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Gingerbread Cookies with Maple-Cream Frosting

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I found a recipe for Gingerbread Cookies on PETA’s website, and it looked pretty yummy – but I made some tweaks to make it even healthier, and this is what I came up with. Tasted good! I’m not a huge gingerbread girl, so these didn’t wow me to death….but the people i fed them to were very happy…and these cookies are super festive for right now!

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Gingerbread Cookies With Maple-Cream Frosting

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 cup earth balance butter
  • 1 cup maple sugar (granulated)
  • egg replacer equivalent to one egg (do not add water, just the powder)
  • 1 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 5 cups flour (we use a combination of 3 cups all-purpose and 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

For the Frosting:

  • 1 cup earth balance butter
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup soy powder

Steps

  1. In a large bowl, cream the earth balance and the sugar.
  2. Mix in the egg replacer, molasses, and vinegar.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
  5. Add to the wet ingredients.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  8. Remove the batter from the refrigerator.
  9. Roll out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (thicker for softer cookies) on a floured surface.
  10. Cut into desired shapes.
  11. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes, until the edges brown.
  12. Remove from oven and cool.
  13. While the cookies are cooking, make the frosting.
  14. Using a hand mixer or food processor with a batter blade if you have it, mix the earth balance and sugar, then add the remaining ingredients.
  15. Blend until smooth. The frosting should be thick.
  16. Using a pastry bag, decorate the cookies.
  17. If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can use a ziplock bag and cut off one of the bottom edges of the bag.
  18. Or you can use a knife to spread the frosting on them as well.
  19. You can make cookie sandwiches like we did here too!

What’s your favorite holiday cookie?

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