Planet-Saving Gingerbread Men
As seen on www.vegnews.com
The holidays have officially kicked off, and we’re pretty sure that something consistent across all reasons to celebrate—faith, tradition, amazing veg food—is cookies. Everyone loves cookies.
And VegNews just released their first-ever cookbook, the Holiday Cookie Collection. They are pretty danged thrilled with it, not to mention that by occassionally opting out of animal food products, and their industrialized food processing that is increasingly being linked to global warming, you just might be doing your part in eating your way to saving the planet for our kids!
All the cookies in the collection come from top-notch vegan bakers. While all the recipes are fantastic, there’s only one that you can make into a house. Yes, the perfect recipe for vegan gingerbread has finally been nailed, thanks to our man Ben Adams and the team over at Sticky Fingers Bakery in DC. Whether you roll it out thin and make yourself an edible dream home, or leave your dough a little thicker for soft, chewy gingerbread men, there’s something delicious in store when you make these cookies.
Perfect Gingerbread Cookies
What You Need:
- 2-3/4 cups pastry flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup non-hydrogenated non-dairy, soft-buttery spread (like Earth Balance) , softened
- 3/4 cup molasses
- 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons rice or almond milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
What You Do:
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
- In a bowl, combine pastry flour, baking powder, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together margarine, molasses, and brown sugar together until smooth. Add soymilk and vanilla and whisk thoroughly.
- Add dry ingredients to wet and mix with spatula to form a dough. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours.
- Roll out dough onto a floured board, 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick, depending on desired texture (thinner cookies will be crispier, thicker cookies will be chewier). Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, depending on thickness. Go crazy with frosting and decorations!
Makes 24 Cookies