Vegan Gingerbread Man Cookies

Rich, Spicy Gingerbread Men, Easy Holiday Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread Cookies

No Christmas cookie selection could be complete without a gingerbread men recipe! (Or any other shape you fancy.)

Our gingerbread cookie recipe originally came from Good Housekeeping before it became part of our family's vegan Christmas cookie tradition.

Total prep & cook time: 40 min

36 Cookies

Nutrition Data Per Serving, 27g: 103 cal, 19g carb, 3g fat, 56mg sodium, 0g fiber, 1g protein, low Saturated Fat & Cholesterol. Estimated glycemic load 13


  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 1/8 cup non-dairy milk mixed with 1 Tblsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tblsp lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Raisins and dried cranberries for decorating
  • OR candies, sprinkles, and glaze for decorating
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Glaze Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  2. 2-4 Tbsp almond milk or dairy milk
  3. 1/2 tsp almond or lemon extract or 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Beat buttery spread with sugar
  2. Scrape down sides of the bowl
  3. Beat in molasses, milk, and lemon juice
  4. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and spices and stir into the butter mixture
  5. Divide dough into two discs, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1/2 an hour
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  7. Between two sheets of waxed paper roll each disc one at a time to 1/8 in thickness
  8. Cut cookies into desired shape
  9. If decorating with dried fruit, make eyes, and buttons with the raisins and mouths with the dried cranberries, pressing them gently into the unbaked dough
  10. Place cookies one inch apart on a greased cookie sheet and bake 5-7 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges
  11. Cool the cookies completely on a rack. If there are any broken or overbaked cookies, hide the evidence by eating them immediately
  12. If decorating with glaze and cookies, mix glaze ingredients, adding almond milk one Tbsp at a time until the glaze is just thick enough to spread but not thin enough to be runny
  13. Spread glaze on cookies and decorate as simply or elaborately as you desire
  14. Allow glaze to dry completely before storing cookies in an airtight container
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Recipe Tips:

Cookie Dough Handling Conventional cookie wisdom says that roll cookie dough should be very well chilled, handled as little as possible and rolled with as little flour as possible. But gingerbread man cookie dough made with Earth balance and without eggs can be very crumbly.

To make handling easier, sandwich the dough between sheets of wax paper when rolling. If the gingerbread cookie dough is very crumbly you can even knead the dough briefly to form a more cohesive dough before rolling.

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