vegan gingerbread cookies

While I am neither a vegan nor vegetarian, my friend Tara recently challenged me to try my hand at some vegan-friendly baking recipes. Baking? Without eggs? Or butter? Quelle horreur! But because I am a competitive little titch, I took up her challenge. I decided to go a bit festive and try making some vegan gingerbread cookies. I had some left over gluten-free flour in the pantry, so they are (for the most part I hope) gluten-free as well. Recipe after the jump.

The recipe I used was based on one I found at Post Punk Kitchen.

1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup treacle
1/4 cup soy milk
2 cups flour*
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon all spice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1. Whisk oil and sugar until combined. Add treacle and soy milk and stir.
2. Sift in half the dry ingredients. Stir. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until you achieve a dough-like texture.
3. Flatten the dough into a disc and wrap in cling wrap. Refrigerate for about an hour.
4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Prepare some baking trays.
5. Prepare a floured surface. Roll out the dough to about half a centimetre thickness.
6. Cut out desired cookie shapes. Bake for about 8 minutes.
7. Remove cookies and let them cool.

Once cool you can decorate them and what not. I didn't because I got lazy.

*Because I used gluten-free flour, the two cups weren't enough to achieve a consistent dough-like texture. Mine was initially quite sloppy. To overcome this I kept sifting in flour and mixing until I achieved the doughy texture I was after. Remembering to add in pinches of baking powder as I went along. In the future, if I was using gluten-free flour, I'd probably reduce the amount of vegetable oil and/or soy milk. 


  1. Ummm gingerbread biscuits shaped like a cat?


  2. @nicole: hipster cat, photobombing the Christmas themed cookies. Typical.

  3. Haha oh soph i love this! Especially the sly kitty making it into the batch! :) x

  4. I love hipster cat!!! Did it taste as good as non-vegan gingerbread? I am craving for some right now as I type...

  5. @carmen: they taste pretty much exactly the same, which is always a bonus.

  6. @carmen: they taste pretty much exactly the same, which is always a bonus.

  7. You. Are. AWESOME. Send them to Canada IMMEDIATELY!

  8. Oh whoa, this is brilliant. I think I might make some this week! I love that you added the white and red thingies to the photo. I used to love to make them when I was a kid, and still do though hehe.

  9. Well these cookies have everything! And they don't look like they're special at all, quite normal. I'd eat those.

  10. nice work soph!
    do they really taste the same?
    i'm too scared to make these old favourites of mine.

  11. I have christmas cookies stashed in every available container around my place right now... but there's probably room for one more variety! Now... if we could only find vegan smarties to make your gingerbread men little vegan buttons!

    x Catherine @ The Spring

  12. These looks really nice actually! I love the Christmas shapes, haha.

  13. I'm totally going to try this! I am neither a vegan or vegetarian, but one of my favorite things to do it make vegan recipes and add cheese (or in this case...frosting). It feels healthy because its "vegan" hahaha.

  14. @Tara: hahaha the ladies at the post office sure would love me for doing that :/

    @Louise: I had forgotten how to make the snowflakes. I had to google it! haha.

    @RDYN: Doesn't compromise on taste either.

    @hollypop: pretty much. Using the vegetable oil is pretty similar to using melted butter etc. I'd probably prefer my usual recipe, but all in all they still taste like ginger and are biscuity, so win!

    @Catherine: that was another thing! Once I started thinking about decorations I was like 'oh...'

    @Kallie: hahah so true! Nevermind the tonnes of sugar used...

  15. they look pretty delicious! I'm particularly eyeing the kitty-shaped one - so cool :)


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