Vegan Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing

Author Veg Life Staff


  • 1 C plus 1-1/2 Tbl Vegan Margarine such as Earth Balance
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1-1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 2 Tbl Water you can experiment with other egg replacing methods, just use the equivalent of 1 egg regardless of the method you choose
  • 1/2 C Molasses
  • 3-1/4 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
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  • FOR THE 'Flood Consistency' ICING:
  • 2-1/4 C Confectioners Sugar
  • 2 Tbl Light Corn Syrup
  • 1-2 Tbl Almond Milk add more as neede 1/2 tsp at a time
  • Vegan Food Coloring optional


  • Combine the vegan margarine and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until creamed.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and beat until well incorporated.
  • Split the dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Flatten into rounds. This will help them chill more quickly and evenly.
  • Chill for several hours or over night.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • On a floured surface, roll the dough to about 1/4" thick and cut out your shapes.
  • On a parchment or Silpat lined sheet pan, place the shapes and bake for approximately 5-6 minutes. This will depend on how large your cutouts are.
  • Cool on a wire rack completely.
  • In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar, corn syrup and almond milk with a fork until smooth. If it is too thick, add more almond milk 1/2 tsp at a time. If it is too thin, add more confectioners sugar 1 tsp at a time.
  • The icing should maintain its shape when drizzled but eventually 'heal' or settle back into itself. Test a cookie or two and wait a few minutes to see if it's too runny before proceeding.
  • I use a small round tip to outline and then fill in the cookies.
  • Tint the icing to make a variety of colors. The gel food coloring does not affect the consistency of the icing at all.
  • Allow to air dry until hardened. At this point, you can choose to use edible food color markers if desired.