Vegan Gingerbread Cookies

Vegan gingerbread cookies recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Total: 18 mins
Servings: 24 servings
Yield: 24 cookies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
243 Calories
8g Fat
39g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 243
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 254mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Looking for the perfect homemade vegan gingerbread cookie recipe for Christmas or the holidays? Look no further, because you've found it! These classic holiday gingerbread cookies are completely vegan and made with egg replacer and vegan margarine, which means they are completely cholesterol-free as well.

Vegan gingerbread cookies are perfect for a Christmas cookie exchange. Then again, why wait for the holidays? Vegan gingerbread cookies are wonderful year-round (and you don't have to roll them out into shapes, just form them into flat balls if you're making them outside of the holidays). These cookies are made with molasses, egg replacer, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Note that with this recipe, you'll need to plan in advance, as the dough does need to be chilled for at least an hour or two, and up to overnight. 

The molasses in these vegan gingerbread cookies keeps them super soft, which I absolutely love in a cookie, but, as one reviewer pointed out if you're looking to construct gingerbread houses, you'll need something that turns out a bit firmer. But these gingerbread cookies are great for decorating, or for people like me who love super soft gingerbread cookies! The cookies can be baked just rolled into small balls, or, you can roll them out and cut them into shapes and decorate them with any kind of vegan icing. 

Either way, enjoy your homemade vegan holiday gingerbread cookies!


  • 1 cup vegan margarine

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 Ener-G Egg Replacer for 1 egg, prepared according to package instructions

  • 1 cup molasses

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for vegan gingerbread cookies
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  2. Beat together the vegan margarine and sugar in a large bowl.

    Beat together butter
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  3. Add the prepared egg replacer, molasses, and apple cider vinegar and set aside.

    Add egg replacer
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  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to combine well.

    Sift together flour, salt, baking soda
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  5. Combine this flour mixture with the margarine and sugar mixture and stir until well mixed.

    Combine flour mixture
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  6. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight if possible. This will help the cookie dough to become firm. You can skip this step if you're baking regular ball cookies, but, if you're going to cut the dough into shapes, you won't want to skip the refrigeration. 

    Cover dough
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  7. Preheat oven to 375 F.

  8. Form mixture into 1/2-inch balls and flatten or roll out onto a floured surface and cut into shapes using cookie cutters.

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  9. Place on cookie sheets and bake for 6 to 8 minutes until done.

    Gingerbread cookies
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  10. Serve and enjoy.

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