Dec 5, 2017 (Last updated Sep 13, 2021) by Hannah Sunderani
Holy Mrs. Clause these are the Ultimate Christmas Vegan Gingerbread Cookies I’ve ever had the pleasure of making! I made these last week, and it honestly put me in the best holiday mood. Cutting out these pretty Christmas themed cookies and cranking up the xmas tunes is what the holidays are all about. Baby it’s cold outside! So you’ll find me by the oven baking up some magical Christmas treats.
These vegan gingerbread cookies are a simple recipe of ginger, coconut sugar, almond butter, organic blackstrap molasses, vegan butter, and flour. I’ve adapted this recipe from Minimalist Baker’s version. I always love the ease and simplicity of Dana’s creations. The outcome was a perfectly baked Christmas cookie with a crunchy exterior and soft chewy inside. That deserves some Christmas cheer!
What makes these vegan gingerbread cookies irresistible is the organic blackstrap molasses. You can see it looks almost chocolatey it’s so dark. I bought it from the bio store and it’s so rich and thick! The flavour is a sweet deep burnt caramel smell that is completely euphoric. It definitely takes front stage in this recipe, and it’s deep sweet flavour is all the more welcome at this time of year. I also generally believe anything that’s bolder in colour and flavour has got to be more nutrient packed whether it be fact or not.
But according to Livestrong that is certainly the case with blackstrap molasses vs. the regular kind. It gets its colour from being boiled three times. The triple boiling and sugar extraction process results in a blackstrap molasses thats nutritionally dense and sweet. It contains the same vitamins and minerals as a “second” molasses, but in a more concentrated form. Blackstrap molasses also contains antioxidant compounds. Woohoo! Bring on the cookies. (I’ll find any excuse to indulge).
Apart from it’s beautiful taste I absolutely love these Christmas cookie cutters. Just looking at them! They certainly put me in the Christmas spirit. I bought these cookie cutters from Alice Delice in Vieux Lille and the shapes are of the classic gingerbread man, a candy cane and oh by golly, holly!Needless to say these cute little vegan gingerbread cookies didn’t last long in our home. Trying one cookie only merited in trying all three. We just couldn’t allow for any favouritism between shapes. Plus it was vital to know how the gingerbread man tasted in relation to the candy cane and holly.
The smell of freshly baked gingerbread filling up all corners of the house was an additional bonus. Coming in from the cold to a gingerbread scented home is the closest thing to real life gingerbread house I’m ever going to get, (although I love the idea of being able to eat my walls!). Until I wake up as a Babe in Toyland these gingerbread cookies will do just fine.
I hope you will indulge in these Christmas vegan gingerbread cookies with me. Tis the season to be holly and jolly for gingerbread! Bet you can’t have just one. 😉
Happy holiday baking everyone!