I’m very lucky to come from the Hampton Roads area, the southeast corner of Virginia along the Chesapeake Bay. Around here, we have great restaurants, a lively local food movement, and a handful of food writers who really find their voices and fully commit to their particular brand of food writing.
Little Miss Vegetarian is no exception. Cooking vegetarian (and sometimes vegan and allergen-free), her focus is on health and taste. Her blog is beautiful, her photos gorgeous (seriously, one of them almost one my whisk photo contest a few months back), and she does a great job of engaging her readers with discussions and contests on her Facebook page. (Go. Follow her. Have fun!)
Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
Post by Jessica (Little Miss Vegetarian)
Happy 12 Days of Cookies! I’m Jessica, also known as Little Miss Vegetarian, and I’m so excited to be a part of this! I’m a first grade teacher, so I spend a lot of time making cutesy things. This week I gave my firsties this journal prompt: “It wouldn’t be Christmas without ____________.” This got me thinking about what one thing really gets me in the Christmas spirit? I’d have to say it’s my Gingerbread Cookies! I don’t know if it’s the cookies so much, as it is using my grandma’s cookie cutters. She did a lot of baking for Christmas when I was little, and had tins full of cookies when I came to visit!
My family usually asks me to make Gingerbread Cookies for Christmas. This year, I decided to find a vegan recipe. I was given the book, “The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook,” written by Cybele Pascal, which contains 100 vegan recipes. (Note: This is a great book if you need to make allergy-friendly treats for your child’s class parties!) I was so happy to find a recipe for “Gingerbread Boys!” And not only that, they have half the fat of traditional recipes!
Now here’s the truth. They’re sweetened with agave nectar and applesauce. When I first tasted one straight out of the oven, I thought, “They’re not very sweet at all.” But, they were delicious the next day! In fact, I’m cramming one in my mouth right now! The best part is that they’re chewy!
Here is a link to the recipe. I used all-purpose flour instead of the “Gluten-Free Flour Mix and Xanthan Gum.” I hope you enjoy these cookies! You have a few baking days left. You can do it!
Wishing you many blessings this Christmas!
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.