Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men

Baking for special diets this holiday? Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. 

Baking for special diets this holiday? Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. (via feastandwest.com)

Cookie season is indeed here and it’s wonderful. But holiday baking can be so difficult if you have a dietary restriction or if you are baking for someone who has one.

Sometimes it’s a choice, and sometimes it isn’t! Either way, it’s always difficult to maneuver at parties when you don’t know what’s on the menu.

Baking for special diets this holiday? Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. (via feastandwest.com)

For example, I am slightly lactose intolerant. I know how hard it can be to say no to delicious things that will give me a stomachache. (Ice cream is my vice.)

I imagine it’s equally difficult for a vegan to turn down a childhood favorite because it’s made with animal products they choose not to eat.

Furthermore, it can be difficult to know what to make for someone who is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan or vegetarian, and there is no more safe bet than these Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men. These cookies are perfect for everyone — even those lucky, lucky people who may eat whatever they like without consequence.

Baking for special diets this holiday? Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. (via feastandwest.com)

My mom and I loved decorating these festive little guys with the help of Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking: Delicious, Gluten-, Egg- and Dairy-Free Treats and Sweets by Cara Reed. This book is amazing, filled with new and old favorites tailored to suit unique diets.

In this book, there are all kinds of recipes for modified childhood favorites, like Girl Scout Cookie Samoas and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. There are recipes for food gifts to make, like loaves of Pumpkin Streusel Bread and Key Lime Cheesecake Bars, and party food like Hot Cocoa Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcakes. 

Decadent Gluten Free Vegan Baking Cookbook | Baking for special diets this holiday? Vegan, Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. (via feastandwest.com)

If there are people in your life that you feel like you can never give baked goods because you simply don’t know how to bake for them, or if your special diet has kept you from enjoying sweet treats, then this is the cookbook for you.

The fact that Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men exist should tell you that alone!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this awesome new book and to give you a chance to win it for yourself! See below for details. // susannah

Baking for special diets this holiday? Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. (via feastandwest.com)

Here’s how to enter the Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking giveaway!

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Baking for special diets this holiday? Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. (via feastandwest.com)

Baking for special diets this holiday? Vegan, Gluten-Free Gingerbread Men are the best way to cater to friends and family who have to watch what they eat. Delight them with a batch of these Christmas cookies that taste exactly like the real thing. (via feastandwest.com)

Gluten-Free Vegan Gingerbread Men

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Nothing screams the holidays like a big batch of these roll-out cookies filling your home with the amazing aroma of ginger and molasses.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (112 grams) vegan butter
  • 2 1/2 cups (413 grams) Cara’s All-Purpose Blend (or other gluten-free baking blend)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (176 grams) unsulphured molasses
  • 1 tablespoon (7 grams) flaxseed meal plus 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) warm water
  • 1 batch Royal Icing

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the vegan butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or till softened.
  2. Whisk together the flour blend, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Beat half of this flour mix, sugar, molasses and flaxseed soaked in water into the butter. Beat until thoroughly combined. Stir in the remaining flour.
  3. Divide the dough in half and create 2 balls. Place in a bowl, cover and chill for about 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper into 1/8–inch/3-mm thickness. Create shapes with cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until the edges are lightly browned and firm. Cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring cookies to a wire rack. Decorate with my Royal Icing.

Notes

CARA’S TIP: While you are rolling out a portion of the dough, keep the remainder in the fridge. The longer the dough sits out, the stickier it becomes, causing it to be a hassle to work with. The chilling process allows it to be workable.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 23Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

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  1. lesley says

    my grandmother used to make the best lace cookies and i have never had them so good ever since she passed. i have tried different recipes to try to recreate them but it never happens!

    • Susannah says

      Lace cookies?! Those sound really delicate and lovely. I’m going to have to look that one up. Perhaps you just need to develop your own version that you love as much — I’m sure she would appreciate your effort. 🙂

  2. JFC says

    I’ve been vegan for 26 years and consider it one of the best decisions of my life (my doctor agrees). I lost 25 lbs within the first few months. Today my blood work and test results are of a man half my age!

    Here’s a short video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice and why the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years.: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

    Also, here’s a link for everyone who wants to join the revolution: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/step-by-step-guide-how-to-transition-to-vegan-diet/

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