No Christmas is complete without some kind of gingerbread, whether it be in the form of a house, little men or ginger snap cookies (my personal favorite). So on the third day of Christmas Dia gives to you Gluten Free & Vegan Gingerbread men and women.
1 1/2cup rice flour
1/2 cup glutinous white rice flour
1/2 cup oat flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup maize flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsps ground ginger
3 tsps ground cinnamon
1/2 cup vegan spread (I used this new brand called Vitalite and it worked better than previous brands)
1/2 cup unrefined caster sugar
2/3 cup blackstrap molasses
*You need to make sure you are using blackstrap molasses and not a light molasses. Blackstrap molasses is better for you than golden or maple syrup and it is an essential ingredient for this recipe. Don’t let the smell of it put you off, it has a beautiful bitter sweet flavor.*
Take out two large mixing bowls.
In one put all of the wet ingredients: vegan spread, molasses and the caster sugar.
In the other bowl put the dry ingredients: flours, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon
Mix both bowls separately and then slowly put them together in one bowl.
It will form a nice gingerbread dough, but you will need to let it cool in the fridge for at least 2 hours before being able to roll it out.
Cut the dough in 4 pieces. And 1 at a time, roll out each piece.
After rolling out, take your gingerbread man cookie cutter and cut out the cookies. Trim away the excess dough and form it into another ball that you can reuse.
All in all this recipe for me made about 50 gingerbread men and women, but I have a smaller sized cookie cutter.
Now there are two different options for putting on the faces. One is to draw them on after they have baked with icing, and the other is to take a pen tip and press down eyes and a mouth before baking. If you are in a hurry, the second is the best option.
Place all gingerbread men and women on a baking tray and bake for 7 minutes at 338°Fahrenheit (170°Celsius).
Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and while they are cooling you can start to decorate them if you wish.
My quick recipe for frosting is 1 cup of icing sugar with 2 tablespoons of water. Mix together and use a piper to decorate cookies. You can always add a drop of food coloring in as well.
This same recipe is great for ginger snap cookies, instead of using the gingerbread man cutter, use a circular cutter. Baking time stays the same.
And you can also use this recipe for a gingerbread house, baking time remains the same as well. Use the frosting to glue the parts of your house together and decorate with candy.
These cookies make a great gift idea, just place them in a cookie tin and put a bow or ribbon on top. Easy peasy.
If you are looking for any vegan related Christmas gifts, please feel free to check out my zazzle shop which includes an all vegan recipe calendar.
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