It’s November, so meaning holiday recipes are coming. It could also be seventy-seven levels at this time, however nonetheless, vacation recipes are coming. And proper now we are obsessive about these Vegan Gingerbread Men Cookies. They are fairly straightforward to make and are so good for nibbling as a snack, with tea or cocoa or after-dinner treat. You can frost or ice them, embellish them, or depart them a la pure. I really like a skinny layer of frosty icing and a face of some type. I imply, if you’ll make little men, it is best to in all probability give them faces, sure? I wish to make a number of grumpy males too, for a bit of variety.
These cookies are additionally good for gifting as a result of they are sturdy and still scrumptious even after a couple of days. Plus, they are tremendous cute! I will admit I do not go all ‘Martha’ when decorating my Gingerbread Men, but even still, they’re pretty cute.
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Gather your elements.
..Must have ingredient: blackstrap molasses! It is what provides gingerbread that unique candy, earthy flavor and crunchy-chewy texture. I really like these things as a result of it is a wonderful supply of vegan iron. For optimum absorption of iron, eat with vitamin C. Think OJ or recent fruit.
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I also added in a tiny little bit of maca powder the first time I made these. A touch of a superfood. Again, completely non-compulsory. The small amount (1-2 tsp) does not change the consistency at all.
Video of those cookies being made..
Frosting and icing choices:
1. You can go tremendous thick and creamy and use my fluffy cream cheese buttercream frosting. You may even dye this frosting totally different colors utilizing pure components like pitaya, matcha or beets!
2. Frosty icing glaze. This is what I did for these cookies and I actually liked it. It goes on drippy, but companies up right into a frosty type of look you could still apply ‘toppings’ to. Here is my primary recipe:
Frosty Glazed Cookie Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar, organic
2 Tbsp melted vegan butter
1 Tbsp water
You simply whisk every part together – very briskly – and pour over prime the cookies. If you like a thicker glaze, add a couple of more spoonfuls of sugar to thicken things up.
Tip: I stick my cookies within the freezer ten minutes earlier than icing them. This means, the icing companies up on the cookies very swiftly.
I retailer frosted cookies in the fridge.
Q: “Shoot! I over-baked them!!!” Ok, so this was me yesterday. I baked them for twenty minutes, misplaced monitor of time after listening to the oven buzzer go off, after which they sat within the HOT oven for an additional 5 minutes of so. When I pulled them out they have been tremendous crisp and darkish brown on the sides. “Ruined!” I assumed. Nope! Actually, the marginally over-baked cookies have been actually good! I beloved the extra crisp texture. They seemed additional mild and crisp. So, despite the fact that they could look ruined at first glance, those dark brown cookies are nonetheless completely edible. And yummy. (These pics have been from my ‘over-baked’ batch. I made more for the video, they are a bit much less toasty. 🙂
Baking Times: The basic baking time for gingerbread males is 20 minutes. For softer, chewier, much less crisp cookies, go for 15-18 minutes. For crisp cookies, 18-22 minutes. And for extra-crisp cookies: 22-25 minutes. Also massively dependent on baking time is how skinny you roll out your dough. I might say 1/4″ is commonplace for a hearty cookie. Even thinner will show you how to get a crisper cookie. They will plump up very barely in the oven, so take that under consideration.
Decorate then nevertheless you want..
So simply how good are these cookies??? Well, I barely acquired a chance to photograph my first half-batch of iced+cooled cookies as a result of we stored nibbling them … and even nibbling the toppings off one among these guys, apparently. But I needed to no less than show how properly the frosting cools to a snow-colored white frost….
Vegan gingerbread cookies which might be mild and crispy, spiced and buttery. Optional glaze on prime.
- 1/2 cup vegan sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup vegan butter
- 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp floor flax seed + 3 Tbsp water)
- 3 Tbsp apple sauce
- 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 cups all objective flour
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp ground cloves – optionally available
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger – non-compulsory
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp maca powder (non-compulsory)
- Additional: flour for rolling out dough
- Toppings to embellish cookies with (chocolate chips, cashews…)
- Easy Icing:
- 1 cup powdered sugar, organic
- 2 Tbsp vegan butter, melted
- 1-2 Tbsp water
- Add all of the wet elements to a big mixing bowl. Beat until clean.
- Add the dry components to the moist mixture and beat until a shiny dough varieties.
- Transfer the dough to a small bowl, cover, and place within the fridge for a minimum of thirty minutes, or until the dough is cool enough to easily roll out. Overnight works too!
- When you’re able to bake the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove the dough from the fridge. Tear off a small spherical from the massive piece and roll out on a flippantly floured surface. Press out gingerbread man shapes using a cookie cutter. Transfer your cookies to the baking sheet. Repeat till all of the cookies are created.
- Bake cookies for 18-20 minutes at 350 degrees. You need them to be good and crispy, but not burnt. If you need a softer, chewy cookie, you possibly can bake for a couple of minutes much less.
- Remove cookies from the oven. Cool cookies on a cookie rack.
- When cookies are cooled, place them in the freezer. (This helps if you apply the icing.)
- Whisk collectively you icing. Start with 1 Tbsp water and add one or two more if wanted. If you mess up and your icing thins an excessive amount of, just add a number of more spoonfuls of sugar. Whisk until the small clumps are principally gone. Sifting the powdered sugar may help forestall clumps, however totally optionally available for aesthetics.
- Pull out the cookies and place them back on the cooling rack, putting a baking sheet beneath the cooling rack – so when icing drips, it does not make a multitude. Using a spoon, pour the icing over prime the cookies. It ought to freeze in place properly because the cookies are cool. Add another accents to the cookies – eyes, smile, clothes, buttons, and so on.
- Serve or store cookies in the fridge till ready to serve.
Yield: 20 cookies
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 50 minutes.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 minutes.
Total time: 70 minutes.
Tags: cookies,holiday,vegan,gingerbread,gingerbread men,baking,dessert,
Also take a look at my Glazed Gingerbread Cake.