gingerbread yoga people

If you love ginger, gingerbread, molasses or if you are vegan, these cookies will be your dream come true.

I'd never made gingerbread cookies before, but every year a girlfriend and I have a standing holiday cookie-making date (truth be told, we mostly drink mimosas), and this year I was determined to find delicious vegan recipes.

My neighbors were the test group and the gold stars came in the form of hand written thank you notes. I call that a thumbs up!

I know the holidays are over, but I think gingerbread is year-round. Just change up the shapes and dressings -- you can have snowflakes in January, hearts in February, tulips in March... I will come up with anything to keep the gingerbread cookies alive. And after tasting them, you will too!

Vegan Gingerbread Cookie Recipe by The Spruce

I followed the recipe to the T, including sifting the dry ingredients into the bowl. I refrigerated the dough for about 3 hours and had to add a lot of flour in the rolling and cutting. 

vegan gingerbread cookie ingredients

Remember that sugar is not vegan -- bone char is used in the processing. Organic sugar IS vegan. I use all organic ingredients whenever possible.

A simple powered sugar (organic!) and almond milk frosting got a little pep by adding some cardamom (which I add to pretty much anything that will stand still).

I found some vegan "natural" food coloring at our local natural foods Co Op. I just used a toothpick to add some personality to the yoga folks (hello, fancy yoga pants!). The pose cookie cutters were a gift from a friend a few years ago.

The best part was taking these characters to class and having people Oooh and Aaaah and come back in the building for seconds...and thirds. I cannot tell you how DELICIOUS these are. Seriously. Print the recipe, go to the kitchen and make them.

vegan gingerbread cookies