Grandpa's Easy Vegan Gingerbread Cookies


I received this recipe at my wedding shower, and made it for the first time this year. I was shocked at how perfect they came out--like something you would buy in a bakery. I didn't even realize they were vegan until after I made them. Now if only my decorations were quite as professional-looking ...

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
36 cookies


  • 1 ½ cups molasses

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • cup vegetable shortening

  • cup cold water

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • cooking spray


  1. Combine molasses, brown sugar, and shortening in a large bowl; beat with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add cold water and blend until smooth. (Shortening may separate a bit; this is fine.)

  2. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger, and salt in a separate bowl. Add flour mixture to molasses mixture, blending until incorporated and dough is soft. Shape dough into 2 balls and place in the refrigerator until chilled, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.

  4. Working in batches, place one ball of chilled dough on a lightly floured surface and roll to 1/4-inch thickness, or 1/2-inch thickness for softer cookies. Cut out cookies with desired cookie cutters and place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.

  5. Bake cookies in the preheated oven until edges are firm, 12 to 13 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack immediately after baking to cool. Allow to cool completely if frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
2g Fat
32g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 233mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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