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Vegan Gingerbread Snowflake Cookies

Updated on November 15, 2014
vegan sugar cookies
vegan sugar cookies

The Christmas season in Japan is always just a little bittersweet for me. It's not that big of a deal for most people here and it can be hard for someone like me who used to celebrate the holidays in America. Even so I refuse to let that be a deterrent. This year as always, I'll put on my Christmas CD and made a day out of decorating my tree and apartment with beauty and holiday cheer!


For this year I decided to mix things up a bit. Instead of buying a store-bought Christmas cake and cookies, I'm planning on making them myself. Last night, I had a sudden urge for cookies and thought it would be the perfect time to give those cookies a trial run. With the exception of the amateurish decoration, the cookies turned out delicious. Not only that, they were surprisingly easy to make. One more thing I must mention is that I did use butter in my cookies as we really don't have any substitute here in Japan for it thus making this recipe pseudo-vegan. However if you can get them, Earth Balance Buttery Sticks would make the perfect substitute.

These vegan gingerbread snowflake cookies taste just like Christmas. You can also pack them up in nice boxes or containers for a yummy homemade gift for your friends and family.

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  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 15 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 30 min
  • Yields: 8 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened or vegan butter substitute
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until fluffy.
  2. Mix together the water and baking soda until dissolved. Stir in the molasses.
  3. Combine the flour, salt, ginger, allspice and cinnamon. Add it to the butter mixture.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Shape into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  6. Roll the dough to a 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut snowflake patterns out with a cookie cutter.
  7. Place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  8. bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. Cook on wire rack.
  9. Make sure cookies are completely cooled before decorating with icing.

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Did you enjoy this recipe? .Please let me know what you thought. Happy holidays!

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      So glad you like these. Actually this was the first time I ever decorated cookies. ha!

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      Shinichi Mine 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      So glad you like this. Thanks so much.

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      Lizolivia 2 years ago from Central USA

      The icing looks delectable, nice photo. I've kept the recipe and will make these for the holidays, thank you.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      These sure do look delicious! I don't think I could ever decorate them as well as you. I'm going to add these to my holiday cookie list as we have a baking day before Christmas.

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Beautiful. Your food is like art. Gorgeous.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Good for you for celebrating Christmastide and making your own cookies. The less-than-perfect decorations make them look even yummier because they look homemade. I think I'll try substituting coconut oil for the butter.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      My Christmas tradition is to make a gingerbread house and gingerbread men. I just may have to add your delightful cookies!

      Voted UP, etc. and will share for the coming holidays.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      These look really good! I love how they are decorated and they are vegan to boot. I'll have to try them!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MariannesWhims: Thanks so much!

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      Your cookies are beautiful, very festive. It's wonderful you are still celebrating with your Christmas traditions, even though in Japan there's fewer that do. Have yourself a Merry Christmas!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RoadMonkey: Haha. I have never enjoyed making and eating cookies as much as these.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Thanks Minoru. Try them. I think you'll like them.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Very tasty sounding biscuits and my eldest granddaughter would just LOVE the opportunity to decorate these star biscuits before demolishing the lot!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Erin Mellor: They really were fun to make. Delicious too.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Margaret Schindel: Glad you like it MSchindel.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ChocolateLily: Aww thanks so much.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MaryRoseFitz: I hope you like them. Ginger is one of my favorite spices as well.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @shellys-space: Cookies are never too good to eat. These are made for eating! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you so much. I hope they turn out good for you!

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      Another great recipe to try. Thanks

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh my gosh, these Christmas cookies look to good to eat!

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      MaryRoseFitz 3 years ago

      Ginger is one of my favourite spices - I sip on Ginger tea all day. So I will definitely be making these biscuits for Christmas. Thanks for the recipe

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I think you did a good job with the decorating. These look very tasty!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      These sound yummy and look just beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and your lovely photo. (I love the background image, too!)

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      randomthings lm 3 years ago

      Excellent, I was looking for some vegan cookies!

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      These look wonderful, and such fun to decorate

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I feel like I can actually taste each colors just by looking at them. Mmmm !

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TerriCarr: Aww thanks! And I thought they looked amatuerish, I really did.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Mickie Gee: Same to you Mickie. I appreciate your thoughttul comments.

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Your cookie decorating skills are pretty impressive. Great picture!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @thatelfguy: I hope she enjoys these cookies. Cheers!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: It was my pleasure making it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @eiramarie: Aww thanks so much.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @marvins: Yay. Let me know how you like them.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @JennAshton: That's so great to hear. Let me know how they turn out!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DLeighAlexander: Thank you DLeigh. I sure will!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RinchenChodron: oh, I didn't even know they had a gingerbread package.

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      Gingerbread is one of my very favorite holiday flavors. These cookies look really good. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a happy Christmas.

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      thatelfguy 3 years ago

      NICE! =-) My daughter is 17 and going into her third year of being a Vegan. I'll be sure to share this with her. Thanks =-)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I think they are beautiful! Decorated cookies do seem to mean Christmas too. I'll be trying these. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      eiramarie 3 years ago

      Sparkling and adorable!! Love it.. congratulation

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      marvins 3 years ago

      I love to cook occasionally I will definitely going to cook this :)

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      Jenn Ashton 3 years ago from Canada

      I am going to make these - nice decorations too! Well done!

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      Pretty! Gingerbread cookies are so good! Merry Christmas to you in Japan; hope you have a great time decorating and listening to your Christmas CD . . . and eating cookies ;)

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I love gingerbread, but I usually just use a package. Good for you doing it from scratch!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jackowacko LM: They are. You have to try one!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan Zutautas: Aww thanks so much.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @esmonaco: Thanks so much. Happy holidays to you as well.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diana Wenzel: Thank you!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Nancy Hardin: Thanks Nancy. I have every intention of going all out with the holidays. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Oh, I would love to see your grandmother's cakes.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you Papier.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Thank you so much sousa.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sybil watson: aww thanks sybil. Well you can have those.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @zentao: Thanks so much.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @GrammieOlivia: Ohh! Did I ever tell you I love gingerbread too? :) I really do.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @josietook: Thank you. It was!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: thanks Vinn. I sure will.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MarathonRunning: Haha. The decorating part was fun!

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      Jackowacko LM 3 years ago

      Hmm, looks delicious!.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Your cookies are so pretty!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      These look great, thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy the Holidays

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Beautimous! That's my highest rating. :-)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I don't think they are "amateurish decorations," at all. They look lovely, sparkly, happy and festive. And go ahead with Christmas décor and the whole thing, because it's a happy way to celebrate. Your own little holiday world! :-D

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Looks yummy... they remind me similar cakes which my grandma bake every year :)

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      These are lookin' pretty!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Oh you did a lovely job with these gingerbread cookies - and I highly recommend that little book "Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar" (I've referred to it many times).

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      These are beautiful - I don't think they're amateurish at all. I love the turquoise and pink with the silver.

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      zentao 3 years ago

      Yum! These look great!

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      GrammieOlivia 3 years ago

      Yummy. I'm just starting to decorate my gingerbread house! These are making me want cookies too! Did I ever tell you I love gingerbread?

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      josietook 3 years ago

      Looks yummy.

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      So cute! Yes, please keep this festive season going across the world!

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Seems like a nice and easy to make recipe that is resulting with a simple tasteful cookie. I will try it for sure, just want decorate my cookies so much.