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. nicole December 19, 2011

    Ummm gingerbread biscuits shaped like a cat?


  2. soph (owl vs. dove) December 19, 2011

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

  3. alexis [amgoorie] December 19, 2011

    Haha oh soph i love this! Especially the sly kitty making it into the batch! 🙂 x

  4. Carmen @ Forgotten Fancies December 19, 2011

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

  5. soph (owl vs. dove) December 19, 2011

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

  6. soph (owl vs. dove) December 19, 2011

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

  7. Tara @ suchdifferentskies December 19, 2011

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

  8. Louise December 19, 2011

    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. RDYN! December 19, 2011

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

  10. hollypop December 19, 2011

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

  11. Catherine @ The Spring December 19, 2011

    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. Jane December 19, 2011

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

  13. Sofía Haltrup December 19, 2011

    They are so lovely! 😀

  14. Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark December 19, 2011

    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.

  15. soph (owl vs. dove) December 20, 2011

    @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…

  16. hila December 20, 2011

    they look pretty delicious! I'm particularly eyeing the kitty-shaped one – so cool 🙂


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