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100% Whole Wheat, Eggless & Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

100% Whole Wheat, Eggless & Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Making these gorgeous cookies is more fun than eating them and Christmas holidays are incomplete without baking them. Am I right? These cookies are not just a crowd-pleaser but are adored by kids like you can not even imagine. Everybody feels confused about whether to eat them or use them as a Christmas decorations.

The cookies are eggless, vegan, and made with 100% whole wheat flour and no sugar. For sweetness, I added jaggery powder and it turned out just perfect and healthy too. The royal icing used for decoration is also vegan which I made using Aquafaba and powdered sugar. You don’t need to decorate them with icing. With so many different shapes, they anyway look gorgeous and tempting.

Baking these cookies during the Christmas holidays can be a fun exercise to do with the kids. They are going to enjoy it. Bake an extra batch so that you can gift these cookies to your family and friends too.

What is a Gingerbread Cookie?

Gingerbread basically refers to a broad category of goodies that you often make during the Christmas season. The main ingredients for gingerbread include the following:

  1. Ginger Powder
  2. Nutmeg
  3. Cloves
  4. Cinnamon Powder
  5. Brown Sugar & Molasses for sweetness

You can do so many things using these ingredients like the classic Christmas Plum Cake, Gingerbread Cookies, Gingerbread Muffins, Gingerbread Smoothies, Hot Chocolate, etc. Be as creative as you can get.

Tips to bake the cookies perfectly

  1. Sifting: Sifting dry ingredients is very important. Sometimes your sugar or flour contains some tiny lumps which are unnoticeable. And it gets difficult to form a smooth dough if they have any lumps.
  2. Room temperature ingredients: Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature. We do not want extra soft or hard butter for the recipe. Take the butter out of the fridge 10 to 15 minutes before baking.
  3. Refrigerating the dough: Butter melts while you mix the dough and roll. That makes the dough extra soft to handle. Refrigerating the dough for 25 to 30 minutes helps in making it firm and easy to roll and shape.

How is the cookie texture?

These cookies are soft but tender enough to hold the shape and take a nice bite. These are not soft and chewy. You take a bite and it just melts in your mouth. These cookies don’t puff up or increase in size because there is no baking powder or baking soda in them.

What is Royal Icing?

Royal icing is basically a mixture of egg whites and powdered sugar. These two ingredients are whisked until they become light, fluffy and shiny. To make vegan royal icing, we use Aquafaba instead of egg whites. It gives the same texture and shine that you get with egg whites. Here is the recipe for Vegan Royal Icing.

Vegan Royal Icing

How to store these cookies?

You can put these cookies in an air-tight container and leave them on the counter for up to 7 days. But it also depends on the temperature of the place you are living in.

I live in Munich, Germany and the weather here is quite cold – 0 degrees Celsius or below. But the room temperature is not that cold. I kept them on the kitchen counter and they lasted for more than 7 days. They didn’t stale. I kept them in an air-tight container.

Can we freeze the cookie dough?

You can refrigerate the cookie dough for 4 to 5 days.

You can even put it in a zip-lock back and freeze it for up to a month. When you want to bake cookies, put the dough in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to soften, and then roll and bake cookies.

Is this recipe vegan?

Yes. All the ingredients used in this recipe are plant-based and vegan.

Easy Swaps

  1. Jaggery Powder: Use dates sugar, brown sugar, or caster sugar instead. Adjust the quantity as per your taste.
  2. Vegan Butter: Use any butter of your choice – vegan or dairy.
  3. Oat Milk: Use any plant-based milk of your choice. For the non-vegan option, use cow milk instead.

Gingerbread Cookies

More cookies – just as good

  1. 3-Ingredients Cinnamon Puffs (Vegan Palmiers)
  2. Chocolate Filled Butter Cookies
  3. 100% Whole Wheat Gingerbread Cookies
  4. 1 Dough, Many Cookies – Butter Almond Cookies
  5. Eggless Christmas Cookies with vegan royal icing decoration

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make these tempting and gorgeous Christmas cookies at home. It is perfect to make in this festive season and grab all the attention and appreciation.

If you try this recipe & like it too, please share the photo of your creation on Instagram and tag us @thefearlesscooking. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

Happy Baking.

Love from us

Richa

100% Whole Wheat, Eggless & Healthy Gingerbread Cookies

Eggless. No Sugar. Healthy.

After baking these gingerbread cookies, you will be confused about whether to eat them or simply use them as decorative pieces. These cookies are a hit amongst the kids. And with these cookies, you ensure that they eat right and healthily. 

12

Servings

20 min

Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

40 min

Total Time

Courses


Ingredients

Steps

  1. Cut butter into pieces and add it to the bowl of the stand mixer. Add the rest of the ingredients too (except oat milk).
  2. Take out the butter 10 to 15 minutes before you start making the dough. It should not be hard or soft. 
  3. Mix using the dough hook attachment until the butter breaks into pieces and everything is well combined. It would look like wet sand.
  4. Keep the speed on medium-high.
  5. Add milk 1 to 2 Tsp at a time and keep mixing until it forms a dough. 
  6. Roll between two sheets of parchment paper until it is 1/2 cm thick. Refrigerate for 25 minutes.
  7. Take out the rolled sheet and cut using the cookie cutters. Place them on a lined baking tray. You do not need to keep a lot of space in between since they do not spread.
  8. Preheat oven to 180°C, top-bottom setting.
  9. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown.
  10. Take them out of the oven and let them rest on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to the cooling rack. Cool completely and enjoy the freshly baked cookies. 
  11. Cool completely before decorating with the royal icing.

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