Soft Vegan Ginger Cookies

Perfectly soft vegan ginger cookies that are perfect for frosting, or by themselves! So easy to make and great for the holiday season.

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Well here we are, made it to the other side of Christmas! Whether your style is a large family gathering, small to-do, or anything else in-between, I think it’s true that we all love one thing about this time of year…the FOOD. I really love that there are things specifically reserved for this time of year, like my grandma’s cheeseball recipe, making cutout sugar cookies with my dad, and doing our yearly lasagna for dinner tradition (which is more common than I thought it was!).

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One thing that I’ve never gotten into, but kind of wish I had the patience for, is making gingerbread houses! I mean, A Cozy Kitchen made a KILLER one and I’m thinking uhhh, I don’t even have the patience to properly frost a cake more than once a year! But, I do have the patience for vegan ginger cookies that are soft, easy, and SO so perfect for cutting out into little gingerbread men or slathering with vegan frosting. I’m actually not one to spring for the gingerbread, especially since they’re usually rock hard, don’t taste great, and lack a little extra oomph to them. BUT, this version fixes all of those problems. Perfect, easy, and full of oomph!

stack of ginger cookies on silver rack with cup of flour and glass of milk

How to make vegan ginger cookies

  • One of the BEST things about this recipe is that it doesn’t require fresh ginger! I almost never have it on hand, so I wanted something that would come together with ingredients I always have on hand, but still pack that ginger-y punch.
  • Make sure to whisk your dry ingredients! This is going to prevent that clumping situation that is NO fun when you get a mouthful of baking soda or too much ginger in one cookie and not enough in another. You know what I’m talking about and it’s NOT fun.
  • Use good flour! I know this seems kind of like a given, but using good flour is going to give you a more consistent, even result. I also think that when a cookie doesn’t have a ton going on in it, each ingredient is super important. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour for ALL my baking. Hands down, the best!
  • Watch your bake time! The dough for these vegan ginger cookies is already on the brown side, so they aren’t going to brown up like other cookie doughs. Pull these out before you think they’re totally done, or else you’re going to end up with overdone cookies!
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And that’s it! These are actually pretty easy and don’t require anything special to make them, so you could whip them up in time for a party or celebration and let them cool for a bit before packing up and serving. I’ve also topped these with both vanilla or chocolate frosting and they are equally as delicious.

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Soft Vegan Ginger Cookies

  • Author: Heart of a Baker
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 33 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Perfectly soft vegan ginger cookies that are perfect for frosting, or by themselves! So easy to make and great for the holiday season.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Unbleached Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 3 tablespoons water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets or cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. 
  3. Add the olive oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, ground flax seed, and water. Mix together until no flour streaks remain. 
  4. Scoop out dough by the tablespoon, placing onto the prepared baking sheets. Space the cookies apart evenly, placing a max of 12 cookies onto each baking sheet. 
  5. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until edges look crispy and tops feel firm when touched. Allow to cool slightly before serving. 

Notes

  • These cookies can be stored and kept in a sealed container for up to a week. 

Keywords: vegan cookies, cookies, vegan dessert, ginger, holiday

10 Vegan Holiday Desserts (that aren’t cookies)

Alright everyone, it’s crunch time. If you’re scrolling through Pinterest or Facebook right now, ‘tis the season to see posts like ‘10 Easy Christmas Cookies’ or ‘Best Christmas Cookie Recipes’… so we’re switching it up for the sake of Father Christmas. I’ve compiled a beautiful list of noteworthy vegan Christmas desserts that will satisfy even the toughest of critics.

Sorry, cookie who? Thank u, next.

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1. Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge

OH FFFFUUGDE. Only I didn’t say fudge. I said THEE word. The big one. The queen mother of dirty words. The F dash dash dash word. Can’t say fudge without thinking of A Christmas Story. Anyone else? Make this tasty Peanut Butter Cocoa Fudge so you won’t have to swear like Ralphie. Three ingredients. Baddabing, baddaboom – fudge!

Cocoa Brownies with Chocolate Fudge Frosting//heartofabaker.com

2. Cocoa Brownies Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Speaking of fudge, this Fudge Frosting paired with these Cocoa Brownies is a decadent party in your mouth. I love cocoa anything this time of year. It’s just so warm and cozy and fills me with happy memories.

Wondering what to make for your vegan Thanksgiving? These are the 10 best vegan Thanksgiving dessert recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers!

3. Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffles

Red red wiiiiiiiine… truffles. This recipe brings two of my fav ingredients together: red wine and chocolate. Save yourself some time and consume them both at once. You’re welcome.

4. Coconut Cashew Truffles

I love a good truffle and these coconut cashew beauties are no exception. These are perfect for boxing up and gifting to your friends, neighbors, teachers, mail carrier – you see where I’m going with this?

5. Vegan Nutella Doughnuts

Trade in your holiday cookie for a holiday doughnut. Who doesn’t want to spend the holiday season with a gooey vegan Nutella-filled pocket of joy? I mean, come on.

Vegan pecan pie is great, but make it one step better with chocolate! A perfect Thanksgiving or holiday dessert and made with an easy coconut oil crust.

6. Chocolate Vegan Pecan Pie

Sharing pie during the holidays is almost like a ceremonious occasion in my house. There’s just something about passing around slices that truly wraps the season in a big red bow. This Chocolate Vegan Pecan Pie is best made in steps, so you can do a little bit at a time at your convenience!

7. Easy Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie

I love a good shortbread crust! This soy-free Vegan Chocolate Cream Pie is easy-peasy but doesn’t skimp on the big flavor. For sure a crowd pleaser.

Vegan pull-apart bread that is SO fluffy and perfect, packed with fresh orange flavor and the BEST sweet orange glaze! 

8. Vegan Orange Pull Apart Bread

There’s something about pull apart bread that makes me so happy. I don’t know if it’s because it’s a treat for your tastebuds and satisfying feeling of pulling the layers apart, or some other unknown reason. The orange adds such a bright flavor explosion and the glaze is perfection. You’ll be so proud passing this one around to your friends and family.

9. Vegan Peanut Butter Pie

If you’re looking for a little something different to add to your holiday pie rotation, this Vegan Peanut Butter Pie fits the bill. The peanut butter flavor really shines in this pie and is a force to be reckoned with. 10/10 recommend.

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10. Creamy Vegan Coconut Hot Chocolate

What says winter more than hot chocolate? This Creamy Vegan Coconut Hot Chocolate recipe puts a fun spin on a winter classic. Cozy up inside with a mug or two and spike with some coffee liqueur if you’re feeling adventurous.

Reader Survey + Giveaway with Rodelle!

Ginger Maple Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hi there! I’m back into town after a long weekend in Denver and I’m hitting the ground running. I had a wonderful weekend of spending time with dear friends, meeting new ones, and overall just eating ALL the good things Denver has to offer. I’m hoping to go back again this summer after my friend has her baby, so I will write up a guide of what I’ve done over the years after that trip! Now, onto the good stuff.

There’s no new recipe today, but I am going to ask you for a quick favor that will take under a minute (promise!) and will help me out tremendously. I really want to make sure the content I’m pushing out here is the best and most helpful possible, so if you could take just a minute to complete a quick reader survey, I would so appreciate it! I mainly want to know what you are looking for from this space and how I can combine my passion with that to create some really great content. In addition to the survey, Rodelle is graciously going to giveaway a baking prize pack to one lucky winner!

At the end of the survey, pop your email into the last box and you will be entered to win. The giveaway ends on January 31st at 9am CST and I promise I’m not going to take your email and do anything with it, I just need it in case you win! Rodelle has been an amazing partner over the last couple years and I’ve primarily been baking with their vanilla and cocoa powder lately. A big thank you everyone who comes here and to read my anecdotes and stories every few days, I’m so grateful to each and every one of you.

New Site + Rodelle Giveaway! {Closed}

New Site + Rodelle Giveaway! {Closed}

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! The site switchover to the new name finally happened and I couldn’t be happier! It’s been a long road, with a lot of deciding what should stay/go/ and everything else in between. I’m so thankful to the guys over at Envy Creative for making this a smooth and easy process. When I first went to them with not only a site design project, but also a huge redirect process with the whole domain change, Nick was totally on board and quick to jump in and ease my fears about links being broken or redirects not happening. (BTW, if you find any links that aren’t going anywhere or are broken, please let me know!). He also took the jumble of blogs that I showed him for inspiration and turned it into a beautiful new site. I’m so excited for the new design, so let’s take a look around! (more…)

Best Recipes of 2014

Best Recipes of 2014

Homemade Twinkies with Whipped Coconut Cream Filling / The Frosted Vegan

This year has brought so many surprises, opportunities, and quite frankly, has gone by in the blink of an eye. It seems like summer was just here (it never got that warm!) and we are still waiting on winter to arrive (cold, but no snow) officially. While I am not one for resolutions or changing habits as of January 1st (um, that goes out the window 2 weeks later, right?), I know I do want to continue to grow and expand this little corner of the internet. I’m not sure what next year will bring just yet, but I do know that I want to continue to work harder and better at bringing you the best vegan/plant based dessert recipes I can. I’ve had flops and successes, things that worked perfectly and things I had to make 3 times over, but really, in the end, I just plan loving sharing the ones that do work out with you here in this space. If I hadn’t started blogging, I’m not sure what I would be doing with me free time, but I know now that I’m into this blogging game, I wouldn’t want it any other way. So, without further adieu, here are some of the favorite recipes of the past year!

Homemade Twinkies with Coconut Whipped Cream Filling– These were actually a last minute decision on my part. I made them on a Sunday, just thinking I would experiment with how they turned out. Lo and behold, they ended up being perfect and they were the most popular recipe of the year! Props to my fiance for gifting me the pan to make these last Christmas.

Chocolate Espresso Pots de Creme

Chocolate Espresso Pots de Creme–  These have been longstanding on my ‘to make’ list. One of the things I aim to do here is re-create fancy-ish desserts in a vegan way. I know it’s easy to make a batch of vegan brownies, but I’m a lady who likes nice desserts too! Luckily, these don’t take a whole lot of extra time and effort to go from simple to fancy.

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Chocolate Espresso Torte– I can’t really take credit for this genius and delicious recipe, because it came from Angela’s cookbook, which was released this year. My friends still talk about how amazing this torte was and were baffled that the creamy filling came from cashews, rather than heavy cream.

Toasted Coconut and Banana Smoothie

Toasted Coconut and Banana Smoothie– If I had to pick a ‘Most Popular On Pinterest’ recipe, this one would be it. Again, this was a recipe that I just threw together, thinking nothing of it, but it became one of my most popular recipes throughout the year. Even now in the winter, I make this smoothie every few weeks as an afternoon snack.

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Vegan Baking Basics: Baking with Dates– I hope to add to and continue this series into next year! This was the first in my Vegan Baking Basics series and there will be more to come. Even though not everyone who visits my blog is vegan, navigating vegan baking for either yourself or a friend can be a challenge. I hope to provide resources about general rules of thumb while baking vegan and make life just a bit easier for you!

That’s it! Those are the top five recipes from this year and I hope to bring you even more recipes next year. If there are recipes or series you would like to see here, let me know! I love to hear what you would like to see more of in the coming months. Happy New Year! xoxo

My Favorite Cookbooks for Everyday + Inspiration

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Whenever I go into someone’s house to visit or for dinner, my favorite thing to be nosy about is their cookbook collection. Just like food, oftentimes cookbooks connect us with others through another level, bringing together an exclamation of ‘I made that recipe too!’ or ‘I’ve never cooked from that book yet, have you?’. I feel like sharing recipes and favorite entries in cookbooks is a way of saying ‘Hey I like you, I like this recipe, let’s be friends!’, it’s a way of sharing our favorite dishes with someone else, spreading the joy a dish has brought into our own lives. Especially now, as a blogger, I tend to not make recipes multiple times, searching for another recipe to test or trying to exhaust my list of ‘to make’ recipes from other blogs. These cookbooks are the ones I find myself cooking from time and time again, making multiple recipes multiple times until they become staples in my kitchen. If you notice, most of them are on the savory/dinner side, which, I have to admit, is because I’m better at developing recipes for baked goods, rather than meal staples!

1.) Bountiful: Recipes Inspired by Our Garden
– Todd and Diane are two of the most inspiring food stylists and photographers out there. I would love to spend a day with them to see how they work and how lovely they photograph food. This book is not only gorgeous, but the recipes are foolproof and simple as well. Even if a recipe looks like it may be too simple to be delicious, I always come back to this book for more. A recent favorite has been the Crispy Rosemary Roasted Potato Pizza and the Roasted Strawberry Scones. Although not all recipes are vegan, some are or can be modified to become vegan. This is at the top of my ‘must have’ list!

2.) Vegan Chocolate: Unapologetically Luscious and Decadent Dairy-Free Desserts by Fran Costigan– Every recipe I’ve made from Fran up to this point has been flawless, satisfying every craving chocolate craving I’ve had and ensuring that I can make some of the more decadent desserts I’ve been missing. Up to a point, I hadn’t come across a ton of vegan dessert recipes I was really satisfied with, but Fran’s recipes changed all of that. From Espresso Truffles to a vegan Buche De Noel, Fran knows how to make high end desserts into a vegan treat. I also love that Fran takes the time at the beginning of the book to explain in more detail the reasoning behind vegan baking substitutes and the science of how most of the recipes work. If I could recommend one book for vegan chocolate recipes, this would be it!

3.) Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson– I only just recently purchased this cookbook (as in a week ago), but I am already in love with the simple, yet lovely recipes and Heidi’s ability to make you feel like you are sitting down to a healthy and delicious meal with her. From breakfast to dinner and snacks, Heidi covers it all in this book, without feeling like any of the recipes are intimidating or too hard. I’ve found with Heidi’s recipes, I sometimes wonder ‘Will this really go together?’ and it inevitably does, in the most delicious of ways. So far I’ve made a Dijon Popcorn recipe and the Paprika Roasted Chickpeas, but I have earmarked several others to be made in the near future.

4.) Baked Doughnuts for Everyone by Ashley McLaughlin- As if you didn’t know already, I love a good doughnut. Ashley’s cookbook came out last year and I have to tell you, my copy of her book has already entered the ‘well loved’ stage. There are smears of melted chocolate and sprinklings of flour in the cracks of the book, which only indicates that I’ve made a few doughnuts since I’ve gotten her book, and they have been DANG good. I don’t follow a gluten free diet, but Ashley makes baking doughnuts for everyone in your life just about as simple as can be. I remember sending a text to my friend when I received this book, attaching a picture of the Baklava Doughnuts and exclaiming ‘Do you see this?!! Baklava. Doughnuts.’. From sweet to savory, vegan to gluten free (and even a doughnut cake!), this book covers any and everything you need to know about doughnuts for all occasions.

5.) The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Lidden – If you’ve been around the vegan blogging world for a while, you’ve probably heard of Angela’s blog, Oh She Glows. This is all with good reason, because Angela’s recipes always seem to fulfill two big requirements of recipes for me; the ingredients are probably ones you already have on hand (or are readily accessible) and always turn out perfectly, each and every time. Angela is a master at putting together recipes that seem to transform a few normal ingredients into a perfectly delectable meal that will satisfy both meat and non-meat eaters alike. I have cooked my way through this book, for the most part, and can’t say I have a favorite, because I’ve loved each and every recipe.

6.) Essentials of Baking by Williams Sonoma As referenced a few blog posts ago, I received this book as a gift from my parents several years ago, when I first started delving into the world of baking and pastry. This book inspired me to look past cookies and pies and experiment with the ever fickle souffle or the world of bread making. Again, this book satisfies a key requirement in books for me, reliable recipes that tend to be foolproof each and every time. This book isn’t vegan, but has inspired many of my vegan baking recipes or can be changed with a few modifications. From a simple Whole Wheat Bread to Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, this baking book covers it all!