My favorite thing about this recipe, besides how great it is, is how healthy it is!
Ginger has been used as a healing food throughout history. Here’s a list of it’s many medicinal properties:
increases blood flow
relaxes peripheral blood vessels
With winter fast approaching, now is the time to start getting some ginger in your diet!
Molasses is also extremely good for you, with 25% of the daily recommended intake of Iron and Magnesium for only 1 tablespoon! It’s a FAR less calorie intensive way to get your iron, not to mention kinder!
It’s also a great source of calcium, with 20% the daily recommended itake per 1 tablespoon.
These cookies taste great, they’re healthy, healing and fun to decorate with the kids!
Ginger Bread Cookie Recipe
- 3/4 cup unsulfured molasses
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) vegan butter (softened)
- 2 3/4 tsp ground ginger
- 2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/8 tsp ground cloves
- egg substitute - equivalent to 1 large egg, beaten
- 4 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup crystallized ginger (finely chopped)
- Combine molasses and brown sugar in saucepan; heat over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes, or until sugar dissolves and bubbles appear around edges of saucepan. Remove from heat, and stir in baking soda. Add butter, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and cloves, stirring until butter is melted. Stir in egg, then flour, and mix until no white streaks remain. Add crystallized ginger.
- Line workspace with 10-inch-long sheet plastic wrap. Roll out still-warm dough to 3/8-inch thickness on plastic wrap. Cover with plastic wrap, and place on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Chill 10 minutes, or up to 8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F, and line baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut dough into shapes with cookie cutters, and transfer to prepared baking sheets. Press scraps together and repeat. (If dough is too warm, refrigerate 10 minutes.) Bake 10 minutes, or until firm to touch. Serve warm, or transfer to wire rack to cool completely.