One of the most intimidating parts of going vegan is figuring out how to create baked goods without eggs, butter, and milk. Fortunately, the process is a lot less stressful than it sounds. No recipe proves that better than this one, which requires no substitute egg and uses coconut oil in place of butter. It is inspired by a recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz, cookbook writer extraordinaire, webmaster of the Post Punk Kitchen (www.theppk.com) and the woman who taught me the art of vegan baking —Gena Hamshaw
25 to 30 small cookies or one small gingerbread house. for a larger house, double the recipe.
2 2/3 cups
all-purpose flour (plus extra for rolling)
1 1/2 teaspoons
melted coconut oil
demerara sugar, coconut sugar, or evaporated cane juice
almond milk, soy milk, or rice milk
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Sift dry ingredients together into a large mixing bowl.
Whisk together the oil, molasses, sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.
Mix wet ingredients into dry, using a whisk, an electric hand mixer, or your hands, until uniform. Flatten the dough into a disk and refrigerate, wrapped in saran, for 30 minutes (or overnight).
Dust a clean surface with flour. Roll the dough out till it's a scant 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes.
Bake cookies for 8 minutes, or until the edges are just browning. Let cool before serving.
Gena is a registered dietitian, recipe developer, and food blogger. She's the author of three cookbooks, including Power Plates (2017) and Food52 Vegan (2015). She enjoys cooking vegetables, making bread, and challenging herself with vegan baking projects.