Icing:
  • 1/2 a cup of confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of milk
  • Confectioner's sugar, for topping
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Preparation

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat together the sugar and oil until the sugar resembles wet sand, around 1 minute.
  2. Add in the molasses and milk and whisk everything by hand with a wire whisk.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift in the flours and add the rest of the dry ingredients (baking powder, soda, salt, spices, and maca powder). Add this dry mixture to the bowl of wet ingredients and, using a large wooden spoon, mix well until a thick and compact dough forms.
  4. Flatten the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill for at least an hour.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a little more than 1/4-inch. Cut out with your favorite cookie cutters and use a thin spatula to carefully transfer the cookies to two lined baking sheets.
  6. Let the cookies sit in the fridge again for 5 minutes approximately.
  7. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 ºF.
  8. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size you chose (for example, a big snowflake will need a couple more minutes than a regular-size gingerbread man). Keep an eye on your cookies because these are usually rather thin and the bottoms brown quickly.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool completely on a wire rack before icing or dusting them with powdered sugar.
To Make the Icing:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk confectioner's sugar and milk together with a fork.
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